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"TERMINATOR: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" Season 2 Thread


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#1 of 877 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted September 07 2008 - 03:44 PM

"TERMINATOR: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", a show that Fox had written off until it had nothing else to promote during the strikes, returns for its unlikely second season tonight (7 September 2008)!

2x01 - Samson & Delilah
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After the Jeep explosion, John's 16th birthday makes him confront the fact that he's destined to be alone. Meanwhile, after Cromartie's massacre, Agent Ellison must face off against both the Feds and his faith.
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#2 of 877 OFFLINE   PhilipG

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Posted September 07 2008 - 05:20 PM

Thanks for the wallpaper link, Adam. There seem to be 8 more of those, although the latter ones should probably be classed as spoilers!

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Posted September 08 2008 - 04:46 AM

I am excited about this show's return and am always happy to see Summer.....
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#4 of 877 OFFLINE   Joe_H

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Posted September 08 2008 - 10:46 AM

I don't remember much of the first season, but I seem to remember pretty much hating it until the last 3 or 4 episodes. Here's hoping they continue on the high notes.

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Posted September 08 2008 - 12:23 PM

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Posted September 08 2008 - 12:32 PM

I've been anticipating the return of this show all summer. My interest had been piqued when the local Fox station recently ran the season 1 marathon in all its high-def glory.

And now I tune in to find my stupid local affiliate is not showing the season premier in HD.

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#7 of 877 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted September 08 2008 - 01:08 PM

Even if you didn't get it in HD, it was still quite the episode. They definitely hit the ground running, with very little filler through the entire hour. I really like how John is consistently shown to be the smartest and most able, and that his decent (but irrational) instincts help rather than hurt their cause. I can't remember too much other than the poolside slaughter from the season finale, so I'm not sure what John was exposed to that Sarah and Derek thought was so horrible. Garbage wasn't the best actress in her debut, but considering that shocking revelation at the end I guess the Arnold Schwarzenegger precedent applies; ie. you don't need to be a great actor/actress.
It's not just the fact that her CEO character is a T-1000; it's the fact that she is a philosopher. Both she and Cameron are grappling with these huge existential questions, but in very different ways.
Now the real question: when Cameron was pinned between the trucks, was her plea real Cameron or terminator Cameron pretending? Based on Cameron's request of Sarah at the end, I'm guessing the latter.

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Posted September 08 2008 - 01:23 PM

My wife is postulating that John saw Sarah have sex with her captor in the beginning which enabled her to overpower, kill and ultimately allow their escape.


Not sure I am buying that though....
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Posted September 08 2008 - 01:32 PM

I think John simply saw his mother kill the man. At first I thought he was the one who killed him, and saved his mother. I think that would have worked better.

I took it to be "real" Cameron when she showed such emotion, that's the point after all. What I don't understand is, if she was reset at this point--I'm thinking as a result of the church electrocution-- then why was she so rough with Sarah after the car crash? It's a minor quibble though, nice opener.
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Posted September 08 2008 - 01:40 PM

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I took it to be "real" Cameron when she showed such emotion, that's the point after all. What I don't understand is, if she was reset at this point--I'm thinking as a result of the church electrocution-- then why was she so rough with Sarah after the car crash? It's a minor quibble though, nice opener.
Uh... she wasn't reset yet (and that wouldn't have been a minor quibble, she threw that wrench at John thru the windshield!) The reset probably happened when she got pinned between the cars.

I enjoyed the episode somewhat, first ever. I don't plan on sticking around tho, I can only take so much teenage angst, don't find John very likable, and very much dislike slow moving limping terminators who suddenly appear blocks from where they should be for a cheap thrill. I suspect the show is full of that stuff...

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Posted September 08 2008 - 02:18 PM

It was much better than the start last year, that's for sure, but I just find it hard to believe that this John could ever possibly grow up to be a leader, when he makes the stupidest decisions time and time again. Even T2's little kid John Connor was smarter than this, really.

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Posted September 08 2008 - 02:22 PM

Dammit! The Fox station here in Colorado shows football tonight! And from the way they are talking - every monday they'll be showing more football! I have no idea when they'll show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This sucks!

Fox appears to be showing something usually shown on cable where it belongs: "ESPN has doubleheader Monday Night Football action with the Minnesota Vikings at the Green Bay Packers followed by the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders."

Update: It's now 10 past midnight and they're still showing news... I can't stay up on the chance they'll air it after. Looks like I'll have to watch the streaming episode tomorrow. Monday won't be good for ratings if this is when football is.
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Posted September 08 2008 - 05:58 PM

Didn't like it. Including the T-1000 played like a cheap stunt.

On a practical note, whenever they steal a car to escape, they really should put on their seat belts. It would save them some trouble, twice in this episode.

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Posted September 08 2008 - 06:43 PM

That reminds me, this episode featured the two worst lines ever. First, in the recap, they showed Summer Glau using Arnold's "Come with me if you want to live" line, which was already awkward enough, but then her using the T-1000's "Call to him" line, didn't come across nearly as well as in T2.

Also, I was under the impression she WAS lying to him when she was trapped between the two cars, but John's cleaning the contacts of the chip that he did in the latter half of the episode was what fixed things.

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Posted September 08 2008 - 06:49 PM

As some might recall I was one of the major naysayers in the season one thread and I still am.

HOWEVER, I will state that the show is slowly becoming a guilty pleasure for me, my morbid curiosity keeps me coming back and tonights episode was actually quite good to my surprise. Bad Cameron was actually far more enjoyable than good Cameron but I realize she must return to good mode for the show to continue.

I didn't buy her plea to John, it was far too emotional for a machine and it was obvious to me that she wasn't genuinly feeling what she was claiming but rather a cold machine simulating a plea to be spared. It took a violent explosion and shrapnel in the head to reset her chip and being pinned between the trucks did not disturb her cranium to a degree where it would switch the chip back to protect mode.

John may be the future leader of mankind but taking the risk of reactivating Cameron was a damned stupid move, if he handed Cameron that gun and she terminated him he would have only himself to blame...he's investing his emotions faaaar too much into this machine.

It was sweet to see another T-1000 even though I haven't the foggiest idea what that whole plot is about lol.

That other terminator who slaughtered the agents at the hotel and actor Peter Krause could be twins, that guy looks just like him!
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Posted September 08 2008 - 07:30 PM

Am I the only one that thinks this world ending technology walking around in the form of a chip is made by a company with the worst quality control department? Bang it around a couple times and it 'switches' from good to bad, bad to good. And why is just that part affected? Maybe when it jolted the terminator wants to make paper mache poodles and display them on wicker tables.

Pretty solid premiere with a few nitpicks. I still have no idea what the story is with RED-1000. The reveal at the end was cool and unexptected, but sad to see the poor CGI that paled in comparison to the 17 year old effect of the original.

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Posted September 08 2008 - 08:01 PM

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Am I the only one that thinks this world ending technology walking around in the form of a chip is made by a company with the worst quality control department? Bang it around a couple times and it 'switches' from good to bad, bad to good. And why is just that part affected? Maybe when it jolted the terminator wants to make paper mache poodles and display them on wicker tables.

Well, their default function is to kill the mark and I assume that every terminator in the future are all programmed to kill John on sight but she was reset by the resistance in the future to protect him instead, when it got switched she fell back on her default programming.
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Posted September 09 2008 - 12:06 AM

(Curious choice of camouflage for the T1000.... yuck?!!!)

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Posted September 09 2008 - 12:33 AM

I was hoping we'd hear the guy tinkling at the urinal and then the reveal would have happened. That would have made the episode for me, otherwise, it just seemed like a lot of running around and near-misses in resetting Cameron, which got old for me.
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Posted September 09 2008 - 12:53 AM

Anyone else think that Sarah Conner is the worlds worst driver?

She spends so much time looking at her son instead of looking were she is going. Great job of protecting your son there lady.

And if she would have just drove away from the limping babe-bot instead of driving like a crazy woman, she would not have had to drive through the cliche tunnel. She could have just driven away to another city.

It is stupid things like this that really make it a chore to watch tv shows. People acting completely unrealistic.

Oh yea, I agree with John. If she doesnt' stop asking him if he is all right, or whats wrong every ten seconds, he should put a bullet through her head.
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