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Review: Sarah Connor Chronicles - 'Alpine Fields'

Brian-Austin-Green.jpg"Alpine Fields" is a great example of what "T:SCC" has done best this season: deliver solid, self-contained episodes that feed into the show's main arc. Somehow, it's managed to do so without being a "Terminator of the week" show. Yes, a new Terminator shows up almost every week, but there's a lot more going on here. Every ep delivers a great story and some ambitious storytelling. Last week we watched as Cameron solved a suspenseful "Cold Case" style mystery. This week, we met a family that shares the Connors biggest problem. Yep, evil robots are trying to hunt them down too.

I thought the other family in this ep was a nice parallel to The Connors. Even though Sarah and John always seem to be at each other's throats nowadays, and Derek is keeping a bazillion secrets from them, they seem pretty together when compared to Lauren's family. Secret illegal business dealings, affairs, lesbian porn references. These people are really screwed up.

Their messy life fit pretty well with the structure of this ep. We jumped from the present to the past to the future and back again. The narrative was a little clunky, but I didn't mind. It only made me pay closer attention to what was going on. Still, I'm sure new viewers might have been turned off, even though Sarah delivered a lot of exposition clearly aimed at those who haven't been keeping up with the show.

I missed John and Ellison this week, but I was happy to spend time with Derek. Brian Austin Green continues to be terrific in the role, even when he's given little to do. I missed him last week, but I understood why he was left out of that ep. Here, he took center stage, and that's always good. It usually means we'll get to see more flashbacks from the future.

So, future resistance fighters have to deal with killer cyborgs and a deadly plague? I don't blame Derek for wanting to blow his brains out. Where did the plague come from? Did Skynet really create it? Did Jesse bring it over from Australia? Lord knows she looks a little dirty. Either way, I like the way one meek looking girl saved all the tough resistance fighters. I guess that's one of the coolest themes of the Terminator franchise: Every person, no matter how insignificant they might seem, counts.

Posted by Mike Moody on December 9, 2008 10:45 PM
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You hit the nail on the head. As well as the show covers multiple episode storylines... every once in awhile they toss in a one episode self-contained plot that is really quite rich and complete.
The style of the show has set a high standard... you don't have to like sci-fi to see the quality of production - mostly the creative visuals - but the understated (human) acting. Sarah in the cabin... Explaining why she is there... I am not here to save YOUR family... I'm here to save MINE... way to personalize to a level we can all understand. I enjoy the show (and your reviews) more each week.

-- Posted by: DocH at December 11, 2008 5:47 PM

I am still amazed that I take Brian Austin Green seriously on the series, but he's really very good. Tough without dumb, macho stereotypes. And you can always feel his motivations. I guess you shouldn't ever write any actor off.

-- Posted by: Ryan at December 15, 2008 4:35 PM

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