By Derek Russell of the SkyNext
First off I want to apologize for my lack of reporting
the past couple of weeks, seems the flu caught up with me as well
as about 50 bajillion others around the US, so I didnt really
follow through with the plans I had to finish my reviews. Plans
are for people who are in control of their own lives. I try not
to make plans.
That being said, lets start where we last left off, Heavy
Anyone else feel like they missed the boat on this one? It just
all happened so fast, good episode, great writing, some good action
I got lost somewhere in it and felt like I never caught up. The
direction I thought the episode was going in turned quickly. Camerons
announcement that Cromarties presence was very real. Im
glad Sarah, John, Cameron, (and Josh Friendman) cleared up the whole
very early into the episode for all the doubters. Cameron believes
Cromartie is searching for Coltan (an element used for the terminators)
to continue his mission to kill John. Sarah plans to run
John plans to fight. Which leads to a barrage of warehouses, shipment
trucks, and a new terminator.
I still felt a little like we were missing some elements of Coltan
ourselves with this episode. The Connors get thrown on a whirlwind
goose chase because of John jumping first instead of looking, and
we get thrown down the same rabbit hole.
Dekker did well; John was out of his element and Thomas played
it like a trooper. His hero ideal was a bit skewed but it was coming
off the heels of not being able to save that girl from killing herself
at school and I understood that. If that helps you better understand
Johns willingness to infiltrate the shipment to stop these
cyborgs from being built, please, take that into consideration.
This is the real episode where Summer Glau takes a turn from innocent
Cameron into something more. What is it though? Why is Cameron so
special and why did John send her back? The one thing this episode
accomplished is starting the questions more than ever. I really
liked Lena Headeys drive in this one. Sarahs search
for her son, search for understanding, and an undying hope not to
be the one left on the ground with a trail of blood leading to her.
Ellison is getting more confused the closer he gets to the truth.
I love it. He is, by far, my favorite character on the show. On
the surface, hes the only one without a hidden agenda. While
Sarah, John, and Cameron seem to all have their own path set in
their mind, Ellison only wants answers, which unfortunately lead
to more questions.
Richard T. Jones is the man. If you havent accepted Ellison
as your personal FBI agent and savior, get with it. I cant
wait for his breadcrumbs to lead to Sarahs door. Its
going to be intense if/when that happens. Like everything else,
its only a matter of time.
Something else Im going to start adding to this is my favorite
scene of the episode. Why? Well, its my review allow
me that, please. By far, this episodes is the truck driver
being left in the live mine field by Sarah and Cameron. Brutal.
All in all I feel like this has been the weakest of the season
(and Im editing this even after Ive seen the sixth episode).
While it brings up a lot of new points that further the rest of
this season, it threw a lot of things aside for the sake of the
episode. Id rather have exposition over a lot of action that
bares little meaning on the hole. The new terminator in idle-mode
awaiting J-Day did drive home the suspense for me that I was lacking
the rest of the time, so it did make up for where I felt cheated.
But the good thing about this show is no matter how much you feel
like you might not have likes something, theres always this
ace-in-the-hole redeeming factor that blows you away. A fact that
shows this series is fresh, grand, and hopefully as invincible as
the Coltan itself.
I give Heavy Metal 3 Lazlo Hot Pockets out of
Derek Russell every week in the SkyNext Podcast!
Read some of Derek's other TerminatorSite reviews:
T:SCC Series Premiere
- "Gnothi Seauton"
- "The Turk"
- "Queen's Gambit"
- "Dungeons & Dragons"
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