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10 March 2008 @ 08:57 pm
The Sarah Connor Chronicles  
So it turns out they're good. Huh.

I've just finished watching episode 7 and I'm definitely hooked. They're not flawless, for sure, but the show's entertaining anyway. It's pacy, exciting and suspenseful and the leads are all strong. I'm really impressed by the casting--there's no-one that sits uncomfortably for me. Sarah's got a hard edge and understated watchfulness about her that is really powerful. John's emotive without being whiny or too OTT-teenagery. And Summer Glau is perfectly cast as Cameron. This is the best role I've seen her in to date. She was great in Serenity, but that film left me wanting to see more of her as an action hero--and The Sarah Connor Chronicles are really delivering. I even like the casting of the support cast so far.

Cameron's definitely the character I'm most hooked into and most fascinated by, but I find Sarah a very effective lead in terms of carrying the narrative. And I like John--especially when we get to see the glimmers of the person he will become, as well as the frustration he currently feels with being held back from that. But it's Cameron who I really enjoy the most. I love all the little touches like how rigidly she moves and how she says 'thank you for explaining'. I guess I've always had a soft spot for freaky robot chicks. *thinks of Seven of Nine*

I really didn't think this show would be any good! Can you tell I'm still recovering from the shock? I think Bionic Woman scarred me badly and I expected it to be sexist and badly written. It's actually powerfully, organically feminist, while also being entertaining action viewing. And I'm finding that the season is developing more and more. Yay!

And yes, yes, I could have listened to half my f'list and watched this a lot earlier, but you guys also like Torchwood and Supernatural! You are COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE! :p
 
 
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blowjobs for jesus: nonfandom it's like the futurekristiinthedark on March 10th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Okay. You have convinced me! Actually, I was going to watch this anyway, but now I feel more motivated to watch it sooner, rather than later. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on March 10th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
It's really good! *blinks* There's lots of women kicking ass in it. :D
counteragent: juliet smirkcounteragent on March 10th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
but you guys also like Torchwood and Supernatural! You are COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE!

Heeeeeee. Exactly. *agrees, but with love for my flist*

Edited at 2008-03-10 01:36 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on March 10th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I have buckets of love for my f'list, but their taste is dodgy at best. ;)
Vacuum state of peace: poltergeistbzoppa on March 10th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
What's "OTT-teenagery"?

I'm thinking of getting back into tv again soon. The summer's coming up and I can catch up on everything I missed since I'm taking the season off league darts (which frees up at least two nights).

I also did not like Torchwood. I got about 7 episodes in and thought it was awful. Supernatural turned me off near the end of the second season. Ironically, the last ep I watched I really liked—but I just didn't care about the characters or story anymore. I got myself completely spoiled in terms of S2 ending, and couldn't care less if the characters fix things or not.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on March 10th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
OTT-teenagery
Being a total selfish brat, I'd say, in a whiny emo annoying way. :)

I got about 7 episodes in and thought it was awful.
You lasted waaaaaay longer than me. One episode and I was clutching my ears in horror while simultaneously trying to cover my eyes. Required way too much coordination. :p

Supernatural turned me off near the end of the second season
Again, you lasted a lot longer than I did. With that show I think the entire aesthetic, premise and world all fell completely flat with me.
katiebugs18: Vampirekatiebugs18 on March 10th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I can't remember which episode was ep. 7 so I'll be very general. I've watched the entire series and I really enjoyed it which surprised me because I didn't expect to.

Lena Headey just kicks so much ass and she gives a very interesting performance as Sarah. I like that she's hard and cold and ruthless because she knows it's how she has to be to survive and save John but it's obvious she's not exactly comfortable being that way; that she has reservations about her actions and what she's becoming. It's such a relief to see a strong woman played with so many layers. "Organically feminist" is the perfect description.

I completely agree with your comments about John. They could have gone the easy route and made his another stereotypical "rebellious" snot nosed teenager but they didn't and I really appreciate that.

And Cameron is just so interesting. Wait till you get further along, there's this ending to one episode...really great.

And leave 'Torchwood' alone. It's wonderfully campy and all kinds of silly fun. How can you not absolutely love and adore Captain Jack?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Martha Jonesbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
It's lovely when you get a surprise with a show, isn't it?!

she gives a very interesting performance as Sarah. I like that she's hard and cold and ruthless because she knows it's how she has to be to survive and save John but it's obvious she's not exactly comfortable being that way; that she has reservations about her actions and what she's becoming. It's such a relief to see a strong woman played with so many layers.
Yeah, it's a great performance. She's got a steely centre without being inhuman, and you're right about it being a relief to see a female character with layers. I think the one thing holding me back from totally fangirling her isn't actually her fault: it's the dark areas that her character has to get into due to who she is and what's at stake.

there's this ending to one episode...really great.
Oh! I think I might have just seen that. :)

How can you not absolutely love and adore Captain Jack?
I'd better not answer that for fear of ostricising myself from fandom. ;)
(no subject) - katiebugs18 on March 11th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mahaliemmahaliem on March 10th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I love it, too! I love it to the point where I think I might write fic for it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 11th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh! Oh! That is very exciting. :D I would love it if you wrote fic for this show.
The First Evil: TSCC - Cameron - Sunny-Serenityasta77 on March 10th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I hate Torchwood! ;)

Agree with everything you said about TSCC. Cameron is, by far, my favorite character. And I think I saw more than one critic say this is what Bionic Woman should have been.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Batgirlbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Yay! I should have known it was safe since you liked it. ;)
Cameron's just such an exciting, fascinating character! And it totally puts BW to shame.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on March 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I am waiting to see if SCC gets renewed before watching--I'm so tired of getting burned by falling in love with cancelled shows.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Ah yes... I can see how one would get cautious after a while. ;) I hope it gets renewed--I want more! The story seems to be strengthening and deepening.
Zoi: bsg-kara3gomez on March 10th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I have only seen the first five episodes of TSCC(mostly due to curiosity) and it turned out to be rather good.Cameron is the one who intrigued me the most so far...John's character is also interesting(because we know who he is going to be in the future,like you said).
Lena Headey as the lead is of course no Linda Hamilton,but she is solid,I suppose.Overall,a decent effort to make a series out of the "Terminator" saga.I hope it gets renewed,the production deserves the chance of one full season at least.

Bionic Woman?I don't remember that show(my brain blocks away ugly memories).

And now I run away from this journal,cause I too used to watch Supernatural until some time during Season 2... *shame on me?*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I really hope they get another season--it seems like they're just hitting their stride now.

And don't worry, it seems like everyone watches SPN. I'm just being cheeky. ;)
ProgGrrl: Glaubot - TSCCproggrrl on March 10th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Haaaaaay, what's wrong with TW?! OK, nevermind.

Glad you caught up with TSCC, I'm enjoying it too, and definitely share the common view that this is what BW could have been. Sigh.

Glaubot is the best! Also, showrunner/fearless leader Josh Friedman has a very Large Sexy Brain...(unlike the BW folks, sorry!)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Martha Jonesbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Haaaaaay, what's wrong with TW?! OK, nevermind.
Heh heh heh. :) I can accept that many of my friends like it... I just can't join them. *g*

Also, showrunner/fearless leader Josh Friedman has a very Large Sexy Brain...(unlike the BW folks, sorry!)
Hahaha, I can believe that, having seen both shows. :) It's fun to have a new show to fangirl!
deaver: Silly Karadeaver on March 10th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
And yes, yes, I could have listened to half my f'list and watched this a lot earlier, but you guys also like Torchwood and Supernatural! You are COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE! :p

Ahahaha. My four current favorite shows (as BSG is still missing *sniffle*) are, in no particular order: Torchwood, Supernatural, Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Eli Stone. Talk about having no taste whatsoever!! *squishes you*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee lolbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Heeeee. I heart your 'no taste'. Sometimes I feel lonely not being into TW or SPN, but then it passes in an instant and I go back to feeling just mystified again. ;)

I don't know Eli Stone at all, but I'd say Terminator's a cut above the others. Clearly I am biased, but I don't care. :D
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on March 10th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
*giggles* You should come join schronicles if you're interested! We're having a Flash Fiction/Art Challenge. *dangles*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ameliebop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Done! :) It is very exciting to have a new show.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood: Smallville: Hee (Clois)chickadilly on March 10th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
And yes, yes, I could have listened to half my f'list and watched this a lot earlier, but you guys also like Torchwood and Supernatural! You are COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE! :p


HEEE!!! *fangirls you* I thought I was the only one who couldn't get into these shows! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Ha, not at all! But we usually hide in fear of our (fannish) lives. ;p I love my f'list, but sometimes I'm baffled by their taste.
dramaticgrldramaticgrl on March 10th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I really like T:SCC and Cameron is also my favorite. I can't remember what episode 7 was, so I won't say anything specific about the show because I would hate to slip up and accidently spoil you about anything.

I really hope this show gets renewed for a second season because it has some serious potential.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for the discretion. :) I'm going to be all caught up in no timme, I promise!

I feel like the show's growing and growing, so yeah, it would be good to see it get a solid chance to develop.
jude_judith82: Sarah Connor Chroniclesjude_judith82 on March 10th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
So you've joined the bandwagon huh? I was actually quite surprised how much I enjoyed that show. I was hooked.
They're not flawless, for sure, but the show's entertaining anyway. It's pacy, exciting and suspenseful and the leads are all strong.
Umm exactly.
I could have listened to half my f'list and watched this a lot earlier, but you guys also like Torchwood and Supernatural! You are COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE!

HEY! LOL.
Oh and a completely random note. I was rereading your Smallville essays and besides the very awesome Seven Basic Plots ,I totally want to pick up that book by the way, I came across one I hadn't read before about the maternal forces in Lex Luthor's life. Ok and I'm dying for an update now ;-)



Edited at 2008-03-10 10:24 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Yup, bandwagon? Check!

one I hadn't read before about the maternal forces in Lex Luthor's life. Ok and I'm dying for an update now ;-)
Oh! Yes, that is due for a revisit, lol. Glad you enjoyed it!
smact46smact46 on March 10th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I've watched a couple of eps and thought it looked interesting. I agree with you that Cameron is by far and away the most interseting character for me. I am not so sure about Lena Heady in the role of Sarah though. Something just doesn't sit right with me. I do plan on watching the whole thing through though at the conclusion of the season.

I am currently in the middle of an X-files rewatch (which is quite ambitious!!)in preparation for the movie sequel. It has actually been really enjoyable to go right back to the beginning and track the progress of mulder and scully throughout the seasons. This has helped somewhat with my BSG deprivation. Counting down to April now......
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee/Kara boundbop_radar on March 11th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, Cameron's my 'hook' into the show, for sure. But I really like Lena Heady so far. It didn't take me too long to get past her fragile body frame since emotionally I think her performance really delivers in terms of strength and 'badass'-ness. ;)

An X-Files rewatch is DEFinitely ambitious! Wow! Can you fit that in before April?!

April is sooooooon now. :D :D :D