Should Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles be renewed for a third season?

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Airlock Alpha reports that while Fox are considering renewing [[Dollhouse (TV Series)|Dollhouse]], but the signs are growing that [[Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV Series)|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles]] will be cancelled after this the current run.

The article reports that the show’s low ratings and high production costs coupled with the forthcoming Terminator Salvation movie are contributing factors for the show being cancelled:

Once “Salvation” premieres, it seems Warner Bros. will have little use to keep “Sarah Connor” on the air, and likely will not continue to provide a licensing fee discount for a third season. That almost assuredly will allow Fox to make the move it normally would’ve done before New Year’s, and that’s cancel the show.

As I’ve watched the second series, I’ve found myself wondering what the hell the producers and scriptwriters were thinking. They had some interesting storylines to play with – Catherine Weaver’s experiments with the rebadged Cromartie were thought provoking, making us wonder if Cromartie’s connection to the Internet and his rapid learning rate would make him the prototype for SkyNet.

Moreover, the Jesse/Riley storyline was riveting, mostly for exploring the idea that John Connor might have faced resistance from his own kind in the future. People who questioned his decision to re-tool Terminators and use them in their fight against SkyNet.

But somewhere along the line, they decided to abandon those stories for the yawnfest that began roughly around the episode Earthlings Welcome Here and had Sarah hallucinating that she was seeing Kyle Reese, and getting confused between reality and her dreams. Trippy it may have been, but interesting it was not.

I keep going back to ask how I would have done it better: at its core, the Terminator story is tragic – you have a woman who gives birth to a son, knowing that he’ll not only witness the end of the world but will need the strength to fight against an unstoppable robotic menace. Where is the gallows humor that they’d undoubtedly develop as a coping mechanism?

I’ve also got a major problem with Cameron, who veers from being a highly lucid learning computer to being a dumb-as-hell cyborg comedy machine who knows enough about pigeons migratory cycles, but not that they cannot understand English. What would be really nice is if Cameron was the one with the hidden SkyNet mission and was ultimately the robot that started Judgement Day – that would not only back up Jesse and Derek’s reservations about using ‘metal’ for missions, but it would mean [[John Connor]] was the one who set J-Day in motion.

In the end though, I don’t think The Sarah Connor Chronicles has added enough to the Terminator mythology to justify itself. It had a promising start, but ultimately failed to deliver a proper continuation of the series.

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7 Comments

  1. Aaron

    I respectfully disagree. The Sarah Connor Chronicles has consistently proven itself to be one of the more bold, risk-taking programs on television. I like my science fiction served up with a hefty dose of ambiguity, and Sarah Connor provided this in spades.

    Dollhouse has improved somewhat during the past few epsiodes, but it has a long way to go before reaching the levels of Sarah Connor greatness.

  2. Aaron

    I respectfully disagree. The Sarah Connor Chronicles has consistently proven itself to be one of the more bold, risk-taking programs on television. I like my science fiction served up with a hefty dose of ambiguity, and Sarah Connor provided this in spades.

    Dollhouse has improved somewhat during the past few epsiodes, but it has a long way to go before reaching the levels of Sarah Connor greatness.

  3. Gerard

    Aaron – I’d be interested in a few examples of how you think the Sarah Connor Chronicles has been successful in continuing the story. I think it’s been good, but it hasn’t added much to the Terminator story.

  4. Anonymous

    Fox is bad channel for news shows to shine.  Its a channel that loves to cancel shows.  No sci-fi show should attempt to go on the channel. 

    Terminator show has good story.  I love Cameron and Sarah Conner.  They should at least give third season to finish up storylines to set up movies more.  I say we need about 12-20 more shows to make it really shine.

    Sci-fi channel is best place for it to shine.  For sci-fi fans go to that channel for their sci-fi needs.  Fox apparently isn’t good for sci-fi shows.

    I think the possible love connection between Cameron and John is very cool scenario.  I think its interesting that the leader of human resistance would have attraction to a robot and vice versa.  Good stuff.

  5. Anonymous

    I really did not like the direction the show was headed. I do think they should have increased the sexual tension between John and Cameron. I know if I was John I would been a cyborg lover already.

  6. Barbara Van

    I think the Terminator Sara Connor Chronicles has been a great show.  I don’t watch many of the shows on TV because many are so boring.   This show really holds my attention.  It is exciting and interesting.  Ater the movie comes out, people will be even more excited with this show.   It holds you in suspense.  I just wished that they could give it a chance.   Dollhouse really sucks.  That show should be cancelled.

  7. Nate

    will i’ve watched the 2nd season the ending of the 2nd season is showing us that there is deffrent story hidden. I really wish that they complate the series it’s verey intersting and shows a lot of action.

     

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