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The Pretender

Here is another TV series that has a great overarching story arc with solid individual episodes.

Jarod is a Pretender. Kidnapped as a boy, Jarod was taken to The Center where his brilliance was used to play out scenarios dreampt up by the nefarious shadow organization.

But, that's not where our story begins. Jarod has escaped The Center and is now using his training and genius to help those that need it. He slips into roles as if he'd trained his whole life for them, and he has.

But, The Center wants their pet rat back and puts his old mentor and his childhood "friend" on his trail. It's a long-running game of cat and mouse where roles reverse and lines of alliance blur is odd ways.

Each episode is clever in its own way. The series is intriguing and the plots compelling.

This is another show that challenges the viewer to keep up and sucks you in as Jarod dodges one set of bad guys to chase after another.

IMDB Score: 8.0/10
Amazon Score: 4.7/5


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Mission: Impossible

Do not confuse this classic with the horrible remake done in 1988 or the Tom Cruise movies. This is the original, never topped, series from the 60s that still stands up today as an edge-of-your-seat dramatic thriller. OK, the smoking reel-to-reel tape player is lame, but the rest of the series outshines most of today's drama TV.

"Your mission, should you decide to accept it" starts each episode and mission leader Mr. (James) Phelps (Peter Graves in top form) hand-picks a team of agents to do: the impossible.

The Secretary may disavow any knowledge of this team but we viewers follow their intricate machinations to bring down tyrants, expose plots, steal secrets and make the world safe for democracy.

Martin Landau (Space: 1999) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) each went on to do schlocky television science fiction (Space: 1999 and Star Trek) but don't hold that against them because both contributed a great deal to the ensemble cast in Mission: Impossible.

The series theme music still sets our pulses racing as the characters race against time to accomplish their mission.

IMDB Score: 8.3/10
Amazon Score: 4.4/5

 

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