5 Judgement day: show review, dvd facts and weak punsmoensk | 14/01/2010 | See all moensk's reviews (2)If you know the show and are interested in the DVD box specifics then skip the first paragraphs. If you want to know more of the show first, continue reading below :)== THE SHOW ==If you are new to Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, or cynical of a television series based on a once great movie franchise let me tell you that I didn't have hip hopes for it either. A friend of mine talked me into watching it and since I trust his judgement (here we go again) I gave it a go and I was hooked from the first episode.Part of the allure is the story. Yes, it's basically a retread of Terminator 2 with several clear nods (even Dyson's family is back) but it departs from the Terminator formula cleverly: instead of a Terminator sent back in time to kill the Connors, we now see the Connors travelling 8 years into the future to evade their cyborg hunters and destroy Skynet at its inception. The idea starts off pretty slow but by the end of the first season, you'll find that its story threads run surprisingly deep. Seeing Sarah Connor stumbling when buying a cellphone shows a humourous side of time-travel while adult characters meeting with their unaware childhood selves shows this on a more dramatic way. Season 2 expands upon these ideas and gives us a glimpse of just how the Connor's actions are changing the future. Neat stuff.The biggest draw of the show is its cast. Lena Headey does an amazing job portraying Sarah Connor, as she can switch between her humane/loving side and tough/protective side insanely well. Thomas Dekker doesn't really get a lot of chance to outgrow his angry/paranoid teenager act as John Connor until the end of the first season, but since the serie's dealing with John Connor's change from teenager to resistance leader, you'll get to appreciate what Thomas can do with the character as the show goes on.But it is Summer Glau (playing the allied Terminator Cameron) who outshines the rest of the cast. She tackles pretty much all roles, from hard-hitting babe and fear-inducing cyborg to comic relief and love interest. A big part of the charm of the series is seeing how Cameron tries to adapt to the human way of life. Some of her parts had me laughing out loud while other parts had me choked up. There's a roster of excellent side-characters too, with the most notable being Garret Dillahunt as the Connor-chasing Terminator John Henry/Cromartie.There's still a few kinks though. Some plot devices seem donwright silly (won't spoil them here) but they're serviceable. Also, some episodes are a weak link in a strong narrative chain and can bring down the show's pace considerably. But don't let these trifles distract you: this show is worthy of the license. It's not T2 quality, but consider it a tier below that, with the last 2 flicks nestled below the show. If you're into Terminator, or great science fiction shows, don't hesitate to pick this up.== THE DVD-SET ==1) Consider the artwork confirmed. The cyborg-part of Cameron seems to have gotten a metallic finish which looks pretty slick.2) Language is English only. Subtitles are listed as English and Dutch. It also has an English subtitle track for the hearing impaired.3) The extras; deleted scenes - a few audio commentaries - 9 featurettes on the special effects, writing, etc - cameron vs rosie fight rehearsal - gag reel4) The 31 episodes come on 9 discs divided over 5 slipcases. The cases are nicely designed; the front and back of each case contain the appropriate disc information, so on the front of the first case (for example) you'll find a small episode guide for episodes 1 to 3 while on the back of the first case you'll find the information for episodes 4 to 6.Buy it, enjoy it!