Summer Glau is not as awesome as I was led to believe

February 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm (Stuff that Bugs Me Right Now) (, , , , , )

Living in a world surrounded by Whedonites, such as I am, I’d heard a lot of good things about Summer Glau. Or course I should have realized that praise coming from people who are Whedonites should be taken with a grain of salt, but I don’t hate everything the man’s ever done. (I just don’t worship it, you know?)

Oh God they have a button.

And I know I’ve been going on a lot about The Cape lately, but God bless it, I am really trying to give the show a chance. I need stupid bubblegum television! I need mindless action sequences and over-the-top villains. I AM TRYING TO LOVE YOU, THE CAPE, WHY DO YOU KEEP RUINING IT!

So, anyway, Summer Glau stars on The Cape as Orwell, which is ha ha ha because George Orwell wrote 1984 and, like Big Brother, Orwell is watching you.

We love Big Brother!

God, I wish they were that clever all the time.

(And that’s not even all that clever, but when you compare it to everything else on the show, it’s like someone was channeling a real writer or something.)

And the thing about Orwell is that she’s supposed to be a computer genius, fine, I’ll buy that, whatever. But all of a sudden, she’s buddying around with The Cape, which might be interesting if there was one iota of sexual tension between the two of them or something, but it’s more like watching two rocks just sitting there, and neither rock realizes the other exists. Oh, and one of the rocks has washboard abs, but truly awful hair.

I’m sorry, folks, I just don’t enjoy image searches for this guy, so this is what you get.

And the other thing about Orwell is that she’s not supposed to be some ass-kicking machine, which is, apparently, what Summer Glau is known for, even though she is smaller than most 8-year-olds. (And, actually, I know a couple of tall 7-year-olds, too.)

OK, I have to admit this IS impressive.

So, fine, she’s not kicking ass and taking names, but can’t she try, I don’t know, not delivering her lines like some sort of automaton? It’s bad enough we’ve got The Cape’s wife who can’t fake-cry to save her life and his dead-eyed kid, and they’re not spending nearly enough time focusing on Chess, who is far superior to the heroes in every way, especially in the being-portrayed-by-James-Frain way, which is rapidly becoming a super-big plus in my book.

Gratuitous photo of James Frain as a vampire alert!

But Summer Glau isn’t even trying? Or maybe she is trying, and she’s just not that good?

I mean, God, the car has more personality than she does.

Look, all I know is: Whedonites, you lied, and I won’t forgive you for this.


1 Comment

  1. Jamin said,

    i’ve never understood the Summer Glau obsession, either. i loved Firefly, but i could never stand her character on the show. and i mean, really couldn’t stand her. wished she would die. but… i suppose she’s *sorta* cute in kinda a funny looking way.

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