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TV Review: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.8 – Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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

Episode: “Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today” (Season 2, Episode 8)

Synopsis: In the grand style of Vantage Point, The Sarah Connor Chronicles tells this episode’s story from multiple points of view. John (Thomas Dekker) runs off for the weekend with Riley (Leven Rambin) and ends up in a Mexican jail. Cromartie (Garret Dillahunt) follows the couple across the border with Sarah (Lena Headey) as his hostage, and Agent Ellison (Richard T. Jones) picks up John on an FBI alert and heads to Mexico to bring him in.

Review: This episode follows the last as being a little better in terms of delivering the goods, which made us first start watching this series. At least we’re bringing Cromartie and Ellison into the fray again, giving a bit of a cat-and-mouse chase. However, the action is softened by John’s whining and the continuous silliness of the family staying in Los Angeles and attempting to be normal.

Cameron (Summer Glau) takes a back seat for much of this episode, which is a shame. She’s got some interesting aspects to her personality and could become a really interesting character if they let her blossom. There is a brief moment at the beginning of the episode which features her trying to connect with John (or at least manipulate him) on a level that only Riley can at this point. I’d be interested to see where they eventually go with this.

Derek (Brian Austin Green) also takes a back seat, which by default means his future BSG sexpot Jesse (Stephanie Jacobsen) does as well… to the point that she’s not even in this episode. This brings me to see one of the biggest structural problems with this series… there are too many characters with too many goals. We often lose sight of Sarah (the title character), and even John has been given some incredibly weak moments this season.

<—SPOILER ALERT—>

While the FOX network has been promising this to be the most intense episodes yet, I wouldn’t hold my breath. They also promised last week that someone would check out, and in the end, it turns out to be Cromartie who is caught in a Connor Family Ambush. I’ll admit, I’m a bit sad to see him go because he was their most formidable opponent. However, I don’t think he’ll be gone for long. And, he goes out like a bitch, after all. He’s just shot a few times, which wasn’t nearly enough to do any real damage to the original T-101 from the films.

Additionally, when the family finishes killing the Terminator, they destroy his chip (in an embarrassingly overacted moment for Lena Headey) and bury the body. Which is extremely stupid. Even though they talk about coming down here to completely destroy it later, it’s just plain moronic to not dismantle it somehow. After all, he came back to life as a decapitated head earlier last season.

<—END SPOILER ALERT—>

Overall, this episode was decent enough and a step up from the earlier part of season two, but it’s still not at the level of hope we had for the show when it premiered last year.

Up Next Week: The BSG Sexpot returns to help Derek seek out a SkyNet conspirator while Sarah mopes about her impact on Earth past and future history.

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Did you watch The Sarah Connor Chroniclesthis week? If so, feel free to discuss below.

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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