The season takes an odd turn; the future is never quite what we expect.

Expect Spoilers.

Title: “Born to Run”

Cast and Crew

Written by Josh Friedman
Directed by Jeffrey G. Hunt

Lena Heady as Sarah Connor
Thomas Dekker as John Connor
Summer Glau as Cameron Philips
Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese
Garret Dillahunt as John Henry
Shirley Manson as Catherine Weaver
Richard T. Jones as James Ellison
Joshua Malina as Auldridge
Carlos Sanz as Father Bonilla
Mackenzie Brooke Smith as Savannah
Jeffrey Pierce as T-888

Synopsis

Sarah escapes with a little help from her friends, and she, Connor, and Cam confront Weaver, Ellison, and John Henry.

The season ends with John Connor and Weaver time-travelling to the future. The Machine/Human War is on, but, since John has not had the opportunity to grow up during the years between, no one knows him—not even Kyle Reese.

High Points

Summer Glau does very well as she shifts through her uncertain emotions and into full Terminator mode. Even if the show survives, it may be the last we see of this version of the character. It’s a good final appearance.

Low Point

If the show does not get a third season, this will not be a great place to conclude. Of course, I’m not blaming the show’s creators for that low point.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6. The episode itself isn’t terribly original, but the conclusion suggests new directions for the show. I hope we get to see these.

Effects: 6/6. Predictably, the finale features some comparatively big effects.

Story: 5/6. The story reveals several (apparent) truths about Weaver’s motivation.

Acting: 5/6. This episode features some strong acting. Heady’s best moments as the imprisoned Sarah Connor work well, and Pierce gives as interesting moments as a conspicuously odd T-888.

Production: 5/6.

Emotional response: 5/6. No one blends the unexpected and the erotic in disturbing ways quite like SF and fantasy.

Overall: 5/6.

“Born to Run” receives 34/42.

Additional Comments

Who wants to wager on:

(1) Whether the chip from the damaged Cameron will be implanted in the future model?

(2) Whether time-travel in this series will make more sense than it does in Heroes, but still not quite make sense?