The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for “The Turk,” the latest episode from “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
It hit me during “The Turk” just who the main three characters in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” remind me of.
Sarah is Captain Kirk (deciding who lives and dies, what course of action to take and gets to hang out with people of the opposite sex), Cameron is Mister Spock (coldly logical, stronger than human) and John is Dr. McCoy (wants to save everyone no matter who they are).
(But you knew there’d be a original “Star Trek” connection eventually, didn’t you?)
This week’s episode was the one I liked least of the three so far because it didn’t have as much action, but the character bits weren’t bad.
In her desire to destroy all possibilities of Skynet happening, Sarah discovers Andy Goode, a “young turk” scientist who has, in fact, built a computer that can defeat any human at chess. Oddly enough, he calls his machine “The Turk.”
Andy’s past connections to Miles Dyson in particular makes him suspect.
Sarah actually goes on a date with him, and she discovers that Andy wonders aloud if “The Turk” might actually become sentient at some point because he notices that the machine seems to act inconsistently, which he ascribes human feelings to.
When she learns of all this, Cameron very coldly tells Sarah, “Andy Goode must die.”
Sarah, who apparently is tired of death, chooses another route, and instead sets Andy’s home on fire in an attempt to destroy the machine.
Meanwhile, John and Cameron go to school for their first day, which leads to the episode’s lighter moments. For example, Sarah asks how their day went, and John answers, “I didn’t die, and she didn’t kill anyone,” which made it a good one.
Cameron at times also reminds me of Lieutenant Commander Data from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” during the early seasons as she struggles to understand human behavior.
She talks to a struggling fellow student in the ladies’ run, tries to give her a gift, but doesn’t have the capacity to console her.
Moments later, that girl is ready to jump off a nearby building. When John tries to go to the roof and save her, Cameron intervenes, gripping John so tightly he can’t get involved until the girl has committed suicide.
This leaves John to question how their behavior differs from the machines.
Agent Ellison is a step behind, retracing Team Terminator’s steps.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this week was the efforts of Cromartie the Terminator as he tries to re-assemble a human appearance.
His work with a scientist who eventually helps him grow skin around his metallic frame was something, although how a guy can walk around Los Angeles in that heat completely covered with heavy clothing without being noticed is beyond me.
As I just mentioned, I found the Cromartie parts very fascinating. The more we learn about how the Terminators actually function, the better I like it. I prefer to know the enemy as much as possible.
Summer Glau, who plays Cameron, has recently been named television’s newest “hot babe,” which I can understand from the pouty and yet powerful female character.
It was also good to see that John is beginning to embrace his future and trying to do good and be “a hero.” If one is to save the world, it seems it would be pretty tough to hold back when you see trouble.
What Didn’t Work
Agent Ellison is starting to annoy me. He smiles sweetly at everyone, but he’s always an episode behind. I’m glad they aren’t going the route of “The Pretender,” with them barely escaping at the last minute. But he needs to have more to do than just bringing up the rear.
Of course, I love action, so I felt the slower pace wasn’t as satisfying after two weeks of rock-em sock-em. I’ll be curious to see what they do in two weeks when a new episode airs.
Still, a co-worker liked the “X-Files” feel of this week, which may be what they were trying to achieve. Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due.
“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” stars Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker and Summer Glau and airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET. “The Turk” was written by Josh Friedman, who developed the show, and was directed by Paul Edwards.
Oh, by the way, the show’s pilot episode will air on Monday, January 28, at 8 p.m. before the State of the Union Address that night.