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‘Sarah Connor Chronicles’ blogging: “Allison from Palmdale”

(previous: Episode 3: “The Mousetrap”)

I find myself moved to snark on the robots from the future and the impending doom of the human race. Hey, it’s the way I roll. Feel free to discuss more in-depth in comments, should you be moved to do so.

[spoilers after the jump!]
At first I thought, Is this the Very Special episode, in which Cameron learns about kids living on the street in L.A.? And then I got more confused. Cameron has memories of being a real person, Allison from Palmdale, who was alive on Judgment Day and remembers life before the machines? Is Cameron a copy of a real person, like it got a download of Allison’s brain? Or is does it have Allison’s brain in its machine body, kinda like Robocop? Sure, we see Allison and Cameron together, but maybe Cameron got the brain (or the download) after it killed Allison…

Still and all, Allison’s experience at the hands of the machines was chilling, in a Guantanamo Bay kind of way. People in a zoo? Eek.

Uh-oh! The FBI agent is working for the Irish Terminator? Hunting robots with a lady robot for a boss? This cannot be a positive turn.

More potential for upcoming disaster: Sarah is making promises to her pregnant neighbor that she’ll be there for the neighbor and her baby. I predict calamity.

Loved the bit with the shrink, who accepts Allison/Cameron’s “fantasy” of being a machine from the future. Is it me reading too much into this, or did this play like an analysis of fans who are a little too into the Terminator alternate world?

Lesson for the week: Don’t send your pet Terminator to the supermarket for crunchy cheesy things — you won’t get the crunchy cheesy things and your Terminator will go bad.

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

(next: Episode 5: “Goodbye to All That”)


MPAA: rated TV14-LV

viewed at home on a small screen

official site | IMDb
  • Shirley Manson is Scottish. And as you well know, if it’s nae Scottish, it’s CRAP!

  • I figure the bit about her having a real person’s memories is part of the reason why she’s a special model designed to better mimic human behavior.

    By the way, did you believe the bit about some of the machines being against Skynet’s plan to exterminate them all, or do you think that was just a line? (I *can* be true, even with their desire to kill John. I expect they’re just wanting to use some humans for slave labor or…I dunno, make a Matrix or something.) But I suppose it could all be a lie.

    Oh, and clearly the whole “crunchy cheesy things” thing is a Chekhov’s gun being set up for later when they build a whole Crunchy Cheesy Thing Cannon that will temporarly stun a terminator and scramble its memory. You watch.

  • Magess

    I thought the line about some of the robots wanting to stop the war was just a line to try to earn Allison’s trust.

  • JoshDM

    From what I gleaned from the episode:

    Cameron was aiding in the torture of Allison (in the FAR future (at least 21 years), obviously) in order to emulate her better. We were not flashing back to Allison’s memories, but of the terminators observing Allison and Allison’s story.

    Cameron was flashing into the information she had “on” Allison (it was all “factual”), which was overriding her personality.

    Still do not know if Cameron works for an anti-Terminator side as she told Allison, since she killed Allison.

  • MaryAnn

    Shirley Manson is Scottish. And as you well know, if it’s nae Scottish, it’s CRAP!

    I know Irish accents, and she sure sounds Irish to me.

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