Sadly, a bad kind of second-guessing for me lately is Summer Glau. I thought she was good in Firefly and I completely loved her in Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. But I'm finding her kind of awful on The Cape.So, now I'm wondering is this just an one time thing, or she someone who is great at playing crazy or robotic, but sucks at everything else.
As an actress, Summer Glau is a great dancer. She's done a great job parlaying her gig as a Whedon nerd/fanboy pinup girl into a career playing...well, nerd/fanboy pinup girls on TSCC, Dollhouse, and now The Cape*. Can't say I blame her, though, especially when another actor of very limited talents who got his break, such as it was, through Firefly, is making a career out of playing himself, essentially. (Nor do I consider Adam Baldwin to be an actor of great range, either, while we're talking about Firefly alums. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't think any
members of the Firefly cast were great or even necessarily good actors, so it's not as if Summer Glau was the weak link on that show.)
...Speaking of second-guessing Whedon alums, I know Eliza Dushku gets slammed left and right for her wooden acting in her star vehicles, like Tru Calling and Dollhouse. However, I was rewatching Bring It On the other day, and she is effortlessly magnetic as the sassy, snarky, femslash-y sidekick. Maybe she needs to find a role like that to shine, one that wouldn't involve the strain of melodramatic heavy lifting.
I always thought Sam Witwer had it in him. He took a ridiculous, thankless role on Smallville and made it substantially less ridiculous and even compelling at points, so he deserves commendation for that. It's good to see him front and centre on a show, where he belongs.
*To be fair, if you've made a name for yourself in the genre TV ghetto, it's pretty hard to get out. Alyson Hannigan managed it with How I Met Your Mother, and David Boreanaz transitioned nicely to a lead on a successful (dressed-up) procedural, but the list of successful escapees is pretty short.
Edited by Blue32, Mar 13, 2011 @ 8:20 PM.