Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 12

Alpine Fields

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 08, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Sarah and Cameron attempt to save a family whose fate links in with Derek in the future. Jesse fights for her life.

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  • This episode, while it revealed little of the ongoing saga of the show ... it was a stupendously wonderful character-driven episode with some great flash-forwards into the future with Derek Reese and Jessemoreless

    Personally, I love this episode. Any episode where Brian Austin Green gets to show off how he was the only actor with any talent who took part in Beverly Hills, 90210 ... is a great episode. And in this particular episode, he shines. His interaction with Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen (Jesse) was great as we got to see a first-time meeting which we'd already heard about as well as a bit of that heated attraction, back when Jesse was a good-gal!

    Plus, in the current-time, B.A.G.'s interaction with Samantha Krutzfeldt (Lauren) was also very, very satisfying. Especially when at the end of the episode when he's drilled her about making mistakes and how she has to be the one to care for her sister, no matter what ... she literally disappears on him, which means even HE can't somehow turn her in if tortured by a Terminator or something ... there's a chick who REALLY understands what it means to be on the run from SkyNET!moreless
  • Nothing amazing new, but extremely interest character driven episode.

    I've always wanted to see a normal family thrown into this war and having to change and adapt to the new lifestlye of impending doom. This is that episode and it has to be one of my all time favorite episodes. It makes you wonder if you could rise to the occasion and how easily you would be to believe in all this. Yes, I understand that is kinda the case with Sarah in the first movie, but it wasn't a family...more like the quick little scene in the second movie.

    The flashforwards in the future were interesting and cleverly plotted along side the ongoing adventures in the episode. And with flashbacks, it still wasn't hard to follow what was happening in the episode. I was hoping that Lauren would have stayed, but it fits her character not too. A little disappointed by the not seeing all the action, but the characters were strong enough to drive this one through.moreless
  • A solid stand-alone

    Written as a stand-alone but clearly connected to the larger season premise, this is a solid, gritty episode that fleshes out the relationship between Derek and Jesse while telling a more complex story in the process. The writers for this show never seem to go after a plot point in the obvious way, and that trend certainly continues.

    John Connor, hero of the future, never shows up in this episode. Even Cameron is barely present. I would even say that Sarah is barely in the episode, though her leadership presence informs everything. This entire situation appears to be based on one of the names written in blood in the season premiere, and as such, represents something of a vindication for Sarah. I can't imagine that Derek has much doubt left now.

    After all, the dots connect in a way that Derek cannot deny. Sarah sees the name on the wall and finds the family at the cabin. Sarah's decision to save them toughens up Lauren and leads to the birth of Sydney, which Derek is there to see with his own eyes. Lauren and Sydney, in turn, grow up to be the ones who save Derek and Jesse from a plague unleashed on the Resistance. Ergo: if Sarah didn't follow the lead provided on the Wall of Blood, the future would have changed.

    Granted, the rules in the Terminator mythos are fairly loose and mutable, but Derek seemed to see how the pieces were fitting together and looked genuinely in awe over the whole thing. Not so much as to affect his competency in any telling way, but enough that he might finally stop questioning Sarah on her conclusions. (Perhaps Cameron mentioned the possible three-dot interpretation after the previous episode as well.)

    Even the annoying Fields family politics did little to detract from the episode; it provided a couple of twists and turns and set the stage for Lauren's toughness. If she was used to being more mature than her own parents, then I suppose she was prepped to take care of her much younger half-sister. Perhaps a bit of a simplification, but considering the fact that we knew Lauren survived from the very beginning of the episode, the writers had established her resolve.moreless
  • Not too good..

    Mm.. I am not sure on this episode. It had some important thing going on specially on the way those events there influence the future and are important for Derek but still. It looked quite flipped episode - flashbacks and flash forwards and what all.. In that kind of way it did looked somehow confusing and then I felt like the story could have had better emotion and power if it had been told all together. But maybe the reason doing it this way was because the story was not very caring, if it can be the right word..

    I did not liked it much.. even if it had the excitement, emotion and importance.moreless
  • Definitely one of this season's stronger moments.

    The show still pointedly refuses to address those big revelations that it smacked us upside the head with in 'Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point' (Riley's from the future! The AI's inside Cromartie! Sarah… likes the three dots a bit too much!) and Thomas Dekker isn't even in this episode, which sets the 'hot young totty' quotient at absolute zero, but despite these major, major drawbacks, 'Alpine Fields' actually manages to be quite good. Enbom's script is a lovingly crafted piece that carefully flits between past, present and future without ever seeming pretentious or becoming confusing. The triple threat thrust of the narrative – which Field is the 888 after? vs. will the mother survive and give birth? vs. how will future Derek and Jesse survive? – gives the episode considerable weight and, you know, actually makes things interesting for a change. Definitely one of this season's stronger moments.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jesse seems to have a very strong incentive to go to the Eagle Rock bunker, considering she came all the way inland from her submarine. She would have had to walk at least 25 miles from shore through either the remains of downtown LA or over the Santa Monica mountains, while avoiding Terminators the entire way.

    • When Derek and Lauren are caring for Lauren's mother Anne, Derek tells Anne about her unborn daughter Sydney. This is the second time a Reese brother has told a woman about her unborn child and what his/her name was. The first time was when Kyle Reese told Sarah Connor about her son John, who was not even conceived yet.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Anne: (after Sarah and Cameron kidnap the family) Why would you keep a gun in the house?!
      David: For a situation like this! Or a bear.
      Cameron: (looking at the small revolver) This wouldn't work in a situation like this.
      Anne: Why didn't you tell me?!
      Cameron: Or a bear.

    • David: Who are you? What are you doing here? Tell me the truth.
      Sarah: The truth. In the near future a computer system called Skynet takes over the world. It sends humanoid machines back in time to eliminate anyone who's a threat. I have a target list. Your name is on it. A machine is coming to kill you.

    • Anne: Does your son know you kidnap people at gunpoint?
      Sarah: Yes.
      Anne: Then you know he'll be prone to delinquency himself?
      Lauren: Mom, I think it's obvious she's well beyond Dr. Phil.

    • Lauren: You sound so used to all this.
      Derek: You don't get used to it. You live through it.

    • General Perry: Once exposed, there's no way to know how long you've got. It could be four hours till the symptoms hit, 20 before the bug kills you. This could be a one-way trip.
      Derek: We're all on one-way trips.
      General Perry: He's not out there, you know. Your brother Kyle. He's gone, Reese. Now, either you learn to live with that, or die from it.

    • Lauren: You really do this? With a kid?
      Sarah: He's why I do this.

    • David: And what are you doing on my computer?
      Lauren: Looking at lesbian porn. What's the difference?
      David: You're gay?
      Anne: Lauren?
      Lauren: God, people. No! Thanks for knowing me.

    • Anne: I'm not like you. I'm just normal.
      Sarah: I was normal. All this I had to learn.
      Anne: I thought crisis was supposed to bring a family closer?
      Sarah: Don't confuse close with happy.

    • Jesse: Have a little faith, mate. She'll be apples... Means we'll be all right.
      Derek: You believe that?
      Jesse: Sure as my mother loves me.
      Derek: My mother's dead. Here. (He hands her a gas mask)
      Jesse: Gas?
      Derek: Bugs.
      Jesse: This gonna work?
      Derek: Probably not. (Jesse laughs)

    • (Sydney opens the door and sees Derek and Jesse)
      Sydney: Those gas masks won't help. You're already infected.

    • Derek: Rabbits? Thought Australia was all wombats and wallabies and stuff.
      Jesse: No. Some wacko brought 'em over in the 1800's. We've been overrun with them ever since. Tried everything to kill the things. Trapped 'em, shot 'em, poisoned 'em, built a fence across half the country to keep 'em out. In the 1950's, they even introduced a virus to wipe 'em out forever. It killed most of 'em, but a couple were immune, so ten years later, Oz was up to its eyeballs in rabbits again. Tough little bastards. That's why you have to cook 'em longer.

    • Cameron: (Looks down on Roger after striking him unconscious) He is human?
      Lauren: Yes of course!
      Cameron: My mistake.

    • (Derek and Jesse lay in hospital beds, close to death.)
      Jesse: You know what Oscar Wilde's last words were? (sniffles) Either the wallpaper goes, or I do. (laughs)
      Derek: I thought it would be over by now.
      (Both gasp for breath.)
      Jesse: You're ready for it?
      Derek: No. No, I'm not.
      Jesse: Then what were you doing when I found you outside Eagle Rock?
      Derek: I think ... I was waiting for you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 19th, 2009 on Virgin 1
      New Zealand: April 22nd, 2009 on TV2
      Sweden: April 23rd, 2009 on TV6
      Australia: May 29th, 2009 on FOX8
      Norway: September 5th, 2009 on TVNorge
      Germany: October 12th, 2009 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Finland: November 15th, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: November 19th, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: September 16th, 2010 on Markiza

    • Thomas Dekker and Richard T. Jones were credited but do not appear in this episode.


    • Cybernetic Organism:

      When the family refers to the Terminator as a robot Sarah continuously corrects them by calling is a Cybernetic Organism. This is a reference to the original motion pictures, in which - sometimes gravely, sometimes humorously - it is clearly distinguished between the two.