The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Self Made Man
(S02E11) If ever the show Cold Case did an episode involving killer robots from the future, it would be tonight's Sarah Connor Chronicles. The reverse is also true.
Cameron certainly earned her "most efficient killing machine on the planet" title tonight. And she didn't even have to do laundry. Obviously, the mystery of her constant attendance at the hall of records at night is not going to be solved this episode (since it was only brought up this episode). The real mystery is what happened to Eric at the end? Did he succumb to his cancer? Did he take sick leave? Did he just up and quit? I wouldn't mind knowing.
This episode was entirely Summer Glau, and she was brilliant in it. I think this is her best acting on the show to date. John Connor did play a minor role in the B plot with some development of his relationship with Riley (who is, at this point, either playing with his head, insane or both).
When this show began, I said the two central sci-fi themes would be the robot-trying-to be-human and time-travel tricks. Tonight's episode was both, but done in a different and entertaining fashion.
While I enjoyed tonight's episode, they left a lot of it vague (probably on purpose). Stark's purpose was obviously to kill the mayor in 2010 and he overshot his destination. Was the fire where Pico Towers should have been? I presume so, although they did mention in the episode that Stark was "in the wrong place at the wrong time". Why didn't he just assassinate him elsewhere later on? I can only conclude that his programming was very specific. And who is this mayor guy that is so important to the future that he warrants termination? Cameron obviously knows, so I guess we'll find out in the future (perhaps next season, if there is one).
I have another, more general question: why doesn't Skynet send Terminators further into the past to kill the ancestors of the target humans? If all humanity has to defend itself is knives and sticks, the entire race could be wiped out. Of course, my inner-nerd answer is that not even Skynet can calculate the full effects of such chronological interference and doesn't want to wipe itself from history.
It's funny how Eric was trying to build a friendship with Cameron, who doesn't feel anything (very obvious when you consider she didn't even try to help him up when he fell from his wheelchair). She also switched friends at the end pretty easily (like Eric said, when she wants something).
Tonight's episode was pretty Sarah-lite. I guess Lena Headey was given the week off. Pretty strange considering her character's name is in the title.
Why wasn't Eric a little more suspicious of this strange woman who showed up so often? Was he so hungry for companionship? He seemed a romantic soul. Pity the target of his affection was a robot.
Riley mentioned that she likes shiny things. Like robots? Also, she mentioned her parents died in a fire. She forgot to mention that it was nuclear fire.
I liked the use of filters by the director to simulate old news clips. They used a heavy yellow filter when interviewing the old woman about the party. They use the same trick for Life on Mars.
The episode was an enjoyable diversion from the usual storyline. What did you think?
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