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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Mentalist "Red, White and Blue" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read:VISUAL LIES) only the Mentalist can taste, smell and hear.

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

On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War fiasco, Patrick Jane plants a false flag memory in "Red, White and Blue" to catch a cutthroat war profiteer.  (NB. The Iraqi WMDs were an ILLUSION too.)  Lucy Green, a veteran of the Afghan War who showed "Courage Under Fire,"  is found dead across from St. Sebastian with her throat cut, and a soldier played by Jesse Luken, a Patrick Jane double with PTSD who called 911, but has no memory of the event.  Jane plants a phony text alert on the soldier's cellphone to catch the cutthroat doctor who Lucy caught selling stolen meds so he could afford a life after paying his wife all that alimony.  Lisbuns and Jane catch the doc red-handed using a fire extinguisher to open her locker.  Meanwhile, Cho discovers the CO has been sexually harassing a subordinate and throws a red flag on him. The show begins with a comical showdown of the Army's CID - perhaps the writer's potshot at the NCIS - and the CBI over the murder investigation jurisdiction.  In the real world, the local PD  would tell both to take a hike.  But, hey it's an ILLUSION!  Interesting too the murder occurred next to Saint Sebastian Church, as the saint is popular among soldiers who often wear his medal or relics as a pious sacramental. Jane re-enacts the scene for the PTSD soldier who remembers the taste of the tacos, the smell of the flowers and the sound of the church bells to trigger a sense memory. If only Jane could use the same technique to trigger his subconscious memory - the taste of the booze, the smell of the fire, the sound of the car crash - he could remember the truth: 

IT"S ALL AN ILLUSION

 

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 CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated (Patrick Jane anagram is  "Captain Jerk") 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 Recall:  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.
 
 
                         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, in war the ones with blood on their hands are the Dicks who are making a killing.

Speaking of, 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.  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  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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