Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 10

Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 24, 2008 on FOX
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Sarah catches up with the Turk. Jesse faces some problems in her plans. Ellison has a surprise meeting with someone powerful through Weaver.

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  • Strange days, indeed...

    8.0
    Sometimes, when a show gives you what you think it should deliver, it feels predictable. Other times, it feels like patience well rewarded. I think it's safe to say that this episode represents the latter.



    I've been saying for a while now that Sarah's mental state should be a less "together" than it has been, given all the shocks and surprises of the past couple seasons and her existing sanity issues. While she was institutionalized for telling the truth about the future, she was still very dangerous and somewhat unstable. Not that she should be running around taking people out left and right, but her composure has been a little too serene.



    That certainly changed in this episode. Sarah may be right to place significance on the information that was left in bloody scrawls on her wall, but she's beginning to lose perspective. So much is apparent from the very end of the episode. Yet it's also clear, based on some of the potential connections scattered throughout the episode, that she could have been right. And that's the very thing that makes her instability credible; no one really knows how it will all pan out.



    It doesn't help when apparent allies, like Jessie, are playing their own agenda. Maybe I wasn't paying attention earlier in the season, but I thought the revelation about Riley in this episode was stunning. Unless I misinterpreted things completely, it looks like Riley's timely arrival in John's life was anything but random. Jessie's plan appears to be emotional control over John, particular in terms of getting Cameron far away from him. Does she know something about Future John's relationship with Allison/Cameron, leading her to see Cameron as a long-term threat? (Alternatively, did she simply see Cameron in that dress?)



    I've never assumed that the character connections and relations are simple or apparent on this show, and because there's always the potential for betrayal, it's great to see how the pieces move across the board. The message from the writers in this episode seems to be: this is a game of Go, not a game of Chess. Things are not as straightforward as they seem, and the future not as determinate.



    For that reason, and all the seeming hints I've noted over the course of the season, I'm still not convinced that Weaver's AI experiments and terminator nature are what they seem to be. Yes, it's possible that it's just a very clever and oblique means to the SkyNet end. On the other hand, if Babylon is evolving into a stronger AI, able to adapt and grow, why would Weaver care if it has human-based morality?



    Yet in this episode, Weaver assigns Ellison the task of teaching Babylon a code of ethics. One might be tempted to connect that to Cromartie's belief that Ellison will be necessary for the success of SkyNet in the future (otherwise, why save Ellison at the end of the first season?). But I'm still wondering if there's some aspect to Weaver's plan that defies the obvious. I certainly hope so, because all this intrigue should add up to something!



    This series is still struggling in the ratings, and while it will continue into the spring, I don't see it's move to Friday nights as encouraging. I fear that the writers will be forced to finish out the story at the end of the second season, which may not be practical. The current pacing is deliberate, requiring patience, and I can't help but think that an increased pace would disrupt that delicate balance.moreless
  • Sarah invests in a new computer program believing it to have significance due to her nightmares. Elision investigates the murder of the child psychologist. Jesse and Riley (!) convince Derek to join them as they try to change John.moreless

    9.5
    Pros: The twists in this episode kept coming. I found the twist about Jesse and Riley to be extremely gratifying especially thinking back to earlier episodes. I cannot wait to see the continuation of that story-line. The Sarah story-line is interesting, and hopefully brings closure to her visions. The Elision story-line was probably my favorite, with Elision trying to figure out what makes the super-computer tick. The last 30-seconds of the show are brilliant. Cons: Some of the revelations seem a bit too rushed, but I didn't mind because it made the pacing better. Sarah's story-line seemed unnecessary with all of these big events taking place.moreless
  • What's up with Sarah's obsession with the three dots? Meanwhile, Jesse's plans complicate things further, and Weaver introduces Ellison to someone very important. Perhaps Weaver can introduce Jesse to a wormhole or something while she's at it.moreless

    8.0
    Sarah's obsession with the three dots leads her to a company that she believes may have Andy Goode's Turk. The steal drives, and realize that this is for an AI system, for which they don't have a server powerful enough to run. All kinds of stuff happen with Alex, who misdirects Sarah into giving him all his money, but when Sarah realizes that the guy is a phony, she kicks both his ass and Alex's. What's up Sarah seeing three dots on her face??



    Meanwhile, Jesse's plans complicate things even further, and reveals to Derek that she's here to stop Cameron (I think?). Derek later tells Jesse that John is his nephew. I shall not mention the nonsense with Riley, except for the fact that she's from the future.



    Ellison discovers that Dr. Sherman died due to an accident in a server room. Weaver tells him that Dr. Sherman was working on Babylon, their AI program. Ellison realizes that the AI program killed Dr. Sherman because it didn't like what he was teaching it, and it that it hadn't been programmed to value human life. Catherine introduces Ellison to Chrome Artie, who introduces itself as John Henry – the AI program.



    Random Thoughts:

    - Jesse and Riley were creepy. At least it's less annoying now that she's working John.



    - John's shrink is dead, sucks for John.



    - Chrome Artie lives! Sorta.



    - Some nice John/Sarah stuff



    - Looks like Sarah might be spiraling!



    Bottom Line: Great episode! I'm glad that Chrome Artie is back!!moreless
  • Once again the show not only entertains but explores human nature.

    9.0
    Once again the show not only entertains but explores human nature. This episode is all about what happens when we get obsessed with something. We start seeing what we are obsessed with everywhere. Derek said it best... "First it's the dots, then the A.I. Now it's the chip. Whatever you've needed it to be, that's what it is." And I guess I should stick to my guns when I make my predictions about characters. First I said Riley would play a more significant role down the road, then down the road came and she was still just a pseudo love interest for John, so I said I was wrong. Well, I guess I'm wrong about being wrong. I loved the reveal when we see Jesse approach Riley at the clothing store and then their conversation later. I'm guessing Riley came from the future with Jesse and they are trying to "save" John, but in different ways.



    That brings me to another point. the plot progression on this show is timed so well. Most shows give you big reveals and twists in spurts, but I like it when a show always keeps you guessing and the big twists and reveal are not contrived for the sake of drama.



    I look forward to this show more and more with each episode. The plot is always kept fresh.moreless
  • I caught myself saying "Holy F#$*" with the last scene!

    9.5
    The 2nd season of this show has been so much stronger than the 1st. The introduction of Catherine Weaver, the origin of Cameron, and Derek's girlfriend Jesse are just a few of the points that have made me look forward to this show each week. And just when I think they can't surprise us anymore they release an episode like this. The reveal involving Riley was cool but the end, oh the end just was incredible! It was creepy, unexpected, and what a great way to include a character that I thought was done for good. Is it next week yet? ;pmoreless
Eric Steinberg

Eric Steinberg

Alex

Guest Star

Eddie Shin

Eddie Shin

Xander

Guest Star

Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood

Dr. Boyd Sherman

Guest Star

Shane Edelman

Shane Edelman

Matt Murch

Recurring Role

Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen

Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen

Jesse

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Cameron looks at the chip and actually sees that it is not built in 12nm-technology. The spectrum of light human eyes can see ranges from 380nm to 780nm. So to actually see the (atomic) structure of the chip, Cameron would have to have a larger spectrum of visibility, but when so, she wouldn't be able to see the chip from that distance, since air-molecules would be in her sight. In order to see structures in the nm-size, one requires an evacuated environment (vacuum).

  • QUOTES (11)

    • John: So your foster parents ... it's not really what I imagined.
      Riley: (smiles) Yeah, they're nice. They're too nice. They're aliens. You see those kids down there? They're not theirs. They're just losers, and cast-offs and rejects. They run a loser camp here.

    • Riley: (Looking at herself in a dressing-room triple mirror) There's a lot of mirrors in this world. Did you notice that? I don't think I can do this anymore.
      Jesse: I'm sorry. It's not easy, I understand. And maybe you even have some real feelings for him. Who wouldn't? He's John Connor. There's a reason people follow him all over hell.

    • Alex: (Responding to Sarah's reminiscing about dancing in the 80's) Big hair?
      Cameron: (Smiling) It's the hardest thing to get right.
      (Awkward silence as others look at Cameron.)
      Cameron: Hair.
      Alex: Right.

    • Ellison: Whether it had any feeling about Dr Sherman shouldn't matter, if you had taught it to value Sherman's life. Someone killed a man, and it wasn't John Henry. Excuse me. (he starts to leave)
      Weaver: What would you teach it? What would you teach it if you could?
      Ellison: You want to teach it commands. Start with the first Ten.

    • Murch: (referring to the Babylon AI) Blackout should have shut it down completely.
      Ellison: Should have?
      Murch: Babylon routed every watt from the generators to keep itself running.
      Ellison: So it broke the rules?
      Murch: It invented new ones.

    • Weaver: John Henry defeated the machine. But he couldn't stop progress.
      (they enter a lab where Ellison is stunned to see a repaired Cromartie)
      John Henry/Cromartie: Hello, Mr. Ellison. My name is John Henry. (it smiles) How are you today?

    • Sarah: It all adds up. The dots, The A.I., The Air Force, the chip.
      Derek: The nothing. Listen to yourself. First it's the dots, then the A.I. Now it's the chip. Whatever you've needed it to be, that's what it is. You got played. It happens. Welcome to the human race.

    • Weaver: Ask the Babylon A.I. Ask John Henry.
      Ellison: John Henry? It has a name?
      Weaver: That was something Dr. Sherman did. Gave it that name.
      Ellison: It's not a person.
      Weaver: No, but it's a mind.

    • Ellison: Babylon. How did it feel about Dr. Sherman? I know how that sounds.
      Murch: It's a computer. I mean, how does a coffee maker feel about coffee?
      Ellison: Humor me.
      Murch: You're asking if it knew it was killing Sherman when it threw the switch? Impossible. (Ellison walks away) I hope.

    • (Jesse explains why she's tracking Cameron)
      Jesse: She's taken over. It's sick is what it is. Imagine if he spends the next 20 years with her? Imagine what he'll become… what she'll turn him into? Just try. I'm here to stop her. I'm here to save him.
      (Derek uncocks his gun)
      Derek: I've got to think about this.
      Jesse: What the hell are you doing here? Why'd Conner send you back?
      (Derek holds up a photograph Jesse took of him and John)
      Derek: I love you… but don't push it.

    • John: I made you an appointment. Here's your cover.
      (John hands his mother a stack of documents)
      Sarah: I'm a rich divorcee looking to put my money into tech start-ups.
      John: That's right. I, uh, also made you a cheat sheet so you wouldn't… sound like a total moron when you're asking about neural networks and emergent behavior.
      Sarah: I have no idea what you just said.
      John: Yeah, that's my point.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: December 10th, 2008 on TV2
      United Kingdom: February 5th, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Sweden: April 9th, 2009 on TV6
      Australia: May 15th, 2009 on FOX8
      Norway: August 22nd, 2009 on TVNorge
      Germany: October 5th, 2009 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Finland: November 1st, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: November 5th, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: September 9th, 2010 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Styx:
      When Alex, Xander, Sarah and Cameron meet for the first time to initiate a deal for the chip they speak about the '80s, "far back" (when the Army started to show interest in AI technologies). Alex states: "That's how I mark the decade: for me the '80s will always be Duran Duran." "Duran Duran, I loved Duran Duran..." Sarah replies. Way later in this episode when the chip deal is done Sarah closes the table by saying "Dōmo arigatō". Alex: "I didn't know... you spoke Japanese." Sarah: "I was into Styx before Duran Duran. Styx is a pop-rock group founded in the '70s and released in the early '80s their hit-single "Mr. Roboto". This song represents the use of technology and robots in the '80s and features the memorable line "Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto, thank you very much, Mr. Roboto..." That's probably where Sarah picked up that line of Japanese.

    • Gale:

      The name chosen by John for Sarah's pseudonym in this episode is Gale, which, like her previous pseudonym Baum, is connected to his favorite childhood novel The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy Gale is the heroine of the novel, which was written by L. Frank Baum. Gale is also the name of Film Producer and second wife of James Cameron - Gale Anne Hurd.

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