Review · The Chronicles

We very much enjoyed almost all of this series. As there are many hours of terminator here, we will post our reviews of the individual episodes periodically. This may take some time.

Given our previous statements regarding Sarah Connor as the core character in the Terminator franchise, this show had a daunting task as it is all about Sarah. Initially we were disappointed in Lena Headly's portrayal, but she quickly came to own the role and her characterization of Sarah is excellent.

Additionally, we've mentioned how much we disliked young John in Judgment Day, this young John, though, is much, much better. This is more in keeping with the John we see in Rise of the Machines.

Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot
You changed the future.
You just didn't change it enough.

This is a great introduction to the Chronicles. We begin with a startling dream sequence. Remember, Sarah and John had blown up Cyberdyne and prevented the war. This sequence shows us clearly that Sarah is still haunted by visions of the apocolypse.

This is similar to the nightmares that Sarah had in Judgment Day and that John has in Rise of the Machines. All are about the failure to stop Judgment Day from happening, but in this Sarah fails to protect John, and he is killed. A somewhat shocking beginning, until we realize that it is just a dream.

that establishes Sarah and young John as well as Sarah's being haunted by visions of Judgment Day. We have to remember, this begins after they successfully blew up Cyberdyne and prevented the war. Still Sarah envisions a bleak future. This resonates with John's feelings in Rise of the Machines, he just couldn't shake the feeling that things weren't really fixed. Sarah and John are attempting to live a "normal" life. Normal except that they are wanted criminals. Sarah, though, just cannot relax and decides, based on her dream, that they are in danger and need to keep moving. In our first combat between John and Sarah he resists her order but under her pressure he finally gives in.

We also get an interesting introduction to a new character, Agent Ellison.

Then up shows Cromartie. It is fascinating to watch how quickly and correctly John and Sarah react to Cromartie's appearance. They are trained and ready when the danger actually shows up. This, however, leads to our second battle between John and Sarah. John insists that they stop running. At some point, they must stop and fight. He doesn't take charge as we see in this exchange with Sarah:

I can't keep running. I can't.
I'm not who they think I am. Some messiah.

(Sarah) You don't know that.

I know. I can't lead an army.
Maybe that's you, but it'll never be me. So you've gotta stop it. Please. Mom.

Sarah must stop it. However, John convinces Sarah to stop running, they decide to take a stand and fight.

I like the part about the Engineer sent back in time to build a temporal displacement device in case it should be needed. That would be an interesting story in and of itself.

Episode 2: Gnothi Seauton
Are they manning some kind of
apocalyptic paramilitary convenience store ... ?
Episode 3: The Turk
Have you ever heard of the singularity?
Episode 4: Heavy Metal
This is where the factory will be ...
Where I'll be made
Episode 5: Queen's Gambit
Good code is like a good song in your head.
It's gotta come out.
Episode 6: Dungeons & Dragons
Okay, he's a scary robot?
You, you're a very scary robot.
Episode 7: The Demon Hand
Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Episode 8: Vick's Chip
It's the only truly irreplaceable part of the machine
and she kept it.
Episode 9: What He Beheld
And behold, a pale horse.
And his name that sat on him was death.

Season 2

Episode 1: Samson & Delilah
We have to kill her, John.
Episode 2: Automatic For The People
I'm an Orca ... with boobs.
Episode 3: The Mousetrap
You're sitting on a bomb. If you move. It will go off.
Episode 4: Allison From Palmdale
I think ... I'm a machine.
From the future.
Episode 5: Goodbye To All That
I'd like my company to lead the world into the next century.
And I'm fairly sure you're an avenging angel.
Episode 6: The Tower Is Tall But The Fall Is Short
Are you AWOL? Jesse, did you run from the war?
Episode 7: Brothers of Nablus
Just take me back to the halfway house.
I am done hanging out with a creepy stalker.
Episode 8: Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today
This is it. There's nothing else behind the curtain.
Episode 9: Complications
I'm not who she says I am!
Episode 10: Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point
Hello, Mr. Ellison. My name is John Henry.
How are you today?!
Episode 11: Self Made Man
What was he doing in 1920? What is this picture from?
Episode 12: Alpine Fields
Oh, yeah? Who put you in charge?
Episode 13: Earthlings Welcome Here
I am Abraham. I'm the one you're looking for.
Episode 14: The Good Wound
Now give me the gun or I swear on a stack of Bibles,
I will let you die. Please.
Episode 15: Desert Cantos
You know, there are times ... where it seems every logical step we take leads to the most bizarre place.
Episode 16: Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep
Mom... you're useless like this ...
You haven't slept in two weeks.
Episode 17: Ourselves Alone
You can't be John's girlfriend. You're a threat.
Episode 18: Today Is The Day, Part 1
Our orders come from John Connor.
Episode 19: Today Is The Day, Part 2
Tell John Connor, the answer is no.
Episode 20: To the Lighthouse
What kind of explosives did you rig the beach with?
Episode 21: Adam Raised a Cain
Future-you knows what it means to lose people you love.
Episode 22: Born to Run
Anybody heard the name John Connor?