BuddyTV Fall 2008 Preview: Cable Gem - Samurai Girl
BuddyTV Fall 2008 Preview: Cable Gem - Samurai Girl
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Network: ABC Family
Premiere: Friday, September 5, 8pm

Samurai Girl is a three-night, six-hour original miniseries on ABC Family set to air on three consecutive nights beginning on Friday, September 5. Based on a series of young adult books by Carrie Asai, Samurai Girl follows the story of a 19-year-old girl named Heaven (Jamie Chung). She got her name when, at six months old, she was the sole survivor of a plane crash. While still an infant, she was adopted into one of Japan's wealthiest and most powerful families, where she grows up in an extravagant but extremely sheltered and protected environment.

Heaven's life gets stirred up when her traditional Japanese family arranges for her to marry the son of one of her father's business associates in San Francisco. While there, she learns that her identity is linked to an ancient prophecy. Finding herself in the middle of a battle between good and evil, she sets out to learn the way of the Samurai to take down the forces of evil.

Jamie Chung is joined by the appealing Brendan Fehr (Roswell), who plays her love interest Jake, and former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler as Karen, Heaven's rival and Jake's ex-fiancée.

Reruns of Gilmore Girls are quickly turning me into ABC Family's most regular viewer, even though I disdain much of the network's original programming. The Secret Life of the American Teenager, for example, is truly an abomination of a show that does a disservice to teenagers by promoting the distorted worldview that teenagers only want sex if they are harlots or victims of abuse, and that young girls must be the keepers of their sacred virginity or else lose all of their inherent value.

But I'm hoping for more from Samurai Girl. Any story that involves an ancient prophecy and a kickass young woman who must take down the forces of evil automatically reminds me of the original kickass heroine, Buffy Summers. Not that you could ever hope to improve on the nearly perfect Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Samurai Girl has the added element of its Asian-ness as well. (Curiously, although the miniseries is supposed to be about Yakuza and Samurai, none of the Asian main cast members are of Japanese extraction.) It seems to be very hip to be Asian these days, and the popularity of the Asian-influenced Avatar: The Last Airbender is a prime example.

It's a little bit difficult for me to write assertively about Samurai Girl because I haven't seen it yet, and the only thing I know about it has been gleaned from the promos that have been airing nonstop on ABC Family. But even if Samurai Girl completely tanks, you'll only have given up three nights to it, rather than a whole season of bad episodes, so it won't be a total loss. But I have a suspicion, however, is that it'll be so cheesy, it'll be fabulous, and completely worth my while.


-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of ABC Family)

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