The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
Episode Guide | Angel’s Flight
For three seasons we’d been trying to break a ‘Jarod as a magician’ story. And for three seasons, we just couldn’t pull a rabbit out of that hat – (and from that bad pun you know why). The problem was we didn’t want Jarod in a tuxedo in some cheesy Vegas act trying to make a tiger disappear or cutting Miss Parker in half with a saw; although that did have it’s possibilities. We were stumped and quite frankly tired of the exercise of trying, then like magic (I know, another bad pun) the solution kind of dawned on us. If we don’t want to make Jarod a Vegas show magician, do the exact opposite. So finally, when the idea of making Jarod a gritty street magician arose, the whole episode came into focus. The concept of a bad guy using magic to con his way into the hearts of the vulnerable seemed much more heinous and Pretender-like. The Goth underground world seemed a perfect contrast to the glitz usually associated with magic and having Jarod find a missing child for a grieving father in this world seemed just perfect. We were off and running. The only thing we needed was an equally as unique Centre runner.
Like the world of magic, we had also for the longest time wanted to have Jarod in a wax museum, as either a lair or a poop, hopefully both. Another mission we had in this episode was to have Jarod send Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots a warning of something ominous coming to the Centre, something they needed to be wary of. The concept of sending them a warning, piece by piece, that when all placed together created a head made of wax seemed so twisted we just had to do it. And so, we finally had a reason to use the wax museum environment for the show.
The Jarod story ended up being, well, magical (cringe – okay no more puns) and the Centre story did as well. Having our three friends from the Centre arrive at the wax museum only to watch their own wax headed effigies beheaded was truly inspired and what a great warning about the potential for evil it represented in the arrival of Mr. Cox.
Little Known Fact:
The Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots wax heads sit on the bookshelf in our office and stare at us as we write these words.