remember when we were threatened by Kim…
remember when people were threatened by Bosco?
Very, very true.
Tumblr makes me think this all the time, and I never really felt it so strongly until joining Tumblr.
But I didn’t say it this time! AHhahaha!
After re-watching the last episode (SWOT) and previews and promos for 6x18, I have become convinced of these things:
Jane is definitely pissed and wounded by the Pike affair. He can’t help himself. And he is conflicted. Part of him says Lisbon indeed deserves a good guy/man and if Pike makes her happy, that is who she should be with. So he says what he says, plays the supportive friend, all the while looking sad and not quite as pleased for her as he claims to be. The other side of him needs to sabotage the relationship for obvious reasons. So he sasses: Jane being Jane. It is this side and these feelings that will win in the end. I can’t see it going any other way. It just won’t.
Similarly, Lisbon is conflicted about what she really wants from life, love, Jane and Pike. I think when Jane resurfaced, she actually wanted Jane. But Jane, being Jane, ran away from her more than once and continued to be secretive, infuriating, controlling and exhausting. Along came straight and true Agt Pike. He seemed a good antidote for all of Jane’s shortfalls in the reliability and communication departments. So Lisbon went for it. And although he seems to be all that a girl could want, there is this niggling issue of still being strongly drawn to Jane that she cannot shake, even if her better instincts tell her to quit it.
You can see these things in all of their interactions. Lisbon is unsettled by Jane even when she is on her way out the door to go on a date with Pike. She tries to shake that thought from her mind with a little roll of her eyes as if saying: Well, if he won’t say anything, I’ll bloody go out and have a good time with this great guy. Jane’s face when the two of them walk up to the psychiatrist’s door while Lisbon is on the phone with Pike clearly shows how he feels about the whole thing as does his “nothing, nothing” and defensive body language once they get there: kind of devastating. The sneak peek with the texting and coffee is the same thing all over again.
One good thing to come out of the sneak peek and presumably (although details are scarce) the spoilers for upcoming episodes, is that they are going to deal with the Pike issue head on rather than duck it constantly while dealing with the case of the week. That was so often the MO in seasons past, but I guess then they had the luxury of time whereas now they don’t know whether they do or not. Fingers and toes crossed that the answer is yes and that the focus on affairs of the heart (specifically Jane’s and Lisbon’s) continues into season 7!
Wow. Didn’t intend to blather on like that, just wanted to share some optimism that I am feeling right now.
ABSOLUTELY! Great write up! And optimism is ALWAYS appreciated! I hope more than anything that we get season 7, but them being in jeopardy forced their hand on the romance, and that’s awesome. Because when they do get renewed (I hope with all my being!) they’ll have all next season to just Jisbon romance!
But yeah, I know a lot of people are falling off cliffs like lemmings right now in freaked out rage, but really, I feel like we didn’t learn anything I hadn’t guessed, and none of it is bad! It’s AWESOME! Jisbon is gonna happen! I am bouncing off the walls!
6.18 Forest Green sneak peek # 3 [X]
Thanks Urban Dictionary!
(Man =/= Pike)
This is so annoying. I knew they’d have him say exactly what he’s saying. It just burns me up that Lisbon doesn’t try to provoke him more to tell the truth about his feelings. She just plays along.
She IS provoking him by openly flirting with Pike and taking his calls when she knows Jane is there…she is openly engaging and enticing Jane into making a remark or anything she can really gauge how he feels. She isn’t getting that and it bothers her that he seems on the outside to be okay with this. So it isn’t that she isn’t provoking him…she is, but she isn’t doing enough to warrant a reaction from Jane that she can see. He’s got a mask on and he is using it….for now.
A good example of this is when Ardiles called, she knew it wasn’t a date~date, and yet she led Jane to believe it was until she got the reaction she wanted out of him and then told him it was just a business lunch. She made sure to say ‘I have a date tonight’ to Jane, which she knew would prompt a response. She could have easily just said ‘I have a business meeting with Ardiles’, but then she wouldn’t have gotten the proper response she wanted and she couldn’t rub that a little in his face.
Here, she is trying subtly to rub it in his face a little. The open phone call last episode, the intentional high-heels clacking to get Jane’s attention as she went to get her keys, the way she openly smiles at the phone when talking to Pike when Jane is right there…the worry about not getting back in time for her date with Pike…it all is unconscious attempts to get Jane to bite and gauge how he feels about this situation, imo.
THANK YOU Shena!
They are both doing this dance of provoke and wait for response, especially her with the situation she’s in. But the game is getting more serious every episode! As painful as it is, it’s also delicious in it’s own way, because the payoff will be intense!
People need to accept that not all “cliches” are bad. People still like stuff like forbidden love stories, underdogs winning, and the dog biting back. The term cliche is negative, produces an image of all that is trite and boring, but actual cliches can be very good. Storytelling is built on cliches after all.
It’s not the cliche but how it is utilized by the author.
I said this same thing earlier. They taught us this in film school. Stereotypes can be bad, but cliches aren’t always bad. Cliches are cliches for a reason. A candle lit dinner might sound cliche but hey, it’s still romantic, and people still love them. The hero’s journey is a typical trope, it can be cliche, but it’s still the most used story outline in all of history.
Cliches work, and they can’t always be avoided, just because you want something totally novel. Nothing is new under the sun! Better to go with what works for the story.
Anonymous asked: Lisbon seems to be conflicted/confused on these sp's with Jane, in both of them. When Jane says she deserves a good man, she rather seems to be put off by it.
Yeah, she does. This is why I think she is unconsciously hoping by openly ‘flirting’ and acknowledging Pike, this will allow her to gauge his reactions to this. She sees that he seemingly, on the surface, okay with it and it clearly bothers her, imo.
Yes! Speaking of gauging reactions, I saw her face change subtly in one frame (Hey, I’m an animator, I can see individual film frames. It’s not JUST because I’m a dork!) and it looks like she goes from moderate smiles to concern about what’s going on in Jane’s head:
6.18 Forest Green sneak peek # 3 [X]
Thanks Urban Dictionary!
(Man =/= Pike)
Jordan from Twitter pointed out a very good point…
Jane never said “you deserve Pike.”
He said, “You deserve a good man.”
Nice… Props to Jordan for pointing it out… :)
Not going to lie, here. It hurts to see Jane pretend to be happy for Lisbon. He clearly is not totally enthusiastic about Pike and Lisbon, but he puts on his brave face and acts the part for her sake. Yes, he totally thinks he doesn’t deserve her, and that is weighing heavily into his decision to not tell her he is starting to feel things in his chest that make his heart pitter patter. I am so sad. It hurts to see him have to sit there across from her and pretend that everything is okay and totally chill.
I know this might be surprising coming from me tonight, but in that third peek, I actually see a continuation of that spark of sass we saw about the helicopter. He refers to Pike as “a good guy.” You can see his face is stiff and he’s not happy. Then he says Lisbon deserves “a good man.” A tweep pointed this out, and I think I agree that this was subtle Jane language designed to undermine Pike as a man. Something Lisbon really couldn’t call him on, it would seem nit-picking. But it seems like the beginning of a set up by Jane for Lisbon to think of him as a man (whom she deserves) and Pike as a guy (and less significant). I thought it was a pretty rich observation, actually. What do you think?
I actually went to twitter before I saw your answer and saw Jordan point that out, and it makes total sense, now. He didn’t directly say Pike’s name, and he was quick and concise with what he said, which is un-Jane like. After watching the sneak peek again, I think you are right; Jane was hurling a bit of sassiness. I also think him telling Lisbon to tell Pike Hi was his way of saying ‘hey…I am right here, buddy. Not going anywhere.’
Agreed on all fronts here.
No wonder Pike rushes into a proposal… Jane is breathing down his neck! ("Hey little boy.. she’ll always be my lady. 12 years buddy. I bought her a fucking PONY.")
Wait, I think I’d like to see a fic where Jane subtly terrorizes Pike. Just for shits and giggles on my end, because he wouldn’t do it, and Pike prob doesn’t deserve it, but I SO want to see it…
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I am so done with this! I painted for like, 10 hours? Prob too long. (This one is definitely an example of “Art is never finished, only abandoned” because you never feel “done”.) It doesn’t really look like her, but it’s supposed to be a little Disney-esque.
I decided to put her in blue because blue represents everything happy and good in Mentalist. And then purple bg to keep it analogous.
It’s ok to chop these notes off if you reblog, I just felt like getting some things out. But try to keep the title, so people vaguely know who it’s supposed to be. LOL!!!
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