12.17.2009

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 review



I must be a glutton for punishment. I don't know why, but I continue to watch FOX shows. It's not that I don't enjoy them, it's that I enjoy them too much only to have them be expectedly cancelled by FOX just when it gets good. I don't think I would support FOX if they didn't have 24. I love me some Jack Bauer... In a non-sexual wish-he-was-my-bodyguard sort of way.

Last year Meatwad and I did a joint...review of the first season of this series and I gave it a healthy three stars. I liked it ok, but wasn't absorbed by the show. Season two has made definite improvements on the formula. I was tired of the concept: John gets noticed, the terminator kills a few people and chases the family, the good terminator stops the bad one so they can live to get caught another day. Instead this season has Sarah, John and the gang not running for their lives every episode, but instead actively seeking to destroy Skynet before they start up. Skynet, for the uninformed is the company that nukes the world and starts Judgment Day. (insert intense music).

This season is all about John Connor distancing himself from his mother. He meets some strung-out chick at school and starts to rebel. Cameron, the good terminator, has suffered a lot of damage and is malfunctioning. Derek (Brian Austin Green) has rekindled a romance with his girlfriend from the future. Sarah Connor is on a one-woman mission to destroy all things robot.

A new addition to the cast this season is Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage. She is the head of a large tech company, but is also...wait for it....a liquid terminator like in T2. At first I thought she was going to be pretty cliche, but her character threw me for a loop. Not that I'm gonna ruin anything for you guys. But really she is so incredibly pasty, who knew that the next model of T-1000's look like Conan O'Brien's little sister.

There are several pro's to this season. First off is Sarah, she comes off as certified Bad-A. She's no Jack Bauer, but I wouldn't mind her interrogations. (Wow, sexual entendres. Very clever.) Also Summer Glau as Cameron the Terminator looks like she is having a better time in this role. Her malfunctioning has given her more of a chance to act. Believe it or not, I actually bought Brian Austin Green as an actor. I thought he did a pretty good job and was sad when he ----item deleted----. Like I said, I'm not giving away anything, only alluding to his death. I like that this season John frequently asks himself how he can be the savior of the future. That is one thing I would have liked to see addressed in Terminator Salvation.

Among the con's are the two new additions to the cast. The two girls who play John's and Derek's girlfriends are drains to the show. They suck any emotion out of their scenes. I was happy when they ----item deleted----. Also, John Connor came off as very whiny this season. Maybe that's how he loses his voice when he becomes Christian Bale Connor in the future.

I was very sad that this show was cancelled because it ended perfectly. It left the mythology open for further stories but gives a satisfaction about Sarah's famous quote "No fate but what we make."

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles of Narnia and Riddick receives 4 stars. Can you believe it, not one lame quote from the Terminator series in this entire review. Till next time, "I'll be back" with my top ten movies of the year.

1 comments:

unfinishedrambler said...

Well, I'm glad you didn't -- item deleted. ;)

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