Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Ep. 10 – Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point has sparked some debate amongst a few Film-Book readers. The evolution of Skynet, codenamed John Henry in this stage of its evolvement and how its brain is being taught was the most prominent aspect of the episode for me. The writers of this show aren’t afraid to supplement the background of the already established in the Terminator mythos, including Skynet’s background. The Skynet computer system responsible for destroying the world believed in logic and self-preservation. It didn’t base its actions on a moral code. Former Special Agent Ellison recognizes this lack of morality and is now charged with teaching John Henry morals, starting with the Ten Commandments, in effect, creating a conscience for John Henry.
There was also a surprise in Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point and I’m not talking about Cromartie. It was Riley. She’s an agent from the future but from a clandestine part of the Resistance that doesn’t like the Terminator counselor John Connor is talking and associating with more and more. That Terminator happens to be the same model as Cameron, though you would think it would be Arnold’s model that Conner would let close. That was the model responsible for killing him in the future by getting close if you take Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines into account. This surprise didn’t bother me as much as Riley herself and the soldiers from the future in general.
Clean food and water most be rationed to the extreme in all of the knocked down cities of the future and yet none of soldiers that come from the future have visible signs of mal-nutrition, are gaunt or emaciated. These people, all of them, should be at or near starvation weight like Fremen from Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s this detail that bothered me from the beginning of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and it just happens to now be exemplified in Riley. I know that since her body was in starvation mode that when she did finally have access to a lot of food, more of it would have been stored as fat then usual. But she is a soldier, I assume, so where is the discipline? I know I’m nitpicking but it doesn’t mean that I’m wrong. And wouldn’t access to bubble tech be highly restricted because of power requirements not to mention what it could mean to the past if everyone had access?