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THE PRETENDER- the complete second season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 1071 minutes (21 episodes on 4 double sided discs), three part Making-Of featurette, two audio commentaries

STUDIO: FOX

RELEASE DATE: 9-20-2005

DISC ONE, SIDE A: BACK FROM THE DEAD AGAIN, SCOTT FREE, OVER THE EDGE, EXPOSED

DISC ONE, SIDE B: NIP AND TUCK, PAST SIM

DISC TWO, SIDE A: COLLATERAL DAMAGE, HAZARDS, FX, INDY SHOW

DISC TWO, SIDE B: GIGOLO JAROD, TOY SURPRISE

DISC THREE, SIDE A: A STAND UP GUY, UNFORGOTTEN, BULLETPROOF, SILENCE

DISC THREE, SIDE B: CRASH, RED ROCK JAROD

DISC FOUR, SIDE A: STOLEN, BANK

DISC FOUR, SIDE B: BLOODLINES PART 1 & 2

THE PRETENDER started to grow more as a show during the second season where the intrigue in The Centre and Jarod's quest to find out who he is (and where his parents are) was more interesting than Jarod's mission to help people. He also tries to help Miss Parker (who is sent to bring him back to The Centre) find out thE truth about the Centre and her mother's death. Also adding to the tension are two new people who show up at the Centre: Mr. Lyle and Brigitte, who are also on thr trail to capture Jarod. Sydney, Miss Parker, and Broots know they can't trust Lyle or Brigette. season 2 sets the building blocks for season 3 and season 4. THE PRETENDER just improved with each season.  Great acting, wonderful direction, and some very twisted writing made the show last four seasons (and be loved by so many fans).   Jarod and Miss Parker are the emotional core of the show while Sydney is is the father that Jarod never had (since the Centre took him away from his parents).   Miss Parker wishes she didn't have to work for the Centre (some foreshadowing in TOY SURPRISE for developments in season 3).

I hope the DVD sets sell well enough for FOX to make a couple of direct to video sequels to wrap up THE PRETENDER series continuing from the four seasons and two TV movies.   Then people will stop asking Michael T. Weiss if he HAS found his mother yet or if Andrea has caught Jarod yet.

FAVORITE S2 EPISODES:  EXPOSED, GIGOLO JAROD, TOY SURPRISE (where the Centre storyline is much more interesting than Jarod's plot), RED ROCK JAROD, BANK, BLOODLINES

WORST EPISODE:  UNFORGOTTEN

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The episodes do suffer from the same grain and aliasing problems present in the season one DVD. It is nice to see the show in widescreen.

AUDIO: English 2.0 dolby surround, French 2.0 DS, Spanish 2.0 DS

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Audio on par with the season one release.

SPECIAL FEATURES: A Three Part Making Of Season 2 featurette is spread out over Side B of disc One, Two, and Three. They focus on how the show grew and the themes of family and identity in certain episodes. Two episode commentaries were record for this set. RED ROCK JAROD is with Craig W. Van Sickle, Steven Long Mitchell, and episode director Fred K. Keller.

The double length season finale BLOODLINES is with Craig W. Van Sickle, Steven Long Mitchell, Fred K. Keller, Michael T. Weiss, and Andrea Parker. That second commentary is the funniest episode commentary I have ever heard on any TV on DVD release. I hope Michael and Andrea recorded more episode commentaries together.

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE PRETENDER Season 2 DVD set is definitely one for the fans. I hope FOX improves the transfer work a little more for season three and four. A few more extras might be better too.

this DVD Review is (c)9-17-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia