Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I Am Soooooo Looking Forward to This Show

I mentioned ages ago that FOX was putting a new show out in the Fall called The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The good news is that the show is still scheduled to air in the Fall. What remains to be seen is if it will be any good. Summer Glau, better known as River Tam to Firefly fans, has been cast as a Terminator in the show. Chronicles' Glau Humanizes Terminator Summer Glau, who stars as a teenage-girl terminator in the upcoming Fox series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, told SCI FI Wire that her character is a departure from any of the models seen in the Terminator films. "I didn't think I had a chance at being cast in this role," Glau said in an interview following a press conference at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on July 23. "I've seen [Terminator 3 star] Kristanna Loken in person, and she's so statuesque and she has that icy beauty, and I thought, 'I don't even want to go on this audition. I'm just going to be embarrassed. I'm going to get in the room, and I'm going to be embarrassed.' But she infiltrates. And that's what terminators are going to be now. They infiltrate. They hide. They're not, 'What is that superhuman person?' That's what we're going to do with this series. And, I think, every week people are going to be watching the show going, 'OK, which one is it?'" The Sarah Connor Chronicles (whose title may change to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) was adapted for television by Josh Friedman, who wrote 2005's War of the Worlds. It picks up the story of the title character (played by 300's Lena Headey) and her son, John Connor (Thomas Dekker) sometime after the 1991 second film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Glau plays a mysterious girl named Cameron, who turns out to be a terminator sent back from the year 2027 to protect John and Sarah in the past. Glau, best known for her role as River Tam in the series Firefly and the feature film Serenity, said that she was daunted at the prospect of taking on an iconic character who doesn't have any emotions to draw upon. "I was, to be honest, very intimidated," she said. "I didn't know how to play this character. I've played very vulnerable characters so far, and it's kind of what I do. So playing a girl that can't truly feel anything was very intimidating for me. It was hard to find a way to make the scene interesting. And I worked with Josh a lot of it. And then, in my final test, when I tested for the role, he wrote a third scene where I had to cry. And I was so confused by it at first. And then I realized that he's really going to take this far. She is really human. She can mimic the most subtle human emotions as well as a spy." Glau was well aware that the audience may see some similarities between her character and a certain other superpowered teenager from another television series. In fact, when she got the role, she called Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon (who also created Firefly) for advice. "I called Joss when I got the role, because I wanted his input and what he thought about me doing this," she said. "I just love any opportunity for a young girl to be empowered and to play a role like this. I think we can't get enough of that in this day and age. And I think there's still a lot of oppression for girls in Hollywood. I have to be honest. There's a lot of roles that are still degrading, I think, for girls. And I've turned down a lot of things because I want to play roles like this where girls are celebrated and they're empowered and it's inspiring." The Sarah Connor Chronicles will premiere on Fox in early 2008. —Cindy White I really, really hope this show will not end up too cheesy. I am a big fan of the first two Terminator movies and I can even watch the third without cringing. I don't know why this particular series makes me exited, but it does. The new Bionic Woman is looking promising but still hasn't gotten me quite as keyed up as this one. Here's hoping that I am not getting all worked up over nothing.

14 comments:

reagu said...

I'm all for this show. I love the "Terminator" and "Serenity". Hope it works out.

Fab said...

She really kicked in Serenity. She'll do nice in this, no doubt.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I really hope this show comes over to Britain!

avery said...

I'm glad she's getting her own show, and gets to be sane. She's on The 4400 on and off, and the poor girl is crazy on that show, too.

SQT said...

Jean-Luc

Speaking of which, Torchwood is finally coming to the U.S.

And yeah, like Avery, I hope she actually is allowed to be sane this time.

Scotty said...

Sounds good - wonder when (or if) the show will air in Australia.

Alex said...

Torchwood is pretty mediocre. It doesn't compare to Dr. Who. I watched all the episodes because it's another scifi show, but really I wouldn't be hurt if they didn't make a second season.

As for the SCC, they did a pre-air of the first episode. I have it sitting on my computer, but have yet to get around to watching it.

You can find it at any of the torrent sites, if you want to see if all the hype is worth it.

pussreboots said...

Glau will be a brilliant Terminator!

Torchwood is shlock but I enjoy it. It's no where near as good as Doctor Who but it's still oddly watchable.

Alex said...

Just wanted to let you know that the pilot of the Sarah Conner Chronicles of Narnia was pretty damned good.

In fact, it was really damned good. I am always leery about movie franchises making the transition to the small screen, but this first episode surpassed expectations.

It gives me hope for the Star Wars tv show coming out next year.

SQT said...

Jeebus Alex, you liked it? Now I'm really excited.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

OT - But you've been tagged!

Stewart Sternberg said...

I don't know about this show. We'll see. I am more excited about that spin off from Dr. Who..looks more like Men In Black, but it looks like a well produced and rather slick show nonetheless.

Alex said...

Torchwood really lags during mid-season. I mean, it's very slow.

I wouldn't get your hopes up too high. It isn't anywhere near the level of the new Dr. Who series.

Andrew J Robertson said...

I read about here playing a Terminator the other day. Crazy... But she's excellant and I know she'll do a great job.