By Derek Russell of the SkyNext
I was a little disappointed upon first viewing of this episode.
I was going through the usual they cant all be winners,
we had to have some exposition at some point, hey,
theyre showing the last 2 episodes of Chuck on NBC
right now, should I switch over?
I immediately went back and watched again and saw where I felt
let down. I put too much lot in the last 2 weeks or programming.
Weve got to slow down and see the bigger picture, or rather,
the arc of what this is season is going to be about; and this was
our first real look at that. The time for setup was over, the time
for this Chronicle had begun.
Sarah searches for a former Cyberdyne intern to check his ties
to Skynet while John and Cameron attempt to fit in at their new
school, under dire circumstances. And elsewhere, Cromartie begins
his hunt for John Connor again.
Where the heck was Phil Morris? You cant dangle Jackie Chiles
in front of me during the credits and not deliver in this episode.
The whole time Im holding out for home video of Miles Dyson,
a flashback, SOMETHING! Sadly, my cries went unheard. Who told you
to put Phil Morris in the opening credits? I didnt tell you
to put Phil Morris in the opening credits. I find this arbitrary
Moving on, great, great, great dialogue in this episode. Dekker
really delivered his lines like they really HAD to be said. If his
inflection or tone had gone any other way I dont think the
episode wouldve had the same feel to it. I really got the
sense of heroism in his heart, the one youre supposed to find
in a savior but rarely do when they still dont understand
what it is theyre caught up in. Just because you see something,
shoot at it, run from it, destroy it, and watch it return doesnt
mean you fully understand it. John Wirth did an amazing job conveying
John Connor in this one. Thomas Dekker really upstaged everyone
in sincerity and humor this week.
Im also a big fan of Paul Edwards, hes one of my favorite
directors on Heroes
and I love getting to see him mold something in different territory.
His over-the-shoulder shots in The Turk really made
me feel like I was almost in the scene, the conversations seemed
more real, and now that were settled in to these characters,
the humor felt more believable. This one had a real long opening
too, I noticed. The credits dont even start rolling around
until the sixteen-minute mark.
I wasnt really buying into the whole school-drama
thing with John and Cameron though, and I think thats where
the episode lost me. I like that John wanted to save the girl that
committed suicide, and I loved his speech to Sarah (as well as the
one where he wanted to know about Andy Goodes computer) but
I felt like we werent getting the whole story. You ever feel
like you didnt fully get an episode of a series, then that
season comes out on DVD and youre watching the deleted scenes
and theres one clip from the cutting room floor that covers
everything up? I felt like that. But upon multiple viewings, I felt
like maybe we were supposed to be as much in the dark as John was.
He was thrust into this school; this girl (who apparently had some
sort of illicit affair with a school official?) is being persecuted
throughout the hallways and Camerons just as lost as he is,
even though she knows what the murals on the wall represent to a
degree. I was just afraid we were getting into One Tree
Hill with Terminators territory there for a little bit,
and while I understand John is a teenager and has to deal with teenage
emotions and situations, hes also the leader of mankind and
I dont want him to have to worry about shaving as much as
I do running. But I guess thats why its called The
SARAH Connor Chronicles. Though I felt there may have been
too many Sarah-logues in this episode.
As far as Cromarties blood-rampage goes, I feel like we might
have missed a little bit there too. The scientist he enlists to
use his skin-developing formula needed more of a story, for me at
least. I never even caught a name off of him, and while I understand
hes expendable and of very little use after Cromartie is ready
to hunt again, Id still like to know what led him there in
the first place and why his memory banks proved him as the most
worthy of the job. How do we know he didnt invent the thing,
McCoy? Doesnt matter, hes freaking dead.
As for the overall arc of the episode, Andy Goode, I dont
like him. He reminds me of someone I went to high school with and
that makes me dislike the character a little bit. Because the whole
time Sarahs fighting with whether or not to kill him Im
screaming at my TV, SHOOT HIM! His description of the
Turk made me wonder why he was so concerned with a rack of equipment
that could play chess. He seemed like he could care less about it,
so why should I want to worry about a learning embodiment of a computer
that cant walk outside of a hall closet? Andys keys
being around his neck is to show how near and dear the model is
to his heart, I can only assume, but he talks about it as if its
a roommate thats not been paying the rent on time. We see
his shock and anger at the end when his house is aflame but that
really didnt make up for the lack of want of the thing throughout
the other 41 minutes we were treated too. Im hoping if we
see Andy again, Ill like him better, because I really want
to and if hes that invested in the Turk, I want to be as well.
Because if this is the start of it all, if the Turk and Andy Goode
are the way things go south, and if Sarah cant bring herself
to do what needs to be done, were all sons of bitches.
I give The Turk 3 yellow bras out of 5.
Derek Russell every week in the SkyNext Podcast!
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