Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2, Episode 2

Automatic for the People (15 Sep. 2008)

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Sarah, Derek and Cameron try to prevent a nuclear meltdown, Charley has to fill in Michelle when James shows up at their home, and John meets someone new.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cromartie (credit only)
Carl Greenway
Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
Bradbury (as Tommy Hicks)
Lilian (as Debra Skelton)


After having settled down in a new residence, Sarah and Cameron go undercover to a power plant as new employees to investigate the dying words of another fatally wounded resistance fighter, who arrives and dies mentioning the power plant which leads to Carl Greenway who's in charge of putting a potentially new reactor on-line in two days. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison and Charley tell a disbelieving Michelle about what's going on with Sarah Connor. Elsewhere, John ditches school and strikes a bond with a shady student named Riley. Written by matt-282

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Adding to the past cast and crew nods, is the line "Mister Henriksen's class?" from John Connor to Riley when they first meet. Lance Henriksen played Detective Hal Vukovich in The Terminator (1984), and was James Cameron's first pick for the T-800 Terminator in the first movie (with Arnold Schwarzenegger applying for the role of Kyle Reese!). Cameron changed the actors' roles, applying their talents to two other characters (Henriksen giving Schwarzenegger the "Terminator" role, and taking the Detective's role over) before filming. See more »


When Derek is at Greenway's house, he sees that Greenway has supposedly hung himself. At the same time, he is on the phone with Sarah, who suspects that something is wrong with Greenway. She notices that the Greenway standing in front of her does not have the incision mark on his right arm that he showed her during their conversation in the bar. A brief flashback shows the incision mark, and then it cuts to Derek. The "real" Greenway is showed hanged, and does not have the incision mark either. See more »


Sarah Connor: I don't kid about teenagers.
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16 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like this show. i really do. But this second episode of the second season was all over the place.

cuts and wounds seem to heal from shot to shot- almost as fast as wolverine while others don't.

conversations continually seem to jump over unspoken information.

scenes to connect one part of the plot to another seem and feel like they are missing.

Gaps in plot and action that goes against established lore.

I'm checking the older episodes and from what i've seen they haven't used this writer/ director before. Lets hope they don't use them again or this series will soon fall by the wayside.

the worst leap was how an older model terminator apparently copied someone once they were terminated. it seemed they were setting it up so we were under the impression that it was the t-1000 but nope- just a run-of-the-mill terminator. how did they have surgery and look perfect in a matter of a few hours? i GUESS we are to assume the terminator was studying greenway for a while and had the surgery done a while ago- and just moved in and took over on the faithful day? just a guess though since there is nothing in the story to suggest what was going on.

Just terrible and really strains suspension of disbelief.

worst episode of the series so far

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