Wednesday, January 16, 2008


OK, for the time being at least, I’m hooked on Fox’s new Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Gee, for a fan of the first two Terminator movies, who’s seen each of those flicks two dozen times apiece, what’s not to like? Really?

What Sarah Connor’s got going for it big time is its faithfulness to those first two films. It plays The Game set up by James Cameron two decades ago, and that’s really a good thing. This isn’t a “reboot.” Rather, it’s a nice, smooth continuation of the original idea and story, ignoring the questionable third movie of a few years ago. There’s a lot to like here. Lena Headey (300) picks up the role of Sarah from the great Linda Hamilton quite nicely. I believe her in every scene. She may not be as frantic as Hamilton was, but then, do we honestly want to watch that much angst week after week? The kid who plays future freedom-fighter John Connor is fine. Summer Glau, “good terminator” Cameron (a tribute to John Cameron?), builds on her soft-but-deadly image from Firefly/Serenity. In this series, she’s River Tam with gears and bolts. I like it.

Of course, it’s the writing that always counts. And God willing, the writers’ strike will be over by the time this show reaches its ninth and end-of-season episode. This is good stuff. The characters are well drawn. The plot arcs are in place. And I’m curious where we’re headed with The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

It’s always nice to see good sci-fi on TV.

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At 7:36 PM, Blogger Anders Monsen said...

Summer Glau's Terminator seems a little frail and wimpy, at least from the first episode. A few bullets and she's down and out, while the bad Terminator takes bullets, bombs, and other deadly action, yet keeps on moving and ripping apart steel doors with ease. There also were significant gaps of logic in the pilot episode (how did both the bad Terminator and the FBI agent happen to be in LA at the right time after the events in New Mexico?), and it completely obviates the third movie. Still, I did enjoy the episode somewhat, and hope it keeps building on the idea, as there's lots of room for a good one or two season TV franchise in what they currently have.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Wally Conger said...

Anders, I think the fact that the series "completely obviates the third movie" is a good thing.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Anders Monsen said...

Indeed. I have heard the same about the third movie many times. Without Cameron or Linda Hamilton it seemed a totally different franchise, despite the Governator reprising his role as a good Terminator.


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