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- Posted on Sep 9th 2008 6:00PM by Kim Davis
'Samson and Delilah,' covered by Shirley MansonAnyone who watched the first season of 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' knows that the film-trilogy spin-off is all about action -- blowing up vehicles, buildings and people have all proven to be fair game. And if Monday night's premiere was any indication, the second season will be no different. So while it isn't surprising that the show opened with pistol whipping and a house fire, it was a bit strange that the sequence was rendered in slow-motion and set to a slow and creepy gospel track. Where was the Slayer?
The opening song, 'Samson and Delilah' was originally composed by Reverend Gary Davis. It follows the biblical story in which Samson, a Jewish hero, is betrayed by his love after he confides in her that his remarkable strength is compromised only with loss of his hair. (For fans of the show, you'll remember last night's episode ending with John chopping off his locks in front of the bathroom mirror). The song has been covered by a number of musicians -- Ike Turner and Tina Turner, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.
According to sources, for 'Connor Chronicles,' Executive Producer Josh Friedman commissioned Garbage frontwoman-turned-actress Shirley Manson, who made her debut as the show's evil T-1001Catherine Weaver last night, to do her own version of the song. And while her take on the tune is up for debate, the flame-haired Scot really does make a chilling version of the Terminator. With a female protagonist, cyborg assasin and villan, plus enough destruction to make Arnold Schwarzeneggar very proud, the show is shaping up like the Secret for your underarms: Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.