The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today
(S02E08) There was an interesting framing technique used in this episode. "Sarah's Story" gave way to "Cameron's Story" and so on. Each one happening simultaneously and ultimately coming together to tell a very complete story. I'm a sucker for creative storytelling, so I was all on board with this experiment. In fact, they sacrificed the intro sequence for the story.
I'm not sure if that's a sign that they think there's no need to explain the premise anymore, or just that there was no room for it tonight. We know we're signed up for a full season, and if the show can maintain at least most of its current viewership, it might just be able to survive in the ratings wasteland of Friday night. Unfortunately, it looks like its going to go up against CBS's Ghost Whisperer, generating tremendous buzz with its latest twist.Still, even that isn't as tough as the ridiculously stiff competition on Monday. In fact, FOX is going to make it even worse by dropping House in Sarah Connor's timeslot, followed by 24 come January.
Is it just me, or did this episode feel almost like a series-ender? Like the writers thought there was a good chance they were only going to get eight episodes this year and wanted to make sure they gave fans some closure. It's an appreciated gesture, but it almost makes it too easy for people to just walk away from the show now. Where was the hook? Ellison looking back at the Connor clan before "walking away."
And the "death" we were promised? I don't know, I just don't think the destruction of the killer machine that's been sent back to destroy you really counts as a death. I mean come on! In how many Terminator movies has it been proven that the machines are expendable? Sure, Ah-nuld was someone we became attached to in T2, as is Cameron now, but those are machines on the side of good. Cromartie was just another bad guy robot, so his death really doesn't have any real impact. They'll just send another one. Hell, they could even send one that looks like that if they wanted.
Cameron changes into "sexy" clothes and crawls into bed with John Connor to talk to him. It's a strange and very "human" strategy. We've seen her use her so-called sexuality before to push forth her agenda. It is interesting, though, for a terminator to utilize such advanced social tactics. Maybe they uploaded some Dr. Phil books and tapes into her. And are they really hinting that John develops some sort of robot love thing with Cameron in the future? 'Cause that's just weird. And a bit Cylon-esque don't you think?
So where do they go from here? As I said, they've pretty much clean-slated the whole show. From here the possibilities are as endless as the myriad futures. Of course, new robots will be coming back through time, but for what purpose? More helpers for John? Efforts to destroy the Shirley Manson T-1001? Her story hasn't completely intertwined with the Connors yet, though the Ellison crossover inched them closer. Just what do the robots of the future want? I bet it's better satellite TV reception. Have you seen the cloud density in the future?
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