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Season 1

The Dragon House

Dragon House -00299-1Written by: Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle

Directed by: Fred Keller

Original Air Date: 5-17-19970

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Logline:

Jarod tries to save his brother, Kyle, and learns more about his long ­lost family.

The Dragon House

Dragon House -03255-1In Italy all roads lead to Rome and in series television all episodes lead to the season finale.

From the day we started the series, we knew what the last scene of the first season finale was going to be. We knew what personal and emotional revelations we wanted to make for each character, as well as, how much of the Centre lore we wanted to bring out of the shadows, all of it leading to an exciting cliffhanger to leave the fans with for the summer. We took care, and were mostly successful, in laying the groundwork for the finale during the season.

 

While doing his many pretends, Jarod’s quest to learn who he really was, where he came from, and who and where his parents are was always on his mind, they were always his driving force. We tried to keep that in our minds as well as we crafted the episodes that lead to THE DRAGON HOUSE. At the same time, we were crafting the different aspects of the Centre lore side of the series. Chief among these were: Who killed Catherine Parker and why? Who were the children in the ‘Rescued’ file and why was Catherine involved in this enterprise? What exactly was the purpose of SL-27, and what kinds nefarious things had Mr. Raines overseen down there? Who had been responsible for Sydney’s brother’s accident, and why was he shut up?

Dragon House -01413-1It was our job to intersect these and many other continuing mysteries and bring it all to a head before the second season would begin.

We also gave ourselves a second challenge, having Jarod help himself instead of always helping others. During this episode, while doing a pretend as an FBI agent hunting down a kidnap victim he knows was taken by a man (Kyle, who was also a child subject at the Centre) in many ways Jarod is really his own client. This whole episode was designed to let Jarod go on an adventure that would reveal to him answers about who he was, where he came from, reveal secrets about his family, have him discover where they hid after he was taken, the fact that Kyle was his brother and that they have a sister, and while staying one step ahead of the Centre finally get him face to face with his mother.

At the same time, we took our friends from the Centre on a mysterious roller coaster of their own. They discover that Kyle was Jarod’s brother, that he’d been secretly kept by Raines and trained as a killer, a killer who was trained to hate Catherine Parker. Miss Parker’s trail leads her to capture Kyle and get him alone to find out who really killed her mother; A trail that also leads back to Mr. Raines, SL27 and the ‘birthing table with shackles’. Meanwhile, Sydney’s storyline continues his belief that Raines is responsible for what happen to Jacob and much of the evil associated with the Centre. Even Mr. Parker’s involvement in this story is tied to Raines and all the secrets and lies.

Dragon House -06644-1Our hero does get to see his mother, but it’s bittersweet, it’s a trap set up by the Centre. Jarod must send her away and then elude Miss Parker et al. Jarod then finds himself face to face with the oxygen-wheezing epitome of evil, Mr. Raines. Before Raines can shoot Jarod in the back “because you exist” someone shoots Raines who explodes in a huge fireball. The question is, who?

In the end, our hero is back where he started, still wondering who he is, but knowing he’s loved and that he must keep searching to put back together what was stolen from him by the Centre. His family and his life.

It was during the filming of the Mexican standoff scene between Jarod and Kyle, on the back patio of the Dragon House, when we got the call from NBC, picking up the show for a second season. Everyone was ecstatic and full of pride. And if you look carefully at the actors in the next scene where Miss Parker and Sydney arrive and chase down Kyle, you can see a certain twinkle in their eyes.

Little Known Fact:

It was during the filming of the Mexican standoff scene between Jarod and Kyle, on the back patio of the Dragon House, when we got the call from NBC, picking up the show for a second season. Everyone was ecstatic and full of pride. And if you look carefully at the actors in the next scene where Miss Parker and Sydney arrive and chase down Kyle, you can see a certain twinkle in their eyes.

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