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The Sarah Connor Chronicles – Pilot

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screenshot.pngThe Terminator series was never about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 robot. James Cameron’s movies — both combined — were actually a well-told tale of time-travel paradoxes and their consequences, a rarity even in this day and age. In both movies, the catalyst of the most important events is an ex-waitress-turned-combat-girl, Sarah Connor. It comes as no surprise that she would end up being the star of her own television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

After the events of T2: Judgement Day, Sarah (Lena Headey) and John Connor (her son and future resistance leader, played by Thomas Dekker) find out that the machine revolution is still a possible threat, and that new terminators are continuously being sent to kill John. Fortunately, as usual, androids — or, as in present case, a 15-year-old highschooler teenbot played by Firefly alumna Summer Glau — are also sent to protect him.

Pursued by the police and a sinister terminator, Sarah, John and their new protector travel from 1999 to 2007 using a mysterious time machine build inside a bank in the 60’s, hoping to find out who carried out the construction of Skynet after head-scientist Miles Dison’s demise. Their motivation is somewhat far-fetched, since it would be easier to stop any plans of resurrecting the doomsday machine in their own time and place.

T2 is an oddity in sci-fi movie sequels in that it actually expands and resolves the time-travel paradox from the first movie. It becomes very hard now to think of something that does not disrupt its satisfactory resolution. In The Sarah Connor Chronicles, writer Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds, The Black Dahlia) conveys a clever solution much more interesting than the one in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which, according to him, now takes place in an “alternate timeline.” However, it also introduces a new gimmick that completely contradicts the original movie – time traveling to the future.

James Cameron obviously had no part in this, but the producers worked a lot to make the transition from movie to series as seamless as possible. References are plenty and very well made actually. (“Come with me if you wanna live.”) Lena Headey tries very hard to wear Linda Hamilton’s shoes, and tries even harder to wear some incredible miniskirts. Thomas Dekker also acts like an slightly older version of Edward Furlong, even if whinier about not wanting to become a messiah. The bad terminator also has the same creepy sense of humor of his fellow mates from previous movies.

The pilot episode feels to much like a cheap remake of T2, but that was expected. Sarah’s new visit to the Disons’ home is unexpectedly funny. In a sense, The Sarah Connor Chronicles could turn out to be a very interesting series, but it was born already a failure since it was never necessary in the first place.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles premieres in early 2008.

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Written by maclaine

julho 23, 2007 às 9:33 am

Publicado em reviews

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  1. I hope someone says at one point “have you seen this boy?” as that is the best line by far. By the way, Robert Patrick is a little too old to come back as a T-1000 bot in the season finale, but somehow I don’t think that’s too improbable…

    Edit: Firstly, I thought the transition between T2 and this was pretty ok. I definitely do not miss Linda Hamilton, as Lena Headey does a decent job, especially with the miniskirts. It’s weird but I never thought I would miss Schwarzenegger, but I kinda do. There’s nothing new at all in the first half hour or so of the pilot, and it’s very clear that most of the series will be centered on this sort of cat and mouse chase. But I’m very relieved that’s not all there is to it, as they explore the time travel element further. The new elements, the time machine and the isotope gun (wtf?!), leave huge gaps that will have to be explained in future episodes. Why are they going to 2007? Does that make sense? How are they able to travel forward in time now? Did they manage to (fully) destroy the terminator in the bank? Why are the terminators still coming, if they supposedly destroyed every trace of the robots in T2? Why no more T-1000s? Why did they send a chick this time, because she looks sexier than Arnold? Is John Connor going to fall for her? Is John going to fall for his mom?


    julho 23, 2007 at 10:46 am

  2. Uh… since when is any television show ‘necessary?’ Don’t get me wrong, I agree with all of your criticisms except the last. I just find it pretentious to declare an otherwise enjoyable and entertaining show a failure because it wasn’t ‘necessary.’


    agosto 9, 2007 at 4:50 pm

  3. I’m confused… Who played the part of the fiance Sarah deserts in the first five minutes of the pilot? It looked like Dean Winters, but IMDB doesn’t list a credit…?


    janeiro 14, 2008 at 1:31 am

  4. While I agree this show isn’t really neccesary in the first place, It’s still an enjoyable show with lots of bot vs bot action. It’s a shame this might just turn into a chase show, but I’m really gonna stick with it for a while and see how the show fleshes out after a dozen or so episodes have hit the tube.


    janeiro 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

  5. No this show is not neccesary, but it could have been interesting. I however am of the opinion that the movies are the law that all else has to follow. I will admit to T3 having serious problems, the eventual outcome was the only logical conclusion. Having Sarah jump from 1999 (2 years after she died), to 2007 (3 years after “judgement day”), is just rediculous. I’ll stick with it to see how they resolve all of this. but unless they run into T3 I won’t be satisfied. I’m already rolling my eyes.


    janeiro 29, 2008 at 2:23 am

  6. True words, some truthful words dude. Thx for making my day!!


    dezembro 12, 2009 at 12:09 am

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