Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

So the new Terminator series started tonite. I had almost forgotten about it until someone on IMC mentioned they were going to go watch it. So I missed about 20 minutes worth. I'm told that not a whole lot happened there, except for some background and setup information. I must admit, I was also skeptical before going into this that it would even be worth my time, which is why I hadn't put a sticky note or something up to remind me.

The story picks up not long after the end of T2 where, as you may remember, Cyberdyne Systems just had their headquarters blown to pieces by Sarah, John, Miles Dyson, and the T-101 sent to protect John. I walked in just as the new "evil" terminator revealed himself and started shooting up the classroom John Connor was in. Things escalated quickly from there and we get to see all of the action sequences one would expect from a Terminator movie. The "good" terminator sent back to find and protect John is played by Summer Glau, who Firefly and Serenity fans will recognize as River Tam. She does a pretty good job assuming the role as a cyborg. The rest of the cast appears to be populated by a bunch of unknowns so far.

One thing I'm hoping for is that they will stick to the Terminator timeline as much as they can - we're to assume that John Connor will survive his daily run-ins with the evil cyborgs and we already know from the T3 timeline that Sarah dies at some point. So if they make any major deviations from that I predict things will not go well among the nitpicky sci-fi fans out there. Myself included. I realize this series is going to involve time travel but that doesn't give you a free pass to completely screw everything up. That's the kind of thing that killed Enterprise off, and this series is not immune to that.

It's unclear if they have enough episodes in the can to run a full season. The Writers' Guild strike might have cut things short. If so, don't be too surprised if this thing disappears after a few weeks. Over all, it looks like The Sarah Connor Chronicles has the potential to be a great series. Provided the time travel aspects are not abused. We'll know more tomorrow night as the second episode airs in the usual time slot.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jan 13, 2008 11:41 pm by Samson in: | 4 comment(s) [Closed]
Well, at the very least, Summer certainly makes a much sexier terminator than the current California Govenor did. ;)

I caught a few scenes while I was downstairs. It looked poorly produced and very campy. This isn't to say that it couldn't be a great show. Just that my first impressions of it were not good.

IIRC, Sarah dies from cancer or a disease, rather than a terminator or similar. It got mentioned somewhere in T3 I think. I wouldn't expect them to kill her off in the show for any reason, pretty much. You know, it's only called the Sarah Conner chronicles...

I should see if it's up on hulu or something.

I totally want to watch this just for Summer Glau as a cyborg. Alas, my tv access is basically nil.

Heh. Sucks to be in that situation Regina. Especially since this is one of the very few good shows to come across the regular air waves in a long LONG time.

The second episode was pretty good, but I fear for the continuity of the rules. The opening scene broke a rule that's been repeated over and over - only organic forms can pass through the time vortex. That's probably been bent to hell already anyway with cyborgs coming through, metal endoskeletons being pretty much non-organic. But this time a metal terminator head rolled through the time bubble and came out on the other side. Clearly *NOT* supposed to happen. Nowhere was it ever established that the metal parts of a terminator are organic.

It's the kind of thing that makes me wonder if at some point down the road they'll cook up some crap about how you can pull weapons through if you manage to completely surround them with organic material. Like wrapping your hands around a small grenade or something.

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