Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
The Terminator

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"I'll Be Back."
Sarah thinks Reese is looney tunes (and his cause isn't helped when he admits that he's from the future (or "one possible future," anyway), but she sits up and takes notice when Reese says, "It can't be bargained with, it can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead." Now Sarah is all, "Can you stop it?" Reese admits that he doesn't know. Maybe Sarah should be talking to someone else from the future, then. Someone with a little more positivity? Elsewhere, creepy eyebrowless Arnie is patrolling the streets in his stolen police car that no other cops seem to be looking for yet. But another patrol car is in the parking garage and they've spotted the shaggin' wagon, although no one appears to be in it anymore. The Terminator hears the address crackle over the radio, and pulls a U-turn, lights flashing. Now the parking garage is maggoty with cop cars, like when you're on the five-star level of Grand Theft Auto, and they still fail to notice Sarah and Reese skulking around with a shotgun. They sneak into another car. Sarah asks why the Terminator wants her, by which she means, "Please shoehorn in all the backstory, would you?" Reese says that in a few years there's going to be a nuclear war. All of Los Angeles will be gone. There were a few survivors, but no one knew what started it. "It was the machines, Sarah." Sarah doesn't understand. "Defense network computers. New, powerful, hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart -- a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat. Not just the ones on the other side. It decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination." He says he grew up after the war, hiding in the ruins, hiding from the Hunter-Killers. "Most of us were rounded up. Put in camps for orderly disposal." Oh, my God. Did James Cameron intend this movie as a Holocaust allegory? Reese shows her a red bar code on his arm. "This was burned in by laser scanner. Some of us were kept alive. To work. Loading bodies. The disposal units ran night and day. We were that close to going out forever." But on the plus side, it got him into Black Flag shows for free. But there was one man who taught them to fight. "To smash those metal motherfuckers into junk. He turned it around. He brought us back from the brink." John Connor. Sarah's unborn son. Since all the other cops have apparently given up looking for them, Reese hotwires the car. But as he starts it, there's creepy eyebrowless Arnie, blowing out the rear window with a shotgun.

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles




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