Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Chronicles of Sarah Conner

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I'll make a confession upfront. I've never seen the Terminator movies. I don't care for Arnold Schwarzenegger as an actor and rarely watch anything he's in. So I was not prepared to like the new television series Terminator: The Chronicles of Sarah Conner. I've read some good reviews of it and some people whose taste I trust have praised it, so when Target offered the first season for fifteen dollars I picked it up.

Watching the first couple episodes I was not too upset that I had not caught this show while it was first aired. They were ok, but nothing special. But somewhere along the way something changed and I found myself on the edge of my seat as I watched. I couldn't wait to get back to the series and watch the next episode. By the end of the first season I was hooked. I was enjoying this show a lot.

The shows stars Lena Headley as Sarah Conner and she is terrific. She plays Sarah as the tall, quiet type that is generally reserved for male action heroes. She doesn't say a lot but the is all action when it comes to it. Thomas Dekker plays the teen age John Connor. Summer Glau, who played the character River on Firefly, plays Cameron. Cameron is a terminator sent back from the future by future John Conner to help protect his mother and younger self. Of course the name is a homage to the director of the first Terminator movie. Another interesting homage is the name of the FBI agent chasing down Sarah and her son. His name is James Ellison. In the first movie, at the end of the credits is a small statement that says the Terminator movie owes a debt to ideas from Harlan Ellison. Ellison is a writer that after seeing the first Terminator movie sued because he felt that a lot of the movie owed to stories he wrote and afterwards they put the disclaimer in. I find it kind of amusing that they created a character with his name, and as the man pursing Sarah. Brain Austin Greene from the old 90210 show is cast as John's future uncle who travels back in time to help.

I haven't seen any of the new shows from the second season yet, until last night. It comes on right before Dollhouse so I watched the newest episode. While there's a lot going on that I'm in the dark about I enjoyed it.

Unfortunately I've read that the numbers aren't in and that this show is only on because of the new Terminator movie coming. So it may have a limited future. Friday night is usually the night where the networks send shows to die.

I hope not. This is a really good show.
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Travis said...

I'll be disappointed if Terminator doesn't stick. I'm a fan of the movies and I love the tv series.

You might try the original Terminator's not really an Arnold movie. He's in it, but the movie is much more than that and I think something you would enjoy.

The sequels aren't great, but they do tell a pretty compelling cautionary tale about man and machine, and the future.

JohnH985 said...

I'm going to have to try the movie. I really like the tv series, it's become one of my favorites.

Jessica said...

I like the first two movies, but haven't seen the show yet. I found out a spoiler about the new movie, and I don't think I'll be seeing it. :P I will watch the show though!

JohnH985 said...

You should give the show a try. It's really good. I was surprised by how much I liked the show.

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