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The Pretender - The Complete Second Season

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Jarod is a Pretender—a genius whose exceptionally high I.Q. allows him to master virtually any profession. Since escaping from the Centre, the secret research facility where he was brought up after being taken from his parents, Jarod has managed to stay one step ahead of his ex-captors, Miss Parker and Sydney. Although still reeling from the death of his brother, Jarod also continues to make sure that justice is done by helping innocent victims wronged by society. In the second season we are also introduced to the mysterious Mr. Lyle, played by James Denton of Desperate Housewives fame.

According to his sleek nemesis Miss Parker (Andrea Parker), Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) is "a genius who can become anyone that he wants to be." As the second season begins, he's still on the run and her father, Mr. Parker (Harve Presnell, Fargo), is still missing. In his place, the Centre has installed the smooth Mr. Lyle (Jamie Denton, Desperate Housewives) and his associate Brigitte (Pamela Gidley, whose British accent will soon disappear). In the premiere episode ("Back From the Dead Again"), it will also be revealed that Mr. Raines (Richard Marcus, 24) survived last season's assassination attempt. A few episodes later ("Exposed"), Mr. Parker will return, but by then Miss Parker won't be so sure he's really her father. Then again, nothing on The Pretender is ever what it seems...

Throughout the 22-episode season, Jarod’s "pretends" will range from firefighter ("Over the Edge") to FBI Agent ("A Stand Up Guy")--even male escort ("Gigolo Jarod"). Along the way, he'll catch up on some of the childhood staples he missed, like Jell-O and Twinkies (both of which he'll use against the bad guys). Meanwhile, Sydney (Patrick Bauchau) will reunite with his twin brother, only to lose him again ("Indy Show," featuring a cameo from Mario Andretti). Other pivotal episodes include "Bulletproof," in which Sydney meets up with another figure from his past, "Crash," in which Mr. Lyle's true identity is revealed, and double-length season finale "Bloodlines" (featuring Haley Joel Osment as a potential pretender), in which Miss Parker finds out she has a brother. Alas, it's either the psychotic Mr. Lyle or Angelo (Paul Dillon), the Centre's idiot savant or, as she calls him, "Cousin It." The second season ends with a cliffhanger as a bomb goes off in the Centre--just as Jarod is trying to make his escape. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • 21 episodes on four double-sided discs
  • Commentary by series creators Craig W. Van Sickle and Steven Long Mitchell and director Fred Keller on Red Rock Jarod
  • Commentary by Craig W. Van Sickle, Steven Long Mitchell, Fred Keller, and actors Michael T. Weiss and Andrea Parker on Bloodlines parts 1 and 2
  • Three-part making-of featurette

Please note that all four discs play double-sided, contents are as listed below:

  Side A: Episodes 1-4
  Side B: Episodes 5-6

  Side A: Episodes 7-10
  Side B: Episodes 11-12

  Side A: Episodes 13-16
  Side B: Episodes 17-18

  Side A: Episodes 19-20
  Side B: Episode 21

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Harve Presnell, James Denton
  • Directors: Chuck Bowman, Frederick King Keller, James Whitmore Jr., Jim Charleston, Joe Napolitano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 1071 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X76ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pretender - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Brown on July 19, 2005
Format: DVD
As Jarod started to feel more at ease in the world, "The Pretender" started to take more chances with the formula. Enter new baddies... primary among them Jamie Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Mr. Lyle. What he lacked in opposing thumbs, he made up for with sheer determination and deception. The enigmatic Mr. Raines had a greater presence here as well. They were soon followed by Harve Presnell as Mr. Parker, and Pamela Gidley as Brigitte.

As the second season went on, The Centre lost faith in Miss Parker's ability to bring Jarod back. She was hounded by Lyle and Brigitte. And was never really sure where her beloved Daddy stood. To make matters worse, she began running into her own health issues. And what did happen in that Centre elevator all those years ago?

The tapestry that was the central storyline for this great show, got woven a bit further. Though for every question that was answered (and there were very few), another series of questions would manifest themselves.

While Fox is still being stingy with the extras on the sets. It is nice to see that they are following up with the second season release. Season three is on the books for late February, hold your breath for season four.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
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1. Back from the Dead Again

Jarod impersonates a college professor to investigate the disappearance of a medical student's brother.

2. Scott Free

Jarod impersonates a safe cracker to help an ex-con being blackmailed by a thief.

3. Over the Edge

Jarod impersonates a rescue worker in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the apparent attempted suicide of another team member.

4. Exposed

Jarod poses as a fashion photographer to track down the stalker of a model.

5. Nip & Tuck

Jarod impersonates a plastic surgeon so he can probe the tragic disfigurement of a teenage girl.

6. Past Sim

Lyle utilizes one of Jarod's simulations to help a Japanese mobster kidnap a murder witness.

7. Collateral Damage

Jarod helps a soldier who has been falsely assused of treason.

8. Hazards

Jarod helps a suicidal engineer who has been made the scapegoat for a hazardous chemical spill that killed three people.

9. FX

A stunt man is seriously injured during the filming of a television commercial.

10. Indy Show

Jarod impersonates a race car driver to solve a mystery.

11. Gigolo Jarod

While impersonating a gigolo, Jarod discovers a plot concocted by a real estate developer to drive residents of a poor urban area from their neighborhood.

12. Toy Surprise

Jarod attempts to help a teenage boy whose best friend was killed in an automobile accident.

13. A Stand Up Guy

Jarod infiltrates the mob to flush out a cop killer.

14. Unforgotten

Jarod develops amnesia after he is struck on the head.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Snape on July 1, 2005
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This was an incredible season of The Pretender. It was, in fact, the one that made me fall in love with the show. It has, in my opinion, the most consistantly good episodes in the series. Season Two also had a good balance between the Centre and Jarod's pretends, which is always a plus. The last few episode of the season are some of the best Pretender ever had.

Two seasons down, two seasons and two movies to go.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miss Kate Beckett Parker on September 16, 2005
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Season 2 of "The Pretender" holds onto the momentum established with Season 1 and builds on it. All of the drama continues. The tale of the Pretender, 'Jarod' who is a genius who could become anyone he wanted to be but didn't know who he was, still refreshingly original. Jarod's experiences are skillfully portrayed with sensitivity by the lead actor, Michael T. Weiss. Season 2 introduces the character, 'Mr. Lyle,' played with finesse by James Denton, of current Desperate Housewives fame. Jamie Denton, as he was called then, is so convincing as the nefarious 'Mr. Lyle' that he has been avoided by people in real life because of the role! The same actually goes for Andrea Parker who plays the very complicated character 'Miss Parker,' and has had similar reactions from people in real life. (What a tribute to these performers. How can you not watch?) But unlike 'Mr. Lyle,' 'Miss Parker' is not just a one-sided person. She isn't just pure evil. 'Jarod' is very good at showing us the other facets of her character as he challenges her in ways she would never expect from anyone. Andrea Parker owns the role of 'Miss Parker' and I hope she will get to play it again at least one more time in a final "Pretender" movie. Meanwhile, I will enjoy these DVDs, which by the way, also contain one of Andrea's favorite episodes, "Toy Surprise." No spoilers here, you'll have to watch to see why! This DVD set is very definitive Pretender, perfectly crafted drama, mystery and comedy, pure and clean, classic entertainment your whole family can enjoy. A+++++++++++++
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By eatsshootsleaves on June 18, 2005
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This is hands down the best season of The Pretender. The mysteries keep coming, revelations are brought to light, and it ends with a hell of a cliffhanger.

Highly recommended.
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