The most recent edition of the UK's stellar Starburst Magazine (for those of you who don't know, it's the longest-running magazine to cover SciFi, Fantasy, Horror, and general genre-based entertainment across the world ... and it's quite spiffy) did a terrific retrospective on the entire Terminator franchise. And I do mean "terrific retrospective" because the writers did a super impressive job, taking a largely better-than-casual look at the films, the books, the comics, and even the lone television entry into the property: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Now, I bring this up because it's Brian Austin Green's birthday. (Happy BDay to you, BAG, if you're listening.) He was one of the show's regulars, and -- to his credit -- he actually turned in a solid performance in what I thought was an otherwise middling entry into the franchise. Don't get me wrong: I wanted Chronicles to succeed probably as much as the next SciFi TV junkie, but we have to be able to 'call a spade a spade' as they say when we have the opportunity.
By contrast, Starburst's writing team christened Chronicles practically a God-send entry. In fact, they put it in the exalted position of -- dare I even mention this? -- HBO's The Sopranos in terms of quality and execution.
Maybe they had a different cut of it available to them on their side of the pond, but Chronicles was not by any stretch of the imagination on par with The Sopranos ... and I say that being not the biggest fan of HBO's stylish mod drama. At best, perhaps one out of every three or four episodes were even good. Yes, I think it had "good" writing and, yes, I'd argue it probably had one of the strongest ensembles in recent memory ... but it was unquestionably not anything all that impressive or Earth-shaking or mesmerizing.
Definitely, the program ended when it was getting far more interesting than much of its run (I found it all too consumed with the Connor family angst instead of really showing the angst, why it persisted, and what toll it really extracts from a family caught in the crosshairs of history) ... but The Sopranos? Really, Starburst?
In any event, Happy BDay again to Mr. Green, and make sure you check out the rest of today's wonderful entries.