TV Review: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.2

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The Sarah Connor Chronicles, FOX, Airs Monday 8/7c

Episode: “Automatic for the People” (Season Two, Episode 2)

Synopsis: With Cameron’s (Summer Glau) reprogramming glitch fixed and the Turk in the hand of the Garbage T-1001 (Shirley Mason), Sarah (Lena Headey) searches for a new hideout with Derek (Brian Austin Green) and John (Thomas Dekker). However, they are paid a visit by a resistance fighter from the future who, with his final breath, warns them to stop an event at a nuclear power plant. John is sent back to school while Sarah and Cameron go undercover in the power plant to secure it’s position as a vital component for the future residence.

Review: The second season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles is set to answer the question, “How many Terminators is too many?” They seem to be popping up everywhere, whether they be the old T-800 series model or the new fab T-1000 series, and this may or may not be a good thing. While the first episode was fun to watch because it tapped into the relentless stalking nature of the films, this second episode left a lot to be desired. I see the series falling into the trap of an ongoing story that has a predetermined outcome (i.e., Sarah Connor dying before T3 and Judgement Day definitely happing before T4). We’re left with a story that really has no purpose to the bigger picture. This episode becomes more about how Sarah and Cameron have to stop a power plant from overloading rather than actually fighting the machines. It reminds me of the extended chase for the Turk computer in the first season, which ended with the computer in the hands of the Garbage T-1001.

Moreover, John seemed to get a little edge at the end of last episode by channeling Corey Feldman from Friday the 13th: Part IV. However, he returns to this episode a whiney little brat who is more interested in chasing hot tail at school than saving the world… or even planning for some human success with his mother and uncle. And why is he going to school in the first place? I understand it was originally to keep up appearances, but things were laid out in T2 and T3 that Sarah favored a real-world mercenary education for the boy over book learning. Considering the character was born in 1984, shouldn’t he be technically 23 in the show’s present timeline, allowing him to write a note to excuse himself? Uh, and what happened to Cromartie? Did the Terminator union local 850 decide he needed his contractually mandated break?

This series had promise, and the season premier had some interesting moments. But this second step into the new season is about as fresh and exciting as Lena Headey’s mullet hairstyle.

Up Next Week: After Cromartie kidnaps Charley’s wife, Sarah and Derek are put to the test as they must outwit him to ensure a safe rescue, but at what cost? Meanwhile, John is in his own sticky situation as he finds himself caught between Cameron and Riley.

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Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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