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Review: Sarah Connor Chronicles - 'The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short'

Tower-Tall.jpgDon't fear the future. Fox has ordered another nine episodes of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." That means our beloved show will be around for a full second season.

This news couldn't come at a better time; ratings are low and cancelation rumors have been floating around the web for weeks. Still, there's no guarantee that Sarah and crew will be around for season three, but this still feels like a victory. Let's rejoice for now and worry about next year later. As Sarah might say, the future isn't written by dead-eyed, single-minded machines just yet.

This week's ep was a little slow and sloppy, but it did deliver an intense robot chick fight. Where else can you watch a girl twist another girl into a pretzel on Monday night? That stuff doesn't happen on "Dancing with the Stars," does it?

We opened with a hilarious scene featuring Weaverbot posing for a photo shoot. Finally, Shirley Manson's wooden acting was put to good use. I laughed out loud at her attempts at a "warm" smile. Manson's performance in this ep was really fun to watch. I still don't think she's all that good, I guess I just enjoyed the situations the writers put her in. I'm not sure why she's bothering to care for her "daughter" Savannah, but their relationship might now be one of my favorite things on the show. It makes little sense, but it's pretty damn hilarious.

Taking a cue from the bloody prophecy wall, the Connors visited a family counselor who might need protection from SkyNet. Or will he aid SkyNet? That was left unclear, but the Doc did fill John's need for some intense therapy sessions. I like how John's internal struggle was compared to that of a war veteran here. John, like his father, is a young man fighting a war with no end in sight. As Derek said, he's neither boy or man, but he is a tortured soul. How's he supposed to deal with all the blood spilled in his name? Plus, as we found out in this ep, how is he supposed to deal with killing Sarkissian? Some might be bummed about John's moping in this ep, but I thought it was handled well. Thomas Dekker is getting better with every episode, and I think it's brave for an action show to leave a little room for some serious emotional drama.

I'm not sure if we have room for another major character in this series. Derek's gal pal Jesse (Stephanie Jacobson) is obviously doing more than vacationing in the 2008. She seems to be on a mission to survey Derek. This is disappointing, since I actually liked the idea of an AWOL soldier from the future. It's not a bad idea, creating a character who gets tired of fighting killer robots in a post-apocalyptic future and ditches it all to live in our present. Jesse did reveal that John's future robot reprogramming might be getting out of hand. I like that concept. It seems believable that John's affection for Cameron and the Arniebot might sway his future decisions on the battlefield for the worse. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

Was it me, or did The Turk get more screen time than Sarah this week? We sure spent a lot of time learning about The Turk, who, it seems, is into second-grade level jokes. Weird. Maybe SkyNet's to blame for junk like "Disaster Movie."

Yes, Sarah spent another episode on the couch watching the other characters grow and change. We did get to hear a season one-style Sarah voiceover which, honestly, I could've done without. Maybe next week she'll get off the couch.


- What do you think about Jesse? Do you like her better than Riley?

- So, the T-1000 killed the Weavers and replaced Catherine, right? Why didn't she kill the kid?

- How exactly did Cameron transport pretzel girl to the Connor house?

- Is John's attachment to the machines dangerous?

- Was Jesse sent to kill Derek and the Connors?

Coming Nov. 3: From Fox: The Connors find themselves on high alert and in odd company after their house is robbed. Elsewhere, one Terminator terrorizes Ellison, while another gets dangerously close to John Connor. Meanwhile, Derek and Jesse continue to get reacquainted in the "Brothers of Nablus" episode of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES airing Monday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Posted by Mike Moody on October 21, 2008 9:34 PM
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Yeah i hate those voiceovers

-- Posted by: Free at October 23, 2008 12:05 AM

Did the terminator who Cameron twisted seem like an earlier less developed and dumb version?

And whats with all these terminators coming back... its turning into smallville with the 'freak of the week' gimmick... I don't want to have them kill another robot every week.

-- Posted by: Jaxxx at October 24, 2008 2:49 PM

i agree with the 'freak of the week' comment. it almost seemed uneessary for a terminator to appear here, aside from weaver.

-- Posted by: Kardy at October 25, 2008 11:41 PM

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