The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter
by Mike Moody, posted Mar 21st 2009 2:36AM
John Connor finally earned my respect. Did he earn yours?
This episode might have started out telling Jesse's story, but it was really about John and why he's destined to become the savior of humanity. Jesse has been scheming all season to turn John against Cameron and trusting reprogrammed "metal." Mistakenly, she assumed that John's decision to employ Terminators in the resistance was influenced by an emotional attachment he had to the machines.
As John pointed out during his confrontation with Jesse, machines can be replaced, fixed and even easily discarded. Human life, however, is sacred. In short, John would rather put a machine in danger than a human soldier, and that's why he places machines in key military positions. Because of his boyhood experiences, he knows that machines are cold, capable and, most of all, disposable. Friends and family are not. The last scene – with John choosing to cry on his mother's lap and not Cameron's – stressed this point.
The John-Jesse confrontation was the best part of this episode. I'm sure a lot of viewers were shocked to learn that John knew the truth about Riley for months. Turns out our boy's a lot smarter than we thought he was. And finally, we learned that John is more than a whiny teen with an attitude problem. He's smart, savvy and surprisingly wise. It's too bad season three is such a long shot. I'd love to follow John as he grows into his leadership role.
Where was Sarah in this ep? Her name is in the show's title, but she's rarely in the spotlight during the best episodes. The show is a lot more interesting when the drama revolves around John and Cameron, which is odd for a show called The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Cameron got a little twitchy again, but she didn't kill the bird this time. Sarah noticed something was off with her. She's never trusted Cameron, and I think Sarah's looking for an excuse to get rid of her. I wouldn't be surprised if she steals John's remote detonator. I can see a big John-Sarah confrontation over Cameron's future coming, but I think Cameron will end up proving her worth to Sarah once again.
Ellison continues to forget that John Henry is an evil f*cking machine and the harbinger of death for all mankind. OK, he might not be that evil. John Henry is still an X-factor. Is he the origin of Skynet, or is he what helps defeat it? Are he and Weaver connected to the T-1000 we saw aboard the Jimmy Carter?
Garret Dillahunt is excellent as John Henry, and I like that John Henry is forming an attachment to Ellison. How will this "friendship" influence John Henry and his relationship with Weaverbot?
I wasn't too thrilled by the sub scenes, which should have been a lot more exciting considering there was a rogue T-1000 on board. Why didn't this thing start haunting the place and killing everything Alien-style? And where did it come from? Cameron said that John wanted the T-1000 to join the resistance. This definitely adds weight to the theory that there are machines with conflicting agendas in the future.
- I don't think Jesse is dead, and I don't think we've seen the last of her. She'll be back to annoy me. That's just the way the world works.
- Jesse's miscarriage rang false to me. It seemed like the writers had to shoehorn something like that in to account for her motivations.
- I'm sick of the slow, sad and sappy theme music played during the quiet scenes on this show. It's almost as bad as Smallville.
- The liquid metal effect still looks awkward on TV. I hope we see more T-888 models down the line. They just look and feel cooler on the small screen.