PTR Senior Staff Writer
Goodbye, good luck, and thanks for the memories, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles.
Can't say it hasn't been fun.
Can't say part of me doesn't wish for you to be back for a third season.
But all good things must come to an end, and it's taken me a couple of days to process how I really feel about the second season finale of T:SCC - knowing it really feels more like the "series" finale.
Let it be said I am, if nothing else, happy how it all went down: Catherine Weaver ending up being a good machine, rescuing John into the future. John Henry off with Cameron's chip. Sarah back to being a fugitive. Ellison having a DOH! moment of all moments. The machines trying to now kill John AND take out Weaver's establishment given they're on the same side.
And even if I still do think last week's episode was the best of the season (alongside "Allison From Palmdale"), I'm relieved to see the T:SCC folks go out with a bang, not a whimper.
And this, I think, is all a show can hope to do when its future fate is so uncertain - no pun intended.
We really don't want it to get cute, try and do too much or pull a WTF moment from The Sopranos. We want a sense of closure, a bit of unpredictability, a bit of knowing there's still something left on the table that we'll always wish we knew more about. But mostly, we want to feel the show gave it their best shot as they went off into that good night so that if it really IS the last we see of them, we'll remember them well.
That said, this IS a tough thing for a show to accomplish. Some do it brilliantly, others not so much. I think T:SCC succeeded, and my only gripe is that we could've perhaps cut to the last 10-15 minutes of the finale and gotten the gist.
But it IS those last 10-15 minutes that will linger, and they will remind us how much potential is still left with the premise of the series.
We learned so much about what was really going on with Catherine Weaver (or the Shirleymeister, as we had affectionately been referring to her here at PTR given Shirley Manson was superb throughout this season). I loved the fact she ended up being a good machine, sent back to help build and study a computer infrastructure that will aid in understanding what will end up becoming the enemy of mankind, thus, potentially being of help to John Conner. This was a fantastic twist. And yet, I can't help feel had they not waited until the end to spring this on us - perhaps explored this angle of the plot more actively than the Tangents Formerly Known As Jesse and Reilly - maybe a third season would seem more certain.
We saw Cameron in her last moments of devotion to John AND her last moments as being a machine. Enough.Said.
But perhaps most poignantly, we saw the "rescue" of young John to the future so that he is reunited with Derek, his father and Cameron - rather, Allison - at what would seem to be the beginnings of the war against the machines whilst Sarah remains behind to try and continue to fight to stop the start of Skynet.
These last string of episodes reminded so many of us why we watch, and what we loved most about the show from the get-go. And the finale did give us a strong sense of finishing it in the same humdinger way that it started.
In the end, it really was another beginning.
Which is what finales do best.
If you missed the second season finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, isit the Official Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Web site to catch up.