Monday, September 08, 2008

Various products and services reviewed, cont.

Things I like about the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:

1a) The central role of Sarah Connor in the narrative. Terminator 3 was disappointing (among so many reasons) because, after Linda Hamilton's central roles in the first two films, 3 made the story all about the men. But Sarah Connor is the most interesting character! Unknown and unknowing waitress is plucked from nowhere to become the mother (read: teacher, preacher, and personal trainer) to the most important military leader since George Marshall.

1b) Lena Headey in the role of Sarah Connor. Last seen eviscerating Spartan collaborators in 300, Headey manages to keep the best parts of Connor's character without trying to recreate Hamilton's performance.

2) Given the post-9/11 context, and the fact that it's airing on Fox, I kind of expected the writers to re-write the story so that Skynet was actually built by Osama Bin Laden in a cave, with Nancy Pelosi holding the soldering iron. Instead, the central role of the Military Industrial Complex is retained. That's right kiddies, your little obsession over terrorists is a waste of time: Big War will kill us all.

3) The show wisely pretends that Terminator 3 never happened, and instead creates an alternate timeline -- something you can do when time travel is central to your story.

I say give it a viewing. The second season premieres tonight at 8PM on FOX/CKVR in the GTA.


Chet Scoville said...

Ahem. Summer Glau. Little bitty woman. Big scary robot.

john said...

I'm a big fan of Glau (woo Firefly!) but I really wish they'd give her more to do than just look kind of Data-esque. We saw her do human passably in the first episode, and then spent the rest of the 1st season watching her learn to be more human.

celestialspeedster said...

Do you and Vicki have the same brain? We were discussing "Terminator: TSCC" just the other night.

Joe and I completely agree with you about Summer Glau's android. While she no longer has to act human with the Connor family, there is no explaining why her human behaviour and customs files have seemingly all been deleted. She appears to understand nothing nowadays.

However, I like the women of the show especially in contast to the male characters. I preferred John Connor as a brat with daddy issues (circa Terminator 2) to the current mopey teenager (reminiscent of T3. And why is David from "90210" the resident adult male badass?

I also have a problem with the lack of character development in general. Lena Headey gives more dimension to the role than the writers allow her. And is John Connor ever going to have any sort of relationship with the android? Any kind of tension would be great.