“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” Wee-View: Episode 2.3

Well, looks like Penny will factor into Season 5 of Lost in a pretty big way. That or Sonya Walger wanted out of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in a big way. In any case, it’s goodbye to Michelle Dixon, who died thanks to complications arisen from the explosion of a cellular tower. Honestly, though, it wasn’t as cool as it sounded.

If T:TSCC’s hallmark is “John doing stupid things to put others in danger,” then tonight’s episode marked either the apex or the nadir of that trend, depending on your perspective. If the show wanted to play John as someone unwilling to embrace his eventual identity, that would be one thing. It would be a potentially boneheaded choice, but at least would make the majority of his actions understandable. But no: John reluctantly embraces his destiny, but simply chooses to always do something that will jeopardize his live or those around him.

terminator-sarah-connor-winters38.jpgAs such, the show had to pull a page from the movie Signs and suddenly assign a water weakness to Terminator models just to save John from himself. Eventually, writers of sci-fi will stop using the world’s water supply as a quick-fix solution for seemingly invulnerable entities. But that day, friends, is not today, as Cromartie simply floated away like Jason Bourne’s girlfriend Marie in The Bourne Supremacy. All this because John decides to risk humanity’s future for a ginormous pair of breasts.

The Michelle plotline, meanwhile, featured a lot of histrionics but odd character choices. Almost no one acted in a way that was consistent with their previous actions/attitudes, with almost everyone overtly violating core principles simply in order to allow the writers to insert dramatic tension. I mean, come on: Derek would sooner knock Sarah out than let her go after Cromartie. Sarah would sooner shoot Michelle than stop in the middle of the desert. Cold choices? Absolutely, but these two are the only ones that seem to truly understand the stakes, and if the show’s afraid to have their characters avoid such in-character choices, well, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to make a television show about Terminators.

On the mythology front, Catherine Weaver seeks to recruit Agent Ellison into her company. I’m intrigued to see if, in the future, there’s a split of sorts in Skynet, a cyber civil war, if you will, with some seeking to destroy and others to exploit. That would make Weaver something like the Merovingian in The Matrix, repelled by humanity but also casually excited by the possibilities inherent in them. Both seek control, without the need for unnecessary destruction. In any case, it’s too early to definitively state this is what’s going on, but it occurred to me all the same.

After all, had to let me mind drift while one human after another did something fairly stupid in this less-than-stellar outing. It’s not good if you finding yourself rooting for Cromartie and Weaver, people.

One Comment

  1. Posted September 27, 2008 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Here’s something that’s been bugging me about this show: how hard would it be for them to “take a stand” against Cromartie. I mean, honestly, it shouldn’t be too hard for them to take him out if they could prep for it and face him on their own terms.

    Set some kind of trap to lure him in. Have Derek blast him with some machine gun fire to stun him, and then have someone run up and shock him. Cut out his chip, and boom, game over.

    Instead they spend way too much time hiding and running away unprepared. It just seems dumb.