Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Round Two: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 1, Episode 2 "Gnothi Seauton" (C+)

This show could do well if it tried even a little with its writing. It is so desperate to both be hip and to make 2007 seem like this foreign place and it comes off as obnoxious and dumb. The dialogue is for the most part abysmal, and I find it hard to sympathize with any of the characters at all. While it is cool that the Terminator is walking around with no head, that is hugely problematic. There needs to be a way to kill them, otherwise the show can never take off. The point was that they were in the future and no one knew they were there except for the humans, so in that way it departed from the premise of the films and made it so the bad guys were actually sort of good guys (the detective and the would-be husband). Instead this weapon which was supposed to destroy the Terminator did nothing except transport him to the future with them. That is not going to fly. Also, humor is fine, but John looking around to ensure that his computer was not being watched when it was up on the big screen? Too much. He is supposed to be smart. There are seven more episodes of this show that have been filmed, and I think that in this time of light television, I think I will keep up with this one.

No comments: