I actually like that blog post title.
For one thing, I’m a fan of Jethro Tull, been to see Ian Anderson many, many times.
The title also refers to the fact that the new season of American television is almost upon us, with new shows and new series and all sorts of stuff.
And just as everyone else is all excited (or not) about getting to watch the shows they have been missing….
I am discovering a show from last season that I dearly wanted to watch, but missed the first episode of.
And once you miss the first episode, you can either try and catch up as you go, potentially ruining the fun, or wait for DVD.
I chose to wait for DVD.
So I requested Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 1 from Netflix, and last night finally watched the very first pilot episode from the first season.
And there you have the third reason I like the post title… ‘Living in the past’… a show about… oh, never mind.
Yeah, I know. I’m not funny, it ain’t witty, and it’s not original. I still crack me up.
Anyway, I had mixed emotions going into the show.
On the one hand, Summer Glau as a Terminator. I mean, come on.
After watching Firefly and especially Serenity, how can you not buy into Summer Glau as a Terminator?
On the other hand, I had pretty much figured Terminator 3, Rise of the Machines put the nail in the coffin of that franchise. After that ho hum borefest, where would they get life to add to the concept? There were no more mysteries as to what was going to happen. War is here, yadda yadda.
Well, I watched the show anyway. I mean, come on! Summer Glau!
It was pretty damn good.
There were some flaws, but in my opinion they restarted the damn story in a totally kick ass way.
First, they picked up after Terminator 2, and seem to have decided to pretend Terminator 3 never happened. A damn good choice in my opinion.
Sure, it starts with the same old, same old. Sarah and John on the run, being chased by the mean old robot, other nice robot intercedes and saves them. Formulaic, but well done.
You could see they were adding mystery as to what the hell kind of Terminator Summer Glau was, and that added some good ‘what is really going on’ vibe to it.
But then Sarah decides to stop running and take the fight to Cyberdine… and the Summer Terminator provides help.
Help, in the form of a trip to the bank, to visit a bank deposit box placed in trust when the bank was founded in 1963.
And suddenly, you are introduced to a new concept in this franchise. The idea that these people in the future, with time travel, actually have the capability to lay long reaching plans, going back in time to prepare a foundation for things in the present. About damn time.
Just the idea that someone went back in time to arrange safe deposit boxes of cash or documents or items that might be needed in the future, lays a lot of possibilities open.
And just as you’re saying to yourself, “Oh, that’s a cool idea, I wonder where they’re going from here with it”, the show goes all nutso awesome.
So, I’m hooked. Big time. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Maybe after that one burst of awesome, it’ll get boring and formulaic again, but I’m willing to watch it to find out.
Last night, while I was watching the first episode of the old season, we were recording the first episode of the new season on Tivo.
It’s so nice to have good television to look forward to!