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Episode Guide | Once in a Blue Moon
Once in a Blue Moon
The criminal mind has always fascinated us and the idea of Jarod going up against a genius killer seemed a natural for the series. But, as always, we wanted to find a way to humanize the story for both Jarod and the audience.
We thought it would be really intense to look into the eyes of a monster and know when he looks back, he not only sees you, but, sees into you. We also thought, it would be a hell of a difficult position to be in, if you needed that monster’s help in order to save an innocent from a horrible fate and knowing you had to play his psychological game to get that help. The idea of a child prodigy having to sim terrible abduction murders, to have to go through the emotional turmoil of ‘becoming a killer’ to stop a killer seemed like the kind of twisted stuff the Centre would do to a child prodigy, a prodigy named Jarod. And that’s exactly what they did, so many years ago, in a sim the terror of which Jarod never quite got over. We also thought, that if the same M.O. was discovered in a new abduction, that would cause Jarod to have to face those fears all over again, as he knows somehow the man he put behind bars, one he is quite scared of, is orchestrating a new era of terror.
With all that in mind, we came up with ‘ONCE IN A BLUE MOON’, which turned out to be a great episode. Michael T. was truly intense, when challenged as an actor, by Michael Des Barres, who played Douglas Willard, the sociopath convict Jarod was up against. ‘ONCE IN A BLUE MOON’ was a perfect show to air on Halloween.
Michael Des Barres was a rock star early in his career. He had a recurring role on “MacGyver”, as that hero’s nemesis. Michael was also once married to Pamela Des Barres, author of the rock and roll tell-all autobiography, “I’m with the Band”.
Little Known Fact:
Michael Des Barres was a rock star early in his career. He had a recurring role on “MacGyver”, as that hero’s nemesis. Michael was also once married to Pamela Des Barres, author of the rock and roll tell-all autobiography, “I’m with the Band”.Steve and Craig