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21st February 2008 (18:44)

Looks like I'm in the same boat as a few other people from the UK, in that my copy of After The Fall #4 hasn't arrived at my Friendly Local Comics Store this week. So the review will be delayed indefinitely. I did buy the Buffy comics omnibus volume 3 instead, though, and I may have something to say about that once I've finished reading it. Although logically, I ought first to talk about the other two volumes which I got before Christmas...

In the meantime, if any of my flist is interested in reading meta about Spike (hey, it's a long shot but maybe...) candleanfeather  wrote an essay about his depiction in 'Restless' and what it symbolises about him.

Changing the subject entirely*, I got to see the first couple of episodes of The Sarah Connor Chronicles recently. Good fun in a mindless "explosions - car chases - cute members of your preferred gender(s) with huge guns" sort of way. And it has Summer Glau as a spooky, mysterious girl who's been purpose-designed as a killing machine... which seems, well, kinda familiar somehow. Can't imagine where I've seen that before. Actually, the whole 'teenage girl with superstrength who can beat up bad guys twice her size' concept rings a bell.

*This may not be true.


Posted by: petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
Posted at: 21st February 2008 20:04 (UTC)
buffy sad by xdevilxchildx

The Spike essay is flocked.

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 21st February 2008 20:37 (UTC)

It's unflocked now, kept it that way because I wanted to correct it (english isn't my native language).I hope it'll interest you. :)

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 21st February 2008 20:33 (UTC)

Thank you very much, Stormwreath, for the pimp. That's really very nice of you. (Have renounced to twirl you though... ;D)

The delay in the arrival of After the Fall n°4 must be irritating, but you seem to have other readings and projects to keep you occupied during the wait.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st February 2008 21:13 (UTC)

You can still try the twirling if you really want to. Though it might help if, like Buffy or Cameron, you have superstrength... :-)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 22nd February 2008 00:20 (UTC)

I'm really starting to like T:SCC; it's not like the Terminator franchise was ever meant to be all that philosophical, but so far I think the series is doing a pretty good job of balancing the explosions and the slightly deeper questions of... well, right and wrong and power and big timey-wimey balls. ;-) I just hope it gets to continue long enough to make use of the little subplots they're setting up...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd February 2008 12:10 (UTC)

I've probably not seen enough yet to get the subplots, but I can certainly see that they're setting up a lot of characters in the two episodes I've seen. And you've got the Sarah Connor Faux-Philosophical Monologues every so often, which I think I may get tired of before too long...

Is it a common trope in this sort of programme, or was the scene where a Terminator is reading out the attendance register in school, gets to 'Connor, John' and pulls out a gun and opens fire, a direct rip-off homage to 'What's My Line' on Buffy?

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 22nd February 2008 12:24 (UTC)

Sarah's monologues are overdone, yes. But she did the same thing in the movies, so... continuity, I guess. Most series these days seem to suffer from Serious Voice-Over Overkill Syndrome (because, y'know, viewers are stupid and won't get things like symbolism and subtext unless it's clearly spelled out for them) and SCC is at least better at it than some others (*cough*Ashes to Ashes*cough*). And the last few episodes have started subverting Sarah's Words Of Wisdom quite nicely, so we'll see where it goes.

I'm pretty sure I've seen similar scenes in other movies/series, though I can't come up with one right now (and strictly speaking, he's in the register as "John Reese" - yes, that's a plot point). :-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th February 2008 00:20 (UTC)

I'm up-to-date on episodes now... and the Sarah monologues are much less irritating, so that's of the good. Now I'm just wondering exactly why River Cameron is stockpiling the parts to make herself a Terminator of her very own. Is she lonely? Or, worse, broody?

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