Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby Omphalos » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:08 pm

Don't forget, everyone! This one starts a two night premier tonight on Fox. Out here in the West it starts at 8 tonight, and 9 tomorrow.
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Postby Robspierre » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:23 pm

Lena is yummy!!! :P

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Postby Omphalos » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:58 pm

Ive urged a lot of people to watch and used her body as the hook to get them there.
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Postby Crysknife » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:38 pm

Hey I thought it was pretty cool. I don't know how it's going to tie in with the last movie very well, but I'm game. Not bad for a TV series. I'll give it a few more episodes before I fully judge it.

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Postby Omphalos » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:44 am

I recorded it, and will watch it later. Don't forget that there is another episode on tomorrow!
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Postby Freakzilla » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:41 am

I kinda half watched it, it was OK. I seems like it would have made a good movie but I don't know how long they could hold my interest in a series. It seems like with so many series, once the original premise is done it just turns into every other show.

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Postby Mandy » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:25 am

I didn't watch it.. they put it on opposite The Amazing Race!! I'll watch it tonight though.
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Postby SandChigger » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:53 pm

Nah, sorry. Linda Hamilton will always be Sarah Conor for me. 8)
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Postby GamePlayer » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:52 pm

The goodness of Terminator, like Alien, ended with the closing credits of the first sequel.

But I loves Summer Glau :lol:
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Postby Mandy » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:30 am

Well, I watched it. It wasn't too bad, not the greatest hour of television, but it was entertaining.
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Postby Omphalos » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:33 am

I think its going to be worth watching. I really like the twists they have added in the first couple of episodes. Like other human time travellers set up like cells, and strategically placed materials and equipment waiting for them. And I think its a good idea to have so many villains, like two terminators chasing them, the FBI, and ghosts from the past. For establishing episodes, I think that they did pretty good.

Although, they are going to have to edit that stupid FBI guy. I smell an agent Scullyesque blindness to the obvious truth here.

I also think its interesting that they are putting the male lead in the backseat and giving all the action and plot turns to the two women. They will have to change that probably, or risk turning John-Boy into a whuss.
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Postby Robspierre » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:39 am

Finally watched the first episode online, bloody cold meant i was asleep when it aired, but not bad. I'm with Omph in the set up so far. By having John take a back seat we could get some "mommy" issues and he could grow into his future role.

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Postby Tleilax Master B » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:37 am

Hmmm. Well, I wasn't very impressed. I rarely am with prime-time shows. Wonderful lines like "Get the guns, I'll make pancakes" I can definately do without as they are so incredibly cheesy you can hear a collective "groan" across my neighborhood. I found it to be extremely so-so.
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:45 am

I liked the bulletproof couch :)
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:55 am

We could use one of those around here, actually.

I mean, the Bint on beans...not pretty.

The Chiglets seem to have this sixth sense and can tell when she's getting ready to rev up the "Gatling Gun" and head off into better ventilated areas of the sietch.

(Sorry...obviously time for me to hit the futon. :shock: )
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Postby Mandy » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:16 am

I think the show is getting better, I liked last night's episode. I loved the part where the terminator thing came out of the tub.. creepy!
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Postby Omphalos » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:04 am

I DVR'ed it for later viewing and havent seen last night's episode yet, but I heard from a friend that this show beat American Idol (both nights) last week. That is something else, no?
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Postby Robspierre » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:15 pm

I'll have to catch it online later this week. It does have promise and anything that beats that pile 'o poo Idol is fine by me :D

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Postby Omphalos » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:42 pm

I watched the episode, and I have to say that it was pretty damn good. Plus, the pregnant chick from The Shield is in it now.
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Postby Liege-Killer » Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:57 am

GamePlayer wrote:I liked the bulletproof couch :)


At first I thought that was a typical tv mistake. I said to my gf, "yeah right, no way a chair is gonna stop bullets."

Then a bit later one of the cops said something about kevlar, and I had to correct myself: "holy crap, it really WAS a bulletproof chair!"
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Postby Omphalos » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:06 pm

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GamePlayer wrote:I liked the bulletproof couch :)


At first I thought that was a typical tv mistake. I said to my gf, "yeah right, no way a chair is gonna stop bullets."

Then a bit later one of the cops said something about kevlar, and I had to correct myself: "holy crap, it really WAS a bulletproof chair!"


Hi, L-K. You just made me eat my words elsewhere.

Ditto here. I was pleasantly shocked to see that they went back to fix their "error."
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Postby GamePlayer » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:49 pm

I know they said kevlar. That's what I was laughing at, the idea of kevlar furniture. So silly.
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Postby Crysknife » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:51 pm

GamePlayer wrote:I know they said kevlar. That's what I was laughing at, the idea of kevlar furniture. So silly.


Well, not if you're being hunted down by killer robots from the future! :twisted: After that, all bets are off!
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Postby Omphalos » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:18 pm

GamePlayer wrote:I know they said kevlar. That's what I was laughing at, the idea of kevlar furniture. So silly.


Well, I dont think that she bought it at Ikea. She put a piece of Kevlar in the back for just such an emergency. Great idea.
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Postby Tleilax Master B » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:56 pm

GamePlayer wrote:I know they said kevlar. That's what I was laughing at, the idea of kevlar furniture. So silly.


Hehe, she sure is prepared, isn't she? Kevlar in her furniture. Not to mention plasma guns, computers and teleporting equipment in safety deposit boxes :lol:

I can't help but wonder, after she blasts the mean ol' terminator and they split, isn't there a bunch of terminator parts laying all over the place? Wasn't that a big issue in the movie; they had to get the hand and the chip or something? So now, they are not only going to have to stop skynet in 2007, but retrieve all of those terminator parts to make sure nobody makes a new skynet in, oh say, 2009 or something, right?

Seriously, its good cheap entertainment, but that show is pretty laughable.........
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Postby Omphalos » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:10 pm

Im glad its on.

Anyone see it last night? I have it DVR'ed to watch this weekend, probably.
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Postby Tleilax Master B » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:28 am

Omphalos wrote:Im glad its on.

Anyone see it last night? I have it DVR'ed to watch this weekend, probably.


Here it was a rerun of the pilot episode.
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Postby Freakzilla » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:54 am

Tleilax Master B wrote:
Omphalos wrote:Im glad its on.

Anyone see it last night? I have it DVR'ed to watch this weekend, probably.


Here it was a rerun of the pilot episode.


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Postby Mandy » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:35 am

It was preempted by the State of the Union address, wasn't it?
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Postby Omphalos » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:59 am

Ill have to look at my recording to tell what it is. I thought that last week's episode had a "next week on..." trailer.
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Postby Tleilax Master B » Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:41 pm

Mandy wrote:It was preempted by the State of the Union address, wasn't it?


They showed it afterwards
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Postby Omphalos » Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:42 pm

I checked, and yea, I have the pilot again.
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Postby Liege-Killer » Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:49 pm

Mandy wrote:It was preempted by the State of the Union address, wasn't it?


Hmmmm.....

Now that brings to mind a proper target for a Terminator.

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Postby Star Dust » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:29 am

I don't get the gaga over Summer Glau. She is not that hot. I mean, sure
I'd hit it, but I can think of a couple score celebs off the top of my head who
are more impressive and more talented than Glau.
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Postby GamePlayer » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:44 am

It has to do the affinity fans have for her character and the way they link that to the actor. It's not so much her looks, but how most fans came to know of her from Firefly/Serenity. I suspect for some she's the ideal female; strong and very capable but at the same time feminine, emotional and vulnerable. Of course, it could also be that she's simply the newest sci-fi darling and the fans all act like idiots around a good looking girl :)

Personally, I just find her performances extremely charming. She comes across as very sweet and almost soothing in the way she acts. She's also very graceful and her performance tends to appear very theatrical in motion but without the overacting.
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Postby Star Dust » Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:53 am

It's hard to tune out the hype machine, ya know? I'm sure I'd feel differently
if I had seen Firefly/Serenity. (I'm working on it. ;))
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Postby Tleilax Master B » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:23 am

I watched the episdoe last night of "Sarah Connor: The MILF Chronicles", it was pretty decent. I might come around on this show. I liked how they had the former doctor in it, and how they redid the video interview scenes with the new MILF, oops, I mean "Sarah." The terminator chick doing ballet was a bit cheesy for my tastes, but what can you do......
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Postby Omphalos » Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:06 am

Got it DVR'ed to watch this weekedn with Lost and Reno 911!
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Postby Tleilax Master B » Tue Mar 04, 2008 7:31 am

Anybody catch the season finale of the MILF chronicles last night? I'm going to be pissed if they uglied up that chick terminator with the exploding car :evil:
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Postby Star Dust » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:14 am

Tleilax Master B wrote:Anybody catch the season finale of the MILF chronicles last night? I'm going to be pissed if they uglied up that chick terminator with the exploding car :evil:


Well, having your scalp peeled back isn't exactly hot either. ;)

I imagine Cameron will have some disability issues next season (or whenever they air it again). Probably just a head that John can carry around. Or they'll find some other toaster and salvage parts off of it for her.

OR...maybe it takes more than a silly firebomb to put Cameron down. Maybe she survives intact and chases him down the street while on fire. Regardless, I'm sure she'll "be back". It's Summer, ya know? No if they offed Lena I'd be PISSED!!
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Postby Omphalos » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:39 am

I thought it was great. I really have to give it to them: They did the right thing with that agent, slowly bringing him around to believe, even before he meets the misfits. And the Johnny Cash song at the end was perfect. Its inspired me to watch Dawn of the Dead remake tonight.
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Postby Liege-Killer » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:55 pm

I wasn't overly impressed with the season finale. It just wasn't "epic" like a season finale should be.

I do agree about the Cash song, that was a nice touch.
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Postby Robspierre » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:29 am

The fourth Terminator film will start filming here in a few months, wonder how they will tie the series into it.

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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby SandChigger » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:33 am

They're finally showing the first season over here. I've probably seen three or four of them now; forget what episode they're up to.

I wasn't overly impressed with the show. Linda Hamilton will always be Sarah Connor to me, but the new bint isn't too hard on the eyes. ;) The kid John Connor annoys the hell out of me, the way he always seems to do the exact opposite of what his mother tells him. Fucking teenagers. And the bintette Terminator seems a bit too ribey for the job.

Then the other night I caught the episode where at the end Reese watches the Terminatrix dancing ballet, with the Sarah voice-over saying something like "When they can do all the things we can do they won't have to eradicate us. They will have become us."

OK, I'm hooked. :P
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby Omphalos » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:56 am

I was pissed when they canceled this show. Sometimes it was bad, and it meandered quite a bit, but overall I really liked it.
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby SandChigger » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:06 pm

How many seasons did they end up making? :?
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Postby Omphalos » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:11 pm

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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby Trang » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:51 am

Omphalos wrote:I was pissed when they canceled this show. Sometimes it was bad, and it meandered quite a bit, but overall I really liked it.



I know GP doesnt care for anything beyond T1/T2, and with Terminator:Salvation being the train wreck it is, it just heightens the level of pissed off I have for them canceling the show. Season Two was meandering in the middle but got back on track.. and I genuinly felt they were trying to act and make a quailty show.

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Postby SandRider » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:56 am

I just saw the Robot Chicken "Baby Terminator" thing the other night.

hands-down my favorite addition to the "franchise".
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby GamePlayer » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:54 am

Trang wrote:I know GP doesnt care for anything beyond T1/T2, and with Terminator:Salvation being the train wreck it is, it just heightens the level of pissed off I have for them canceling the show.


To be fair, television series are a different beast altogether. Modern television series do enjoy larger budgets and better talent compared to eras past, but adapting a film to television is still taking a relatively free concept on film and confining it to the demands of broadcast.

One of the reasons I despise television as much as I do is because it's so constraining, because more than any other medium, television typically panders to the lowest common denominator. It has to, since "everyone" watches it (*snort*). Whereas with film, music, or literature, where you can create far more daring and focused material, television must appeal to all and thus rarely achieves any greatness. Worst of all, television must appeal to a rather sizable portion of the population who wouldn't be caught dead watching something like The Terminator in a theatre.

You know that "magical" untapped market that lined up to watch The Passion of the Christ? That is the demographic watching and enjoying the worst of television because it's safe, inoffensive, facile and homogenized.

Taking an R-rated film about a time-traveling killing machine and translating it to a G-rated television series where no one can even say "fuck" is not my idea of a good idea. :)

Having said that, I will admit things are changing. HBO in particular is a shining example of creating successful television without the mass market in mind, which has correspondingly resulted in some of the greatest television ever made (like The Wire). If HBO did the Deadwood version of Terminator on television, I'd probably be the show's biggest fan :)
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby Liege-Killer » Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:06 pm

GamePlayer wrote:Having said that, I will admit things are changing. HBO in particular is a shining example of creating successful television without the mass market in mind, which has correspondingly resulted in some of the greatest television ever made (like The Wire).


Gotta agree with that; some of the cable networks are making some great shows. Including Showtime. I recently watched the first two seasons of Dexter, and it's one of the most compelling shows I've seen.... ever.
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby SandChigger » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:02 pm

I was repulsed by the pilot but immediately hooked. Currently viddying season 4 on FoxCrime. :D
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby GamePlayer » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:58 am

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GamePlayer wrote:Having said that, I will admit things are changing. HBO in particular is a shining example of creating successful television without the mass market in mind, which has correspondingly resulted in some of the greatest television ever made (like The Wire).


Gotta agree with that; some of the cable networks are making some great shows. Including Showtime. I recently watched the first two season of Dexter, and it's one of the most compelling shows I've seen.... ever.


I've not seen Dexter, but I will say that's probably a good example. In fact, even the small changes happening in television programming are starting to outpace what I'm capable of watching. I never did get to watch much of Dead Like Me, Deadwood, or The Sopranos, despite an interest in doing so. In some smaller ways, television is beginning to reach the same state in which film, music and literature have existed since before I was born: more good material than there is time to enjoy :(
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Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Postby Omphalos » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:02 am

GamePlayer wrote:
Liege-Killer wrote:
GamePlayer wrote:Having said that, I will admit things are changing. HBO in particular is a shining example of creating successful television without the mass market in mind, which has correspondingly resulted in some of the greatest television ever made (like The Wire).


Gotta agree with that; some of the cable networks are making some great shows. Including Showtime. I recently watched the first two season of Dexter, and it's one of the most compelling shows I've seen.... ever.


I've not seen Dexter, but I will say that's probably a good example. In fact, even the small changes happening in television programming are starting to outpace what I'm capable of watching. I never did get to watch much of Dead Like Me, Deadwood, or The Sopranos, despite an interest in doing so. In some smaller ways, television is beginning to reach the same state in which film, music and literature have existed since before I was born: more good material than there is time to enjoy :(


I saw the first season of Dexter when it was rebroadcast on late-nite CBS a few years ago. I loved it too. Almost made me decide to pay for TV. Almost.
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