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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Posted in TSCC Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by severus


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TSCC) is my favorite network television show. I realize it may be gasping for it’s last nine breaths with the mid-season relaunch on Friday the 13th, but I will state unequivocally that it’s one of the best shows on television. The writing is strong and the acting is amazing. Unfortunately, it has been competing against a reality show juggernaut and a couple of comedies that appeal to the unwashed masses. It got stomped. There’s a brave new world out there in tv land.

I’m in love with Summer Glau, but who isn’t? In that regard I’m indistinguishable from millions of fanboys who watch TSCC religously. (Summer – don’t marry the any of them. Wait for me. I’ll be rich and famous soon. Together, we’ll have lots of fat children.)

All kidding aside, Summer is a very talented actress, and, dare I say it, the best terminator ever. There. I said it. While Arnold is iconic in the terminator role, Summer brings real acting chops to her portrayal of the cyborg-protector Cameron Phillips. She is a true auteur, and the nuances contained in her performances is one of the main reasons I watch the show with bated breath. (Kevin Reilly, if you’re out there in cyberspace reading this blog, give Josh and company a third season or Fox and I are through.)

Lena Headey and Brian Austin Green also display tremendous talent in their respective roles. Lena Headey plays Sarah Connor, while Brian Austin Green portrays Derek Reese, brother to Kyle Reese, John Connor’s deceased father. I think Lena will always be best known for her portrayal of Queen Gorgo in 300 – that performance will probably be the crowning achievement of her career, but her portrayal of Sarah Connor will be a close second.

As for the notorious B.A.G.? his portrayal of Derek Reese has finally put his 90210 days firmly in the rearview mirror. He’s pitch perfect in the part, and has made a believer out of me.

Okay, so what about Thomas Dekker, who is conspicuously absent from all the praise I’ve been heaping on the show? He is talented, but he’s not pitch perfect…yet. Personally, I don’t agree with how he’s chosen to play John Connor. A little too abrasive for my taste (and I realize it is just a matter of taste). I recognize his talent. Video clips of him in real life are startling because his true personality is so remarkably different from his portrayal of John Connor. But that could be the issue. I feel sometimes he’s trying a bit too hard. He doesn’t inhabit the role naturally. Yeah, it could be just my personal bias, but I’m not crazy about his performance.

Okay, enough gushing over Summer Glau. The mid-season premiere of TSCC is Friday, February 13th, at 8pm. Please watch. Don’t let another excellent scripted series fall by the wayside. A mind is a terrible thing to waste on reality television.

Nota Bene: Richard T, Garret, and Shirley. I haven’t forgotten you guys. I’ll sing your praises at a later date.