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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

This is a review of the first few minutes of the first episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It contains a spoiler—indeed, it spoiled the whole series for me—so please don't read beyond the break if you want to keep some badly-written TV SF fun until you see it for yourself…

HING: It's all just a dream.

I kid you not. The "writers", if you can call them that, chose to start their series by showing a Terminator robot killing John Connor and defeating Sarah Connor, then proclaiming the future theirs. But don't worry—at that point, Sarah Connor wakes up.

If there's any more hackneyed, worthless, abuse-of-the-viewer's-trust plot device around, I don't know what it is. I decided I didn't need to see any more of the series at that point.

Your mileage may vary, I guess. Fob



Are you saying that you honestly thought they were going to kill John Connor in the first five minutes of the series?

Have you ever watched TV?

Of course I didn't think John Connor was actually and permanently dead. Here's three scenarios I considered at the time, all consistent with the series as I know it:

  1. The murdered John and Sarah Connor were actually decoy robots.
  2. The episode would consist of some time loop trying to prevent the murders.
  3. The reality we were watching was an alternate (pretty lame, but still better than what they chose).

In a series with super-technology shape-shifting robots from the future, there's a huge number of plots consistent with the opening we saw. Somehow, the writers couldn't help but pick the lamest imaginable one. To heck with them. Fob