The Pretender


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7.5| NA| en| More Info
Released: 19 September 1996 Ended
Producted By: 20th Century Fox Television
Country: United States of America
Budget: 0
Revenue: 0
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Raised in a secret facility built for experimenting on children, Jarod is a genius who can master any profession and become anyone he has to be. When he realizes as an adult that he's actually a prisoner and his captors are not as benevolent as he's been told, he breaks out. While trying to find his real identity, Jarod helps those he encounters and tries to avoid the woman sent to retrieve him.


Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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ChikPapa Very disappointed :(
Blucher One of the worst movies I've ever seen
Forumrxes Yo, there's no way for me to review this film without saying, take your *insert ethnicity + "ass" here* to see this film,like now. You have to see it in order to know what you're really messing with.
Monkeywess This is an astonishing documentary that will wring your heart while it bends your mind
s k The Pretender is definitely a cut above the rest. However, it's still far from flawless. Think of it as a combination of Quantum Leap (at least the first season of TP), Dexter, The Fugitive, The X-Files, Profiler, and Alias -- all rolled into one. It has tension, suspense, surprises, secrets, conspiracies, lessons to be learned, some eye candy, some cannibalism, a little bit of humor, and even a little bit less of romance. Unfortunately, it also has an annoying amount of formulaic predictability, and some instances of weak/lazy writing, including but not limited to the over-use of dead people who never actually died, as well as plot arcs that simply vanish for entire seasons (or longer). The Pretender is a show about innocence lost; innocence sought; innocence never fully recovered; vengeance; justice; 21st century end game global politics; and, most important of all, genetic manipulation coupled with extensive mind control. It's also about the importance of family, and while that's a good thing in itself, when it comes to the Parkers, that's more than an oxymoron. (The Parkers are more like the perennial winners on: "THE INFERNAL FAMILY FEUD".) Despite its strengths, there are some aspects of The Pretender that are claustrophobic -- meaning, things are too nuclear and too tight and too dense. (i.e. Miss Parker's maniacal obsession with "FINDING HER MOTHER'S KILLER"; "FINDING JAROD"; "FINDING JAROD'S FATHER"; and, possibly, most nauseating of all: "EARNING DADDY'S LOVE".) Then, on the other hand, there are elements so loosely connected to the story that they barely make sense. (i.e. Mitumbo, the "Circle Of Fire", the Jarod clone, the 3 Argyle episodes, Broot's daughter, Jarod's mother -- who is shown ONCE in real time, then never again, etc.) And of course there are the all too common for this genre stupid Keystone Cops moves made by a so-called clandestine intelligence agency, in this case, The Centre. (And the constant lack of voice, location, and email monitoring is just outright laughable.)The acting is about what you'd expect from a major network TV series. It's good at times, passable at other times, and poor some of the time. But the actors seem to be well cast, for the most part, and they pull off their respective roles admirably. (I just wish they would have chosen someone else as their hairstylist. Jarod's hair style for the first season was a distraction, and Miss Parker's hair style looked like a helmet/wig for most of the series. Her makeup also looked, at times, like it had been applied with a trowel.)Most of the seasons are solid, except for season 4 -- they really dropped the ball with that one. All we get are 18 formulaic "save/revenge" scenarios, and none of the "looking for father, mother, sister" arcs. It was silly -- and outright annoying -- especially considering the major revelations presented in season 3's finale. The writers clearly lost their way in season 4. (And if I were Michael Weiss, I'd stick to acting and forget about directing. His "Ghosts From The Past" directorial debut was probably the worst Pretender episode in the entire series.)Overall, however, the series is definitely addictive, and is at its best when Jarod ranges from innocent (i.e. the first time he tastes ice cream, the first time he sees Silly Putty, etc.) to Dexter-like (i.e. plotting and implementing appropriate revenge scenarios). It is also truly at its best when it shows the touching connection between young Jarod and young Miss Parker. It is also strong when it reveals the true evil elements via Dr./Mr. Raines, Mr. Parker, Lyle, Mr. Cox, Mitumbo, and even early Sydney. On the other hand it is weak when it tries to get too cutesy (i.e. the 3 Argyle shows), when it over-uses the "back from the dead" themes, and when it fails to allow Miss Parker to grow emotionally and intellectually from the start of the series to the final episode. She just never seems to "get it" (i.e. that Jarod is the ONLY one she can really trust, aside from Broots), and it gets really old after 84+ episodes.The most egregious offense, however, comes at the transition between the end of season 3 and the entire season 4. Season 3's finale was very powerful. Then season 4 ran for 18 weeks without a single reference to the major developments that occurred in Season 3's finale. It never even got tied up in Season 4's finale, and that's just inexcusable. The show teased its viewers, which is fine to a certain extent; it's what contributes to its addictive quality. But the Season 3 to Season 4 gap is just too large to be acceptable at any level. The writers clearly got lost and took the viewers along for far too many dead end rides. The shows also got a little too heavy handed with Jarod's delivery of the moral punchlines; they were too over-acted and predictable.When it's all said and done, however, The Pretender is one of the best shows, if not THE best show, of its kind to ever air. The characters -- and some of the lessons -- will stick around in one's mind for a long, long time.The Pretender: Rating: 8.5/10
mk` kut This is the Best TV show EVER AND EVER!!! This TV Show MUST Continuous, because it never show how it ends!! I hope seen it again. I have waited for .. 10.years and i need answers!! - and i need Andrea Parker in that show!!! about show: Miss Parker- she is perfect, i can't explain with words: she is the best!! the evil+with sensitive and good. Perfect. Emotional best play in show. and other cast is perfect. i never regret that i have watched all 4 season. YOU MUST SEEN IT!!you won't regret!!I HOPE SOON SEE REST OF MOVIE or better- season 5!!!!
Shatigger This is one of my all time favorite shows.I loved watching all 4 seasons (again-yrs after I watched it on TV) all over again. I really wish that the network didn't take the show off after the 4th season. There are still a lot of unanswered questions that i'm sure a lot of people would like to know. Esp. me. And just to let you know, Michael is very HOT to watch! The cast also deserves a great big HECK YEA for a great job keeping my eyes glued to the TV screen. M.T.W and Andrea make a great team. Keep up the good work on your next projects. Hope to see you do a TV movie or BIG time screen movie. We want to see a happy ending for Jarod and Ms. Parker. And it would be nice to see Michael T's HOT body again. :0) A fan for life, Shannon
faraway_123 I expect there will be a surprising change in the next season.There were enough such characters in Jarod'life.There's been many shows over the years featuring a nomadic character who helps people as he goes about his journey, but THE PRETENDER is probably my favorite of the bunch.Maybe the story should put more focuses on the relationships with the Center& his family.The secret of the Center should be exploded----the-top-three.Miss.parker and her family should have a end.The DVD set(1-3 season)can be found in China now.By the way,I do not appreciate Michael'long hair figure.