I’m sure you know the show Girls Behaving Badly. I feel like there are times in which Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles should be called John Connor Acting Stupidly. So many things done by him make me wonder if Skynet isn’t pulling some long con on the human race. Maybe our future savior is someone else entirely, but they want us to believe this kid is our version of Neo.
I mean, I get that this kid wants to have some type of control in a life that seems nothing if not pre-determined. With a rebel yell (and a new ‘do), he cries more, more, more. And those cries land him a new lady friend, Riley. Somehow, he thinks it’s a stellar idea to bring her home to meet his modern-day family. Nevermind that he’s never actually seen the place himself.
Course, his ridiculous behavior is probably encouraged by Sarah, who does most things right in terms of protecting the future savior of mankind, but somehow still insists that he goes to school. Unbelievable. Cameron can homeschool the bejesus out of this kid. I mean, put her in some ridiculous outfit to keep him home. Like, say, the one she wore while hustling the local military men for pool. That would work. John’s already sexually confused to the point of distraction; it wouldn’t take much to make him hot for mecha-teacher.
As for the plot: well, it felt a bit more like an episode of The Fugitive or The Incredible Hulk, what with Sarah meandering into someone’s life and attempting to solve their problem. Course, I’m not sure Bruce banner ever ran into a guy eventually replaced by a robot, although a Hulk/Robot throwdown is something I highly encourage Marvel to attempt in the near future. But the plot did lend itself nicely towards showing just how deep Skynet has its tendrils in our modern society. No matter what Sarah and Co. did this week, Skynet would win.
The episode also nicely carried forth two ongoing subplots: Sarah’s cancer and Cameron’s alliance. The former was addressed when Sarah heroically ran through a room of radiation to stop the Terminator from destroying the nuclear power plant. (Had to love Derek’s look of “I went through the space-time continuum, but I am so not going through that room” look.) As for Cameron, well, she’s evolving, and that can’t be anything good for the Connors. Unless she turns out a little different than her makers.
All in all, a decent, if silly, episode, requiring much suspension of disbelief and the hope that eventually John will stop doing such stupid things on a weekly basis.