The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Born to Run (season finale)
(S02E22) And now we wait.
The season two finale of The Sarah Connor Chronicles turned out to be the most gripping episode of the entire series. The last few minutes delivered some major surprises and a glimpse of what to expect from a possible third season.
But the chances of a third season are slim to none. The show's live ratings on Friday nights have been, well, terrible, and some sites are already reporting that the series will not return next season.
So now we wait for the official word from Fox. Will there be a season three of TSCC, or was this Sarah Connor's last hurrah?
OK, on to the episode ...
This was a damn fine season finale. It's almost impossible to think about this ep without considering the questions brought up in the final moments (Why doesn't anyone recognize the name John Connor? Where the hell is John Henry and Cameron's chip? Did John arrive in the future before Kyle Reese's trip to 1984?). Series creator Josh Friedman waited until the end to deliver all the action and the major twists, but the buildup was tense and compelling.
We started out with Sarah incarcerated and talking to Agent Auldridge (Joshua Malina from the West Wing), who later said he believed her stories about killer robots from the future. Sarah was still hellbent on protecting John even from inside her cell. She told the agent that John was dead and sent passports and word to John: Leave this place now.
John, of course, didn't follow orders. But instead of planning a jailbreak, he got hung up on the idea of Sarah dying of cancer. Alone. In prison.
When the Connors jumped to the year 2007 in the pilot, Sarah skipped over her death and, apparently, her battle with cancer. The question of whether or not Sarah would get sick has been hanging in the air since episode one, but it served as a good motivation here for John to stay and eventually attempt to bust Sarah out of jail. We also found out that Terminators are radioactive, and Cameron might be to blame if Sarah is sick.
All of this led to an awkward scene with Cameron disrobing in a hotel room and asking John to get on top of her. On the surface, this seemingly intimate moment was all about making sure Cameron wasn't leaking harmful radiation, but it reminded me about John's strong feelings for Cameron. The scene also reminded me of the season two opener, when John risked the lives of his friends and family to save Cameron. I'd almost forgotten about that stuff thanks to the Riley subplot, but the message was clear: John and Cameron share a very strong bond. That came in to play at the end at ZeriaCorp when John decided to follow John Henry through time in search of Cameron's chip, or her essence.
The jailbreak leading up to the ZeriaCorp stuff was intense and heartbreaking. Sarah was saved, but Cameron lost half of her face and a lot of her functionality. John's concern for Cameron was apparent when she jumped in the truck looking like Arnie at the tail end of T2.
After a funny elevator ride with Ellison, the Connors finally came face-to-face with Weaver just as a Skyet drone crashed into Weaver's office and exploded. Weaver revealed her true liquid metal self to protect everyone from the blast and ordered them to run. Can anyone imagine Ellison's thoughts at that moment: "Oh, that makes a lot of sense. Damn, I'm stupid!"
So John ended up traveling through time with Weaver, who probably is the liquid metal bot from the Jimmy Carter sub. Before Sarah's jailbreak, Ellison delivered a message to John and Cameron from Weaver: "Will you join us?" That's exactly what Cameron and John apparently asked the liquid metal bot in the future. We still don't know the details concerning Weaver's agenda, but we do know that she's building something to destroy Skynet. At least that's what she said she was doing. It's likely that John Henry is the key to her plan. It's also likely that her plan could work. Why else would John Connor want her to join his resistance in the future? And why else would Cameron lobotomize herself and hand over her chip to John Henry?
I wasn't surprised when John left Sarah behind in search of Cameron's chip, but seeing John and Weaver end up in the post-Judgement Day future was a little surprising. And then things really got nuts. John came face-to-face with Derek, Kyle Reese and a fully functional Cameron (or was that the very human Allison from Palmdale?). The war looked like it was still going on, but no one knew about John Connor. By jumping to the future, it seems like John erased his role as mankind's savior, but people were still breathing and fighting. Does this mean the resistance never really needed John Connor?
It's a big question to end the season, and possibly the series, on. But one thing's for sure: John Connor still needs his mother. Luckily, she landed in the future minutes after what was probably the most unnerving and emotional moment in his life. I knew she wouldn't be too far behind. This is The Sarah Connor Chronicles after all.
- So John Henry's personality is altered every time one of his circuits is replaced? I wonder if he'll be able to use his new D&D cheatin' skills in the future.
- Agent Auldridge told Sarah that Miles Dyson's son has been missing for months? What could this possibly mean? Was he kidnapped by Skynet?
- Weaver's faux-concern for Savannah was hilarious in this episode. I wonder what Ellison will say when he picks the kid up from "gymnastics."
- On second thought, do you think Ellison ended up in the future with Sarah? It's another question that might never get answered.
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