TV Review: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.13 – Earthlings Welcome Here

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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

Episode: “Earthlings Welcome Here” (Season 2, Episode 13)

Synopsis: Sarah (Lena Headey) is continuing her research on the three dot symbol that has been haunting her visions. This leads her to a UFO convention and a conspiracy theorist in hiding who might have a connection to the manufacturing of the Machines. Meanwhile, the link between Riley (Leven Rambin) and the BSG Sexpot Jessie (Stephanie Jacobsen) is revealed. John Connor (Thomas Dekker) continues to whine like a little girl and Cameron (Summer Glau) becomes suspicious of Riley’s motivations. Finally, Agent Ellison (Richard T. Jones) starts a dialogue with John Henry (Garret Dillahunt).

Review: This is the fall finale of the show, which won’t be back until just before Valentine’s Day. It could have had more action to it, but I suppose we got a nice taste of shoot-em-ups in the past four or five installments. Like any good finale, this episode sends the characters in various directions and reveals hidden surprises behind them as well.

Sarah’s storyline continues to be a bit pedantic. She’s not the ass-kicking heroine we remember from James Cameron’s original films. However, separating her from John is a good thing. This way, we don’t have to hear them bicker like teenagers (which, as realistic as it might be, gets old fast on the show). I’m glad she’s aggressively going after the origin of the machines, even if she’s striking out on her own to do so. I am curious to see what happens to her come the 2009 half of the season.

The conflict between Riley and Cameron is proving to be interesting. Jessie’s involvement is nice, but like her history with Derek (Brian Austin Green), the history she has with Riley might not be as interesting as we might have imagined. (And who of us didn’t guess that Riley’s immediate and stalker-like interest in John earlier in the season was not quite what it seemed to be?)

But the real interesting element of this episode is the development of John Henry, the computer that is in the body of the Cromartie Terminator. I knew they screwed up by not destroying his body right away. Still, this gives Agent Ellison something to explore and lead to an ultimate decision on whether he’s going to be a good guy or sucked into the influence of the machines.

Up Next: The last half of the season, starting on February 13, when the show moves to a new time slot on Friday nights. Apparently Kyle Reese (the non-Michael Biehn version) makes an appearance. Hmmmmm…

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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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