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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

‘Sarah Connor Chronicles’ blogging: “Samson and Delilah”

Looks like I decided I shall snark a bit. And you all can feel free to discuss more in-depth in comments, should you be moved to do so.

[spoilers after the jump!]
So, the timeline is simply lousy with Terminators, ain’t it? I knew that Irish chick was bad news the minute I saw her, and I even joked to myself that she had to be another Terminator. Who’da thunk I’d turn out to be right?

“I love you, John, and you love me”? Talk about a mind frak. Why would John believe that? Lucky thing for him a fluke of computer programming or whatever made the whole “oh, I’ll turn the evil machine on again” thing work out for him, but it soooo could have gone in another direction. Or, you know, not, I guess, if John knows he’s a character in a series that isn’t about to kill of any of its major characters. And how sweet was her “terminator override”? Why, it’s practically a valentine…

Still, I’m thinking that John will be going off some kind of teenage deep end this year. Way to save the future, kid.

I loved the opening of this episode: it had a feature-film richness and stylishness to it. Not to mention a feature-film level of violence. At 8pm? Interesting…

Lesson for the week: Don’t leave a horny, lonely, mixed-up adolescent boy alone with a hot robot. Ever. It can only lead to disaster.

(Need a complete episode recap? Check out Fox’s official site for the show.)

(next: Episode 2: “Automatic for the People”)


MPAA: rated TV-14

viewed at home on a small screen

official site | IMDb
  • What did you think about the hair cutting at the end? Extrapolating on the Samson and Delilah theme, might Cameron’s true purpose (she does seem to have a secret agenda) be not to kill John but instead to make him emotionally attached to her, weakening him thusly?

    Frankly I hope not, but I fear that may be what they’re going for.

  • Ide Cyan

    She’s not Irish, she’s Scottish. That’s Shirley Manson, musician and vocalist and frontwoman of the band Garbage, playing Catherine Weaver.

  • MaryAnn

    Yes, Cameron shall seduce him. As women always do, even when they’re killer robots from the future. I mean, aren’t we all? :->

  • Well, as we all already know from Futurama, “DON’T DATE ROBOTS!” (This message brought to you by the Space Pope.)

    Love seeing Shirley Manson on screen… been a fan of hers for almost ten years now. It always amazes me how some Scottish and Irish singers lose their accents completely when they sing, but then they’re back to full “och, laddie” mode when they start speaking.

    One question (of many) that I have: Does Cameron’s skin heal itself?

  • Her skin ought to heal, if she’s like the T-800 who claimed his would do the same. To quote Sarah from T2, she’s not much good to them if she can’t pass for human. :)

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