Tuesday, February 12, 2008
My New Favorite Show- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
"Oh well, there's nothing else on" won the day.
My hubby and I proceeded to turn on the television to see what was going to happen to the amazingly resilient Sarah Connor and her son John, the future leader of the battle for humanity's future.
Surprisingly, we found ourselves sucked into this new show. Sarah as portrayed by Lena Headey is a revelation. While I thought Linda Hamilton was irreplaceable, Headey has proven me wrong. Dazzled by her performance in 300, I am even more impressed with her acting here. Headey is tough and agressive, yet vulnerable. Her love for her son and her ache for human contact is palpable. In a world she must always be vigilant in, this Sarah Connor is silk over steel.
The "friendly ally" terminator-type in this show is named Cameron, and she is ably portrayed by Summer Glau. In an interview I once read, Arnold Schwartzenegger revealed that showing no emotions was much harder then not. After watching this show, I believe it. Glau gets to kick major butt while protecting a 15 year old John Connor, and her confusion at human behavior is fascinating and impressive.
Thomas Dekker plays John on this show and he brings a sense of teenage angst that fits with my vision of the character. Struggling with his destiny, John desperately wishes he could fit in. His longing for Cameron, his robotic protector is heart wrenching.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles takes place after T2, with Sarah taking a new taktic against the terminators that have inundated her life with terror. She and John take a shot at a normal life, only to be discovered by threats from the future. Cameron disguises herself as a student at John's school to protect him, but must reveal herself when a terminator finds him.
Through a great deal of crazy adventure. the three main characters find themselves in the future. The horror of watching the terminator regrow himself while a sense of uncertainty fills John and Sarah's lives is unnerving. Watching this week's episode and seeing the extreme danger and action made me really root for this family of characters.
Incredible, isn't it? A show that I was initially thinking would be awful has become my new favorite. I guess I should be happy that the writer's strike made me look for something new, because I feel like I have discovered a goldmine here. If you are a comic book and/or action fan, you must tune into this show.