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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Born to Run (season finale)

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 11th 2009 12:35PM
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(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.

Other observations:


  • 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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    Actress Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine Leighton Meester cover party at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine/Leighton Meester Event sponsored by Jose Cuervo Platino at Marquee Nightclub on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine/Leighton Meester Event sponsored by Jose Cuervo Platino at Marquee Nightclub on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine/Leighton Meester Event sponsored by Jose Cuervo Platino at Marquee Nightclub on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Leighton Meester attends a Gotham Magazine celebration at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Leighton Meester attends a Gotham Magazine celebration at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actress Leighton Meester attends the Kids for Kids celebrity carnival benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory on September 20, 2008 in New York City.

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BeyondtheTech

As much as I would hate to admit it, I think we've seen the end of the series. After all, the whole idea of Sarah Connor was to protect her son so that he could survive Judgment Day and eventually become the leader of the resistance against the machines. By allowing him to jump into the future, her mission has basically succeeded. She can go on, even so far as to die trying to prevent Judgment Day from happening, or just allowing things to happen as they are and will become.

If they do renew for another season, it could be an interesting twist where the two Connors are working in two different time periods, both fighting the machines, possibly coordinating each other, and if Sarah happens to succeed (my guess is that she wouldn't or shouldn't), he can jump back to his mother and live out their days in peace (again, shouldn't happen, since it would conflict with Terminator: Salvation).

Just as Ronald Moore took us on a sci-fi joyride with BSG, I can equally say thanks to Friedman and crew for another awesome few years.

April 27 2009 at 8:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kelley

Fox...Please bring back TSCC for season 3!!!! If not, I hope Sci-fi picks it up.

April 18 2009 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
I-DVR-Everything

This reminds me when I was a kid and they ended ALF. I turned from an innocent child fan into a hatred filled pre-teen hellbent on damaging something. Tons of questions and no answers.

FOX = Fk Off eXecutives

FU

April 17 2009 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R-Bro

A good finale with some nice twists (along with several moments that seemed to make no sense at all), but I won't be disappointed if the series ends. Why? Two words: Lena Headey. She is just a terrible actress, offering little more to the show than glum looks and monotone speech delivered with a clenched jaw.

Try to imagine if, say, Linda Hamilton were delivering some of her same lines. No comparison, right? I really think the producers made a poor casting choice, to the overall detriment of the show.

April 16 2009 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

Several 2 hour movies of SCC on SciFi channel would be an excellent idea if this is not picked up as a regular hourly program for next season. There's a lot of room for interesting plots and absorbing TV.

April 13 2009 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jessica

Am I the only one who thought of this?

Okay John skips over becomming the leader of the resistance, therefore he is not in charge and cannot send his father back to the 80s to protect his mother. His father and his mother do not get it on, and John no longer exists. Wait.....I think I found the real ending of the series!!! LOL!

April 13 2009 at 3:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Natalia

Just watched this episode tonight on Tivo. Wow! With the new movie coming out, I think there will be a new generation of Terminator fans coming into the mix. I would be fantastic if Fox did some sort of promotion where after the movie premieres in theaters, they re-show all of the episodes in order this summer.

April 13 2009 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dave

I think it's a great twist that has been driven home that unlike his mother, JC has had more experience with machines looking out for him (Arnold and Cameron, and now Weaver) than he has had with them trying to kill him. There were more in number after him, but they were more fleeting in and out of his life. I think the future holds a war between machines that humans are in the middle of. The trailer said something to the extent of humans being valuable or strong or something like that.

Finally, regarding the show's return, maybe the numbers are low, but isn't it possible that Halycon Films is paying a product placement fee to compensate? It's in their best interest for us to remember this TV show when the next Terminator movie comes out instead of T3, right? (I still think two seasons ago of Dr. Who aired during the summer because they plugged Harry Potter in an episode between when the book and movie came out. If they can do that, the Terminator folks can underwrite a TV show too.)

It's been 2 years, and nobody in the show has said "I'll be back" That's amazing restraint - but more importantly, this is a fansite with a discussion about whether the show will be back, and nobody has used the phrase! Want to make bets on how many headlines announce that it will "be back" if it is renewed?

April 12 2009 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
L1A

It doesn't, by jumping forward through time he doesn't have picture of his mother that he gives Kyle.

April 12 2009 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YouFaceTheTick

Diego got it right and I'm amazed so many people missed this. The final episode tied in perfectly with the original Terminator. Kyle in the movie talked about how they were living like rats prior to John Connor - and that he taught them how to fight and how to survive. John from the show knows terminators/skynet in ways no other human could know.

April 12 2009 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Diego M

the only thing that does get me is the picture of his mother and the fact that dereck told john that they celebrated john's bday together.

but this could be an alternate future. but the results could be very much the same for skynett, defeat.
but not in 2034 but maybe later.

we could see the legend of john connor being born and we see him finally kiss allison/cameron and not be creeped out... althought that breastplate scene was very well done. suspensful and sexy, cuz of summer glau.

i so wish for season 3. i already did all the petition stuff i hope we are heard!!!

if we stay the course we are dead, we are all dead

April 13 2009 at 4:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug

What's interesting with this theory is that because the terminators were sent back and the young John Conner learned so much about them, mankind could later have a greater chance at success at winning the war. If they (the machines) had not gone back after John, then he never would have gained the knowledge needed to become the leader that he later became. The machines were the ones who enabled John Conner to defeat them.

April 14 2009 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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