By Derek Russell of the SkyNext
I really, really hate Chess. Probably because Im not smart
enough to play it? I dont plan far enough ahead in life to
map things out like that, its just not me. I can play, make
no mistake. I just get my bishop handed to me every time. Or Queen,
If you dont understand the vernacular, a queens
gambit is the oldest chess move to open a match with
where an opposing teammate counteracts a move by the first player,
making his or her queen vulnerable, theoretically.
First off, when they bought this house in 2007, did Sarah throw
in an extra hundred bucks for that rusted swing set to work out
off of? No matter.
Andy Goodes back! And I liked him! At the end of episode
1x03 The Turk, I was a little more than aggravated with
the character. He just didnt make me believe that he loved
his precious Turk as much as he said. It was more like a burden.
I finally get to liking Andy this go around and what happens? Somebody
shoots him. Figures. Cue the Dallas theme.
Where was Thomas Dekker this go around? I kinda felt like the episode
was written and then they were like, oh wait, we left John
out of it, and had to rewrite around him. Not that thats
a bad thing his role just seemed minimal to me. The parts in the
garage and the parking lot seemed specially tailored to give Dekker
some lines. And, as always, he did an amazing job with the role
I just didnt get the relevance this go-around.
Lena was great, the conflict for Sarah was there again and exponentially
greater. Do I kill Andy? Does the Turk actually lead to Skynet?
Hey, that guy lurking in the shadows looks oddly like that future
guy I got it on with in the 80s! Classic Sarah, with some
good one-liners and probably the best monologue delivery of the
series to date.
Cameron: Im befuddled. I mean, really, just when you think
youve got a girl figured out shes hiding something from
you. This is really the reason Im watching. I love Terminator,
Lena and Thomas are great, as are Richard and Summer but
I want to know what Cameron is more than anything. Its the
real x-factor of the show thats got me hooked.
And will our mystery man please stand up? Welcome Brian Ausin Green
to the Terminator franchise ladies and gentlemen, his introduction
is a bumpy one. I love the reveal though, Im so glad he didnt
end up being Kyle Reese and even more glad hes not a future
John sent back. Uncle Derek is much better. No relation. Cant
wait to see what else he brings to the story with only 4 episodes
remaining for this season.
All in all a great episode, and a good companion piece to
The Turk which equally made me like that episode better
as well. If Heavy Metal hadnt been shoved between
the two Id have been a lot happier with the end result.
Favorite scene? Our new Terminator, Vick, assaults a cop to get
himself arrested. Classic.
Queens Gambit gets 4 Vick Chips 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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