- Jarod: They move in on you, don’t they? The walls. You stare at them long enough and you swear they start creeping in on you.
- Carl Will: You sound like a man that’s been on this side of the bars.
- Jarod: It’s tough...when you don’t belong there. You’re innocent...at least, that’s what you keep saying.
- Carl Will: Nobody’s listening.
- Jarod: I am.
- Carl Will: You’re telling me a man wearing that uniform hasn’t heard this story?
- Jarod: I’ve heard the story, I’m interested in the truth.
Mmmkay new question:
Have any of you who follow me or see this watched the pretender? I grew up on that show. Tell me if u have so I can talk to u about it and love u more uwu
Look what the fab Jon Gries posted on Twitter for us.
This is like a treasure.
I can’t believe I forgot how handsome this man is.
(for those of you don’t know, that’s Michael T. Weiss. He starred in one of my all-time favorite TV shows, The Pretender.)
There are times that I ask myself, was it fair to be left with an OTP whose most intense sexual relationship consisted of a slight hand touch and the most frustrating almost kiss in history?
I don’t think so.
Jarod: I want to know who I am. And I’d rather die trying to find out than live not knowing.
LIFE IS A GIFT…
And so are friendships, just like that of fans Julie and Laurette.
We invite you to share stories of the friendships tP has brought into your lives with us, and in turn, we will share them with everyone within the Pretender “Fanmily” on the G.I.F.T. at ThePretenderLives.com.
You can read the first Friendship Story submission here, at: http://www.thepretenderlives.com/blue-cove-times-france-edition/
Steve & Craig
Today I visited the water treatment plant that was used as the exterior for the Centre in the TV series The Pretender. It was by accident and it was very nostalgic for me. One of my earliest fictional role models was Miss Parker.
Sometimes I feel really sad that new members of fandom our not familiar with the awesomeness of Miss Parker. She was all sharp edges, style and a hidden compassion. That she managed to be as functional with her upbringing is amazing. (from isagrimorie)
That’s very true (and it makes me sad too).
She should be a complete mess, and she is, but not anywhere close to the point that most people would be in those conditions.
All she wants to do is make her daddy proud, and he keeps disappointing her, over and over. Let’s take for example the Bank episode (because I’ve watched it recently), her father shows up at her house - to which he hasn’t been in years, long enough to make her daughter and even Sydney think it’s weird. And they’d be right, because he came at all because Jarod had stolen something from him, and he was blatantly checking if Miss Parker already knew about it. And then the second time, after the whole hostage mess, to find out if the guy he ordered killed had managed to tell her anything about Miss Parker’s mother’s death before he was shot “in a terrible accident”.
And during those two visits Mr. Parker reveals a few things:
- He doesn’t remember what kind of musical number his daughter played on the piano for him as a child.
- He comments on a painting she has, and asks where she got it and she tells him that it was a gift… from him.
- When Miss Parker asks him if whatever it was that Jarod stole was valuable, he tells her it’s nothing that can’t be replaced (‘IT’ WERE LETTERS FROM HER MOTHER TO HER).
- He’s there to tell her he’s happy she’s alright. Because he couldn’t be bothered to ask her if she’s okay right outside that bank (instead commenting on the fact that Jarod escaped once more as another failure).
I don’t even know if it’s possible to put in enough sarcasm in 'father of the year' to ever be close to conveying my feelings on Mr. Parker.
Anyway. Taking into account that she heard her mother “shoot herself” when she was like twelve. And then was raised by ‘that’, but mostly in french boarding schools. And then works as a sweeper for The Centre for years before Jarod escapes. And then finds out one secret after another that rock the foundations of all she knew about her world (*shudders at Lyle and Mr Raines*). And loses Tommy. And… the fact she’s still sane is a miracle.
But she’s not just sane. She’s brilliant.
She’s untouchable (unless you want to lose a hand). And cold as ice (except when she’s so bright she could burn down a city). And I completely understand why Jarod named a crocodile with the sharpest teeth after her (though I’m sure she really thought of shooting him for that one, and so he’s really lucky he wasn’t there).
But she’s still kind… sometimes… on occasion… well, to kids and to people that are her family, like Sydney and Broots (but to Sydney and Broots only when they are already bleeding and cutting them open further would simply lack sport). She’s still the girl with the sad eyes, the girl who became friends with a boy who didn’t have any (wasn’t ALLOWED to have any).
But she’s also the best sweeper the Centre had, who was working in the Tower before their Pretender ran away and made everyone’s live more complicated.
There isn’t a character like her anywhere else on TV, and considering when this show aired and how much time they’ve had to make it happen, I don’t think there ever will be.