Monday, October 1, 2012

The Mentalist "Crimson Ticket" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) likely as winning the lottery.

Once again Bruno Heller asks The Mentalist viewers, those who weren't watching the Eagles BEAT the Giants (that's 8 out of the last 9 times- what are the odds?) to suspend disbelief that a poor - once rich woman won $56 million in the lottery, only to have it snatched away from her, as well as her life, because a psycho IT guy, Ersatz Longo, just happened to be there fixing her PC when she learned she had the winning "Crimson Ticket,"  and then is smothered by a corrupt cop who answers the 911.

What are the odds?  Answer: about the same as winning the lottery.

As The Mentalist mimics Monk, another San Francisco-area investigative savant who is obsessed with catching his wife's killer,  perhaps Bruno was mimicking the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Paperboy" which also featured a lottery winner and the criminals who tried to kill the winner to cover the theft.  I didn't check the winning numbers on the Monk show to see if they matched the "Crimson Ticket."   If so, Bruno should give the residuals of the episode to Tony Shaloub.("I could be wrong, but I'm not.") (NB. Ersatz Longo:  Bruno dropping a hint that the longer this show goes, the phonier it gets.")

In each episode Bruno plants an incredible event that should alert the viewer with half a REVIEW BRAIN to question what the hell is actually going on.  Talk about incredible lottery odds, what were the odds that Lorelei Martins would escape from jail?  Jane says the FBI has another Red John mole in high places. Perhaps it was the mole who got her out of jail.  Or maybe Jane - who did promise to get Lorelei out of jail - was the one.  Viewers know Jane's uncanny ability is only limited by his imagination.  That is the point Bruno is trying to make: the odds of the incredible things that happen (read: suspension of disbelief) that Bruno asks the viewer to accept are UNBELIEVABLE.  Everybody lies or is hiding something on The Mentalist except LORE- LIE.   As Bruno is making a statement about the lottery - what are the odds - he is also making a statement about The Mentalist storyline: the lore is a lie -an ILLUSION. What are the odds this stuff happens in real life?  

The answer: only in our imaginations.

Jane looked in the mirror and saw Lorelei.  He really was seeing his own reflection.

 The Mentalist - Tommy Westphall - Mars - Tin Man Connection

Tea for Two: 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. Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality.

 Who's a Lyin'? Jane or Mar-tinsS

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.

Burning clues:  Jane appears to be a Sherlock Homes 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 - hence the RJ symbol - while he was driving intoxicated and spends his days watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes.  "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point.  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 game in 1907. 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. 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.

                         Red Face to Face

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Mentalist in a Box:  The characters of Rigsby, Cho, Van Pelt and Lisbon are also Jane's creations ala the "Wizard of Oz;"  the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy in reality are the assistants and doctors at the mental hospital and the RJ minions are Jane's fellow mental patients.  In the final scene Jane confronts "Red John,"  and in an homage to "OZ" awakens from his dream state to realize the true identity of RED JOHN - Johnny Walker RED.


 Drink Scotch Whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel

Red John's alias Roy Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron") anagram is "court irony."  How ironic that Jane, the court jester and master reader of how others' emotions control them,  was a prisoner of his own.  In the End the Mentalist was on the mental list, a PRISONER of his own device.

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