Monday, December 10, 2012

The Mentalist "Panama Red" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) - See B.S - so don't inhale. Patrick Jane cracks a JA mystery box and finds there's green in "Panama Red."

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

What was "Panama Red" screenwriter Michael Weiss smoking when he dreamed up this fairy tale - a marijuana botanist who gets "high" rock climbing gets shot by a jealous boss who covets his Turbo Wolf seeds?  Well, I'll huff and I'll puff and blow your brains out... Weiss is no stranger to the literary nonsense genre judging by his previous writing gig on the Oliver North fairy tales (not to be confused with the Olivier Gans "vainglories" story).  Alice Burns, who burned some MJane herself, tells Jane that the botanist was an idealist who had developed a super-high strain which was "worth millions."  In the end, Jane's ruse exposes more than one piggie in this fairy tale.  Lisbon finally calls a halt to this Fractured Fairy Tale when she smashes Jane's mystery box.  The real fairy tale is Jane opened the puzzle box with magnets when Lisbon's hammer did not strike any metal. Oh yeah, Rigsby also gets hammered smoking one of the powerful joints. Fairy tale princess Summer gets hitched to her baby daddy, who is clueless about her working girl past. The fairy tale is this princess and her prince not-so-charming will live happily ever after. Cho appears relieved that he's not the father, but he's the real prince for thinking enough of his Summer of Love to sacrifice his dream job as a rapid response team member to get her charges dropped.  Having smoked out the villains in "Panama Red" Jane goes back to his Grim illusions of Red John.

What was Weiss or Bruno Heller really trying to say here?  Here's one: MJ has its good and bad points, but to be BLUNT it just makes you TV.   As Jane says, pay attention, people.  In our present day Grim fairy tale the greedy Pigs are the real danger to US,  the one half of one percent who can't get too fat.  TV is the way we learn these fairy tales, whether it is the Iraq WMDs or the trickle-down-your leg theory.  Fear the Wolf at your foreclosed door but it is the FOX on your TV that will kill you.

Moral of the story: TV is like a drug. Tune in and Tune out.

RED JOHN - He is Mar(chen): 

The German term "Märchen" stems from the old German word "Mär", which means story or tale. The word "Märchen" is the diminutive of the word "Mär", therefore it means a "little story". Together with the common beginning "once upon a time" it means a fairy tale or a märchen was originally a little story from long time ago, when the world was still magic.   Jane's pursuit of Red John is a fairy tale 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 Mars (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.


 Scrambled Eggs:   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. 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).  "Captain Jerk"  spends his days watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes.

 Burning clues:"The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point.    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. 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.

                         Red Face to Face 

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                                                          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 leave the past behind,  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, if you believe this stuff, what are you smoking?  

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

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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 lines.

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

 “FACESPACE” 3D  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? Sample  Download FACESPACE 7-21

"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

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