My quick take on the second season premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is that it looks like it hasn’t missed a beat from season one’s storyline. It also adds some interesting new facets to the story that should give our pursued protagonists quite the challenge and new goals to keep them busy.

It is probably going to be on par, and if done right, better than season one, now that the show has it’s feet under it.

Season 2 of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TTSCC) picks up exactly where the season 1 finale ended and continues the momentum of the story. Last season, the closing episode was hard hitting and action packed. This season opener is a bit less action packed, but some definitive tension, new story lines and some interesting character interactions take place. Let me explain, but be warned, DVR SPOILERS lay ahead if you are planning on watching at a later time.

The jeep has exploded, Cameron (Summer Glau) is rebooting. Two men attack the house and put John and Sarah Connor (Thomas Dekker and Lena Headey) down hard, looking for the hard drive that John’s been hiding. They find it but then Cameron gets back in the house and takes one of them out downstairs and by the time she gets upstairs, Sarah and John have dispatched the 2nd man.

Cameron’s programming has been damaged in the explosion and now she’s setting about to terminate John Connor… Here we go again! The Connors escape and go on the run from her and most of the episode is dealing with this persistent, slow, methodical chase that terminators are known for!

Remember the cop massacre at the hotel? Cromartie (Garret Dillahunt) exhibits some non-terminator like behavior and leaves FBI Agent James Ellison (Richard T. Jones) alive after taking everyone else out.

Ellison let’s it be believed that the body of the human who Cromartie took the identity of is the gunman. He wants the pursuit to end here, because he knows what he’s dealing with.

Charley (Dean Winters), Sarah’s ex-fiancé is trying to locate the duo and encounters Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green), John’s uncle and together they try to go find John and Sarah.

Cameron relentlessly pursues the duo through the city, until they pin her between two trucks and pull her brain chip, deactivating her. Cameron tries to dissuade John from deactivating her, pleading that she’s fixed, that she loves him. The plan is to burn her and her chip.

We have a new playa folks! Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) is the CEO of ZeiraCorp. ZeiraCorp is a cutting edge, high-tech company. She ends up buying Andy Goode’s Turk computer and starts to reorganize ZeiraCorp staff afterwards into a new work team called Babylon. One particular employee, a Mr. Tuck, isn’t very happy about the reorganization. There’s something about her that irks me.

My irksome feelings are validated… but that’s for later.

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Agent Ellison encounters Cromartie at the house that the Connors burned down. Ellison tells him he isn’t going to lead him to Connor, “…not do the devil’s work.”, as he put it. Cromartie quietly replies, “We’ll see.” and walks off. Chilling.

Reese, Charley, Sarah and John are gathered to burn Cameron and John does the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen and inserts the brain chip back in her and she boots up. He needs to know if what she said was true, that she’s fixed and gives her his gun. She takes it. We watch her screens and see her override the terminate order, and she gives the gun back.

A bit later Cameron tells Sarah if she goes bad again, never let John bring her back. Fair enough warning. John’s had a hard day. He’s locked himself in the bathroom and gives himself a haircut that finally gives him that edgy, tough look he is going to need to carry off this character Dekker is portraying.

Remember I said I’d get back to those irksome feelings? Here’s where they’re justified: Closing scene, back at ZeiraCorp, Mr Tuck is whining about Weaver and her reorganizing of the work staff for her mystery project. He tells his co-worker she really pi**es him off. His co-worker leaves the bathroom and Mr. Tuck turns to use the urinal. The urinal morphs (What? Morphs!?) into Catherine Weaver, who then apologizes for pi**ing him off, says “the feeling is mutual”, and dispatches him with a silver finger sliver to the brain. Whow!! (Yes, Whow… that’s whoa and wow all slurred into one word.) I knew something was up with that red headed demon! We have a newer model of the terminator here, again. This can’t be good.

This show takes place after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, so the appearance of a T-1000 mimetic polyalloy machine (OK, liquid metal) is in line with events after the 2nd movie but a few things seemed disjointed in the story tonight. Not a lot, but some stretches of story, or just poor editing out of connector material that could have helped bring story elements together better.

The lame factors for me:

  • Sarah getting decked in the beginning by an opening door.
  • Cameron didn’t seem damaged enough externally after the jeep explosion. Even her clothes are fine… dang it.
  • Everyone finally hooks up at the junkyard, but how? Did I miss something?
  • Cromartie using sly logic is a new twist on the persistent type of programming that the older model terminators use. It seemed out of programming character.
  • Terminator, Cameron: Loves John? That’s a new, emotional twist for a cyborg.
  • And what the heck was John thinking, putting that memory chip back in Cameron’s head? AND giving her the gun? I would never have trusted her again, but heck, it is what it is.

Other than that, let’s see what they do with it and keep it alive in their Monday night time slot! What do you think gang?

Image sources: Cast: Screen shot from Fox. Summer Glau: Chicago Tribune