Reviews March 12th, 2009
You may have some misgivings about watching an under-viewed sci-fi series that airs on Friday night. Who wouldnâ€™t? Itâ€™s like falling in love with a girl who has terminal cancer. And nobody wants to be Keanu Reeves in Sweet November.
Donâ€™t cry. Critical Oversight is here to help you deal with your concerns and keep this show on the air. Just peruse this list of FMEs (Frequently Made Excuses) and get over your fear of falling for a show that isnâ€™t long for this world.
Frequently Made Excuses for not watching
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
â€œThe name is too long.â€
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Yeah, thatâ€™s actually quite a mouthful. If only there were some sort of abbreviation available. Here ya go: SaCoChro (sah â€“ kÅ â€“ kroh).
â€œIâ€™m busy on Friday night.â€
Nice try. But we see you here on our website and that means that youâ€™ve got the Internet. Well guess what smart guy… the show is available online in HD via Hulu and Fox.
â€œI hated the third Terminator movie.â€
Great, then youâ€™re going to love SaCoChro. In the very first episode, they time travel right over the year where Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine takes place. So, John Connor never turns 20, he doesnâ€™t meet Kate (played by Clair Danes), and he doesnâ€™t hide in a bunker during Judgment Day. In fact, this show takes you to present day, and J-Day hasnâ€™t even happened yet. Pretty reassuring, right?
â€œIâ€™ve heard the show sucks.â€
Well, youâ€™re hearing from us that it rocks balls. Howâ€™s that for counterpoint?
â€œCompared to the movies, this show is kind of dull.â€
Sure. Dull. We guess you could call multiple robots killing nearly a hundred humans in just two seasons â€œdull.â€ And I guess youâ€™re not too excited when a robot travels back in time and supplants a human, becoming both a successful CEO and a passable mother. Oh, and that same robot combining present day artificial intelligence with future technology to both foster and reverse engineer Skynet at the same time? Yeah, thatâ€™s as dull as a metal knife arm on a T-1000.
â€œSummer Glau canâ€™t act.â€
Well, if you thought she could act in Firefly, then she probably hasnâ€™t lost the ability. Did you ever consider that sheâ€™s playing a robot, and robots just act funny?
And, if you thought she could never act, just try to suspend your disbelief. Tell yourself these words. â€œCameron is a lifeless robot. If I criticize Cameronâ€™s acting, she may kill me to help protect her robot identity.â€
â€œThereâ€™s not enough Summer Glau.â€
Well moron, the only way to get the most Summer Glau is to watch the show. That or dust off your precious Firefly DVDs. Who am I kidding, with a gripe like that, your Firefly DVDs probably havenâ€™t left your DVD player since they came out.
â€œShirley Manson canâ€™t act.â€
No one said she could. Sheâ€™s a rocker! But consider this, she too is playing a robot. When you watch the original Terminator film, do you watch Arnoldâ€™s ridiculous walk and monotone speech and think, â€œBring this man an Oscar?â€
â€œThereâ€™s not enough action.â€
To be honest, SaCoChro isnâ€™t about action. Itâ€™s about drama. And, if you look back at the three Terminator movies, youâ€™ll find that the action was… well… here are some examples:
- Robot drives tanker truck full of jet fuel, explosion ensues
- Robot drives tanker truck full of liquid nitrogen, freezing ensues
- Robot drives crane truck, crash ensues
Based on that exciting array of action, you were hoping what, that SaCoChro simply expanded upon that? Did you want to see a robot drive a truck filled with nuclear waste? Maybe one of those trucks that pumps out portable toilets?
Well, no dice. This is commercial television. In SaCoChro, robots drive whatever vehicle Dodge payed to have them drive that week. So, do you want a Dodge Ram with a 5.7-liter Hemi® V-8 yet?
â€œYouâ€™ve worn me down a bit. But I’m not conviced.â€
While the Terminator films push the edges of the envelope for action and special effects, SaCoChro defines the characters that are lost on the big screen. Throughout the episodes, you grow to learn about each character and their individual motivations.
Itâ€™s less â€œcome with me if you want to live,â€ and more â€œcome with me if you want to continue to struggle to get along, with the threat of an ever-changing Judgment Day in our future, as we strive to maintain Johnâ€™s life at all costs, unsure of the true effect of our actions, and without knowing whether the things we do now will save the world or trigger Armageddon.â€