Turns out I _love_ at least the first few episodes (disc 1) of The Mentalist. Funny, tricky, the psychology doesn't make me nuts. Wow, am I ever hating the pilot of Fringe, however. I am not optimistic: the only thing I've liked that Abrams had anything to do with was the Star Trek movie. OTOH, kudos to whoever had the bright idea of putting naked mole rats in the storage unit with the weird experiments -- good visual. Ahem.
But it really does not make up for the rest of the pilot. Especially the really pretentious location titles scattered throughout. The looking up at the sky of Baghdad through the B of Baghdad was especially obnoxious.