Monday, April 14, 2014

Come Monday...The Pretender

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

What is the first thing you think of when you hear (or read) of someone being a pretender?  Is it not that they are just going through the motions at best, and being a fake (or a fraud) at worst?  That is, except for cases of small children pretending to be someone else as a matter of play, of course.

Hence, the one thing that really bothers me about [The Pretender] television series.  For it is about [Jarod], who has the abilities to actually become a pathologist, or a FBI agent, or a chemical engineer, or a pool shark, or a Formula One race car driver, or a pilot of any-sized airplane (or helicopter) by just reading some manuals.  In fact, the only thing he appeared to have some trouble with was becoming a competent golfer, which was surely included to appease the frustrations of those high up on the network food chain, whom have spent countless hours trying to perfect their swing without realizing all that much success.

In other words, when Jarod showed up as an internist in a hospital, he was not faking anything but the necessary credentials, which he had manufactured beforehand—complete with records filed at the appropriate schools and licensing agencies.  As a running joke throughout the series, he would not lie when asked if he was a doctor or whatever he was presenting himself to be by answering, “I am today,” or when asked how long he had been this or that when first met by someone in the profession, he would typically answer with, “Oh, around 12 hours” (or less).

There really is something for everyone to The Pretender.  For aside from having Jarod traveling around righting wrongs, the series plays upon the paranoia of those who honestly believe that such shadowy organizations as the [Illuminati], [Trilateral Commission] and [Bilderberg Group] really are making realistic plans to take full control over this world in the not too distant future.  For Jarod was stolen from his parents by The Center, and raised to participate in real simulations of certain situations in order to come up with solutions to problems for the purpose of overcoming such to help The Triumvirate achieve their goal of world-domination.

Oh no, Jarod was not a willing participant in The Triumvirate’s evil plans, and as soon as he discovered that they were using his solutions to successfully assassinate people and destroy good institutions, he escaped The Center.  It is soon after his escape where the series begins, and each episode has The Center desperately trying to recapture Jarod in the hope of surviving the wraith of The Triumvirate, with him always getting away just in time.  Okay, they do manage to get him back toward the end of the series, but it does not take him long to slip away again.

You can watch the entire (as far as I know) first season of The Prentender on [Hulu], and if you hunger and thirst for more, the other three seasons are available on Hulu+.  Be assured that the show is well worth the price of admission.

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  1. I love Jackson Browne.

    When I was managing the resort on Hinchinbrook Island, Peyton Wilson who was Jackson Browne's production manager came for a week's holiday before Browne started his concert tour of Australia. He was going to try to get Browne to take a break on the island before returning to the States. Unfortunately, it never eventuated.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lee!!! Back during my hardcore politically-conservatives days, Jackson Browne was a frequent target of the conservative talk-radio programs. So, his stay on your island might have been another highlight of your very interesting life.

  3. It would've been interesting if he had stayed at the resort for a couple of days. I kept picturing saying to him "How about a couple of songs, Jackson?"...and then him sitting back relaxed playing and singing.

    It would've been best for me to shy away from political discussion, because there's a great divide between his allegiances and my own!

    I may have found that difficult to achieve though! ;)

    As you say, it would have made for a very good story!

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lee!!! Yes, I do believe that Jackson Browne's stay at your resort would have made for a very good story, indeed. Hey, what about what this piece is actually about? I think The Pretender is a show that you would really get into.


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