The Pretender – Hope and Prey

by Alan Rapp on August 20, 2020

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“Follow the circle.”

The Pretender - Hope and Prey television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to another episode featuring a man who can be anyone he wants to be. Both Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) and Miss Parker search for answers about Jarod’s father. For Jarod, that means a trip to a Native American reservation where a friend of his father’s has answers he would like to offer. Unfortunately, Mike (Gregory Cruz) on the run from bounty hunters (one of whom is played by Susan Gibney) leading Jarod to temporarily take up the profession to find the missing man and discover who among the group wants him brought in dead rather than alive. In true Pretender fashion, Jarod discovers the land broker who would profit from Mike’s death and lays a trap allowing Jarod a chance to talk with the boy his father saved decades ago and find a new clue in the patch from an old Air Force uniform. Jarod’s journey may not offer much in the way of answers, but it does teach him that his father was a good man, and finally fill in the face of the man (David Cowgill) he could never remember.

In the Centre, Parker is discouraged to discover the reprogramming of Mr. Fenigor (Keene Curtis) meaning any answers he may have had about Jarod’s father or his possible role in the shooting of Miss Parker’s mother have been lost. However, with the help of Angelo (Paul Dillon), Miss Parker unearths the weapon used to murder her mother which bears the same flaming circle logo on its grip. Angelo’s advice puts Miss Parker on the same path as Jarod, following the circle and looking for answers. The episode is also notable for Sydney (Patrick Bauchau) fighting through his psychosomatic blindness by facing his past.

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