Well, the three day weekend is over, and far too quickly. Last night I went out to dinner with some friends at Ms. B's on East 11th (I guess they already have a location up on Mesa). It was a nice restaurant, serving Cajun/Creole food, and I had shrimp etouffee and rice with a salad. It's a nice place, and the food was good, but there weren't many people in the place. Maybe they do more of a lunchtime business, or maybe it was just a slow Monday. If not, I hope business picks up. Good food and pretty reasonably priced.
I'm also still watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It continues to be a pretty good, intelligent show. The writers clearly seem to have a lot of respect for and fascination with the source material from the first two Terminator movies. All of those time travel plotlines can get pretty complicated. It's interesting to see a show which embraces time travel as one of the underlying concepts that drives the entire plotline, as opposed to prior shows involving time travel "jaunts" where characters travel through time for a bit, but everything is pretty much returned to normal at the end of an episode or two.
The Terminator storyline is interesting, anyway, in that both the first and second movies are understood to take place almost as only a couple of chapters, or descriptions of two small battles, in a much larger and ongoing war (which takes place in the future) against the machines. The brilliance of these movies, in part, was the fact that they alluded to a much more fantastic, hard-to-imagine, post-apocalyptic future world, populated by sentient machines, but the movies themselves only had to show us small pieces of that world in order to convince us that it did, in fact, exist. And of course, the primary pieces of the future that they showed us were the Terminators, and they were more than scary enough to convince us that the future must be a very nasty place, indeed.
Because so much was left up to the imagination of the viewer in the first couple of movies, plenty of fertile ground remains for plot development in terms of the worldwide war against the machines. (which is sort of unusual- most movies totally stripmine any halfway creative idea and beat it like a dead horse, but the Terminator movies kind of only showed you the tip of the iceberg in terms of what was going on in this conflict between the humans and the machines, and left the rest of the war up to your imagination)
Anyway, it's a pretty decent show, and I like it. Probably not for everyone, but sci fi fans should be fairly pleased.
Anyway, that's it for now. Hope you guys are doing okay.