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Dear FOX: PLEASE Renew 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles'



I had one post semi-written after my first viewing of ‘Born to Run’ and upon rewatch scrapped most of it.

Maybe because cancellation is looming over the show, but I felt this episode was very much about death. Sarah kept repeating to the FBI agent that her son was dead. It was a lie at the time, but John Conner does die, the victim of a time paradox and, on some level, suicide since it's his actions that put events in motion.

It took me two viewings to wrap my head around exactly what John had done. In traveling to the future, he skipped over growing into adulthood, surviving the apocalypse, and becoming the leader of humanity who sends Kyle Reese back to the past so he may be born. The John Connor he was/was destined to be no longer exists.

Or could John perhaps be fulfilling his destiny? In comments to Alan Sepinwell’s review an interesting theory was brought up – we aren’t seeing an alternate timeline, but the timeline that was meant to be. Cameron gave her chip to John Henry knowing it would compe John to travel to the future.

Of course, this would seem to set up John having to live out his life in the year 2030 whatever, but, should there be a third season, I don’t believe it's the writers intent to have two concurrent storylines, John, Derek, Kyle, and Alison in the future and Sarah, Ellison, and Savannah (?) in the present. I would hope that John’s stay in the future last longer than a single episode. And while Kyle couldn’t return with John because he needs to carry on in the future to travel to the past in order for John to be conceived and Alison needs to die so Cameron may exist, Derek could conceivably go back (again) to the past. It could b interesting to see him reform bonds with John and Sarah having no memory of his time with them. Or, what if John clues him into his fate? Derek avoids the bullet that kills him and John returns to find Derek still alive. Anyone else's head hurting?

Ellison: “She’ll never leave his side and he’ll never leave his mother’s.”

I found it fascinating that Sarah did let John go. It made sense to me. Even under normal circumstances, there comes a point where you have to let your child go, hope you did the best you could raising them, and watch them succeed or fail on their own. John has been growing more and more independent of Sarah for some time. He’s at ease handling a gun now. Sitting at the table in the hotel, Cameron at his side, I felt as if I was watching scenes from The Godfather. He goes against Sarah’s instructions and formulates a plan to rescue her. And it's John Catherine addresses in their meeting, not Sarah.

At the same time, John has grown closer to Cameron. The irony being that the terminator he seemingly sent back in time to protect himself also is his undoing. Until Cameron’s chip was taken, he never made a truly selfish act. His desire to save her he put above the future of humanity.

I didn’t see that Sarah had any choice but to let John go. Now, she has tasked herself with stopping Skynet to prevent the future from happening. Really, it’s been her mission all along. John’s role has been to work from the future to change the past; Sarah’s has been to try to stop the future from happening.

“Will you join us?” So Catherine, or her liquid metal counterpart, the eel (nice twist!), told John in the past/future, “No”. Now, Catherine wants to help John and Sarah take down Skynet. What changed? Did the liquid metal realize they couldn’t succeed in whatever their plan was alone? Or did they think they could stop the war in the future, but came to realize the only way to win was to change the past?

Random Thoughts:

I know it’s a contractual thing, but having Brian Austin Greene in the opening credits was a giveaway that we would be seeing him again in some form.

I was disappointed by the terminator sent after Catherine. He was taken out rather quickly and his only purpose seemed to be to back up Catherine’s claim that she’s just as much of a target as the Conners.

Danny Dyson has been missing for three months. Hmmm, I suspect he is carrying on his father’s work.

Does Sarah believe she has cancer? It was hard to read her reaction to John’s question about her weight loss.

I would have thought they’d be a little more freaked out about Catherine revealing herself to be a liquid metal terminator.

“I’m Sorry John” - Originally, I thought this was a message to John, but, upon further consideration, I’m thinking it might be a message from John Henry to his ‘mother’, Catherine.
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I am so happy that I just got in the first season DVDs. Now, I'm going to spend tomorrow re-watching. I think I have most of season 2 downloaded as well.

Who knew TSCC would become our mutual discussable fandom? ;)

If FOX does not renew it will be par from the course, but still incredibly disappointing.

Also, I still think the "I'm Sorry John" is still meant for John. Of course, regret is something humans feel.
Who knew TSCC would become our mutual discussable fandom? ;)

Yeah, it's not as if a genre show brought us together. ;p

Hmmm, I'm not sure regret is something only humans feel. I don't think John Henry would feel it in the same way a human would, at least at this point, but he has formed an attachment to Savannah and would regret her not being part of his life anymore.

I'm not ruling out Cameron left the message, but I do think it's possible it came from John Henry.
Yeah I am one of three hoping it gets renewed as well.

A very WOW and "my head is spinning" ep. You have a good mental walk though of it, thanks.

FYI Do you think that was the real Cameron or Catherine reformed?
I'm confused by your question. I'm not sure how Cameron and Catherine aere connected.
When John returns, He's standing next to Catherine wearing Cameron's clothes. Then when the Troops appear she is gone, then Cameron is there again.

They can shape shift to anyone right?
Ah. I wasn't paying close attention to the clothes, but dogs react to the presence of machines so the assumption is it's Alison petting the dog.
I didn’t see that Sarah had any choice but to let John go. Now, she has tasked herself with stopping Skynet to prevent the future from happening. Really, it’s been her mission all along. John’s role has been to work from the future to change the past; Sarah’s has been to try to stop the future from happening.

I know some people couldn't buy her letting him go, but I think they've been building to that moment all season, and you're right that John's role is in the future and Sarah's is in the present.

Danny Dyson has been missing for three months. Hmmm, I suspect he is carrying on his father’s work.

I am super-intrigued by that little tidbit, and it is just one of the 50,000 reasons that I'm praying feverishly for renewal.
Not having watched S2 of TSCC, I can't really comment ... but I'm curious if the fact that TSCC doesn't star Nathan Fillion combined with the fact it's not written by Joss Whedon might improve it's chances of renewal ;)
I think it has a fair chance, given that the people it does get aren't "going to be got" by a lot of competing programming. So they'd be giving up a demographic that they pretty much own right now. I think Dollhouse has a shot for that same reason.

Remember that Friday Night Lights' report about how its viewers were all richest most educated yuppies or something -- I think that helped seal the dish network deal.
Dollhouse and TSCC apparently had the exact same ratings on Friday night. If TSCC gets canceled and Dollhouse gets picked up I'm going to be REALLY pissed.
John has been growing more and more independent of Sarah for some time. He’s at ease handling a gun now. Sitting at the table in the hotel, Cameron at his side, I felt as if I was watching scenes from The Godfather. He goes against Sarah’s instructions and formulates a plan to rescue her. And it's John Catherine addresses in their meeting, not Sarah.

I'm impressed by how much John has grown and changed over two seasons. It's a great allegory for any normal kid's journey to adulthood, only amped up to the max. I didn't even like him at first, and that's hard to remember now!
I wasn't a fan of John either, but he's really grown on me in the last few episodes. Maybe FOX will do the unexpected and give us another year so he can grow on us some more. ::crosses fingers::