Cameron learns that a terminator was accidentally sent back to 1920s Los Angeles, and she tries to find out what happened to him. Meanwhile, John has a run-in with a group of punks while taking Riley home from a party.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Ellison (credit only)
Oren Dayan ...
Mike Silver
Myron Stark / T-888
Police Officer
Young Ruby
Branden R. Morgan ...
Rudolph Valentino (as Branden Morgan)
Rupert Chandler
Fred Jeffers
Field Reporter (as Symba Smith)
Tom Jacobs


Cameron goes to the Los Angeles County library of records for information to repair her damaged brain system when she spots a T-888 Terminator in an old photograph dating back to 1920 and teams up with the paraplegic librarian to uncover the mystery to why this Terminator was sent back, what its mission was, and where he is now. Meanwhile, John sneaks out of the house also to meet with Riley to attend a house party in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood where he does not bond well with her circle of wild friends, and continues to have disturbing flashbacks to the time he killed Sarkeasian. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

1 December 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictional Pico Tower was written at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and 3rd Street, despite the two roadways running parallel in real life. See more »


When Cameron and Eric are viewing an old newsreel on Stark, scratches and defects can be seen in the black borders to the left and the right of the image, clearly well outside of the projected film. See more »


Eric: Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
Cameron Phillips: Or die.
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References The Sheik (1921) See more »


Music by James P. Johnson and 'lyrics by Cecil Mack
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The Stark ascending
3 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A nice diversion from the show's usual formula and can be watched by itself.

Cameron has a nocturnal habit of popping to the library. Which is at odds with her being John's protector, but we'll just have to overlook that.

The Stark story felt a little confused. It's my understanding that Stark (a terminator) was sent back to kill someone, but I think what happened is that he landed in the wrong time and had to wait it out (but perhaps that was always the plan). During which time Stark empire builds. There's mention of him treating his employees well. To which I was hoping that it might be a terminator come good story. Which it may well have been. Stark ultimately doesn't deviate from his programming.

It still requires a leap of the imagination as to how Cameron's interest in Stark was piqued in the first place. Is she always trawling the history section for inconsistencies? I was secretly hoping that Stark would remain alive to become a wise role model or confidant for Cameron. But alas it wasn't to be. I'm still unsure as to how he became entombed in a wall? You would have thought that a plasterer might have noticed.

Weird side story in this episode with Riley. She goads John to obtain an emotional response. I'm still unsure as to what Jesse's mission is at this point and which side she's on. Perhaps Riley is to provide a healthy distraction for John. Who like most teenage boys prefers the company of a computer to that of a human being.

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