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September 10th, 2008


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01:29 am - New TV Season: Fringe & Sarah Connor Chronicles
teaotter & I watched the premier of the new show Fringe tonight. The basic premise seems to be about a top secret government department investigating dangerous scientific breakthroughs in a setting where science (or perhaps more accurately Science!) works much like it does in the Marvel Universe (complete with bubbling beakers filled with randomly colored liquids). Utterly wacky fluff with an added dash of pretension, but a lot of shows have a weak first episode, so we'll give another one a try. However, I'd be a bit surprised if we watched the third episode. OTOH, it managed to be largely inoffensive, which admittedly gives it a leg up over most TV.

On Monday, we watched something far better, the season premier of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, it was impressively action-packed, but also quite good. It is however, always difficult to know how much to trust a show like this. It's clearly trying (and needing to try for) a larger audience, and I also simply don't know how smart and thoughtful the writers are. I can see truly vast amounts of potential, and some of it the writers and directors seem to be going for. If I get my wish, this season will (among other things) be about John Connor deciding that at least some robots can possibly be "people" in the sense of being sentient individuals who should not be casually murdered. There's quite a lot of opportunity to play with this using various shotguns that are hanging on the wall for both Derek Reese and Cameron. The first season was very much about heroism, and I'm assuming that this will continue. If I'm very lucky indeed, the writers will continue towards defining a hero as someone who saves people rather than someone who kills their enemies/bad people. This seems to be where the show is heading, and in addition to liking where that would take the shock, I'd love to see that particular message on network TV. I've seen lots of promising shows fall apart or become utterly vile, so it's difficult to hope for anything better.

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From:drainboy
Date:September 10th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
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Being a professional writer, a connoisseur of television series and having a specific idea of the kind of things you'd like to see (and like not to see) in a tv series, do you ever consider giving it a shot yourself?
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From:heron61
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm not nearly as good a fiction writer as an RPG writer. Also, I lived in LA for 3 years and the ratio of people there who were attempting to sell screenplays vs. those who actually managed to do so was impressively far from encouraging.
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From:qos
Date:September 10th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
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If I'm very lucky indeed, the writers will continue towards defining a hero as someone who saves people rather than someone who kills their enemies/bad people.

Wow. . . That would be something to see on tv.
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From:heron61
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
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That definitely looks like what they're going for, but tv shows can take drastically wrong turns very easily.

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