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Pretender is one of my Favorite series. I missed many of the original and rerun shows due to work schedule. I'm excited to finally complete my set with the purchase of Season 4 so I can enjoy my retirement with a Pretender Marathon any time I wish. ;-)
I was disappointed with the final show of Season Four because I felt it left too many questions unanswered. It's as if there really wasn't an "ending" to any of the plots. Interviews with the writing staff at the end of Season Four Set explains what really happened. They purposely created such a strong cliff hanger for end of season ..but.. surprise was on them when network didn't pick up the show for another season ....... however .........
There is a double movie set available that hopefully answers many of our questions: PRETENDER 2001 - PRETENDER: ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED.
Double Feature includes: Disc 1 - Side A: "Pretender 2001" - Picking up where the television series left off, Jarod reunites with two old friends and unleashes some powerful Centre revelations. This film opens with a sequence that will allow it to be enjoyed by individuals who have not yet seen the TV series. Disc 1 - Side B: "Pretender: Island Of The Haunted" - Through a series of bizarre circumstances, Jarod and Miss Parker find themselves trapped together on a strange island in a life and death situation, out of which come some of the most important revelations about their pasts.
For fans, this is the most in depth Pretender Season of all. Jarod is clearly the focus using his abilities to help his "comrades" learn about their secrets and issues hidden from them. A much more satisfying view than Season 3; richer in context, plot development and story lines. The only low point is the ritual Cliffhanger Season Finale where Miss Parker and Jarods recently discovered Half-Brother is on a train headed for disaster. Without revealing the ending; we are all left adrift at the abrupt end. Since a Season 5 was expected, there are many clues and unanswered questions hanging in the air - WIll Miss Parker and Jarod finally blaze their barbed relationship? Will Cloe and Jarod steal away and finally establish his own family? Will Jarod use his incredible talents and bring the center down so it will not ever threaten him again? Will Sid finally steal away and join Jarod as a willing/full-time partner? What is the Catherine Parker Plan? How can Miss Parker develop her gift for herself, not the center? Is Lyle really as debased as we're led to believe? When will Mr Parker finally get caught short with no way to escape?
We all long for closure and this season brings these questions and more right to the edge just under the waters surface tension. This is a fitting end to a series closed down 24 episodes too soon.
If you are a Pretender fan, then join on the website and send in those emails to NBC so we can get a closure movie or quick three-parter to bring this fine ensomble to it's fitting end. A Must buy and popcorn view for all Pretender fans.
Wow! I did not watch The Pretender when it was originally on TV, but I wish I would have. This is a fabulous TV series. It is amazing how Jared becomes a race car drive, doctor, EMT, etc. Michael T. Weiss does a superb job of acting. Miss Parker, Broots & Sydney are gReAt characters as well. I love how Jared eats 'Pez' candy and has at least one different Pez Container in each show. How he "finds" toys like Play Doh and Silly Putty for the first time is truly classic. This is a GREAT show and I highly recommend it. The only problem with it is once you watch one episode you want to watch them all that night! LOL
The Pretender took a while to get going in the first season and had trouble with a repetitious episode format. Once they got the clue that the really interesting aspect of the series was the parallel search for the truth about their family history by Miss Parker and Jarod, the series really took off. The fourth season finishes up the series, while leaving some pesky dangly bits for the TV movies.
Once again I love the Pretender series. My kids and I just finished watching season 4 during our weekend Pretender-a-thon! Lots of twists and turns and character development. Miss Parker's family has to be the most twisted family that I have seen in a series for a while. I am surprised that she didn't have a nervous breakdown with all of the filth that Jarod helped her to uncover about her brother and dad. I loved the fact that Jarod was reunited with family members of his own. My biggest complaint has to be that the series ended without a season 5 to answer all our questions. I have heard that there are a couple of made for tv movies out there, I just haven't found them. I would recommend this series and hope that someday there may be a movie to help us get some answers.