Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pretender




What does one do when waiting for the slow train to China adoption comes to your station? You fill your brain with lots of mindless entertainment to keep it off the serious stuff!

I loved watching this show when it first came out, I have bought the four seasons on DVD and enjoyed it, however the show was cancelled and left with a cliff hanger ending, most unsatisfyng. However 2 made for tv movies were made, but countless attempts to find and get this via ebay have been fruitless(I will not pay $60 for 3 hours of questionable recording quality video).

Then, a wonderful treat from my wife, she comes to work has me close my eyes and puts a dvd case in my hands...now I haven't talked about getting any movies etc, so I was totally taken by surprise that it is an offical dvd via futureshop of these 2 movies. YAHOO!!!

Here is a summary of what the show is about:

The Pretender is the story of Jarod, a boy-genius taken from his family as a child. Jarod possesses the ability to quickly learn and impersonate different jobs and occupations. His abductors, a facility simply known as The Centre, tested his abilities through various simulations.

But after years of these performances, Jarod becomes wise to the fact that these simulations aren't being used to help people. The Centre sells the sims to the highest bidder to do with as they please, whether it is for good or evil purposes. Knowing this, he breaks free from his captors. Now, as an adult, Jarod sets out to find his family. Along the way, he befriends many people, righting any wrong by using his abilities to become anyone he wants to be.

But the Centre has a lot invested in Jarod, and they won't give him up easily. They recruit Sydney, his father-figure and trainer all through his time growing up in The Centre. Sydney is the only man who is so close to Jarod, he knows how he thinks. Also in pursuit is Miss Parker, Jarod's childhood friend whose father runs The Centre. Both are aided by Broots, a nervous computer whiz who is always going above and beyond the call of duty (whether he wants to or not).


Quirky characters, overall clean viewing(there were a couple episodes over the 4 years that touched on some relationship/sexual stuff still tame in comparision to what you can see at 8 pm on a week night these days though) and I loved the 2 sides of Jarod, the one who is kind and wanting to help people and solve problems, and then there is this dark avenger side, where the evil must be punished and he would step in and do that, never taking a life, but making sure the culprits were scared nearly to death caught in a trap or siutation similar to what they did to their victims.

So looking forward to watching those 2 tv mmovies and seeing all that is out there on this series.

1 comment:

jenn said...

Well...you think you know someone! We have obviously NEVER touched on the Pretender subject in our conversations previously. It is still after all this time a great source of contension for Curtis and I that a show we watched AVIDLY(understatement) got no closure(unless you live in the US)and yet the network sent it's next show down the line and expected us to watch. We still have moments of bitterness. Perhaps it's time to let that go eh?? Oh ya, I am in my car on the way to your house to borrow that DVD! Just kidding, but only barely.