Intriguing Heroes: Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green)

Someone in our family got Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season 1 and 2 for Christmas.  I can’t remember who (it wasn’t me), but we all ended up watching the show, sucked in like dust bunnies with no escape.  We still can’t believe the show got cancelled.

One of the characters introduced a few episodes into the first season, that made the show required and compulsive viewing for me, was Derek Reese, played by Brian Austin Green.  I don’t think there’s too many people left on the planet that aren’t familiar with the Terminator series, but I’ll be careful with my phrasing anyway, just so I don’t spoil things.  Derek is Kyle’s brother, and also comes back from the future and ends up helping Sarah in her struggle to protect John.

When Derek first arrives back in contemporary L.A., though, he’s ignorant of Sarah’s personal history.  He has a real and passionate hatred of the Terminator machines.  And things get even more complicated when the woman he thinks he loves, who — in the story —  just happens to come from Perth, Western Australia (my home town), arrives back in contemporary L.A. as well.

I vaguely knew of Brian Austin Green from his Beverly Hills 90210 days.  He was a pretty boy then.  But in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as Derek Reese, he’s lost all the prettiness.  He’s rough, hard and has a dark edge.  And my, he’s delicious!  He’s carrying secrets and he has a past.  He’s also dangerous.  He tends to break out into violence as a first resort, because that was the way he was raised, yet there is a softer side to him that emerges slowly over several episodes.  There’s one scene when he shares a birthday present with John that just melts your knees.

The series has been cancelled, as I mentioned, but you can pick it up on DVD and it’s worth a look-see just to absorb Derek Reese/Green as hero material.  I hope he gets another crack at playing a dark dangerous character like Reese in a show that really takes off because he did it very well indeed.

 

6 Comments

  1. Kristabel Reed March 22, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I LOVE this show. I hated the last couple episodes, they rushed through a whole bunch of stuff and really ruined it for me. Blocking those episodes from memory, it’s definitely a favorite.

    I’ve ever seen 90210 but Brian Austin Green? YUM.

    • Tracy March 22, 2011 at 7:08 am

      Hi Kristabel,

      Actually, I misspoke. The show he used to be in was Beverly Hills 90210, not Hollywood 90210. I’ve corrected it in the post now. It was a 1980s TV drama that was wildly popular. I didn’t watch the show, but I do remember him. I found a picture of him from the show.

      He’s come a long way since then!

  2. Karen Mercury March 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Heh heh. *I* am not familiar with the Sarah Connor Chronicles. 🙂 But the name is familiar. And the guy is handsome!

    • Tracy March 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Hi Karen:

      You might not remember The Sarah Connor Chronicles per se — the show came and went in two seasons. But you’ve surely heard of The Terminator movies? Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger for the first three as The Terminator, and the fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale as John Connor and Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright (mmmm…..) .

      The Sarah Connor Chronicles was a spin-off from the movies.

      Cheers,

      Tracy

  3. The Bookish Snob March 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Wow! I came here for one thing and was gifted a yummy pic. He’s DEFINITELY a guy that improves with age. He was always so geeky in 90210 and couldn’t compare to Luke Perry. This pic though… Luke who? I’m snagging it for my hot muse folder 🙂

    • Tracy March 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

      LOL! Yeah, he’s definitely a vintage worth keeping, isn’t he!

      Thanks for dropping by, Belinda!

      Cheers,

      Tracy

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