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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles — “Born to Run”

Last night’s episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles may well be the last in the entire series, sadly. Though the episode mostly worked when seen that way, I found myself angry at the show’s creators for leaving us with so many unanswered questions and trailing plotlines. You can’t count on being renewed for another season, and, as other shows proved long ago, you can construct a season with a definable, questions-fully-answered ending and still continue if you’re picked up once more. Now fans of the series are left with a lot of questions and must turn to writing fanfiction to answer them. Thanks SCC creators, sheesh!

I also found myself angry because too many episodes of this season were spent spinning wheels instead of moving the plot forward in a satisfactory manner. If we’d had the kind of movement throughout the season as we had in the last 4 episodes they could have gotten to the same or similar ending while also having resolved all the mysteries the show threw at us. Instead we had too much of John Connor whining and too much of Sarah Connor chasing down leads that really should have led somewhere faster.

The thing that makes me the most mad is that, despite all of this, I loved the show so much. I wanted it to continue. I want the answers to the questions and a satisfying ending. I am so pissed that I don’t get one.

Let’s raise a glass and mourn for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It was not the perfect show, but it was often awesome, occasionally frustrating, and deserved better than to be killed by Friday night.

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  1. I haven’t seen this episode yet, but I’m sorry to see SCC go. I agree that it wasn’t a perfect show, but I liked how they played with story structure and mythic tales within it, along with one of my favorite themes (Where does humanity begin and end? Can a non-human entity be more “human” than true homo sapiens?).

    Thanks for posting this, Tempest.

  2. It’s not gone for sure, though, right? I’m still holding out because…holy crap did the last five or so episodes deliver (the three or four Sarah-centric eps before that did not).

    Actually – in a way the season finale did give a small sense of closure.

    This will be heavily spoiler laden in case anyone hasn’t seen it.

    The ending twisted the mythos a bit. It kind of said that John Connor, despite everything the franchise has told us thus far, is not essential. Because he jumped forward in time he never grew up to be a hero. Derek Reese never heard of John before. Kyle will never be his father in that timeline. Can’t be. But Judgment Day occurred and humanity survived. Humanity will survive. Skynet apparently can never be prevented (which we’ve guessed).

    Yeah, there are plenty of loose threads – is Cameron a cyborg in that future or is she the original person behind the model? Did Sarah just jump forward and that was her echo? Is Weaver really a good guy? Why did she pull John forward? What does it all mean!!!??!?!?!

    I think there are always questions unanswered, and I certainly wouldn’t choose that moment as a series finale, but it’s not bad.

    I agree that this season had too much stagnation, but when it was on the mark – SCC really delivered. Including that finale.

    Ya know, they could wrap the whole thing up in a tv movie if it turns out we’re not getting a Season 3.

  3. You DO realize that the show was being transmitted by cybernetic organisms from the future as a means to coordinate their evil efforts with their fellow time travellers around the world through coded messages, right?

    And the sad thing is that they made the means of their communication so entertaining (and ironic) that we actually WANT them to continue plotting our doom.

    Evil.

    And genius.

    I’m jealous.

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