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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Let me start this post by saying, "It's not as bad as everyone's said it is."

Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles Poster

However, it's not that great, either.

Last night, during an exciting adventure I call "defrosting my refrigerator", I had some free time on my hands. Firing up Hulu.com, I happened to be browsing TV shows and noticed that the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was set to expire in about two hours.

Impulsively seizing the moment (as I am occasionally wont to do) I ended up watching the first three episodes. Now the show won't win any awards - at least, not from any establishment I'd respect afterwards - but it did manage to entertain me. The story's familiar enough - it takes place after the events of Terminator 2 (and, irritatingly enough, on a "separate timeline" from Terminator 3 and the upcoming film) - but the characters are alarmingly thin. I mean, really thin.

The main players thus far:
  • Sarah Connor, who manages to monotonously brood and worry about saving her son so he can "save the future",

  • John Connor, who manages to be your standard dumbass teenager with no survival instinct whatsoever, and

  • Cameron Phillips, played by the infinitely cool Summer Glau, a Terminator sent back from the future to help John survive. In terms of depth of personality, I do believe they just picked the action scenes of her character in Serenity kicking everyone's ass and designed this character around that.
And yet, I'm still entertained (and not just because of my crazy nerd-crush on Summer Glau.) Apparently, our world is infested by time-traveling people from the future trying to sabotage the past and unstoppable killing machines (whose existence the government refuses to believe in) hell-bent on trying to kill them.

So there you have it. It's interesting enough that I don't want to stab myself while watching it, so I'll probably try to catch a few more episodes before they disappear.


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