Monday, November 5, 2012

The Mentalist "Cherry Picked" Review

 The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: visual lies) when cherry picking the facts.

Jane discovers in "Cherry Picked" when one goes down far enough you eventually reach the pits. Reaching the pits, in a cracked nutshell, describes Jane's paranoid delusions as he now believes the "demunn" story the evil FBI blackmailed a rapist to spirit away the only living RJ witness, Lorelei. But the Lore is a lie. 

Cherry picking, suppressing evidence, or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position (e.g. the Dick Cheney "intelligence" basis for invading Iraq because it threatened US with WMDs despite credible reports to the contrary.) It is a kind of fallacy of selective attention, the most common example of which is the confirmation bias. The term is based on the perceived process of harvesting fruit, such as cherries. The picker would be expected to only select the ripest and healthiest fruits. An observer who only sees the selected fruit may thus wrongly conclude that most, or even all, of the fruit is in such good condition.  Cherry picking can be found in many logical fallacies. For example, the "fallacy of anecdotal evidence" tends to overlook large amounts of data in favor of that known personally, "selective use of evidence" rejects material unfavorable to an argument, while a false dichotomy picks only two options when more are available.  These scenarios require a gullible public with half a REVIEW BRAIN and describe Jane's process of crime-solving to a tea.

Overlooking the CBI's dubious jurisdiction of a rent-a-cop murder, Jane's delusional episodes increasingly strain the viewer's "suspension of disbelief," and the bizarre ending to "Cherry Picked" indicates  they have reached the pits.  Are we to believe Jane's paranoid conspiracy the FBI had to resort to an elaborate, deranged plan to take Lorelei into its custody by blackmailing the prison guard driver?  If the FBI really wanted Lorelei, they could use the ol' federal jurisdiction copout and take her.

Talk about an elaborate, deranged  ruse,  why didn't the kidnapper just tell the wealthy couple to pay the ransom for their friends instead of making it appear they were kidnapped?   Talk about typecasting:  Anne Dudek, who played the cutthroat bitch Sloan who concocted the elaborate kidnapping ruse and planned to kill her husband too,  had a recurring role on House as Amber Volakis, one of forty physicians under consideration by Dr. House for permanent positions on his team. Her character - nicknamed "Cutthroat Bitch" by House - continued to the end of season but was killed in the two-part season 4 finale.

But the "crime story of the weak" was overshadowed by the news that the FBI is a big evil entity.  Last week we see evil Alexa Schultz in the back of black limo planning some evil deed about Red John with a mysterious man and the FBI is involved in a grand conspiracy to abduct the only living witness in the Red John organization.

The truth is 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 (El-He is) 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. 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). Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze.  "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.  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.

                         Red Face to Face

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The Mentalist in a Box: 

 Drink Scotch Whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel

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 aware of the need to let go of the past,  was a prisoner of his own chains to the past.

Moral of the Story: Until we PAY ATTENTION and break our CHERRY PICKED  illusions about the world, we are prisoners of our own device and will end up in the Pits.

Lisbuns:  Jane, you may not think you're crazy, but I can see your nuts.

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