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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – We get to see some of Jesse’s past… from the future

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Aren’t two part episodes supposed to have a big cliffhanger? I mean as compelling as watching Jesse shift the lamp on her end table, it isn’t exactly going to be haunting my dreams until next week. Yes, the interesting flashback (or is that flashforward?) did have more to reveal, but did that warrant a “to be continued?” I suppose it’s a very small thing, so I’ll stop griping.

It was nice to see Weaver again, wasn’t it? I hadn’t realized how much I missed the creepy red-headed terminator. She seemed almost giddy over the progress of John Henry. It got me wondering if all that progress is going to go anywhere this season, or if we’ll have to wait for next season to see any Weaver/Connor/John Henry confrontation. I’m certainly optimistic, aren’t I? Some may say delusional….

For my money, the most interesting thing going on this week was the flashback/forward of Jesse and her crew in the submarine in 2027. We’ve seen how much Jesse hates the machines and refuses to trust or even believe that one could be working to protect the Connors. Well, it hasn’t always been that way. How curious that at one time it was Derek trying to convince Jesse not to trust the machines that were working for John Connor.

Now, we really only got half the story, and it certainly looks like some serious trouble went down on that sub in 2027. I’m fascinated to find out what exactly is in that box and whether or not John Connor actually had anything to do with the sub stopping to pick it up. Any theories?

It was also great to see Chad Coleman guest starring as the sub driving terminator in the future. With all my watching of The Wire lately, I feel like the cast is popping up everywhere. John Doman and Clarke Peters have been putting in time over on Damages, and Lance Reddick has moved on to Lost and Fringe. I think it’s a testament to how good a show is when it’s almost jarring seeing an actor from it in a different role. The fact is that the characters form The Wire are so deep and well written, that it’s hard to imagine the actors as anyone else. Yes, yes, this is a Terminator post, sorry. No more Wire talk.

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9 Responses to “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – We get to see some of Jesse’s past… from the future”

March 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

I sincerely hope that the package is not Cameron curled up in that box, Outlaw Star-… sorry, Firefly-style. And was the T-888 carrying it the same one escorting Derek and the other prisoners around the house in “Dungeons and Dragons,” or am I mistaken?

Personally, I don’t mind if you fill these reviews with reminiscences of “The Wire” and other excellent past shows. It gives this blog more of a personality, and is a damn sight more interesting than the corresponding review of tonight’s episode I just read on that other site. My opinions are so incongruous that it hardly seems worth the energy for me to post there any more.

The only thing I couldn’t figure out during the show was whether John was blinded by grief in the morgue, or if he noticed that Riley’s body had recent wounds indicative of a fight, rather than a straight execution as is Cameron’s style. And that there was no trace of such a fight on his terminator’s clothes, hair, or visible skin.

March 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM


I think John definitely noticed the signs of struggle on Riley. The camera lingered on her fingertips for a while. Plus, the writers are going to need something to save Cameron from the wrath of the Connors.

March 14, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I noticed the camera lingering for the audience’s benefit, certainly, but the look on John’s face could have been one of either realization or shellshock for me. I kept waiting for him to scrape some blood or skin from under Riley’s fingernails to test later. Dekker didn’t telegraph it, which leaves me wondering until next week.

All season long, I’ve felt John only latched onto Riley in a conscious attempt to distance himself from his feelings for Cameron. So even if the cyborg actually had killed her, I’m not sure it would have totally severed the John/Cameron link.

As far as the wrath of the Connors goes, I’m looking forward to Cameron smacking Derek around a little bit. And snapping his Barrett phallus-replacement in half.

March 14, 2009 at 3:54 PM

“As far as the wrath of the Connors goes, I’m looking forward to Cameron smacking Derek around a little bit. And snapping his Barrett phallus-replacement in half.”


Also, looking forward to someone dealing with Jesse. I give due credit to the actress, but I’m tired of this characters shenanigans.

March 15, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Naturally, now that we all hate Jesse is the moment when they give us her bubblehead backstory, when she was winning and likeable, in love with Derek, and even friendly with her metal Captain. I expect a lot of blood and screaming on the Jimmy Carter next week.

March 20, 2009 at 1:16 AM

BSG… I’m with you, I think that Jesse is more the bad guy here than Derek. But far be it from me to blame a woman when you could logically blame a man for the same transgression.


March 14, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I think John did notice, when he looked at her hands that she had been in a brawl. He has to know that something does not make sense there.

March 14, 2009 at 3:07 PM

I think John noticed the injuries to Riley were not consistent with what Cameron would have done. I think he realized that she was killed by a human.

March 14, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Bob – So fun to see the boxing coach from The Wire. I even thought to myself, I wonder if Bob is watching?

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