Posted by hippysmacker
I also like Terminator: the Sarah Connor chronicles.
I'm still on the fence about this one, both in terms of how good it is and in terms of whether it will get canceled prematurely.
I imagine the "stoic warrior" must be a difficult archetype to write a character-driven drama around, and a television show can't just be nonstop action the way a movie like Terminator or T2 can. Sarah resists being fleshed out as a 3-dimensional character too quickly. If she suddenly became less sullen and paranoid and single-minded in her mission to protect John, it would destroy all credibility (which is why they had to destroy her relationship with her boyfriend so quickly). Blade: The Series
had the same problem; they actually introduced a whole new character who was easier to write than Blade, and she essentially became the main character of the show.
In Sarah Connor
, John is the obvious choice to become the locus of the show, but I just don't find him all that compelling. I actually think the FBI agent and Sarah's ex, the paramedic, are more charismatic and interesting than John is. The last episode had Sarah shoving the paramedic out the door of her life, but I hope he sticks around and gets into trouble.
The teenage-babe-Terminator is more of plot device than a character ("sometimes they go bad; no one knows why"), although there's a lot of room for the old Pinocchio thing; exploring what it means to be human, etc, like Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation
. And of course she's a perfect device for any random acts of carnage they want to throw in. This is The Terminator
, after all... it can't be all