Taking the name of a huge movie franchise like Friday the 13th is ballsy, especially if your television show isn't going to have anything do with the series. People tune in, they find out Jason's not in it, and then they say, "Well I've just been had!" in a proper British accent like one of Sherlock Holmes' criminals. Then you also run the risk of getting sued, and we all know who would win that lawsuit.
Friday the 13th: The Series did share some cast and crew members with the Friday the 13th film series, but those have been documented in other places. I'm not here today, on Friday the 13th no less, to talk about the real-life connections between show and film. I want to talk about how I would have tied the films and the television series together.
You might have heard rumors that the final antique the cast of F13: The Series set out to find was supposed to be Jason's mask. That's probably not true at all; the show seemed to have no interest with the film series, and only tenuous connections behind-the-scenes at best. No, F13: The Series simply wanted the title for publicity's sake, not because it wanted Jason to be a part of its plot.
Still, wouldn't that have been awesome? I mean, now we have Hannibal, Norman Bates, Dracula, the Headless Horseman, and soon Patrick Bateman represented on television. Freddy got his own TV series back in the '80s with Freddy's Nightmares. It's not too much of a stretch to think Jason could have a successful show, too. But how, pray tell, could F13: The Series worked in Jason?
It's all about the mask, and the rumors are right to speculate that Micki and Johnny Ventura (who replaces Ryan in season 3) should be tasked with tracking down Jason's iconic hockey mask. But they've got the setup all wrong. Towards the end of Friday the 13th: The Series' third season, it was 1990. By then, if Jason's mask truly was the last antique to be found, it wouldn't really explain the first Friday movies where Jason doesn't have the mask and kills anyway. (Of course, some long-winded backstory, such as the one I'm about to spout for my own case, could be used to explain it all away, but bear with me.)
What I'm trying to get at is that the mask was cursed because of its association with Jason, not because it was cursed when Jason put it on. It didn't cause Jason to go on murderous rampages; he did that all himself. But the bloodshed and and the amount of evil that the mask encountered left an unbreakable aura.
At the end of Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason gets trapped in the sewers as a swell of water drags him down, just like when he was a child. It's safe to say that after that, someone had to go into the sewer; it was probably one of the city's sanitation workers, and let's just say that he happened to stumble upon Jason's hockey mask in one of the tunnels, with Jason's body nowhere to be found.
This sanitation worker, who we'll name Ray, decides that he could make so dough off of the mask. He knows the story of Jason, he heard about the multiple killings in the Manhattan area linked to him, and he thinks there's some serious profit to be made by selling off the hockey mask to the highest bidder. Because there are always sickos out there who collect serial killer paraphernalia.
Ray sells the hockey mask to Sean, who was one of the protagonists in Jason Takes Manhattan. It might seem strange that he wants it back after the hell he went through with his friend Rennie and their dog Toby, but he's become so obsessed with Jason because of his PTSD that he's determined to rid himself of the memories once and for all by destroying the mask.
Before he does that, however, he contemplates what Jason must have felt like during all of his massacres. Sean has a connection to Jason that he didn't realize - they both have had parental troubles. Sean had his overbearing father, and Jason had his overbearing mother, but in the end Sean made it out alive and Jason didn't. In a way, he feels sorry for the young Jason, that one that was lost before he ever made it to a normal adulthood.
Sean puts the mask on his face, and immediately the straps latch onto the back of his head, crushing his scalp. Sean finds he can't take it off, and he also feels a murderous rage in the pit of his stomach. Somehow the mask is focusing all of his previous hatred for his father into an uncontrollable anger.
After a few days of killing, Sean decides to try to take control of his own emotions. He's heard of an antiques shop called Curious Goods that collects cursed objects, and if there's anyone that can help him, it's them. He calls on Micki and Johnny to take the mask off of his hands, but they fail to unlatch it from Sean's face. Then they fear for their lives when Sean loses control and smashes the shop up.
And if you're wondering why I said that the other Friday films never happened, it's because in this reality, the Jason hockey mask is so successful on F13: The Series that there's no need for those other films in the franchise! Not that more Jason films are a bad thing, but let's just say I'm not the fondest of Jason X.