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Sarah Connor Chronicles update

They're finally getting it right.

femetal and I have continued to watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, pushing through the torment and comforting each other as we cry ourselves to restless sleep after each episode. Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit (there haven't been any real tears since "Gnothi Seauton"- (episode 2)), but I didn't want to post more about it until I'd either given up on the show entirely or it had made a major change for the better.

I've noticed that the show has somewhat gotten less painful to watch with each successive episode, but I'd hardly call that praise. Yes, each episode has had some great moments (usually involving Cameron), but individual moments or scenes aren't enough to carry a series. Fortunately (or at least "less unfortunately"), the ratio of coolness to suffering has improved with each episode until this past Monday's "Queen's Gambit" (episode 5), when the show turned a corner.

The show was good. There was no stupidity, no contradictions with the established canon, and the episode was a pleasure to watch from start to finish. This is what I expect from a TV show based on my favorite movie franchise. Finally! Great action, a plausible plot (within the context of the Terminator universe), well acted across the board, some unexpected twists, and even genuinely funny bits. No, it's not deeply intelectual and it's not Firefly, but it isn't supposed to be. I really hope that the show continues the trend.

Oh, and Lena Heady doing pullups? Mmmmmmmmm... *drool*

(As a side note, Josh Friedman made a blog post a couple of days ago about the show and the writers' strike that's available at http://www.terminatorsite.com. He addresses the issue with Cromartie's head and the time field- not to my complete satisfaction, but at least it shows that they were actually thinking about it and didn't just throw canon to the wind.)

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drivingblind
Feb. 14th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
My wife -- who's completely unfamiliar with the canon, I wish to point out, having been sheltered from those movies as she grew up -- has been wall-to-wall loving the series. The fact that it is getting better (which you and I can agree on, at least, regardless of where we feel it started) is just icing on a particularly groovy robotic cake sent from the future to fatten us all.
datan0de
Feb. 15th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
You'll get no argument from me. I fully acknowledge that my fanaticism regarding the Terminator series has made me probably its pickiest critic.

Either way, I'm glad your wife is enjoying the show. It's good to see new people being exposed to dystopian cyberpunk awesomeness! :-) Have you shown her the movies yet?
drivingblind
Feb. 15th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
She got them for me for Valentine's Day. So now we set up a double feature night.

(By "them", I do mean we're skipping T3, at least for the moment. I had fun with T3, but I don't think she would, and T3 is sort of a 'branch' in the continuity of T1 - T2 - T:TSCC)
cinzazul
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
I am so not watching that show. In fact, I'm not even reading this entry as you are talking about that show which I refuse to watch. If they were going to make a goddamn Terminator TV show it should be fucking set in the future so we can see all the cool stuff they spent 3 movies teasing us about. It's like Aliens Vs. Predator, WHY THE FUCK ARE HUMANS IN THOSE MOVIES. I don't care about humans, make the entire movie take place on another planet, have 0 dialogue except Predator prime tounge and hisses. You can subtitle it if you want just fucking stop throwing lame ass chicks in there for me to "identify" with. I will identify with the most badass alien you put in the movie PERIOD. Argh. ARGH DAMN SHIT FUCK. Actually you know what, this comment is too good to just leave here, I'm gonna cross post this as an entry.
datan0de
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
The next Terminator move (with Christian Bale playing John Connor) is set after Terminator 3, and therefore after Judgment Day. I personally think that T3, while enjoyable, is by far the weakest of the Terminator movies and I'm glad that The Sarah Connor Chronicles disregards it completely. However, T3 did do a magnificent job of setting up a future war movie or three.

Did I say three? Yeah, that's the rumor. Supposedly they're considering doing a trilogy. It's just rumor, but it's a possibility.

Happy now? ;-)
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