“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” Wee-View: Episode 2.2

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.

sarah-connor.jpgCourse, 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.

2 Comments

  1. Shaggysteve
    Posted September 15, 2008 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Definitely not as good as last week’s phenomenal premiere. It seemed the episode was more of a transition to future things. And what was up with the that resistance fighter that dies. Was he shot while time-jumping, or did he just get nicked by the time bubble. That was a little weird.

    As far as Cameron, my buddy from work and I had a theory on her. What if she’s not a true skynet Terminator model. What if she’s some kind of hybrid created by John. It seemed last week, that she over-rode her own protocol because of her feelings for John. Terminators aren’t supposed to have feelings, but she does. Maybe I’m way off-base, but there’s more to Cameron than meets the eye.

  2. kat
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    The writing on the wall - was that done in the future so they would find it in the past? I am having trouble to believe the time traveler with bullet hole had time to write all that on the wall with his blood before bursting into their home, mumbling a few key words and then dying.

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