Monday, October 8, 2012

The Mentalist "Devil's Cherry" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) when you are looking through the whiskey glass.  In "Devil's Cherry" Patrick Jane enjoys a mad tea party with belladonna in "Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass," but finds his "beautiful lady" doesn't want him to live there anymore.

Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it? (See B.S.)
Jane:  From the INCEPTION.

It's a Mad World, Patrick Jane

In each episode Bruno Heller plants an incredible event that should alert the viewer with half a REVIEW BRAIN to question what the hell is actually going on.  As The Mentalist was Bruno's venture into the literary nonsense genre, it was only a matter of time he paid homage to Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland" to remind us that Jane's story is an ILLUSION.  In his dream-within-a-dream Jane follows a rabbit with a diamond necklace down his subconscious Rabbit Hole that leads him to a beautiful girl who claims she is his deceased daughter Charlotte.  While she takes a swim in a Pool of Tears,  Charlotte tells Jane she is so over Red John, that the dead don't care and neither should he.  Eventually,  Jane understands the symbolism of his dream  and uses it to solve the murder of a diamond cutter: a Heartless QUEEN drugged the diamond cutter into Off-ing with his own Head.  Jane retreats back to his room sipping the drugged tea to enjoy his mad tea party.

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.

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.  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).

   Drink Scotch Whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel

"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 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,  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.

Jane:  Lisbuns,  Red John doesn't live here anymore. Read John's "Seven" Come 11 - my mental list of  7 scripts

Logline:  Code-cracking prodigy tracks a brilliant serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again. The second greatest story ever told.  Download DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]

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

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: it's hidden between the lines.

Logline:  US embassy investigator discovers the Aurora prophecy that threatens civil war in the US. 
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Logline:  CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a  mind control plan using social network websites.    Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE  and who can defeat it?  Download FACESPACE 7-21

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"   (2021)
Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott, get in way-over-their-head trouble.  
Tagline:  Hindsight is  2021

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