Summer Glau has played two of the most iconic characters in recent sci-fi history, River Tam in Joss Whedon's Firefly and Cameron in Josh Friedman's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This is probably why River and Cameron are the subject of case studies in an essay titled "Science Fiction Film, Television, and Adaptation: Across the Screens (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies)" by Jay Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay.
The book deals with case studies of film to television adaptation, case studies of television to film adaptation, and issues in contemporary science fiction adaptation.
"While film and television seem to be closely allied screen media, our feature films and television series have seldom been successfully adapted across those screens. In fact, rather than functioning as portals, those allied media often seem, quite literally, screens that filter out something that made the source work so popular in its original form. Differences in budget, running times, cast, viewing habits, screen size and shape all come into play, and this volume’s aim is to track a number of popular texts in the course of their adaptive journeys across the screens in order to sketch the workings of that cross-media adaptation. For its specific examples, the volume draws on a single genre—science fiction—not only because it is one of the most popular today in either film or television, but also because it is arguably the most self-conscious of contemporary genres, and thus one that most obviously frames the terms of these technological adaptations. The essays included here mine that reflexive character, in both highly successful and in failed efforts at cross-media adaption, to help us understand what film and television achieve in screening science fiction, and to reveal some of the key issues involved in all of our efforts to navigate the various screens that have become part of contemporary culture."
The PART II of the book, titled 'Case Studies: Film to Television', includes a chapter on Cameron Philipps in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, written by Lorrie Palmer. By questioning the wider cultural discourses of television, Palmer considers how the medium cultivates a female warrior figure resulting in gendered imagery dissimilar to the source material.
Here's an excerpt :
There's also a chapter dedicated to Joss Whedon's Firefly/Serenity (pages are not available in the preview); here's what the introduction says :
"Turning to the unsual case of a failed television series that inspired a successful film adaptation, Joss Whedon's Firefly (2002-03) and his film Serenity (2005), the next chapter examines how a cult following might empower adaptation, allowing a text to move across the screens almost in spite of its network failure. In this instance, though, the success of the film certainly also owes much to the influnece of Whedon and to his particular approach to genre and its narrative possibilites."
About the Authors
J. P. Telotte is a professor of literature, communication, and culture at Georgia Tech. Co-editor of the journal Post Script, he has published widely on film and television studies. His most recent books are The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology, The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader, and Animating Space.
Gerald Duchovnay is professor of English and film at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
This book is available on Amazon for $140.
Summer Glau's Deadly Honeymoon, Dean Cain's Hidden Camera and Timothy Hutton's Reflections thrillers are available as a boxed set on Blu-ray at Prime Minister (France).
Actors : Summer Glau, Chris Carmack, Dean Cain, Lucía Jiménez, Timothy Hutton
Directors : Paul Shapiro, Bryan Goeres
Blu-ray Release Date : 19 Octobre 2012
Format : Color, PAL (European Standard)
Language : Spanish, French, English
Region: B (Includes most European and Middle Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand).
Producers : MEP
Number of discs : 3
Rated : General Audiences
Synopsis (in French) :
Ce coffret contient 3 films :
Deadly Honeymoon : Lindsey et Trevor se marient. Ils sont jeunes, beaux et ont de nombreux projets. Mais avant de les réaliser, ils partent en lune de miel pour une croisière qui les mènera à Tahiti. Trevor aime faire la fête et ne tarde pas à sympathiser avec trois jeunes Hongrois, au détriment de Lindsey qu'il délaisse. Celle-ci le lui reproche et le laisse en boîte de nuit après une dispute. Le lendemain matin, Lindsey est retrouvée en état de choc dans un couloir et Trevor demeure introuvable. Après plusieurs heures de recherches, il faut se rendre à l'évidence : Trevor est passé par-dessus bord. S'agit-il d'un accident ou d'un meurtre ? L'agent du FBI, Gwen Merced, va aider le chef de la sécurité à élucider cette affaire...
Sous surveillance - Hidden Camera : Face à la corruption, traqué par les assassins, y compris l'agent corrompu d'Interpol Natas, et un réseau d'agents du gouvernement, il doit terminer ce que son frère à commencé. Découvrir qui travaille pour qui et à qui il peut faire confiance pour rester en vie et percer le mystère d'un projet super-secret surnommé le "Méga-Bill." C'est une guerre nucléaire entre plusieurs puissances mondiales qui pourrait être déclenchée.
Reflections : Lorsque l'agent d'Europol Tom Brindle est appelé à Barcelone, pour traquer Pygmalion, tueur en série notoire, il fait une découverte surprenante : l'ADN retrouvé sur les lieux du dernier crime correspond à celui d'un jeune soldat, Marco Soler, mais une enquête plus approfondie révèle que le vrai tueur pourrait être en réalité son frère jumeau dont il a été séparé. Avec l'aide de Marco, l'agent Brindle se rapproche du meurtrier mais le meurtrier se rapproche d'eux aussi, et quand Pygmalion découvre à son tour qu'il a un frère jumeau il redouble d'ardeur dans sa traque de l'équipe d'enquête. Le chasseur devient le chassé.
Summer Glau's Serenity is paired with Vin Diesel's hit movie The Chronicles of Riddick in a DVD box set released by Universal Studios.
Product Details (may vary depending on the DVD sets) :
Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Vin Diesel, Judi Dench
Directors: David Twohy, Joss Whedon
Writers: David Twohy, Joss Whedon, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Producers: Alisa Tager, Barry Mendel
Format: Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
Run Time: 239 minutes
Customer Review (By Oxford42) :
The 2-in-1 cd pack includes Chronicles of Riddick and Serenity.
Chronicles of Riddick, the sequel to Pitchblack, is a Sci-Fi movie with a Mad Max feel. It is very different movie from the original, Riddick is of course, still Riddick: hard-edged and full of attitude. Chronicles Of Riddick takes place after Riddick's escape from the planet where Pitch Black takes place. It starts with his recapture after being in hiding for many years and propels us intot the futuristic universe of the story where a large sect of religious fanatics called Necromongers are taking over, moving from planet to planet, converting the willing to their faith and killing those who will not convert.
Necromongers are borg-like half-machine half-man beings from many different original planets. Unlike Borgs, they retain their individuality when they are converted. Riddick gets caught up with the Necromongers after he is taken to the prison planet of Crematoria. Crematoria is a sort of reverse to the world of Pitch Black. Here daylight, not nightfall, is the killer. Overall, this is a great movie for action fans.
In Serenity, Joss Whedon expands the Firefly Universe in the same way that his brilliantly unique series pushed the boundries of Television and Movies. This is a good sci-fi flick set in a world ruled by the "Alliance" (think the Imperials from Star Wars). The plot was well constructed, with a progressing storyline and characters who became more developed as the movie continued.
The crew of Serenity, also the name of their ship, are an eccentric mix of people including war veterans, a priest, a mercenary, a pilot, a mechanic, and a doctor and his strange sister who is being who are both wanted by the Alliance. When the crew learns of a secret Alliance project, they feel there is only one right thing to do, and at any cost. The genius that is Joss Whedon, created a thouroghly enjoyable movie that is watchable whether you are familiar with the show that spawned it or not.
Summer Glau is in the running for 'Best Guest Star' for her role as Skylar Adams in Alphas in the Buzz Focus 'Best of TV 2012' Awards.
You can also cast your vote for Syfy's lineup ( Being Human, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, etc) in the 'Best Bang for your Buck Cable Network' category.
It's time to get your vote on for Summer Glau and end the year 2012 on a positive note.