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31 January 2012 @ 03:11 pm
Why You Should Watch...  

1. Sarah Connor is awesome.

We're always looking for tough, smart, three-dimensional female characters, right? You're not going to get much better than the title character, Sarah Connor. Sure, sure, in the Terminator mythos it's John Connor who saves the world, but he'd have died a hundred times over – and maybe not even been born to boot – if his mother hadn't been the kick-ass, amazing woman she is. Let's face it, everything John Connor is and ends up becoming is due to the way he was raised – by a woman who was killing relentless, bloodthirsty cyborgs while he was still in diapers.

You may be thinking – but someone else playing Sarah Connor? Lena Headey makes it work. She's not as ripped as Linda Hamilton (though who is, let's be real), but you believe that she could kill you with a flick of her wrist nonetheless. See the episode “Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep” for some of her best work on the series.

2. Robots are awesome.

Seriously, robots are awesome. One of the science fiction genre's mainstays, the Terminators are some of the coolest robots and cybernetic organisms around. Sometimes they're just really cool killing machines, but there are a few who are real characters, with arcs as deep and complex as any of the human characters. The show also does a great job exploring all those little what-ifs that a movie just doesn't have the time to delve into. For example, if Terminators never have to sleep, what do they do at night? (See: 2x11, “Self Made Man.”)

Cameron, named for Terminator creator James Cameron, is portrayed by Summer Glau, and if you thought she kicked some ass in Firefly, you're in for a treat here.

Also, John Connor/Cameron equals forever.

3. Battlestar Galactica is over, and you're sad.

The premise is fairly straight-forward: man creates machine, machine gets really smart, machine decides to destroy man. Machine does a pretty good job. Where BSG goes in one direction, summed up in Sharon's line to Adama - “You said that humanity never asked itself why it deserved to survive. Maybe you don't.” - TSCC goes in another. Here, it's perhaps the Greek saying gnothi seauton - know thyself. BSG looks at a civilization on the brink of genocide – TSCC looks at a handful of people trying to stop that genocide from ever happening.

And yet, many things play out the same way. The machines stop just being machines and become allies. One solution leads to another problem. Saving the world doesn't mean you save yourself. But if you loved BSG, definitely give TSCC a try.

4. Bear McCreary is a really good composer.

Seriously, the music on this show is to die for. I'm a sucker for good TV music.

5. This guy.

Garret Dillahunt starts off as a semi-recurring character, and ends up as a regular. He's amazing, and what he does with his character is amazing. As a result of this show, he became one of the actors I will watch just about anything for.

All in all, if you're looking for a smart, well-made, satisfying TV experience, especially if you're a fan of science fiction, and you haven't watched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles yet? Get thee to whatever venue you use to watch TV that's no longer airing. Trust me. It's worth it.
Bailey: SCC - Sarah John Cameronjadeleopard on January 31st, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
<3 Excellent choice! I love the images you chose!
Shannon: tscc john henrykungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
a universal sigh: SG1 - Sam/Cam - clutchingnaushika on January 31st, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)

Man I miss this show.

UGH why don't I have a TSCC icon in my userpics? Judging myself..
Shannon: tscc cameronkungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)

I miss this show so much. Every so often I get morose about prematurely canceled TV, but I think of all the shows, this might be at the top of the list. They had so many amazing stories to tell, I know it, and it just...stopped. Goddamn FOX.

Haha, I'm always realizing I don't have a show in my icons, and I keep meaning to update, but I never do. Because apparently I need like 85 Babylon 5 icons, IDK.
pathosical: adama/roslinpathosical on January 31st, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Basically awesome reasons and all are true. Essentially if you haven't watched this show what have you done with your life?

And reason 3 made me lol so much.
Shannon: bsg revelationskungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
Heeeee yes. Having not watched TSCC is definitely a "look at your life, look at your choices" sort of deal.

I really do honestly feel that anyone who loved BSG would love this show, and vice versa. They're so similar in so many ways, though never derivative or anything like that.
far_to_nowhere: TV-SCC | Derek/Cameron Dancefar_to_nowhere on January 31st, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
"3. Battlestar Galactica is over, and you're sad."

Shannon: sarah connorkungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
IT IS THE TRUTH. TSCC definitely helped fill a BSG-shaped hole in my life there.

Hnnnnnnghh icon. Derek Reese, come to me.
Halima: ♁ all of this has happened beforecartography on January 31st, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
3. Battlestar Galactica is over, and you're sad.
No, I'm not tearing up over this or anything. You must be imagining that.

This is a great post! I'm not looking too closely because I already have the show on my laptop and want to go in completely unspoilered. But I love the picspams. :) And the muuusic. Bear McCreary truly is a genius.
Shannon: bsg dradiskungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
Aside from just a couple pics - and those are mostly just headshots, nothing plotty - I intentionally chose pics from the first handful of episodes to be as unspoilery as possible. Maybe I'll make a "Now You've Watched Terminator Don't You Feel More Fulfilled As A Human Being?" post some day and it will include the gloriousness of future episodes.

I've come to the disheartening conclusion that the overall Caprica soundtrack will never see the light of day. I just want the opera from the end of 1.0, is that too much to ask?
Halima: ♁ that number doesn't go up very oftencartography on February 1st, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I figured. But I don't even really know who the characters are (until a short while ago, I always assumed Summer Glau was Sarah Connor? I have no idea what made me think that), and I love it that way. I know what you mean about that other post, though. One day, I'll do the same with B5. And BSG.

Ugh, don't remind me! I want that soundtrack in my life so badly. Maybe we should shoot Bear a message and ask him about it. Or check his blog for info; if I remember that right, he's always been interested in what people want to listen to / buy.
Shannon: bsg duallakungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Summer Glau as Sarah Connor! I love it. Thank you. :D

Hmm, interesting. I'm always sort of intimidated at the thought of messaging, like, actual sort of famous people, but his blog comments do tend to be pretty approachable. Mayhap I shall think on that.
Halima: ♁ i want to explore!cartography on February 1st, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Haha, ah, youthful ignorance...

Same here! But I think twitter has really made us all more aware that the people we tend to idolise (is that a word? it should be one) really are just regular people who will answer questions and who do care about what fans think of them. Take Neil Gaiman, for example, I think he has a website, a blog, and an active twitter account.
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Shannon: got catelynkungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Lena is so perfect on GOT. I cannot picture anyone else as Cersei.
ghanima sun: bsg - curse your sudden but inevitableghanimasun on February 1st, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Glad you were able to come up with something for this! (I did not!).

I have not actually seen this show, and I think I've seen maybe one of the Terminator movies? I should probably get on that. You provide a compelling (and pretty) case!
Shannon: bsg duallakungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Haha, it seriously just occurred to me out of the blue this morning. I did miss the fandomverse icon scavenger hunt, though.

Girrrrrrrrl, you so need to watch this show. You would love it, I know it.

(Also, I am almost done with your long-ago promised but not forgotten gifts!)
ghanima sun: bsg - roslinghanimasun on February 1st, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm not in fandomverse; I don't think I could handle another landcomm at this point!

Should I have knowledge of Terminator stuff before I watch it? Because I only have the vaguest of knowledge of the movie info.

(Also yay gifts! That you totally didn't have to make at all. But you are awesome apparently.)
Shannon: bsg chief anders helokungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the problem with too many landcomms; due dates overlap. (And also fandomverse is making things due at 2pm which is I know to be nice to non-Americans for a change but it screws me up because I always think I have the rest of the day to finish.)

I don't think you need to know the movies. I mean, most of what you'd need to know you probably just know from pop culture osmosis - Terminators, they went back in time to kill John Connor, Judgment Day is coming, etc. But they made the show to be accessible, so you'd be okay I think.

(There aren't a ton, because of aforementioned Photoshop ennui, but there's one icon in particular that I'm really proud of, so. Hopefully I'll be done tomorrow! This weekend at the latest.)
ghanima sun: bsg - gaiusghanimasun on February 1st, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I can imagine 2pm dude dates would make it confusing; I have often taken advantage of the late night ones after work, to get something done just under the wire!

(And I understand the photoshop ennui too of course, so don't worry! I'd be seriously excited even if it was just one icon!)
ruth76ruth76 on February 1st, 2012 08:29 am (UTC)
I hadn't realised Bear McCreary did the music for this - I loved all of his work on BSG, particularly Roslin and Adama's theme.

Despite having a bit of a crush on Lena Headey, I've only ever seen the first couple of episodes of TSCC and I'm not sure why. But I must give it another go!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
I did find that Bear's work on TSCC is a bit more repetitive - not as many themes, for one thing - but it is really gorgeous, and you can imagine how well his drums work with some of the action sequences.

The first season of TSCC is good, but it really becomes something remarkable in S2. If you're up for it and have the time, definitely give it another shot.
Martinela_loony on February 1st, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
And another show goes on my listXD
Shannon: lotr haldirkungfuwaynewho on February 1st, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Martinela_loony on February 1st, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
I wish I could take a semester off to watch all the shows people talk about!