Sarah Connor Chronicles: TV Series

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    Dave

    Dave Wherever I Am, I'm There Staff Member

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    On the surface, I like the idea of this, but in reality is there very much more to tell?

    I can't see any more Terminators turning up in this TV series, or at least it can't be a weekly event. Sarah just stockpiled weapons, hung about with some anarchist groups, and then spent years in a padded cell... hardly the most exciting plot for a TV series.

    As I said in another thread, there needs to be a T4 to clear up the threads left by T3 (though I preferred the neat ending of T2), but a whole new triology sounds like they are squeezing the life out of franchise too hard. Some of T3 already retconned what was in T1 and I don't want them to re-write the future history any more.
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    lordoftime

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    If Hamilton isnt playing Sarah, whats the point?
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    Dave

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    Lena Headey has been cast and at least two episodes filmed. According to 'Hailing Frequencies' no airtime has been announced yet.
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    Dave

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    It might be a while before I see this in the UK on terrestrial TV, so any thoughts, or reviews would be welcome.
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    Urien

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    Oh a double life as an "ordinary high school student" and saviour of the world. Haven't seen this before.

    Cue life lessons for John as a soft rock ballad plays. Dawson's Creek meets Buffy meets Smallville.

    "I'll be kack."
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    McMurphy

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    When I watched the third Terminator film, I was under the impression that it was only made to act as pilot for a possible television bout. Heh. Maybe that was just hopeful thinking and a need to rationalize an installment that was far inferior to the previous two films on my part. :D

    I will give the series a chance.
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    C Of K

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    The series totally retcons Rise of the Machines. I saw the pilot episode a few months ago. While the pilot was good, there doesn't seem to be much story to tell. I can't really see them stretching it more than one season, although they may surprise me.

    I guess the real question should be whether or not the series will be worth watching if they try to stretch it for more than one season.
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    Dave

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    I really haven't been following this carefully, but isn't it set between T1 and T2? The period in which John went to school (or didn't) and Sarah built up a small arsenal of weapons, before she was certified crazy and locked away, and John got foster parents?

    If so, in what way does that impinge on T3 and the subsequent films they are going to make?

    Anyway, they've messed around with the story so much already, I don't know how you'd even notice.
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    tangaloomababe

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    I don't know. It dosn't appeal to me. I love the Terminator movies but I think they have been done and dusted! I agree with lordoftime also if Linda Hamilton is not playing Sarah there is really no point. I reserve judgement until I have seen an episode but I am not confident in its appeal.
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    Delvo

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    The actress who played River in "Firefly" is playing a robot that's here to protect John, and apparently will hang around long-term... which implies that there must be something major to protect him from, apparently a long-term supply of them... which makes me suspect something else that came from the future because those threats are bigger and more dramatic and more big-story-related than the threats from the present.

    This is probably going to be like the way the Stargate and Highlander TV shows were based on their original movies: with some little but important detail in the original movie altered for the series and no attention paid to sequels at all... sort of an "alternate universe" interpretation of the concept, or the way superhero comic books get restarted occasionally with changes that contradict the way the same superhero and his/her world had been presented before.
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    C Of K

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    Actually it takes place after T2.
    You must realize, to set a show like this in the past, even if it was only a decade ago, would alienate a large part of the audience. This story will take place in the present, in which case T3 has been effectively extracted from the storyline.

    John is of an age to be in high school, but Sarah is a fugitive, on the run for the murder of Miles Dyson.
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    Dave

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    In that case, I totally see your point. I also agree that they would have to set it present-day for it to gain any kind of audience, so I can see why they have done that.
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    KateWalker

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    This looks interesting, but since it will be on regular TV and not cable, it will be "watered down" to make sure the kiddies can watch it too. I'll probably watch it, but my expectations for it are not at all, high.
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    Sarah Connor Chronicles

    Is anyone else excited about the upcoming 'sarah connor chronicles' tv series? I was a little skeptical about it at first but I think the premise of following Sarah Connor is a great idea, partly because that character was one of the defining parts of Terminator. Summer Glau of the show Firefly is also going to be a part of the show, I don't want to spoil it but here's a hint, she utters the famous words Arnold spoke in T2 & T3 'come with me if you want to live' ;) The first episode airs on jan 14th on Fox.
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    Vincent Tauscher

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    Re: Sarah Connor Chronicles

    I'm hesitant to be excited. I feel like inserting this story into the overall one will throw off the accuracy of the third one, as it gives the distinct impression that nothing happened between T2 and T3. I'll give it a shot, but I'm expecting this show to fall in the plethora of other ones that have cheesy character interactions, life lessons to be learned in every episode, and action sequences that are far too often (timewise) and unrealistic for the story to keep moving forward. But, we shall see.
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    clovis-man

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    Terminator - The Sara Conner Chronicles

    Not sure where to post this. Maybe there's a better site on the forums and somone can redirect me.

    I was simply wondering if anyone had seen the first two episodes and what they thought about them. Some fairly complex plot elements: time travel for the main characters, an ex-boyfriend, an FBI agent snooping around, not just one, but two skynet terminators (The 2007 one and the 1999 version that reassembled itself). Could be good.

    Jim
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    Re: Terminator - The Sara Conner Chronicles

    Thanks. I'll move this on over there.

    Jim
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    clovis-man

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    It took me a while to find the proper thread. But now that I have......

    I was simply wondering if anyone had seen the first two episodes and what they thought about them. Some fairly involved plot elements: time travel for the main characters, an ex-boyfriend, an FBI agent snooping around, not just one, but two Skynet terminators (The 2007 one and the 1999 version that reassembled itself). Could be good. I was happy to see that it was not made dependent on mind boggling CGI effects. I'll reserve judgement until I see another episode or two.

    Jim
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    Lucien21

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    I quite enjoyed it.

    Summer Glau is georgous as the good terminator, although she was flirty/normal with John in the pilot episode and has now reverted to the blank "I'm a robot" expression.

    The SFX seem fine for a TV series.

    There are some obvious TV storyline plants (i.e they mentioned the resistance fighters sent back in time and that there are other Terminators that were sent back with specific missions other than to hunt John Connor) This will set up future storylines and random Terminator encounters. At least it will vary the Terminator relentlessly chases John until it is killed storyline that the movies conform to.

    I wonder if we will ever see any ot the T2 or T3 type terminators or is the SFX to expensive for that.

    Overall I enjoyed it.

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