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TV Show: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2, Ep.4: Allison from Palmdale

I watched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Episode 4 – Allison of Palmdale last night then watched it two or three more times later that evening after Prison Break and the season premiere of Life. A very exciting episode for T:SCC, full of action. I knew that modified voice interrogating Allison (Summer Glau) was Cameron. The fact that an aircraft carrier is being used by Terminators as a detention center is badass and bleak, especially when you consider that it is not being used as an offensive weapon by humans.

Allison from Palmdale was one of the better constructed T:SCC episodes I’ve seen in the series so far. A few logic hiccups aside, the flash backs (or flash forwards to be technical) were very well done during Cameron’s counseling sessions. A Terminator in counseling. Hilarious. That damaged CPU was a master stroke.

It’s unfortunate that Allison was unarmed in the future. You would think a Resistance fighter would have a rifle of some kind. It would have been cool to see her use on some Terminators before getting captured. The weakness of Allison from Palmdale were the Jodi and Cameron segments. All throughout these segments you are just waiting for more future scenes with Allison, future Los Angeles and the prison ship. I hope there are more segments with Allison in the future in T:SCC since she hasn’t been born yet as well as Cameron’s attempt to infiltrate Connor’s Camp before being reprogrammed.

I didn’t like the cop-out at the end of Allison from Palmdale (by letting Jodi live) but I’m starting to get used to them. PC Terminators are not as interesting to watch as the killer variety. Oh, if only Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was on F/X or SpikeTV. And has anyone noticed that the phrase Terminator is not used. They are always referred to as machines.

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  • That episode was nuts! I’m betting Cameron’s human side had a love relationship with Connor!!! damn this show! Wait till next week!

  • That episode was nuts! I’m betting Cameron’s human side had a love relationship with Connor!!! damn this show! Wait till next week!

  • I hope not. I hate circular plots like that.

  • I hope not. I hate circular plots like that.

  • This was a strong ep. I think it has a lot to do with Summer Glau. She can pull off some great moments if they give them to her. I was worried about S2 after the ultra-slow season premier opening but this ep improved my opinion.

    Reel Whores last blog post..Trailer Trash: The October 24th Quickie

  • This was a strong ep. I think it has a lot to do with Summer Glau. She can pull off some great moments if they give them to her. I was worried about S2 after the ultra-slow season premier opening but this ep improved my opinion.

    Reel Whores last blog post..Trailer Trash: The October 24th Quickie

  • Like I said, I hope we get more Allison episodes.

    I watched this ep so many times. I love that Summer is on a aircraft carrier. They never really explained how she got around the terminator and escaped but whatever. I heard that they might cancel the show after this season. I hope not. They don’t realize people are dl it instead of tuning in a 8pm.

  • Like I said, I hope we get more Allison episodes.

    I watched this ep so many times. I love that Summer is on a aircraft carrier. They never really explained how she got around the terminator and escaped but whatever. I heard that they might cancel the show after this season. I hope not. They don’t realize people are dl it instead of tuning in a 8pm.

  • I heard that too. My buddy was saying TV viewing is down across the board. I hate to see this shows canceled but we need more Dillahunt, less Manson, and a lot less slow motion!

    Reel Whores last blog post..MMM: A Graveyard Smash!

  • I heard that too. My buddy was saying TV viewing is down across the board. I hate to see this shows canceled but we need more Dillahunt, less Manson, and a lot less slow motion!

    Reel Whores last blog post..MMM: A Graveyard Smash!

  • And more Summer walking past doorways in her underwear. Too bad they can’t quantify the people illegally dl it. The studio would be very surprised by the numbers.

  • And more Summer walking past doorways in her underwear. Too bad they can’t quantify the people illegally dl it. The studio would be very surprised by the numbers.

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