Monday, January 14, 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Return of Prison Break

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles premiered on Fox Sunday night (January 13) at 8:00 PM ET, with the second episode due to air on Monday, January 14, 2008 (at its normal time of 9:00 PM ET).

I watched the show out of sheer boredom, since not much else was on. I generally liked the Terminator movies. I saw Terminators 1 & 2, but I can’t recall ever seeing the third installment. Since Fox’s TV show is set between the movie installments 2 & 3, I don’t have any problems with how the story has progressed.

The TV show seems to be very action packed, like the movies, and follows a very similar theme: Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) and her son John (Thomas Dekker) on the run from cyborg terminators from the future, who are trying to kill John because he saves the world from Skynet, a computerized intelligence. While a cyborg continues to hunt them down, another cyborg (Summer Glau), also sent from the future, is there to protect them.

The action in the show makes it interesting. The fact that they will try to locate and destroy Skynet is interesting. The problem with the show may be the repetitive “run from the cyborg” scenarios. While this is the whole excuse for the action in the show, it will lose its excitement and intensity if it happens the same way, week after week. Hopefully they will find a creative way to keep the hunt going without too many scenes of cyborg battles.

I plan on watching tonight, and unless it gets really awful – I don’t expect it to – I think this show will be a nice placeholder for the show 24, which is stalled due to the writers’ strike.

Prison Break fans will also be happy that the show returns tonight at 8:00 PM ET, immediately before the Terminator series. This is a series that I initially never thought would get past the first few episodes, but it continued to deliver exciting – yet sometimes gruesome – shows in the first two seasons. This year, however, they seem stalled in prison in Panama, with uninteresting characters and uninteresting scenarios. Hopefully they will pick up the pace and get out of that place, and deliver a story that is more on par with the complexity of previous seasons.

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