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April 4th, 2009 (10:00 pm)
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I just rewatched SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES' "To the Lighthouse" and followed it up with "Adam Raised a Cain."

Short non-spoilery commentary: HOLY CRAP is this show getting good. Everything is really hitting its marks, and all the plot threads are coming together in a really effective way.

The scenario the show has set up is really quite terrific: on most shows that run season-long plots, you kind of know what to expect come season's end. Oh, yeah, that's when Buffy fights the Master. The shows tell you what's going to happen, then do it. What SCC's doing -- and this is really interesting, and it's very enjoyable as a viewer -- is that rather than leading to one expected climactic outcome at season's end, the show actually could do a bunch of different things at this point, *any of which would be dramatically satisfying.* It's not that I have no idea where they're going; it's that they have so many good ways they could go, and I'm not sure if they'll pick one I've been pondering or if they'll do something else that's good that I hadn't thought of. Because they could totally do that from here.

That's pretty cool.

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Posted by: madripoor_rose (madripoor_rose)
Posted at: April 5th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)

It's really the best show I'm watching right now, and I really hope they get another season to play with.

And I love the fact that the character deaths haven't been big fanservicy waaangsty h/c scenes. A soldier falls, acknowledge the loss and move on.

Posted by: Dan Orkwis (dorkwis)
Posted at: April 5th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

Yeah, I just caught "Adam Raised a Cain" this afternoon, myself. There were a few moments where I couldn't believe how well they had handled events from the character side of things, as opposed to turning that into a big expository moment. It was "that happened" and then moving on, with only the acting (and there was acting) to give us the characters' reactions, rather than long speeches.

I have to admit, I was also thinking "Hm. I wonder what David will say about this?"

Posted by: amonitrate (amonitrate)
Posted at: April 5th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)

Yeah, I think that's why I'm really taken with the show: I absolutely have no idea where it's going, and that is so exciting.

Posted by: trebor1415 (trebor1415)
Posted at: April 5th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)

The bad news is that there are reports that the sets have been torn down and the principals have found other work. The rumor is that Fox cancelled the show but won't make the announcment for a little while yet.

Posted by: Grey Bard (grey_bard)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)

Yes on the multiple viable possibilities. Most shows, even the ones that are less obvious than Buffy, I can usually predict. *Sometimes* they have two possible outcomes. SCC? I have no freaking idea. None. And I love that!

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