The Pretender, The Sentinel, Witchblade, Dark Angel

With the new fall season almost upon us, the Toddster decided to remember some shows that were on and that are available on DVD. These will certainly bring back some good TV moments and exciting viewing. Would you also believe that November will mark eight years that the Toddster has been around doing this little column? This one is for those people who may not have heard of these ... or maybe you might have. Let's remember.

Hidden Gems – Available on DVD

The Pretender (1996-2001) - It's possible to find heroes in the most unlikely of places. Jarod (Micheal T. Weiss) was recruited as a child by a think-tank called the Centre. Jarod was a genius who came up with simulations for different types of situations that may happen in everyday life. Years went by and as Jarod got older, he learned that his simulations were used to kill a lot of people. He escapes and he can use his genius to be anyone and be able to do anything. Also, the Centre wants him back and they send their best agent, Ms. Parker (Andrea Parker) after him because he's so valuable. In the pilot episode, Jarod learns of a little boy who had his spinal cord snapped during an operation where the doctors may be at fault. Can Jarod learn the truth about what really happened before? Seasons 1-4 are now available.

The Sentinel (1996-1999) - Heroes have to learn all they can sometimes to survive. They may even have pick up some new tricks along the way. Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi) was part of a military unit that was crashlanded in Peru and he was the last of his squad. During his stay, he was adopted into a tribe that used all of their five senses at superhuman levels. In the pilot, Ellison was able to gain them and later returned to the modern world to become a cop. After he comes back, strange things begin to happen and he needs help. He meets Blair Sandberg (Garrett Maggart) who is writing a paper on the tribe that saved Ellison's life and may be able to help him sort out his problems. A bomber called the Switchman has targeted Ellison and is now bombing different parts of the city. Can Ellison get a handle on his new powers to stop him? Season 1 is available in stores.

Witchblade (2000-2002) - Cops all get equipment to do their jobs. This one is about to get something a whole lot different. Sara Pezzini (Yancy Butler) was a cop on a mission to take down a mob boss that may have killed her father and a friend of hers. During one of her cases, she goes after a killer and chases him into the museum where she comes across a strange Gauntlet called the "Witchblade." It's rumored to have many powers and only women can wear it. The blade has chosen Sara and now she has to take down the Mob while trying to master it. Also, a mysterious man named Kenneth Irons (Anthony Cistaro) will stop at nothing to possess the Witchblade and to control Sara. Is Sara going to be able to solve the case and find out what Irons is really after? The complete series is available at a reasonable price

Dark Angel (2002-2004) - Sometimes heroes discover where they come from and they don't always like like what they find. Max (Jessica Alba) was part of a secret Government project called Manticore. They used cloning and gene splicing techniques to graft abilities into children to make them the perfect soldiers. A few years later, a number of them (including Max) escaped and are now living normal lives as much as they can. Years later. Max is living in Seattle where, a few years ago, terrorists set off an electromagnetic pulse in the upper atmosphere which causes a severe depression of sorts that wipes out most computer records and a lot of technology. Max works as a bike messenger and moonlights as a master thief. One night she meets Logan Cale (Micheal Weatherly) while trying to rip off a painting. It also seems Logan also operates as a computer hacker code named "Eyes Only" trying to help out a mother and child. Now Logan needs Max's help to get the little girl back who's been kidnapped. Can Max help Logan out? Seasons 1 and 2 can be found now in stores.

Just a few TV shows that are out there and ones definitely worth seeing. The new fall season starts up next week. The show I'm most looking forward to is "Marvel's: Agents of Shield" and the returning show I'm looking out for is "Arrow." More movies are back with a certain Armored Avenger back again. The Toddster returns next time.

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