What is Sarah Connor known for besides her trademark tank tops and being a bad a** warrior mom? Her voice-overs of course. A proper voice-over is a art form long since forgotten in main stream Hollywood. Instead of being part of who a character is, its merely an easy way of conveying information the audience has no other way of attaining but like in so many other ways TSCC defies the norm. Through Sarah Connor’s voice-over we get a glimpse into the heart and soul of a character who isn’t in the habit of spilling her guts to anyone. Perspective my friends, pure Sarah Connor Perspective.
So in writing voice-overs for TCC’s Season 3, I cannot help but get into the head and heart of this tough as nails woman. When it comes down to it, Sarah Connor is a mom. Her greatest goal in life is to keep her son safe but there’s this small little detail that always seemed to loom over her head. Her fate is tied to 3 billion human lives and without her getting everything right, they are nothing more then bleached skulls. Death is a scary thing and its reality is all around us. Natural Disasters, disease, Old Age, they claim many who love and are loved in return. The effect of losing someone important is very fresh in mind, my grandmother past away a week ago. Even as I write this, the pain stabs me straight in the chest but I can’t help but think if TSCC was real, how much worse would it be for Sarah Connor?
I hesitate penning these words because I don’t know if drawing such a connection is disrespectful to the deceased but the writer in me cannot be separated from every other part of my person. My grandmother’s death wasn’t my fault, I don’t carry that kind of pressure but Sarah does. I’ve always tried make my writing personal. Part of me usually ends up on the page in one form or another and this week has been esp hard. I’ve fought my own battles, turned to many places for solace and I can’t help but feel achingly sorry for Sarah Connor. She has no relief. She cannot turn to God, to man, to anyone who could really understand. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders and I don’t think anyone can fault her for buckling every so often. As much as John Connor is the savior of mankind, the only way he’ll get there is if his mom fights to make him ready. So with all that pressure, why isn’t she crazy? Josh Friedman asked that question in Season 2, much to the chagrin of many fans.
I’m gonna go on record right now, I don’t hold a single minute of screen-time that JF spent on Sarah Connor in Season 2 against him. Being faced with his own mortality in a bout with cancer I think Josh went in the right direction.
I sit back in my seat at my dining room table, staring at the words that have taken 1 hour to write and days to mentally process. The sky is dark and the stars are out. A silence prevails in my household. I pen these words alone but my struggles have been experienced by so many.
Real and fictional.