River is a Terminator

Jesus, I’m really out of the loop. You guys probably knew about this for at least a 100 years now, but it’s new to me. Apparently the lovely River from Firefly is the new Terminator girl in the upcoming Fox series.

The series is supposed to air in January but the full pilot is out there. Apparently it’s been circulating on various p2p networks for months now. There is also a high quality copy uploaded on the DivX Stage 6. I’m not going to link to it, but it’s not hard to find.

The premiere didn’t really blow me away or anything. But then again it was not horrible either. The acting was decent, the production values and special effects were pretty good. The story… Well, I didn’t really cringe that much or anything. I LOL’d a little bit when it turned out that River is a termie in a most predictable way ever. Oh, look, a hot girl befriends John Connor. Oh look, she just got shot! Oh hey, she is back! Dum dum dum!

The only way they could have made it more obvious is to make her speak with an Austrian accent, and keep telling people she will be back at every possible occasion.

Also, I didn’t know they made the T-800 skeletons in size small. I’m not sure if this is Glau’s acting, or the writing/direction but she kinda fails to sell the emotionless robot look the way Arnold, Robert Patrick and Kristanna Loken did. Or maybe it’s because she has actual lines, while other terminators mostly didn’t (with exception of Arnold who naturally speaks like a robot).

The story seems to take place between Terminator 2 and Terminator 3… But at the end of the pilot, Sarah, John and Termi-River are transported from 1999 to 2007. WTF? I don’t know how is that supposed to work with the movie storyline. I have no clue where are they going with this, and it seems stupid, but perhaps there is a method to their madness.

Anyway, go watch the pilot, and let me know what you think.

[tags]terminator, river, firefly, summer glau, sarah connor chronicles, sarah connor, john connor[/tags]

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2 Responses to River is a Terminator

  1. eexlebots UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    This whole thing strikes me as kind of like Highlander: The Series in treatment of the source material. All I can say is, meh. it’s not horrid but I just don’t care about the robot time travel any more-at this point it just seems forced. if I was 12 I would be all over this, but at this point in my life i have better stuff to do, like not watching any more episodes of the Terminatrix series..

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Well said. It’s not horrible, but… Meh…

    Especially since the Terminator trilogy is pretty much closed and resolved now. They would probably be better off making a show about John Connor and the survivors fighting against Skynet in the future. There they would pretty much have a free reign over plot without really clashing with the existing movie material.

    Also, for a minute there I thought this show will not include any Terminators. Just Sarah Connor living as a fugitive on the run, jumping at the sight of odd looking dude in shades. You know – psychological drama kind of shit. But then I realized it was a Fox production. :P

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