Review: ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ Episode #202
Following a car explosion, femme fatale-a-bot Cameron goes haywire and tries to kill her sworn protectorate, John Connor. John spends the next forty some-odd minutes on the run with his mother Sarah while Cameron pursues vigilantly. Eventually, her programming is restored to normal. On the other side of town,
the lead singer from Garbage a ruthless CEO named Catherine Weaver gains possession of super-computer The Turk and reveals herself to be a T-1000 variant.
Sarah and company move to a new home. As it so often happens, a naked man from the future shows up with a gunshot wound and warns about something bad in two days at a power plant called Serano Point. The man dies, and Sarah decides it’s time to investigate.
The power plant turns out to be a resistance stronghold in the future. Sarah and Cameron manage to get jobs as temps at the power plant. There, Sarah meets Carl Greenway, the paranoid employee in charge of taking the plant online in 36 hours. He confides to Sarah that he has reason to suspect that there are problems with the reactor, but a pullout would lead to the project being shutdown.
On the day of the supposed "bad thing," Sarah notices Greenway acting rigidly. Derek Reese goes to Greenway’s house and discovers the man hanging from the ceiling, meaning the Greenway with Sarah is a Terminator. He initializes a meltdown, but is ultimately issued a smackdown courtesy of Cameron. In the process, Sarah exposes herself to some radiation, but Cameron clears her of poisoning. Later, Sarah discovers a slew of cryptic bloody messages in the basement written by the naked future guy before he died.
At the plant, an executive announces that this and six other plants will enter a partnership vowing to use advanced technology preventing human error. Later, the executive shape-shifts into T-1000 superchick Catherine Weaver.
Following John’s decision to trust Cameron despite trying to (wait for it) terminate him, Cameron warns the young leader that he can no longer be trusted. A series of brooding montages follow, resulting in John hooking up with fellow teenage outcast Riley. John invites her to his new house, where she meets Sarah and the gang to much disapproval. Riley spends the night, though all signs indicate that the no-pants dance did not occur. John gives her his cell phone number, but when she calls, she has to start the conversation by saying the current date. For some reason, Riley isn’t weirded out, and she calls him later under this protocol.
Agent James Ellison, lone survivor of Cromartie’s rampage on a SWAT team, warns Charley Dixon and his wife to flee town as they’re likely targets. Charley’s wife is not happy that they’ve been put into this situation, all thanks to Charley sticking his neck out for Sarah. Charley thanks Ellison for helping them out, then hops out of town.
Of particular note is the fact that Cameron appears slower and less capable of quick thinking since the explosion. She’s always rigid, cold and generally weird, but her slow reaction time during the almost nuclear meltdown should be a big cause for concern down the line.
Next Week’s Operation:
From Fox: "Sarah and Derek are put to the test after Cromartie kidnaps Charley’s wife; John is in a sticky situation of his own when he finds himself caught between Cameron and Riley."
Josh Wigler is not a Terminator, but if he was, his name would be Crowiggitie.
uhm, doesn't a review usually discuss the merits of a show, not just rundown what happened?I didn't care for this episode….The abandonment of Morris and Cheri in favor of new girl Riley annoys me. The Cheri mystery never got off the ground, but was playing in to John's need to actually start being a hero, and Morris was fun sidekick/element of Cameron's evolving personality. Riley is brought in to be the new hot girl, and was frankly shoe horned into the story in a "HERE: Like this character!"In season 1, the clearance from cancer was one of the shows elements of saying "T3 didn't happen." As I disliked T3, I'm good with that..and at the time, the movie franchise was dead. Bringing the cancer fear back in felt less like upping the pathos and tension and more like trying to bring the show in line with the revived movie franchise.Highly pregnant and nosy neighbor/land lord…are we borrowing plot elements from 70's sitcoms now?The comment above about Cameron being slower to respond…was it her, or was it the whole show which had a strange laconic feel to it. Hopefully next week gets back on my track.
I know what you mean, Scavenger. Actually, I think that every eipsode this season has a strange "feel" to it. I absolutely fell in love with the show during Season 1. I can't place my finger on it….but this season is different somehow. I hope they get it back together…..it really is an awesome show.M