Preview Review: "Gnothi Seauton"


Review by Craig Byrne (TerminatorSite Webmaster)

January 14, 2007

So, is the second episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as good as the first? The short answer is: yes.

Like the first episode, there's plenty of action and excitement; but moreso than that, the show finds its sense of humor in several scenes. Those who were worried that "they won't be able to keep it up" after viewing the first show will be happy to know that this show builds on the mythology and takes John, Sarah, and Cameron further on their new journey.

I'll keep spoilers out of this for the most part, but I will tell you that the reason that Cameron brought the Connors to 2007 is explained. There's a fantastic scene that shows that Sarah Connor is an excellent improvisor, and not just when it comes to using weapons. And in one of my favorite storylines of the episode - we see John Connor, instructed to stay home until he gets a new identity... and being a 15 year old, do you really think he's going to listen?

Cameron gets some great moments in this episode too. I don't want to ruin my favorite for you, but I will say the words "stay calm" are involved.

The writing on this episode is top-notch as is the acting from all of the leads. Unfortunately, the character of James Ellison doesn't appear a whole lot, but hopefully his path will cross that of the Connors eventually. For now, I get a whole "Gerard from The Fugitive" vibe from him... which is definitely not a bad thing.

Pay close attention to some seemingly-random things that happen in the episode... I have a suspicion some things are going to pay off later in this 9-episode first season.

My only real complaint? Unless this changes from the original screener, The Sarah Connor Chronicles is taking the Heroes route by just having a title card followed by the cast/crew names being shown at the bottom of the screen, rather than a formal opening credits sequence. They've got that great fanfare from the movies; why not play more of it? Also, a show with action sequences such as these really would do well by showing them off. Hopefully as more episodes accumulate the powers that be will reconsider and give us formal opening titles.

EDITED AFTER THE REAL AIRING: I've now watched the airing of the show on FOX, and I'm happy to say there is a sort of an opening titles montage... and it is freaking AWESOME. Great job to all involved!

My rating? 9 endoskeletons out of 10. GREAT stuff. "Gnothi Seauton," incidentally, translates to "Know Thyself"... and only two episodes in, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles already seems to know what it's doing.

Here are some extras to tie in to the episode:

Spoilers - Official FOX Description - Image Gallery - Episode Forum

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