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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Mentalist "Behind the Red Curtain" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that life imitates art. In The Mentalist, art imitates life when the writers run out of original ideas for Patrick Jane, which is a bigger problem than Red John because CBS (See B.S.) just renewed the show for another season.  IMAGINE that.

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


In "Behind the Red Curtain"  a rising star comes crashing down and Jane pulls back the curtain on "Torch,"  a Broadway-bound play with a non-existent producer, which is not an original idea as it mimics "Rebecca" ("Feuer, feuer, Manderley in Flammen!"),  a real Broadway-bound play with phony investors.

Rebecca: [to Jane] You're very much like him you know?
Rebecca: Oh, Red John thought you'd understand. I got rid of Bosco and his team so that you could have the case back. Red John misses you. *And* it's what you wanted too. Isn't it? 


"Torch" has the usual themes in The Mentalist:  drinking, racing, car crashes, dangerous intersections, fire escapes, and transformation. One of the usual suspects is the victim's  "dangerous" boyfriend, William Racine ("racing"). (Note: Racine's name appeared on the guest list above a real "Transformer" Meghan Fox.)  The fading star of "Torch" is ruled out as a suspect when Jane discovers she is not a drunk but actually the birth mother of the victim and suffers from MS.  Jane convinces JJ LaRoche to play the role of the fictitious investor Bert Hanover to trick the murderer who used the fire escape into revealing himself.   Meanwhile, Bob Kirkland is the latest suspect  Red John minion, who crosses Jason Lennon off his list so he cannot identify him, while poor Jane gets burned again. Capt. Kirk-land must ...have...more...power. (NB. Patrick Jane anagram is "Captain Jerk")

Well, beam me up, Scottie.  IMAGINE that.
 


It's a MAD WORLD, Patrick Jane: 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 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. 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.

Total Fictional RecallRed 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.
 
 
                         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 our 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. 

                                                                                  
  

Jane: Lisbuns, imagine this - 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.The second greatest story ever told  DRAGON_STAR_-_Final[1]

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  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?   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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