I apologise for the slight necromancy here, but having watched Termie Chronicles finale last night (having had it recorded on my digital TV hard drive for about a month), I feel like offering my thoughts.
Cameron + Jeep + Sarkosian
Consider how they wrecked previous terminators. You either need to:
a) Get the body/endoskeleton in to cinderblock furnace, add thermite and ignition (T:TSCC)
b) Descend it into a pit of molten steel (T2)
c) Crush it under a 5-tonne doorway while detonating their nuclear fusion core in its mouth (T3)
Summer/River/Cameron has only been hit by a close-range car/petrol-tank explosion. If we consider that her model is a bit more structurally resilient than the Arnie T-800, I think she has a fighting chance of survival.Also, if her character was dead, why would Summer Glau order blog readers to check out the 2nd series?
As mentioned, she's too popular to kill off by just a malicious, possibly Slavic, businessman.
Grandfather Paradox, or what could have been one
The scene with Derek, Derek, Kyle and John in the park cracked me up. So elegantly surreal. Do you think Derek knew from his memory that on this date he would be out with his brother playing baseball, and planned the visit to that exact park. It's a very interesting coincidence for them to be sitting on a park bench directly facing his younger self/his father respectively. What would have made it a classic (alternate) ending, which I hope they do, would be...
John picks up the ball rolling towards him, looks down at who he will learn is his father
John smiles at Kyle and tosses the ball to Y. Derek
The ball is tossed too hard, whacks Y. Derek on the head, knocking him into concussion, or possibly a more hilarious calamity
As a result, Derek is left in a poorer state at the time of Judgement Day, and cannot protect his brother, resulting in their eventual collective demises at the hands of Skynet
This change in the timeline happens as an instantaneous blip, so O. Derek and John vanish out of existence
The Four Horsemen
I thought this section to be so surreal. You got 10+ armed SWAT members raiding Cromartie's pad, while a country 'n' western song about the Apocalypse is playing over the top. The camera shot from the pool looked very effective, though the flung SWAT team members landing in the water seemed more like co-ordinated synchronised swimmers than actual troopers being flung from a balcony by 2 tonnes of Titanium (or whatever they're made off) killing machine.
Cromartie's actions are indeed, questionable. This is someone who he's identified as a permanent threat to his work in 2007 Los Angeles, who's ordered an assault on his bastion, and he's going to casually walk away just because he's reloading and giving himself the last rites while staring down a 9mm? Intriguing. I'm almost going to suggest his infiltration-spec humanity is kicking in a little too hard, and he's letting him live out of kindness. Or it could be a show of strength:
"So Mr. FBI Agent. I just took out your entire army. You now know what I am, and I know you know you won't be able to stop me. You are not my mission objective. Let me past and let me finish off the Connors. Good day."
As side-notes related to the above, 2 things that have bugged me
about the series are:
a) "Now as the episode draws to a close, the initial female protagonist will do a lamenting voiceover on topics such as family, humanity, mankind, the machines, philosophy and, wait for it, wait for it.... LORD OF THE FLIES" The final one made me want to stab her. This is not "weeping for the darkness of men's hearts", this is crying tears of anger and sadness that some unstoppable machine took out 10 of your best men (and woman), leaving them to redden up a suburban swimming pool
b) James "Ah, I see you're a man of faith" Ellison. I respect the view that in times of hardship, sorrow and anxiety, people turn to the divine for guidance, aid and assistance. I don't appreciate you making a deal over a paramedic having a Bible on his bookshelf. Yes machines are out to destroy your country, but no, you cannot use the Book of Revelations and quotes about the Horsemen as your weapon of divine judgement against the b******s.
But on the whole, taking into account a half-hashed finale as a result of Writers' Strike, Terminator Chronicles kicked ass, and I eagerly await Series 2.tl;dr: That was one kick ass-episode.
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