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One of the best recent sf series,
This review is from: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete First & Second Season [DVD]  (DVD)
I watched the first episode of this show with some trepidation and with no particular feeling that I would become hooked. As the third Terminator movie had been a struggle to watch all the way through, I felt that the franchise was doomed to suffer diminishing returns, and it was hard to see how a tv spin-off might work. Such concerns disappeared quickly as the show makes the breathtakingly brilliant decision to ignore the third movie (effectively creating a new time-line where it never happened) and so it becomes a direct sequel to the events of the second film. Having got this set-up right the show then proceeds in a logical way that doesn't contradict the movies, but also moves the story on in an entertaining way. In fact it never lets up the excitement through its short (due to the writers' strike) first season and even if the second season slows the pace, the innovation is still continual.
The show neatly creates a situation in which Sarah, played by a new actress who rapidly makes the role her own, and her son John are transported to 2007 where they continue to run from the bad terminators who are sent back in time to kill them. They are aided in their fight by the best character in the series of good terminator Cameron, and so slowly they start to tire of running and they seek to turn the tables on Skynet...
Initially the show has something of a monster of the week format (with terminators). But before that can become repetitive the second series creates a mythology of its own with new characters and complex time-travel scenarios that build on the concepts of predestined fate that were at the heart of the original film (and the Outer Limits stories on which it was based). With growing arc stories and subtle references such as the characters Cameron and Ellison, the show has the confident feel of one that could run for years. It didn't, being cut off just as the format was showing intriguing hints of an ever-evolving direction. But then again most of the best sf shows get cancelled before their time and so this one never had to run the risk that the format would run out of steam, and what we're left with is a show with no poor episodes that holds up to repeated viewing.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 13:04:44 BDT
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RIJU GANGULY says:
Thanks for the nice review. Do the discs have subtitles?
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