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i dont understand how this episode didnt get an enough credit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
what else the viewer is looking for???is Terminator fans are action fans???
Terminator's storyline cant give that much of action as it could with the ideas and inner materials.
this episode showed me that the Terminator series isnt running in the same tracks and yes it has more hidden things to give...more IDEAS.
im a member of TV.com since 3 years and fan of american shows for like 8 years and and a movie Critic in Iraq...so i know what a good episode look like...atleast U cant predict the end..i cudnt predict thismoreless
Sarah begins her quest to find the creators of Skynet, John and Cameron go to highschool, and Cromartie gets a human body. The 3rd episode was strong in exposition but low on action, which surprised many of its core viewers.
Altogether, I believe the 3rd episode was one of the stronger episodes of the series. The beginning dream sequence revisited Sarah's fear of technology from T2 and set up the ages old question of if we can, should we?
The third episode separates the plot into three subplots: Sarah's quest to find the creators of Skynet, John and Cameron going to highschool in an attempt to act like normal kids while seemingly being unable to avoid trouble, and Cromartie's unstoppable drive to get his human form back.
Sarah's thread does a great job of setting up the impossibility of her moral situation. She knows billions of people will die if Skynet is born. However, does that justify her killing possibly innocent and otherwise good people to prevent that? If it does, can she even go through with it? The writers also did a great job presenting the Turk as an innocuous machine at first. Absolutely great scene with John displaying his knowledge of computers and opening Sarah's eyes to the danger a "chess computer" could become. The Singularity? Awesome stuff and pretty frightening to think about. The threat the Turk represents grows as the episode waxes. Eventually leading Cameron to proclaim, "Andy Goode must die." The actor for Andy Goode was charming enough, though his asking Sarah on a date at their first encounter was simply a matter of convenience. In the end, Sarah spares Andy's life and saves her humanity for another episode.
In a lighter until the end subplot, John and Cameron embark for their first day of highschool. The predictable comedy in watching a machine try to fit in with highschoolers is here in spades. Cameron continues her bequiling behavior by applying make-up and asking a shocked John if he likes it. The trauma and death of the highschool girl was as brief and ambiguous as it needed to be. Its only purpose was to show John's heroic nature, the fact that Cameron obeys "future John" not necessarily "this John" though she does obey him plenty later on in the series, and most importantly to drive an early wedge between John and Cameron. In a great piece of dialogue, I agree with John's rant that if he is to hide his heroic nature, then they are wasting their time.
The Cromartie subplot was equally done well, being both frightening and impacting. The scientist's intense curiousity to see if the T-800's growth formula will work is excellently and realistically portrayed. The machine's emergence from the bathtub is reminiscent of the births of many famous monsters, and Sarah's last line was epic. I know when I first watched the episode, I also was concerned by the lack of action; this just wasn't what we were expecting from the Terminator franchise. But now, I think this was a great episode once you get over your expectation of a fast pace.moreless
Sarah finds an old intern at Cyberdyne who might be the key to Skynet.
The opening is fascinating and provocative – if you knew that someone would one day do something so evil as to change the fate of the world, would you be able to kill them to prevent it? Short, sweet and to the point, very powerful scene.
Having examined the documents the future soldiers had assembled, Sarah realises they were doing what she and John are doing: looking for Skynet. They also targeted a very specific line of enquiry: people who worked for Cyberdyne Systems, people who could have been exposed to the knowledge, the chip and who could be responsible for continuing the work: a logical thought since destroying Cyberdyne changed nothing except push forward the date of Judgement Day.
Fascinating to watch John with his bodyguard. Cameron, delightfully clueless, is constantly doing or saying something completely inappropriate and John seems to enjoy provoking such responses. It's a little worrying actually, he's drawn to her and the question is: is it harmless interest in a cyborg or actual attraction, despite what she is? Today's a big day: high school. "Don't you kiss me." Naturally, Cameron poses as John's sister and they immediately run into a problem: the high school has a metal detector. John comes up with the story of the metal plate in her head – he's lucky they didn't scan the rest of her! What's going to happen when the metal detectors go off every time she walks into a store?
Going to school has an unexpected side-effect. Cameron accidentally gets involved with a troubled girl who commits suicide. Cameron even stops John from interfering – not wanting attention drawn to him, but also from a bigger point of view, they're trying to change one event – Skynet – and changing anything else could cause any number of unpredictable ripples in time. Though logical, John is horrified by her interference. His instinctive attempt to help shows the hero side of him, the attitude of someone who won't just stand on the sidelines, but actually will take action – perfectly in sync with what we know of the future John.
Mrs Dyson identifies one of the employees, Andy, and is surprisingly calm about Sarah potentially killing him, even making a crack about it not being in vain – an obvious reference to the death of Miles, whose death changed very little. Andy, a sweet but brilliant boy, is easily seduced by the beautiful Sarah who is alarmed to find that Andy has built a thinking machine and the more she learns of his work, the more terrifying it becomes as it is all too easy to see how his work could eventually lead to Skynet. John displays a remarkable knowledge of technology, it's easy to see the future John when he talks like this, and is equally disorienting to see Sarah floundering under her son's logic. Though it made more sense to kill Andy – why take the chance? – Sarah opts to destroy his work instead, which is an act of mercy that may come back to destroy them all. What did come out of her investigation is that she is being watched by the survivor of the future soldiers. Why he/she is still holding back from the mother of John is unclear? Potential ally or threat?
The fed, Ellison, who investigated Sarah before has returned and even manages to convince the cop investigating the soldiers' killings he's onto something. The fascinating part of the investigation is the discovery that one of the fingerprints of the dead 'terrorist' belongs – now, anyway – to a four year old boy! Who is going to grow up to be a resistance fighter!
The Terminator needs to regenerate the flesh he lost and even finds a scientist to do it. Despite the bizarre and terrifying nature of his 'guest', the scientist – blinded by curiosity – helps and is rewarded with quick death.
Sarah's test results come back with no sign of cancer. So the cancer that will kill her developed incredibly rapidly over two years, with absolutely no sign of it before that. There are many causes of cancer and it doesn't look like it is caused naturally – does that mean that something she came across while hunting Skynet will result in the cancer?
A fascinating episode.moreless
Chess? And a really dark view towards all technology.
Maybe it's just me, but Sarah has a terrible view towards all technology. When she dreams of shooting the Manhattan Project team, she's throwing the baby out with the bath water. The boogie man of Skynet clouds her judgment and drive her to kill. Any scientist is a possible Skynet architect in disguise. Maybe that's what the dreams are all about. Maybe Sarah Connor doesn't want to murder lots of people with the outside chance that it might stop SkyNet from launching the missles. But one thing is clear, Sarah Connor can't kill people that she gets to know. Once names are attached to a face, pulling the trigger gets difficult.
The Kramnik vs Deep Fritz poster is a good reflection of Chess, and the moment when Sarah tries to figure out the cell phones after jumping forward over 7 years of technology was really realistic.
The worst scene was when John gets all familiar with the latest technology and apparently knows all about modern capabilities of computers in his talk about the Turk. John also has a real dark view towards scientists. Is Einstein suppose to be some awful demon that haunts the world?
Again Cameron is really awkward despite that brilliant display of emotions in the pilot. It's awful. You'd think that Cameron would try harder to be a high school student. I'm going to write it off as a terrible terrible error made in the pilot. Pretend that never happened and the series is nice and consistent.
But it's nice to watch Cameron start to pick up new slang. The girl committing suicide was just weird and distracting. I don't know why John was so choked up about the death. And you get a feeling that Cameron's definition of friend is more like being acquaintances. She tells John that someone who she has only had one short conversation with is now her friend. I think we can say that Cameron has no true understanding of what it means to be a friend.moreless
great story developments
I liked two storylines what were going on parallel - first John and Cameron on school.. she was just so weird trying to be weird.. and I think that storyline did give some change to sympathize with those char..
But mostly I adored the storyline going on with Sarah and that man.. and about the computer he builds. Maybe it was the way it all looked so innocent at first - just a computer that plays chest.. but then the mood talk.. and the whole concept and that really made even her, who did not wanted to kill him, do what she did.moreless
The show is getting inspired.
There are some really chilling moments in this episode. The opening scene is one of those photographic classics. The plot is beginning to take shape. A lot of stuff is fit into this episode. There's no filler here at all, the writing and music are getting stronger. I'm getting excited about this show.
Everything's heading in the right direction at this point. I really hope they keep the momentum going. Some great ideas are coming out. Yes, they are limited by the way Terminator 3 plays out, but I'm beginning to see the creativity of the writers in finding stories to tell about how these years influence what will begin to be told, or told in full with Terminator 4.
A good episode...
This the third episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was another good episode I begining to really like this episode the characters are great and the storyline but of course all Terminator fans would say this. I don't know why I didn't give this show a proper chance maybe it was because I didn't want it to spoil the franchise I watched the first episode months ago and gave up on it but now I'm watching it and I'm addicted. this does not spoil a thing about the Terminator franchise it makes it even better. The episode was not as good as the last one but it was still good.moreless
I really liked the pilot episode but thought the second episode was weak, still I decided to persist with the series and I'm so glad I did. There was actually some genuinely scary and disturbing scenes in this episode most of which involved the CGI terminators which have been every well visualised for this series.
Sarah's narration gives the viewer real context because she quotes actual events in human history regarding the building of atom bombs and so on and her internal monologues also served to book end this episode (as they do in every episode.
The machine which orders the scientist to help him make the synthetic blood mixture is ridiculously menacing, every bit as scary as the films.
Cameron's character is also beginning to grow when she starts high school with John. It was brilliant when John fabricated a metal plate in Cameron's head story in order to get her through the metal detectors.
The costume design in this episode is wonderful: Sarah's pseudo military gaub consisting of a fitted black leather jacket and calf high buckled black leather boots shows that she is ready for action yet still retains every but of her femininity. The Jeep that she drives is practical and appropriate without drawing any attention to herself.
Cameron's costume design appears to be nothing deviating from what a girl of her (supposeded) age might wear. Yet the fact that she applies her make up in a robotic fashion, and is constantly observing the other girls, then takes some left make up like some kind of magpie, which she uses to over feminise herself, is self evidently to compensate for the fact that she has to conceal her true nature.moreless
All in all a nice episode kept together by the sparkling performance of Summer Glau, who remains the (robot) heart of this show.
I liked what I saw this time, and that's - as always - due to everything Cameron does. Yes, there is that inconcistency that she could behave normal in a school environment in the pilot episode and now it seems she can't, but I don't mind. I find her confusion towards everything humans do very comical. Summer Glau excels in her role yet again.
As for the rest of the episode: Not much happened. The Terminator is now in possession of synthetic skin and eyes and will continue to hunt down Sarah, John and Cameron. Most of the episode felt like filler but nonetheless I enjoyed all the scenes were John and Cameron tried to fit in at their new high school. Nice stuff!
I'm looking forward to the next episode.moreless
Very good episode overall, so far this show is doing very good in my books, it just fits exactly what Im looking for a tv show, plenty of action and just an amazing storyline.
Its good to see new characters being put into the show aswell, Andy is a potential threat to the world if his computer system is taken to the military. The episode gets 10 out of 10, has to be equal quality to the past 2 episodes which also got tens from me. I will definately be tuned in for more terminator episodes, this show is just brilliant.moreless