History Series / ThePretender

14th Jul '17 2:06:43 PM Doogie2K
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* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Every week, Jarod assumes a new job and identity that allows him to save some innocent victims whose plight has caught his eye.
7th Jul '17 5:49:11 PM PaulA
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* BriarPatching: In "The Dragon House", Jarod takes part in an FBI investigation where the agent in charge takes a disliking to him, and at one point gets himself out of chasing off after what he knows will turn out to be a false lead by making a point of how much he wants to follow the lead and would hate to be stuck doing desk duty.


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* HollywoodDarkness: When Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots are exploring the abandoned SL-27 in the last few episodes of the first season, they have only flashlights to illuminate the darkness, but the audience can see the entire scene dimly lit. Among other things, this lets the audience see their reactions to what they discover.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Mr Raines is shown to have done terrible things to the children who were his study subjects.
12th Jun '17 6:24:06 PM Az_Tech341
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** In "Baby Love", Jarod and friend-of-the-week Christine take an abandoned baby Jarod found to child services, but while they're waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room full of unhappy people, Jarod starts to think it would be better if he looked after the baby himself. Christine, following his line of sight, realizes what he's thinking and starts to say something encouraging, then turns to find he's already disappeared.

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** In "Baby Love", Jarod and friend-of-the-week Christine take an abandoned baby Jarod found to child services, but but, while they're waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room full of unhappy people, Jarod starts to think it would be better if he looked after the baby himself. Christine, following his line of sight, realizes what he's thinking and starts to say something encouraging, then turns to find he's already disappeared.



* SuperCellReception: In "Baby Love", Miss Parker receives a phone call while she's in an abandoned room 27 floors underground.

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* SuperCellReception: In "Baby Love", Miss Parker receives a phone call while she's in an abandoned room 27 twenty-seven floors underground.
12th Jun '17 6:30:08 AM PaulA
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* InsistentTerminology: In "Baby Love":
-->'''Jarod:''' You're a garbage man?\\
'''Ax:''' ''Sanitation engineer.''



* MissingFloor: Sub-level 27.

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* MissingFloor: Sub-level 27.Officially, the Centre has 26 sub-levels. There is another, secret sub-level -- SL-27 -- which doesn't appear on the Centre's floor plans and is accessed through a hatchway that's supposedly for sewer access.


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* SecretOtherFamily: In "Baby Love", when Christine is recounting her parents' shortcomings to explain why she doesn't feel ready to become a parent herself, she mentions that her father was rarely around because, it turned out, he preferred to spend his time with his other family on the far side of town.


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** In "Baby Love", Jarod and friend-of-the-week Christine take an abandoned baby Jarod found to child services, but while they're waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room full of unhappy people, Jarod starts to think it would be better if he looked after the baby himself. Christine, following his line of sight, realizes what he's thinking and starts to say something encouraging, then turns to find he's already disappeared.


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* SuperCellReception: In "Baby Love", Miss Parker receives a phone call while she's in an abandoned room 27 floors underground.
1st Jun '17 4:58:48 PM Kalaong
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** He also did an assessment of Marilyn Monroe's death in which he learned to [[NeverSuicide recognize suicides]], but we don't get to hear his conclusions.

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** He also did an assessment of Marilyn Monroe's death in which he learned to [[NeverSuicide recognize suicides]], but we don't get to hear his conclusions.conclusions - only that she didn't ''want'' to [[DyingAlone die alone]].
18th May '17 1:52:46 AM Az_Tech341
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The Pretender is a television series, which ran for 86 episodes over four seasons from September 1996 to May 2000. Boy genius Jarod was raised in a secret science-with-a-capital-$ laboratory (known, in a further example of the series' [[NoNameGiven remarkable reticence with full names]], only as "the Centre") where his talents were put at the service of the highest bidder. As an adult, he discovers that the information gained from some of his simulations has been used for evil so he escapes The Centre. Once out, he also discovers bit by bit that that pretty much everything he's been told about his (supposedly long-dead) parents is a lie, and makes it his goal to find his real family.

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The Pretender is a television series, which ran for 86 episodes over four seasons from September 1996 to May 2000. Boy genius Jarod was raised in a secret science-with-a-capital-$ laboratory (known, in a further example of the series' [[NoNameGiven remarkable reticence with full names]], only as "the "The Centre") where his talents were put at the service of the highest bidder. As an adult, he discovers that the information gained from some of his simulations has been used for evil so he escapes The Centre. Once out, he also discovers bit by bit that that pretty much everything he's been told about his (supposedly long-dead) parents is a lie, and makes it his goal to find his real family.
6th May '17 11:28:02 PM PaulA
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* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Jacob]] in "Indy Show"; Sydney does the respectful closing-the-dead-man's-eyes thing.

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* DiesWideOpen: DiesWideOpen:
** The hitman in "Jarod's Honor"; Jarod does the respectful closing-the-dead-man's-eyes thing.
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[[spoiler:Jacob]] in "Indy Show"; Sydney does the respectful closing-the-dead-man's-eyes thing.



* MonochromeApparition: In "Indy Show", Sydney dreams he's having a conversation with his twin brother Jacob, who has been in a coma for decades following a car accident. Jacob appears as he did before the accident, as seen in MonochromePast flashbacks in earlier episodes -- ''exactly'' as seen in the flashbacks, meaning he's monochrome in the midst of a scene that's otherwise in full color.

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* MonochromeApparition: In an ImagineSpot in "Jarod's Honor" and a dream in "Indy Show", Sydney dreams he's having a conversation converses with his twin brother Jacob, who has been in a coma for decades following a car accident. Jacob appears as he did before the accident, as seen in MonochromePast flashbacks in earlier episodes -- ''exactly'' as seen in the flashbacks, meaning he's monochrome in the midst of a scene that's otherwise in full color.
6th May '17 11:23:48 PM PaulA
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* MultipleIdentityIDs: In the episode "Jarod's Honor", one of the indications that tells Jarod (and the audience) that the hitman isn't just an innocent traveler is that he has multiple driver's licenses in his luggage, each from a different state and bearing a different name, but all with the same photo.
6th May '17 8:46:18 PM PaulA
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* BaitAndSwitch: The stinger of "Unhappy Landings" has a group of US Marshals transporting a prisoner who is referred to as a master of disguise and a man of a thousand faces. He remains unseen until nearly the end of the stinger, and the audience is led to assume that it's Jarod, but actually he's one of the marshals.
5th Mar '17 7:02:08 AM PaulA
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Keys" is set on an island in the Florida Keys, and also has a theme about people finding keys to their pasts.
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