Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
The Terminator

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"I'll Be Back."
Sarah and Kyle flee into a nearby factory, the Terminator herkily-jerkily limping after them. They manage to slam a steel door shut behind them, and they are now in what seems to be an assembly line for (ironically) a robotics factory. Reese starts flipping all the machinery on for cover, so the Terminator can't track them. Do any of his ideas ever work out? As the Terminator methodically breaks through the door, Kyle collapses. Sarah can't get him up until she hilariously starts barking at him like a superior officer: "On your feet, soldier!" The Terminator finally gets in while Sarah and Kyle dart through the machinery on the factory floor. The noisy machinery seems to confuse the Terminator (or maybe it's love at first sight when he spots the shiny spot-welder) but Sarah blows their cover when she accidentally fires up a huge industrial press. The Terminator chases them up some stairs onto an elevated catwalk. While Sarah flees, Kyle distracts the Terminator by using his head for batting practice with an iron pipe. It doesn't hurt the machine at all, but it's really a ruse for the Terminator to get close enough for Reese to jam his last pipe bomb into the Terminator's abdomen. Reese tumbles down the stairs while the Terminator blows apart. Sarah's taken a shard of metal in her leg. She yanks it out, but can barely walk. She drags herself over to Reese, still lying there. Any thoughts of post-blowing-up-Terminator nookie are wiped out when she rolls him over. He's dead. Worse luck: the Terminator is not. His nearby torso sits up, and starts pulling itself towards Sarah, who shrieks and crawls away. Singing, "I have no legs, I have no legs," the Terminator grabs Sarah by the ankle, but she pulls free and keeps crawling. On a conveyor belt now, and through a tight squeeze under another machine. On the other side, she pulls down a metal grate, trapping him. He desperately claws through the bars at her, and looks like he might be close enough to choke her. But wait, that's not all! "You're terminated, fucker," she says, and pushes the button that drives down the industrial press. Flattening him into a metal mass an inch high, only his arm sticking out. The little red light in his eyes goes out. We hear sirens in the distance. Estimated response time for L.A.'s emergency services after a tanker truck blows up? Oh, fifteen minutes or so. Sarah gets loaded into an ambulance while she watches Kyle being zipped up into a body bag. Cut to Sarah in a Jeep, with a dog in the backseat, a Jane Fonda headband on, and a .357 revolver on her lap (well, she's packing for two now, apparently). It's November now, and she's recording "tape seven" for John, saying she's not sure what to tell him and what not to. Well, since you're on tape seven, I'm guess she hasn't left a whole lot out (in her defense, she acknowledges that the tapes are really more for her to sort things out). She stops at a gas station and speaks Spanish to the attendant, and then blathers on some more about whether she should tell John about his father: "Will it affect your decision to send him here, knowing he's your father? If you don't send Kyle, you could never be. God, a person could go crazy thinking about this. I suppose I will tell you; I owe him that. Maybe it'll help if you know that in the few hours that we had together we loved a lifetime's worth." Maybe she thinks that, in the future, children like hearing about all the sex Mom and Dad had.

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles




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