Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 11

Self Made Man

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 2008 on FOX

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  • While this episode is primarily just filler, as it adds nearly no meat to the overall storyline, it's still a very well-written and character-driven episode.

    The dialog between Cameron and Eric was great. When he told her, "You have no idea what it is like to have something inside you that is broken." -- I laughed out loud. Cameron's chip is broken and yet she continues to go on. From other Terminator references, we know that Terminators with damaged chips are often erratic and completely malfunction, yet Cameron seems to have found a way to compensate for the damage to her chip. Just as Eric has found ways to compensate for the Cancer in his body.

    Probably the strongest and best part of this episode were the performances by the two major guest stars: Billy Lush (Eric) and Todd Stashwick (T-888/Myron Stark). Most people will probably recognize Billy Lush from his recurring roles as Kevin Donnelly on "The Black Donnellys" and/or as Trombley from "Generation Kill". Todd Stashwick is probably recognized by most from his role as Dale from "The Riches". Both of them are talented actors who shined in this episode, though Stashwick's talent as a comedic actor were not put to use, he still was able to use the experience of playing the inbred and dull-faced Dale Malloy from "The Riches" to good use when playing the T-888 in this episode.

    On the other hand, Billy Lush was wonderful opposite Cameron, bringing out the "cyborg" emotional side we've all seen growing, whether it's her programming and imitation of human emotion, or whether she is truly becoming a sentient being capable of emotion ... only time will tell.
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