Monday, April 14, 2014

The Mentalist "Silver Wings of Time" Review

"Silver wings shining in the sunlight,
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight,
They're taking you away. Leaving me lonely.
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight.
Slowly fading out of sight."    - Merle Haggard

The Mentalist in a nutshell:  It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that will blow-up in your face.  It's just a matter of time.

It's 6:25  and time is running out for Patrick Jane and an innocent man on death row in "Silver Wings."  While Jane plays games with time to trick the real murderer into confessing her crime of passion, it appears he is powerless to stop Lisbun's passion from running out on him. The opening scene set the tone for suspension of disbelief when the murderer hired a private investigator to kill the friend of the innocent man  who was looking beneath the surface of local ponds to find the gun while investigating the murder of the psychiatrist's wife. So the PI blows-up the guy at a bus stop and steals his bag as the Snyder + Snyder bus pulls away?  Why didn't he just rob the guy and determine how much he knew?  And if he knew the truth, why didn't he kill him in his office instead of blowing up the bus stop?  Note: there is no such thing as a "limited bomb" device.  But the real point of the "Silver Wings" is Jane is powerless to stop Lisbuns from taking flight with her new love, who may be leaving for FBI HQ in Washington, DC.  The episode had the usual references to fire: Wiley cues the fire alarms and his computer lets us know what time it is. (It's 11o'clock.) Perhaps writer Tom Szentgyorgi  was making a comment that time was also running out on TM,  particularly as the show has been the victim of constant time changes since it was sentenced to death in the Sunday "graveyard" spot.  Fear not, Tom, it's just an ILLUSION the show will end. THE MENTALIST will live on in re-runs.  It's just a matter of time.

Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes super-sleuth character, but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?)  in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated  and spends his days with the remote watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).


Burning Clues: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items:  Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.  "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."  In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California.  Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.  In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again.   Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him.  Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.  Jane: It's not my fire.

THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD is OVER THE RAINBOW

Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John)Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane.  (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars.) Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."

Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
 
 
                         Red Face to Face

 The Mentalist logo.svg
Mentalist in a Box

The Man with Two Names -- Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron").   The ROY CUT IRON  anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen,  a master reader of how others' emotions control them and the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past.  Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.

ROY G BIV - Green, Violet, Blue and the other colors of the Rainbow

 "Over The Rainbow"

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high there's a land I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why oh why can't I?


 "The DESERT ROSE"

Perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous.  The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:

I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems.

                                                  


Jane:  Lisbuns, I've been winging it,  but now I think it's time our dream comes to an end.

Read John "Seven"Come 11: my mental list of 7 scripts so you can dream along with me 

"Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (BTW- after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )


MIDNIGHT RIDE”   Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music.  Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah”

"DIVE"   Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board.  Tagline:  Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.

"COLUMBIA ROADS"    Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens  the US.    Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia.  Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-

 “FACESPACE    Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it?

"SPYDER AND THE FLY"     Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit.   Tagline:  "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"

 "THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS"   Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott,  get in way-over-their-head trouble.  Tagline:  Hindsight is 2021 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Simon Baker - "What Are You Going to Do Now?"

On a recent appearance of the "Ellen" Show, Simon Baker recounted his strange experience giving his speech at a ceremony for his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when he was interrupted by a homeless man who yelled, "What are you going to do now?"  As Fate would have it, a homeless man also played a pivotal role in "Dragon Star":

 "Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (after you're finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )

It's simple, Simon, have your people contact my people at vegasjsr@usa.com and let's have a beer together. Invite Ellen along.  She's looking to produce for 11:11.

Unlike The Mentalist - "I’m just winging it" - perhaps your fate is in the "Dragon Star."

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Mentalist "Violet" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell:  It's an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES), a work of CON ART that is Patrick Jane's impression of reality.  Jane: Welcome to the fishbowl.
 
Jordan Harper's "Violet" painted a vivid picture of the spectrum of Patrick Jane's "Over the Rainbow" (ROY G BIV) world evolving from reality to impressionism. The title was either a shout-out to another Peanuts character or to Edouard Manet, who led the French transition from realism to impressionism. It was symbolic the Austin, Texas Burnt Orange marching band played "The Yellow Rose of Texas" to help Jane find the stolen gold at the end of the rainbow.  It is not surprising gullible TM  viewers would actually believe FBI hardass Rockmond would authorize Jane's incredible request for a marching band to find the stolen high-priced art, as most "art experts" are fooled; most of the high-priced artwork sold today is probably fake.  It was also symbolic Lisbuns left  Jane covered in a blanket of rainbow colors as she went on her own dream date, which is a real nightmare for all those "Jisbuns"  who harbor their own Simon Baker fantasies.  Wake up, people, in Blake and "White Snow" or LIVING COLOR...

 
 
It's All an ILLUSION    

Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes super-sleuth character, but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?)  in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated  and spends his days with the remote watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).


Burning Clues: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items:  Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.  "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."  In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California.  Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.  In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again.   Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him.  Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.  Jane: It's not my fire.

THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD is OVER THE RAINBOW

Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John)Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane.  (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars.) Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."

Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
 
 
                         Red Face to Face

 The Mentalist logo.svg
Mentalist in a Box

The Man with Two Names -- Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron").   The ROY CUT IRON  anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen,  a master reader of how others' emotions control them and the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past.  Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.

ROY G BIV - Green, Violet, Blue and the other colors of the Rainbow

 "Over The Rainbow"

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high there's a land I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why oh why can't I?


 "The DESERT ROSE"

Perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous.  The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:

I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems.

                                                          


Jane:  Lisbuns, is it my impression you are going on your own dream date?.
  
 Read John "Seven" Come 11:  my mental list of  7 scripts so you can dream along with me 

"Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (BTW- after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )


MIDNIGHT RIDE”   Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music.  Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah”

"DIVE"   Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board.  Tagline:  Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.

"COLUMBIA ROADS"    Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens  the US.    Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia.  Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-

 “FACESPACE    Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it?

"SPYDER AND THE FLY"     Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit.   Tagline:  "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"

 "THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS"   Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott,  get in way-over-their-head trouble.  Tagline:  Hindsight is 2021 

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Mentalist "White As Driven Snow" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's an ILLUSION(read:Visual Lies) that driven snow is white;  it's mush.

In an attempt to push the envelope of suspension of disbelief, The Mentalist writers really outdid themselves in "Driven Snow" in the "Least Likely to be a Criminal Mastermind" category.  It was bad enough they believed the dwindling TM audience would believe TM aka "Thomas McAlluster" was Red John, but believing Richard Haibach was the criminal mastermind who was killing our Mentalist Snoopy gang?  Good Grief.

Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it?

A little intervention is in order before the show goes off the air:

Dear Mentalist writers,

We've been a good sport, Charlie Brown, these past six years watching court jester Patrick Jane make fools of the CBI and the FBI, but it's obvious the joke was on US.  Are we all P-nuts?  "Driven Snow" made mush out of any logic left in the show. Item: How does the FBI wiley tech-geek Wiley find lookalike-Kathy Bates Hazel Haibach's "Misery" cabin in the woods with a domestic satellite recon program that was abolished in 2009?  Item: Rigsby survives a handgun shot to the chest AND a shotgun blast that is enough to kill Haibach. Item: Talk about driven snow, Jane and Rigsby drive Haibach from Austin, Texas to Sante Fe - that's ten hours through nowhere - and the FBI helicopter makes it in one hour?  Item:  Haibach's sister really carried Grace Van Pelt down twenty steps at the hotel and then down a ladder to her basement hideaway? Item: Mastermind Haibach falls for the ol' empty gun-reveal the hideout trick. That's as likely as blaming Haibach's drunken father for his bad behavior.  I was hoping Rigsby would set fire to Haibach and put The Mentalist out of it's Misery in a blaze of gory.  Pay attention, people, I'm not the only Scott Naysayer that says...
  
 It's All an ILLUSION    

Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes super-sleuth character, but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?)  in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated  and spends his days with the remote watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).



Burning Clues: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items:  Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.  "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."  In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California.  Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.  In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again.   Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him.  Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.  Jane: It's not my fire.

THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD is OVER THE RAINBOW

Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John)Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane.  (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars.) Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."

Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
 
 
                         Red Face to Face

 The Mentalist logo.svg

Mentalist in a Box

The Man with Two Names -- Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron").   The ROY CUT IRON  anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen,  a master reader of how others' emotions control them and the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past.  Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.

ROY G BIV - Green, Violet, Blue and the other colors of the Rainbow

 "Over The Rainbow"

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high there's a land I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why oh why can't I?


 "The DESERT ROSE"

Perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous.  The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:

I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems.

                                                                


Jane:  Lisbuns, you are as pure as the driven snow...from Austin to Sante Fe.
  
 Read John "Seven" Come 11:  my mental list of  7 scripts so you can dream along with me 

"Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (BTW- after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )

MIDNIGHT RIDE”   Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music.  Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah”

"DIVE"   Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board.  Tagline:  Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.

"COLUMBIA ROADS"    Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens  the US.    Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia.  Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-

 “FACESPACE    Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it?

"SPYDER AND THE FLY"     Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit.   Tagline:  "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"

 "THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS"   Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott,  get in way-over-their-head trouble.  Tagline:  Hindsight is 2021


Monday, March 17, 2014

The Mentalist "Grey Water" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell:  It's an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that "green" is the answer to our problems. Drilling down a grand conspiracy often reveals a stupid act of greed at the bottom.

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. - Hanlon's Razor

Patrick Jane tricks a murderer who is green with envy about his neighbors who sold out to a fracking company to reveal his greedy self on St Patrick's Day in "Grey Water".   The episode was a lesson in not jumping to conclusions off a London Bridge - that things are often not what they seem, things that appear black and white are usually a muddled grey.  The murderer dumping the body of the guy who sued the fracking company at a fracking site should have been a clue.  The murderer said it was a case of bad luck that the money fell out of his jacket and prompted the fatal fight, but it served as a reminder that the love of money is often the root of evil, just like the bribes and threats employed by the corrupt Millman.  Meanwhile, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt nearly went out in a blaze of gory when a shotgun assassin invaded their house. Most of the twelve suspects have been systematically eliminated but no motive in the grand conspiracy has been found.  Patrick Jane says trust your instinctive subconscious.  Then "Drill, baby, drill." 

 It's All an ILLUSION    
Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes super-sleuth character, but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?)  in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated  and spends his days with the remote watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).


Burning Clues: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items:  Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.  "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."  In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California.  Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.  In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again.   Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him.  Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.  Jane: It's not my fire.

THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD

Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John)Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane.  (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars.) 
Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."

Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
 
 
                         Red Face to Face

 The Mentalist logo.svg

Mentalist in a Box

The Man with Two Names -- Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron").   The ROY CUT IRON  anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen,  a master reader of how others' emotions control them and the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past.  Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.


 "The DESERT ROSE"

Perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous.  The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:

I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems.

                                                                      


Jane:  Lisbuns, lighting methane flames out of strange places is not a big deal. Any schoolboy can do that.
  
 Read John "Seven" Come 11:  my mental list of  7 scripts so you can dream along with me 

"Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (BTW- after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )


MIDNIGHT RIDE”   Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music.  Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah”

"DIVE"   Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board.  Tagline:  Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.

"COLUMBIA ROADS"    Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens  the US.    Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia.  Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-

 “FACESPACE    Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it?

"SPYDER AND THE FLY"     Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit.   Tagline:  "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"

 "THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS"   Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott,  get in way-over-their-head trouble.  Tagline:  Hindsight is 2021 

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Mentalist "Black Helicopters" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell:  It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that transforms our paranoid perception of reality.  Patrick Jane goes undercover south of the border to Juarez, Mexico to uncover the mystery of the murder of a US attorney who was undercover herself and discovers paranoia in this country runs deeper than a tunnel  in "Black Helicopters".

Red John and the Blake Association have The Mentalist gang a little paranoid, but the real story behind TM is the paranoid delusion we all have been living since a real serial killer, presidense George W. Bush,  landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln  and stood in front of a banner reading "Mission Accomplished". Not coincidentally, this was the same month Jane's wife and daughter were murdered because of Jane's hubris and also the time of the bombing by the environmental terrorist who killed the US attorney. Jane exploits the paranoia of a survivalist commune to find the killer amongst them by calling in a real black helicopter and the FBI cavalry. The scene was as improbable as the length of the smuggling tunnel to nowhere Jane discovered across the Mexican-US border. Speaking of paranoia, there is an increasing  fear among The Mentalist cast that no one is going to make it out alive. The latest victim was JJ LaRouche, who tripped a boobytrap shotgun and died in Wayne Rigsby's arms.  The question is in whose arms is Rigsby going to transform Grace-fully into his next life. Continuing The Mentalist theme of transformation, Jane gave symbolic transformative gifts to Abbott - a "Transformer" Volton robot, Wylie - a Tamagotchi egg, Kim- a Butterfly wand and Cho - Mexican Jumping Beans.  Lisbuns must be feeling left out.  The big question is how omnipotent Jane knows what everyone secretly wants. Jane says nobody is psychic.  Then It's ...

All an ILLUSION
   
Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes super-sleuth character, but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?)  in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated  and spends his days with the remote watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).


Burning Clues: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items:  Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.  "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."  In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California.  Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.  In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again.   Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him.  Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.  Jane: It's not my fire.

THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD

Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John)Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane.  (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars.) 
Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."

Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
 
 
                         Red Face to Face

 The Mentalist logo.svg

Mentalist in a Box

The Man with Two Names -- Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron").   The ROY CUT IRON  anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen,  a master reader of how others' emotions control them and the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past.  Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.


 "The DESERT ROSE"

Perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous.  The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:

I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems.

                                                                        


Jane:  Lisbuns, it's a mad, mad world when the only person who isn't paranoid is the one on Mental List.
 
 Read John "Seven" Come 11:  my mental list of  7 scripts so you can dream along with me 

"Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (BTW- after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )

MIDNIGHT RIDE”   Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music.  Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah”

"DIVE"   Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board.  Tagline:  Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.

"COLUMBIA ROADS"    Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens  the US.    Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia.  Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-

 “FACESPACE    Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it?

"SPYDER AND THE FLY"     Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit.   Tagline:  "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"

 "THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS"   Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott,  get in way-over-their-head trouble.  Tagline:  Hindsight is 2021 

 

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Mentalist "Golden Hammer" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that mirrors are the only things that reflect our reality.  Is Patrick Jane the one in the fishbowl and everyone is looking at him, or are they in the fishbowl and Jane is looking at them? Mirror, mirror, flat screen on the wall...NIИ.

Jane: That's a LEAP

Just when we thought The Mentalist had dropped the great conspiracy genre, Michael Weiss draws us back in. Patrick Jane's snoopy investigation into a CRIMEA of murder of Whitaker that may reveal the "Russians Are Coming" with a "Golden Hammer."  The death of a mapmaker involves a little angry bird named Avery (cuckoo) Shultz, who was selling classified information to a criminal Russian organization (is there any other kind?).  What would a criminal organization want with stolen battlefield images? And then it turns out ex-DA Osvaldo Ardiles was not paranoid after all; turns out he was dead right. Now the rest of the Peanuts gang - Cho, Wayne, Grace, "Lisbuns" and Snoopy Jane -  are on the hit list. Can't rule out the Blake Association may be involved in a vendetta against the Peanuts gang who exposed their conspiracy. Or is the Blake Association just a part of something greater?  Or maybe the "Golden Hammer"  is an award-winning story that exposes the NSA's paranoid, wasteful spying on US, which sees everything through the looking glass of paranoia.

 "If you're not specific, an agency that bugs phones is going to bug phones," Richard Clarke said. "The NSA is an organization that's like a hammer, and everything looks like a nail."

That's US, paranoid with a capital..."Peanuts."



If this is the last season of The Mentalist, the writers are running out of episodes to tie up these loose ends.  At the end of the rainbow, revealing the many layers of the onion may reveal no conspiracy or gold at all.  It's ...

All an ILLUSION
   
Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes super-sleuth character, but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?)  in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated  and spends his days with the remote watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).


Burning Clues: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items:  Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned.  "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned."  In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California.  Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger IRON BOWL game in 1907. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life.  In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again.   Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him.  Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.  Jane: It's not my fire.

THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD

Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John) Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane.  (NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars.) 
Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."

Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
 
 
                         Red Face to Face

 The Mentalist logo.svg

Mentalist in a Box

The Man with Two Names -- Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron").   The ROY CUT IRON  anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen,  a master reader of how others' emotions control them and the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his IRON-ic chains to the past.  Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.


 "The DESERT ROSE"

Perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous.  The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:

I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems.

                                                                                  


Jane:  Lisbuns, they don't call me the "Golden Hammer" because I nail bad guys.
 
 Read John "Seven" Come 11:  my mental list of  7 scripts so you can dream along with me 

"Dragon STAR  (2014)   Logline:  Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again.  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]  (BTW- after Simon Baker is finished with "The Mentalist, "DS" would make that Tasmanian Devil a movie star. )


MIDNIGHT RIDE”   Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music.  Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah”

"DIVE"   Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board.  Tagline:  Sub-text: Hidden between the white lines.

"COLUMBIA ROADS"    Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens  the US.    Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia.  Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-

 “FACESPACE    Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it?

"SPYDER AND THE FLY"     Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit.   Tagline:  "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"

 "THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS"   Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott,  get in way-over-their-head trouble.  Tagline:  Hindsight is 2021