TV Review: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.11 – Self Made Man

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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

Episode: “Self Made Man” (Season 2, Episode 11)

Synopsis: On a generally slow night in the Connor family, Cameron (Summer Glau) heads off to the library to conduct some after-hours research. There, she discovers a picture from the 1920s that has a Terminator in it. Using the research department and the sympathies of a paraplegic librarian, she uncovers the mystery of the 90-year-old machine from the future. Meanwhile, John (Thomas Dekker) sneaks out to help Riley (Leven Rambin), who is having some problems at a local party.

Review: With less overall action, this is a slower-than-normal episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. However, with John’s whining kept to a minimum and Sarah apparently sleeping throughout its events, this installment was actually somewhat interesting.

John’s angle in the story was pretty worthless, though. It’s clear that Riley is using him, as she has been revealed to be in cahoots with the BSG Sexpot Jessie (Stephanie Jacobsen). However, her complete end-game is yet to be revealed. Really, the only reason to have this part of the story was to get the viewer out of the library while Cameron did her research. Otherwise, it shows John continuing to be a tool. But what’s new on that front?

When I first saw that this episode was going to feature a Terminator from the past, I was a bit worried. I feared this would feed into the butt-load of Terminators that seem to be polluting the show. The previews seemed to indicate that the past was full of Terminators, going back to the Prohibition era. However, the explanation of Stark (the name this model assumed in the past) and how he got there was pretty acceptable. He even has an purpose, which actually reveals itself to be pretty ironic considering who was the original Terminator 24 years ago.

The flashbacks were a bit corny, but they served the purpose to show Stark’s actions in the past. And the paraplegic library was a real wuss. But I really can’t complain too much about an episode that keeps Cameron this much in the spotlight (especially when she’s strutting around in those tight-fittin’ jeans like she does).

Up Next Week: A machine has come back in time to hunt a family deep in the woods. Sarah and Cameron chip in to help these people with a connection to Derek’s past.

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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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