Mentalist Recap – Meaning of Tiger Tiger Burning Bright – As Red John starts reciting, “Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright…” from The Tiger, by William Blake and everyone tries to figure out who he really is by dissecting the poem, there was one bright fan who is also a poetry fan who knew to go deeper and found more.
As Patrick Jane is looking like he’s finally enjoying some time with his new friend, Kristina, a psychic that Jane isn’t convinced is psychic but likes everything else about her. A link to an online movie that the CBI comes across shows a murder that looks just like a Red John case. Jane investigates and tells Brett Partridge, the on-scene cop, that it isn’t Red John. Partridge is annoyed at Jane’s quick assessment but Jane puts him down with his usual one line once-over.
Kristina is asked to not help on the case but instead of just sitting by, this is TV and we see her go on TV and plea for Red John to contact her. Eventually, he does this by first murdering the host of the interview and then her which, as you can imagine, really annoys Jane.
Turns out that Jane is right and the movie was done by some kids who were Red John wannabes. After jumping through a half-dozen hoops, Jane is abducted by the kids and, as he is about to be the star of their next movie installment, his life is spared by Red John himself, who is grumbling about amateurs. He is wearing a mask, shades of Phantom of the Opera and while Jane is still strapped to a chair in bubble wrap, he whispers the following lines from William Blake’s, The Tiger (or The Tyger):
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
So now everyone is wondering what the poem was, means, and is going to mean next season.
Everyone is also wondering if Kristina is Red John. I seriously doubt it but I think there’s a good chance that she was is a follower of Red John and set herself up to look like bait so that Jane, thinking that Red John has her, is motivated to continue RJ’s game.
An insightful fan over at TV Squad brought up the following points:
William Blake was also an artist who did relief etchings, illustrations and paintings. One of his works is entitled, “A Brace of Partridge,” and lo and behold, who did we see last night that was also seen in the premiere episode? Brett Partridge, and, as we all know, there are no coincidences in television.
It looks like the case is almost solved but you wanna bet the libraries and online archives get a million requests this Summer for The Tiger, background on William Blake, and more interest in Dante’s Inferno?