By Daniel Patlan
“Chronicles of a Profiler”
Starring Rick Mallon, Rob Byrnes, Adam J Levy, James Prychodjko
Directed by Jamaal R. Green
Written by Jamaal R. Green and Wilson Mbiavanga
Writer and director Jamaal R. Green’s web series Chronicles of a Profiler takes the busted-and-retired-detective formula and revamps it with a supernatural twist. The main attraction of the show is Green’s ex-detective Jack Sheppard and his odyssey into madness – both his own and his adversary’s. Actor Rick Mallon plays the heavy-drinking Sheppard and poetically brings to life a man wrestling and losing to demons and whiskey.
Former detective Sheppard is a grim drunkard living with severed ties to his old life. He’s in his autumn years, alone, has a pessimistic gait about him, and is haunted by a failure not quite known to us until the end of the first episode. Through lyrical voice-over dialogue, Sheppard explains to us his cursed gift. It’s the detective’s intuition on steroids as he easily senses evil in men by merely observing them. More debilitating to Sheppard, his intuition gives him premonitions. Thus so, visions of murders have replaced his dreams for what we could only assume to be decades. Normally in comic-book lore, heroes cope with their powers with ease. However Jamaal R. Green provides a refreshing take on the idea by straying from the easy acceptance of a supernatural gift. The ensuing result is a character weighed down by prophetic nightmares and the never-ceasing voices in his head. His gift drives him to self-destruction as he fights the dreams with a flask, paranoia, and insomnia. Seeing this character fall apart because of his gift, and then very reluctantly gather himself together makes him more likeable, more human, and real.
Sheppard’s reoccurring visions take him on the trail of a sadistic serial killer from his past. In his dreams, he stalks the murderer but can’t seem to stop him. Although it’s still too early in the series to know, it feels that Sheppard’s sick nemesis may have a gift of his own and knows that our ex-detective has picked up on his body-strewn trail.