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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Adam Raised a Cain

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 4th 2009 11:07AM
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(S02E21) Wow. Just, wow! This was one of the best episodes of the season. It was also one of the most heartbreaking episodes of the entire series.

I loved everything about this ep -- the pacing, the storytelling, and the surprises. It was all great. But did I mention the heartbreak? Click through for the spoils.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: To the Lighthouse

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 28th 2009 11:09AM
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(S02E20)
The Connors hit the road – again – in a dark and tragic episode named after a Virginia Woolf novel. Things started out slow with less action and more philosophical introspection and a heavy preoccupation with the passing of time, but the final act made up for the sluggish scenes that came before.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 21st 2009 2:36AM
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John Connor finally earned my respect. Did he earn yours?

This episode might have started out telling Jesse's story, but it was really about John and why he's destined to become the savior of humanity. Jesse has been scheming all season to turn John against Cameron and trusting reprogrammed "metal." Mistakenly, she assumed that John's decision to employ Terminators in the resistance was influenced by an emotional attachment he had to the machines.

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Sarah Connor not as strong as the Ghost Whisperer or the wife swapper

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 14th 2009 4:26PM
Sarah Connor ChroniclesTo put it bluntly, it seems no one cares about The Sarah Connor Chronicles anymore, and people continue to not care about the new show Dollhouse.

The TV Addict has the ratings for last night's show, and both of these FOX action dramas just don't seem to have a future. In the 8pm hour, Ghost Whisperer, Wife Swap, and Howie Do It all beat The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The FOX show did beat Everybody Hates Chris by a wide margin, if that's any consolation (answer: it's not). In the 9pm hour, Flashpoint, Supernanny, and Friday Night Lights all came in ahead of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. FOX didn't have a show at 10pm, but if it did, it would have been beaten by Numb3rs, 20/20, and several local cable access shows.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Today is the Day

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 14th 2009 2:40AM
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(S02E18) Viewers, come back! The water is safe. The "Sad Sarah" storyline is officially over, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles has found its groove once again. Last week, we said goodbye to Sarah's depressing head-trip with an engaging episode that ended with a shocker (well, I was shocked anyway). This week, John, Sarah, Derek and Ellison struggled to answer that eternal Terminator question: Can metal be trusted?

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Ourselves Alone

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 7th 2009 2:01PM
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(S02E17) It feels good to have our show back, doesn't it? After taking a mostly tedious three-episode trip inside of Sarah Connor's head, TSCC returned with a solid ep that addressed Riley's suicide attempt and featured Cameron getting a little twitchy. "Ourselves Alone" was light on Skynet conspiracy theories, but it delivered some definite payoff for one of the season's most talked about plot lines. Click through for the spoils.

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TV Squad Ten: TV's hottest female non-humans

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 5th 2009 10:35AM
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Would I date a homicidal robot? Do I find a one-eyed cartoon mutant attractive? Is kissing a sexy demon worth losing years of my life?

Those were some of the questions I had to ask myself while writing this list.

There are many non-human women on TV – demons, vampires, machines and Real Housewives – but not all of them are hot. And what makes someone hot? I side with Stanley from The Office who once said that a "hot" woman is healthy, sexy, pretty and strong. I'd also say that brains, maturity and passion should be in the mix -- even if that passion is for killing monsters or blowing up evil cyborgs. Click through for a list of the hottest robots, aliens and "abnormals" currently on TV.

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DVRs help Fox's Friday nights

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 3rd 2009 9:03AM
DollhouseWell, it looks like my initial concerns regarding Fox's low ratings for the Friday night sci-fi double feature might be unfounded. It looks like the new Live+7 DVR data has given a 30% boost to Dollhouse's ratings and a 36% boost to The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The gains are considered very high, particularly for a Friday night.

This is a bit of a relief to me because it sends a signal to Fox that another season of either show (both of which I enjoy) would be a good idea. If anything, this information is further proof that the current ratings system is obsolete and should be replace by something else (damned if I know what, though. The trick is to get advertisers to trust whatever new system they adopt).

It's also a sign that, unlike myself, some sci-fi fans actually go out on Friday nights and can wait until later to watch their favorite Friday night shows. Good for them.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 28th 2009 6:01PM
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(S02E16) This was, according to show creator Josh Friedman, the last of a trilogy of episodes devoted to examining Sarah Connor herself. If you're like me, the show has been trying your patience since it's return two weeks ago. I'm not against introspection or character examination, but so far these "back nine" eps haven't been too thrilling. "Some Must Sleep" was a lot more compelling than last week's ep, "Desert Cantos," but that's not saying much.

John and Cameron remained in the background, Derek, Ellison, John Henry and the Weaverbot took the week off, and most of the ep featured Lena Headey walking around in pajamas. Like I said – not too thrilling. Things picked up in the end, but I found the unreliable narrative a little distracting. It was confusing trying to figure out what was real and what was a dream. I'm sure that's what Friedman was going for here – he wanted to truly put us inside Sarah Connor's scrambled head. Well, it worked in that sense, but it didn't really translate to great TV.

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Dollhouse slips in the ratings

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 23rd 2009 8:57AM
DollhouseRemember when we wrote that Fox's Friday nights didn't do so well in the ratings? There is even more bad news. Dollhouse lost about 15 percent of its viewers this past Friday night from the previous. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles remained about the same, falling only a tenth of a point.

These are the times that try a Whedon-fan's soul. Most of us knew in advance that Friday nights are the exact opposite of a ratings powerhouse. These are the circumstances in which we learn whether Fox was sincere in its agreement with Joss Whedon to try and let the show grow an audience.

On a more upbeat note, the decline in ratings for Dollhouse is consistent with the second episode of any new show. The network probably knows this and hopefully has factored this sort of slip into their plans for the show. I refuse to give up hope two weeks in.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Desert Cantos

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 21st 2009 12:10PM
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(S02E15) Have you ever been to a funeral? They're not usually very thrilling. All that awkward silence, standing around, and the hard-to-watch mourning will deflate anyone's day. So why set an episode of Sarah Connor at a funeral?

I guess the writers wanted to remind us about the Skynet war death toll. It's high. We get it. Can we move on now?

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Terminator's Summer Glau to guest on Big Bang Theory

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 17th 2009 3:02PM
summer glau terminator sarah connor chroniclesI have mixed feelings about CBS' The Big Bang Theory. Being a geek, it feels a little strange watching a sitcom that wants to cater to you and make fun of you at the same time. I find myself wincing at the lazy geek caricatures on display every time I watch, but for every wince, there's always a laugh. The show is funny, and I like that none of the plots ever really seem to add up to much. It's all about the jokes, and it reminds me of Seinfeld in that way.

Now I have another reason to watch. Summer Glau, Cameron from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, will guest star in an upcoming episode of TBBT. Glau won't be playing a robot – that would be too cool – she'll be playing herself. From what I can decipher from other Interweb rumblings, the episode will feature Sheldon, Leonard and crew somehow rerouting Glau's train trip to San Francisco in order to meet her. (Reminds me of Raj and Wolowitz's plan to find the Next Top Model house from last night's ep.) The episode airs March 9.

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Ratings woes for Fox's Friday night

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 15th 2009 9:46AM
Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesThe verdict is in, and it looks like both Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse did pretty poorly in the ratings.

Did anybody expect otherwise? Given the timeslot and the relative lack of publicity (no matter how cool the trailers actually are), the shows still did pretty well. Hopefully the additional views from DVRs that are watched during the week will increase the ratings enough so Fox doesn't cancel within three episodes.

I can only hope that Joss Whedon's statements about Fox are true and they were expecting low initial ratings for the series and that they hope to make up for it in DVD sales and increased ratings over time. If this sort of programming succeeds over time, then folks like me will have a legitimate excuse to stay in on Friday nights.

Let us not forget that success stories such as The X-Files started on Fox on Friday nights. I'm not giving up hope yet.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Good Wound

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 14th 2009 4:41PM
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(S02E14) After a two-month break, The Sarah Connor Chronicles returned to kick off the final nine episodes of the season (series?). Last December's mid-season ender, "Earthlings Welcome Here," was high on mystery and good character moments, but it felt a little drab, especially after all of the exciting developments of the previous five episodes. "The Good Wound" was more absorbing, and it reminded me a lot of the original Terminator movie. The stakes were high, but almost every scene felt quiet and intimate. The return – if you can call it that – of one of the first film's classic characters had a lot to do with that intimate feeling. Click through for the spoilery details.

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Summer Glau talks about the future of The Sarah Connor Chronicles

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 5th 2009 11:03AM
summer glau terminator the sarah connor chronicles interviewIn a conference call with media outlets this week, Summer Glau said she was "shocked" after reading the script for the season two finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Glau, who plays the Terminator Cameron on the FOX series, told reporters that she was also "a little sad" but excited about the upcoming season ender. "I think everybody is going to be shocked at what happens at the end of this season," she said.

Her reaction might have something to do with the possible death of a major character. Series creator Josh Friedman has spoken publicly about possibly killing off a character from the show in an upcoming episode, even saying that the current season should end with "one more good character death." (Feel free to place your bets on who might bite it in the comments.)

Friedman, who also took part in the conference call, didn't reveal any spoilers about the possible death, but he and Glau did discuss some details about the show's return on February 13, including the show's move to Fridays, the possibility of a third season, and Cameron's love for John Connor. Click through for the somewhat spoilery details.

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