From the department of Awesome

  • Feb. 2nd, 2010 at 5:01 PM
crypto: (sarah looks ahead)
Today I discovered that one of my all-time favorite cultural studies theorists, Meaghan Morris, is apparently a fan of The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- she begins a recent paper (Grizzling about Facebook) with an epigraph quoting Riley:

‘You're all crazy. Every one of you. You just sit here, in your cosy little house, with your cold sodas and your Facebook pages, like it all matters. Like it's even real. But it's not! It's all going to burn and you're going to be nothing but bleached skulls. Don't you get it? You're dead! All of you are dead!'

(Riley in ‘Strange Things Happen')

Morris later elaborates:

An example of this and one of my favourite Facebook put-downs is the outburst quoted above from Riley, the undercover girl from the future in the second season of the Fox network TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Cracking under the strain of impersonating an alienated, pre-Judgment Day American teenager, Riley wheels on her bemused foster family in the kitchen one day and, with four viciously delivered metonyms (‘just sit here', ‘cosy little house', ‘cold sodas', ‘Facebook pages'), pours scorn all over their lives. In this moment, Facebook is absorbed into the store of belittling stereotypes of mindless suburban complacency that print media, film and, superbly, television (the suburban medium par excellence), have been producing—and donating to critical culture—for more than fifty years.

Of course, Morris subsequently notes that:

Linking to this film [T2] in particular, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series makes John Connor's adolescence a study in psychic conflict between longing for an ordinary suburban life and knowing that (as Riley puts it) ‘it's all going to burn'. What sets John apart as a leader here is not his awareness of the fire to come; in a fuzzy way, there is common knowledge around him of the unsustainability of our world. Rather, this version of John Connor stands out from his helpers (with the partial exception of Cameron, his studious Terminator guard) because he knows why people care, none the less, about cold sodas and cosy houses, ‘like it all matters'. I doubt that John Connor could risk having a Facebook page, but I'm fairly sure that he'd want one.

...okay, I think it's awesome, and you would too if you imprinted on Morris' classic The pirate's fiancée: feminism, reading, postmodernism. Because it's very cool when your intellectual crushes share your taste in television!

Now, since she's Australian, I can only hope that she's also a fan of Sea Patrol. I wonder if she's watching the audition episodes of the new season of the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance?


My, that corpse is exquisite!

  • May. 26th, 2009 at 12:37 PM
crypto: (sarah looks ahead)
So it turns out that it's very hard to plot out an imaginary episode of a TV show. Who knew?

However, I have come across another imaginary spoiler for the premiere of the third season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This scene picks up right after the imaginary spoilers that I posted last week, following the commercial break:

In the future: Kyle's pointing a gun at a seriously freaked out John, and unlocks the safety.
in the future, spoiling ur imaginashun )

/end scene

...and I have no idea what happens next. Okay, I actually have several different ideas, but I don't know how to choose between them! Should I make a poll? Get a whiteboard and index cards? Or -- even better -- persuade other people to play along?
crypto: (sarah looks ahead)
Apparently the TV deities have decreed that I'll have nothing to watch in the fall except for Better Off Ted and So You Think You Can Dance. And maybe Melrose Place?

(I've only seen one season's worth of the original Melrose Place; happily, it was the season that included the scene where Kimberly took off her wig at the end of an episode. But the new show will have my favorite character, Sydney, plus Stephanie Jacobsen! So I'll at least check it out. Though this may be a case of "a little goes a long way" -- if I recall, every time they introduced a new character in the original series, they turned out to be a psychopath within 3-4 episodes. And yet, it didn't seem to occur to anyone in the core cast to move!)

I'm still in mourning for the loss of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, with the reviews that I've seen of the new Terminator movie adding insult to injury. I figure I'll camp out in the denial stage of grief for as long as possible. To that end, here's some spoilers for the opening of the first episode of season 3:

real spoilers for S2, imaginary spoilers for S3 )

Naturally I can't reveal my source for this spoiler. But you can foster my denial -- tell me what happens next!