Yakk wrote:Sending a pistol back isn't that stupid. It is reliable and more than enough to shoot and kill a unarmored human.
If you're going to use that argument, I'm pretty sure the super-advanced robot that can flip a school bus over is more than enough to kill a human, even with armor.
I'm pretty sure the gun-in-the-leg gag was just so they'd have an excuse to do a "Look! It's a robot!" routine early on.
The feedback loops from a time travel trip are crazy
You pretty much have to give any time travel story a mulligan on the logic problems. Causality loops, grandfather paradoxes, and all sorts of other contradictions abound. Don't look too close or the waveform will collapse.
Naturally, if time travel keeps up indefinitely, reality will be reduced to chaotic garbage.
That's why it's important to support the Campaign for Real Time.
xkcd_n00bz wrote:I like the show. I don't love it yet, but I'll keep watching.
I also don't like the clueless look that she always has. I know she's going for "robot", but it should be more "mechanical determination" instead of "math is hard".
ROTFL! Perfect! That's pretty much exactly what I was thinking, but I didn't even know I was thinking it.
With regards to explaining away the emotions of the T's as "these models are better": The problem is, once you've played that card, you've shown your bluff. Okay, so Glau's T is the new-and-improved model that can faultlessly mimic teenage social banter and empathize for a kid's dead father. Then why does it act like such a dumb sh*t in all of ep 2? She doesn't even realize Sarah's remark about her name was rhetorical? My microwave is smarter than that. Pfft. It's just minor sloppiness on the part of the production. Besides, the T's are interesting precisely because they're not human. Making them more human, even if it might make some plot sense, makes the story less cool. But like I said originally, I expect it would not be practical to demand that kind detail in a TV production. You don't have time or budget to do re-takes because somebody blinked when they shouldn't have.
The amazing headless terminator in ep 2 was another groaner. When the Anonymous Victim brings home the T skull and its eyes glow, I couldn't help but think of The Black Knight
-- "I can still bite you!" When the next shot has that more-or-less happening, it was almost laughable. To say nothing of the whole "living things field" inconsistency that Karrion already remarked on.
But there were some good moments in ep 2, too. My favorite was when Glau and bad-T got in a fight; bad-T analyzes the situation, concludes this is not part of the mission, and retreats. It's a machine; it's not programmed to fight the good fight or be curious. I never expected a terminator to run, but it made perfect sense when it happened, despite being a total surprise. Good job there.
Tony Amendola's character was entertaining and interesting. I can't help but wonder if it might have been better to have him be a good guy and recurring character. Ah, well.
"What's nine eleven?" was a nice touch.