May. 5th, 2008

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Watching the new season of Battlestar Galactica reminded me how much I like the new show Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles – it is similar to BSG in a number of obvious and non-obvious ways, except that in The Sarah Conner Chronicles, the protagonists (or at least Sarah and perhaps John Conner) seem to be heading towards the idea that the only way to stop the cycle of violence and prevent the war is to find some way to defuse or avoid the conflict (or at least that’s my guess), while in BSG, if humanity survives is will solely be through luck or fate, and not because any of the characters has done anything remotely positive or humane.

[ profile] teaotter also mentioned that she read someone comment about how they wished Joss Whedon has been in charge of T:SCC, and someone else responded that they were exceptionally pleased that he wasn’t, because for all of his virtues, one of his most obvious faults is that the only characters who can be actually heroes (as opposed to sidekicks or dependents) are those characters who can whomp the snot out of their opponents. Given that part of the point of T:SCC is that this is impossible, and the only way to defeat a terminator robot is to either have another terminator robot on your side or to be exceptionally clever and lucky (and often those are not enough, mostly you just flee). Because of the strong and clearly deliberate parallels drawn between Derek Reese and Cameron also because of and Sarah Conner’s unwillingness to accept either of their more violent and deadly solutions, I see this as precisely the sort of show Joss Whedon wouldn’t work on, in large part because it seems to be (or at least I hope it is) about finding solutions beyond violence. I could be wrong, but I’m definitely hoping I’m not and am exceptionally pleased this show is now definitely coming back for another season. Various fannish speculations and musings follow )

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