Sarah Connor Chronicles (Terminator) ARG: BBtv special edition.

A BBtv exclusive edition of the Alternate Reality Game (or ‘ARG’) revolving around the storyline of the Fox tv series Sarah Connor Chronicles (and the Terminator movie trilogy).

Enitech Labs designs cameras can take pictures of a future event by capturing faster-than-light “tachyon” particles. When pictures of ordinary scenery foretell post-apocalyptic outcomes, the developers find themselves in a race against time to publicize their findings and warn the public of the horrors to come…

(Thanks, Bart Cheever / millionsofus!)

Previously on BBtv:
Sarah Connor Chronicles (Terminator) ARG sneak peek: part 1.

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6 Responses to Sarah Connor Chronicles (Terminator) ARG: BBtv special edition.

  1. brooklyntwang says:

    I’m all for suspending disbelief and using a little jargon to patch small plot problems, but to just bee a geek about it: Tachyons are no longer considered a real possibility. They don’t exist. They were hypothesized as part of a supersymmetry solution to the hierarchy problem of the standard model. This was in the 80′s, and the particular formulation of supersymmetry which included tachyons looked promising. So it made sense at the time Alan Moore to use them as a plot mechanism in Watchmen. Since then, however, there have been better formulations of supersymmetry which dispense with the tachyon and do better at solving the hierarchy problem, plus new models of higher dimensional space that may solve the hierarchy problem and do not include tachyons. So at this point, its a bit silly to base a SF plot on a particle which was suggested but is no longer considered a possibility. I highly recommend Lisa Randalls “Warped Passages” book for a great explanation of supersymmetry, the hierarchy problem, and higher dimensional models of the universe.

    This is still not half as bad a fudge as “Sunshine”, the SF film based on needing to “re-ignite” our dying sun, when it has long been established that our sun will get bigger and hotter over the next 5 billion years.

  2. Anonymous says:

    #5, brooklyntwang: I see your criticism for Sunshine repeated everywhere. Sadly, it is a fault of the movie that this is not explained during the runtime of the film. They do/did have a better explanation for that plot point in the script and also on the website for the film (along with other story information).

    The problem wasn’t that the sun was running out of fuel a few billion years ahead of schedule. The problem in the backstory is that a Q-Ball has lodged in the sun and is slowly annihilating the sun’s matter. Q-Balls are currently theorized to exist, but physicists believe that our sun would not have enough mass to capture one of them. In that respect, they did fudge the physics.

  3. str1cken says:

    Anyone who wants a good look at the text overlay that flashes before the break can find a still here:

    http://www.thatsplenty.com/images/textoverlay.jpg

  4. David Carroll says:

    Did these people watch The Blair Witch Project and Terminator while drinking Mezcal? Don’t get me wrong, if they are having fun who am I to object.

    One thing that does bug me: Why is it always a dystopian future? Is it just because a similar or utopian future makes for boring story lines?

  5. cellocgw says:

    I hate to be a spoilsport (OK, I love it), but imaging tachyons doesn’t let you see into the future. FTL just means you get information before info shows up on a light (electromagnetic) wave. Even tachyons take a finite amount of time to propogate.
    Now, if they used positrons, under the Feynmann model in which antiparticles are just particles travelling backward in time…. :-)

  6. Deadmeat says:

    So… I think I missed the ‘game’ part.

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