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Review: 'Mental'

May 25, 2009 |  1:26 pm

"Mental" is mental, and not in a good way.

Never mind the turned-around "e" in the title (coy typography that makes it literally impossible to write the name of the show correctly), or that we already have a show called " The Mentalist," or that the pilot opens with the lead character, a newly appointed head of psychiatric services, proving how unconventional he is by stripping in a crowded waiting room in order to communicate with a schizophrenic seeing snake people.

All of these inanities we could live with if the show turned out to have even a small understanding of the difference between edgy and derivative or unorthodox and ridiculous, which, alas, it does not.

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