6x01 The One After Vegas [4th or so watch]
6x07 The Great Red Dragon
6x08 Red John
I got bored of waiting for Channel 5 -- I wanted answers. And here they are.
It's tough to say whether they were underwhelming or not. The reveal could never really have lived up to all those expectations, could it? Yet for that, I thought it was a pretty great episode, and actually having the courage of their convictions at the end was good. Be interesting to see where things go from here for the show, though whether the revamp will be strong enough to sustain it long-term is another matter.
One thing I did find weird, though: if you've got an eight-part story (as this kinda was), why does Part 6 end on a great big cliffhanger and Part 7 kinda feel like "The End (For Now)"? Did they just assume everyone had read the title of episode 8 in advance and knew there was an immediate final act to come? Because if I hadn't known better, I'd've presumed it was returning to the old Mentalist style of spending ages between Red John episodes. Doesn't really matter, just a stylistic point.
[Watch The Great Red Dragon on Demand 5 from Tuesday 10th December, and Red John from Tuesday 17th December.]