In the fifteenth episode of the second season ofÂ The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the team attempts to determine what the employees of the air conditioner warehouse really did, and they discover something EVEN WORSE THAN ANYTHING BEFORE. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ The Sarah Connor Chronicles.Â
Trigger Warning: For discussion of death/grief
This show continues to be too much.
Let me try to parse whatâ€™s happened here. Catherine Weaver sent Walsh to go find the one man missing from the Desert Corp warehouse, certain that he had information that she wanted to keep a secret. That was the whole reason for bombing the place: containment. (Which makes me think that she is working for Skynet.) Mr. McCarthy stole a drone from Desert Corp for his own reasons. Possibly as a whistleblower? Does he work for someone else? Is that company that owned the warehouse a subsidiary of something under ZeiraCorp, or is it something that willÂ become Skynet? Was McCarthyâ€™s job always â€œsecurityâ€? How many people had he and Ed Winston killed for their job?Â WHY MUST THIS SHOW CONSISTENTLY TOY WITH ME?
So, Iâ€™ve got all ofÂ those questions I need answered, and clearly, this show is going to make me wait for them. (Which worries me. I hope this show got to make its own ending before it was cancelled. WHY WOULD YOU CANCEL THIS, ITâ€™SÂ GOLD.) Letâ€™s talk about Catherine Weaver, who continues to perplex me forÂ otherÂ reasons. Whatâ€™s her motivation for trying to win Savannah over? Like Cameron, we can see how Catherine calculates her every move in order to manipulate those around her. While I think that EllisonÂ mightÂ suspect her of deceiving him, itâ€™s a slim chance. He may just think sheâ€™s odd. Thatâ€™s not the case with Savannah, who can see right through her â€œmother.â€ Sheâ€™s long known thatÂ this version of her mother is wrong. Perhaps this is why Catherine tries so hard to comfort Savannah whenever she is aware that sheâ€™s losing her. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s out of any genuine feeling because I donâ€™t know if Catherine has advanced to that point. (Well, I donâ€™t know her endgame either. ITâ€™S A PROBLEM.) Because of this, all of Catherineâ€™s scenes are horribly chilling and frightening, particularly when sheâ€™s appropriatingÂ other peopleâ€™s histories. She does that with Ellison here, stealing his story about his fatherâ€™s death in order to get closer to Savannah. ITâ€™S SO UPSETTING. But why? Why do all this? Why murder thirty people? Whose side are you on, Catherine Weaver?
I feel like a broken record because I need to praise the writing for â€œDesert Cantos,â€ and I just spent a good chunk of the last review doing this. But I canâ€™t help it! While Sarah copes with her feelings over killing Ed Winston, weâ€™re taken through the stages of a funeral and a wake. Itâ€™s a brilliant parallel for Sarahâ€™s emotional state. What if she killed someone whoÂ was just defending himself? What if she ruined his widowâ€™s life? As uncomfortable as it is to watch, itâ€™s clear that SarahÂ has to ultimately be a pragmatist when it comes to her fight against Skynet. Diana Winston serves a purpose here, and as much as Sarah might want to comfort Edâ€™s wife, she chooses not to. She gets close to Diana for one purpose only: to get information. Itâ€™s brutal and unfair, especially since she piques Dianaâ€™s curiosity, and Diana will probably never get closure from it.
I think thatâ€™s an aspect of â€œDesert Cantosâ€ thatâ€™s painfully real: this is an awkward, dirty fight. I loved that moment where John pointed out how fuckingÂ bizarre it is that their â€œmissionâ€ led them to crashing a wake. Itâ€™s certainly one of the weirder moments of the show, but the writers donâ€™t ignore this. Theyâ€™re well aware of that, as are the characters themselves. Plus, none of them are quite sure that Sarah is on toÂ anything. They still think her obsession with the three dots is meaningless. EXCEPT HELLO HIDDEN BASEMENT HALLWAYS AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM AND EVIDENCE THAT WINSTON AND MCCARTHY MURDERED PEOPLE FOR THEIR COMPANY. (Whose name I didnâ€™t catch, damn it! The preacher at the funeral said it, but it was too quick. Is that significant???)
And then weâ€™ve got absolute confirmation that Sarah Connor was not hallucinating. She saw that drone; itâ€™s real, andÂ that is what they were building in the warehouse. Whatâ€™s so upsetting, though, is that the lives of everyone in that desert town were ruined because of it. â€œDesert Cantosâ€ doesnâ€™t shy away from this fact, and the focus on Zoe specifically shows us how this whole secret war irrevocably changes anyone who is caught in the path. Even though she and her mother wanted nothing to do with this, they didnâ€™t have a choice. Zoeâ€™s father was a murderer, and sheâ€™ll be haunted by that forever. How to you rebuild your life after that? And in the case of the Connors, thatâ€™s not even an option. Thereâ€™s no rebuilding. Itâ€™s just moving from one disaster to another.
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