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THE PRETENDER The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 881 minutes (19 episodes on four discs (DVD-14)), three audio commentaries, three featurettes

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox HE

RELEASE DATE: 7-18-2006

DISC 1, SIDE A: THE WORLD'S CHANGING/ SURVIVAL/ ANGEL'S FLIGHT/ RISQUE BUSINESS

DISC 1, SIDE B: ROAD TRIP/ EXTREME

DISC 2, SIDE A: WILD CHILD/ RULES OF ENGAGEMENT/ 'TIL DEATH DO US PART/ SPIN DOCTOR

DISC 2, SIDE B: COLD DICK/ LIFELINE

DISC 3, SIDE A: GHOSTS FROM THE PAST/ THE AGENT OF YEAR ZERO/ JUNK/ SCHOOL DAZE

DISC 3, SIDE B: MELTDOWN/ CORN MAN A COMING

DISC 4, SIDE A: THE INNNER SENSE PART 1 and 2

DISC 4, SIDE B: Jarod's Mythology featurettes, Looking For Chip Greenfelt featurette

THE PRETENDER was a show I wished lasted for a few more seasons beyond the fourth season (the final one) and the two TNT movies that followed. Jarod is the part that Michael T. Weiss will be remembered for. The storylines for The Centre become mroe important this season as even one episode focuses on who killed Thomas ('TIL DEATH DO US PART) and another reveals what really happened Miss Parker's mom (THE INNER SENSE). A few great episodes are in this season including ROAD TRIP and MELTDOWN(which features Melinda Clarke). First, Jarod (Weiss) escapes from The Centre which kidnapped him as a kid in the first place and continues on with becoming anyone to help other people in their struggles hwile trying to reveal things about The Centre to the people who are tracking him down: Sydney (Patrick Bauchau), Broots, and Miss Parker (Andrea Parker). Things just keep getting stranger as more is revealed about Mr, Parker, Mr. Lyle, and Mr. Raines. It's up to you which one of them is the most evil.

SPIN DOCTOR is the first half of a crossover with PROFILER (the episode CLEAN SWEEP from PROFILER isn't included on the set and neither is PIANISSIMO which also had Jarod in it). Hopefully the two PROFILER crossover episodes can be included in the next DVD set which includes THE PRETENDER TV Movies (THE PRETENDER 2001 and ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED).

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 2.0 Dolby Surround, French DS, Spanish DS

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Video is great as always (transfers not bad at all- look as good as the best TV broadcasts or even better) and the audio is about the same where the surround tracks are so-so when it comes to surround action.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Three audio commentaries were recorded:

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT by Series Creators Craig W. Van Sickle and Steven Long Mitchell, Supervising Producer/Writer Ethan Matthew Lawrence and Executive producer/Writer Tommy Thompson

'TIL DEATH DO US PART by Van Sickle and Mitchell, Tommy Thompson and Actress Andrea Parker

COLD DICK by Van Sickle, Co-Producer/Writer Manny Coto and Actor Michael T. Weiss

The audio commentary with Andrea Parker is teh best of the three while the other twop don't live up to commentary tracks on previous sets. Too bad they couldn't have paired Andrea with Michael for another commentary like they did for the season 2 finale. I do wish they picked episodes other than COLD DICK and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT to do audio commentaries for. Andrea does reveal she might have directed an episode if the show wasn't cancelled after the fourth season.

Three featurettes appear on Side B of Disc 4.

JAROD'S MYTHOLOGY PART 1 focuses on Jarod and the characters getting darker for season 4.

JAROD'S MYTHOLOGY PART 2 is about the ongoing Center storylines and the cliffhanger season finale that was the last episode of the series since NBC decided to go with the big flop known as the XFL.

LOOKING FOR CHIP GREENFELT talks about how much people enjoyed doing teh show and the creators hint that news on a third movie for THE PRETENDER series may be coming soon.

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE PRETENDER Season 4 is a must-own for any fan of the show. I just wish the extras were as good as previous sets.

RELATED Reviews:

Season 1 -  http://enterline2.tripod.com/pretenderseasonone.html

Season 2-  http://enterline2.tripod.com/thepretender_season2.html

Season 3-

http://enterline2.tripod.com/the_pretender_season3.html

this review is (c)7-14-2006 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://enterlinemedia.livejournal.com  and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com