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The Pretender – The Complete Fourth Season


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



The Pretender is one of those shows that had some good ideas and the right lead in Michael T. Weiss, but never really took off like it should have.  It was a moderate hit for four seasons, but the conclusions were too pat following a show that had so much more potential.  Jarod (Weiss) had been raised in a secret institution because he had an exceptionally high I.Q. and thus, here is another crazy government experiment.  He escapes and is chased Fugitive-style until the conclusion of the show.


However, it is never as exciting as the classic and Weiss is never quite the chameleon the show would like to think, though the plainness of his looks would help him do most of what he does during the show convincing enough.  He is even at The Centre at the beginning of this season, but it is so badly done and so sloppy that it becomes a sign of bad things to come.  Sure, he shows his kindness throughout the series helping the helpless, but we have seen just about all of this before.  Weiss is the right star for the show, but everyone who is related comes out of the woodwork and the show ends on a sort of tired whimper.  This was the 1999 – 2000 season and that “millennium mania” was kicking in, but the show at least ignored that foolishness.  As a result, this set is for diehard fans only.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is older digital HD shooting with the old HD lenses’ limits most noticeable, plus limited colors and definition issues.  It never looks as good as Profiler, a show that it once crossed-over with and was not quite as good as.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with just barely enough Pro Logic surrounds to make that kind of playback worth it.  Extras include three featurettes, including a two-parter on Jarod’s character that is meant to celebrate and explain the character, and three audio commentary tracks.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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