Why was TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES "Complications" Episode Confusing?

Tonight's episode of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES was confusing to say the least. It's like I get the feeling that I just saw something that looked really important but I just can't put my finger on it. The story was really convoluted and actually posed more questions than it answered. I usually don't mind a mystery but ...Read more

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Nov 18, 2008 6:41AM EST

At the end of this sode Derrick says maybe he changed the future. Thats why it never happened. I say Fischer changed the future and created his own fate. Derrick was sent back before the paradox loop came to be. Because of Fischer from the future accessing files, young Fischer was locked up. What was the mission? Why the back doors that can't be dismantled? Skynet must have planned it so that young Fischer was locked up and survived Jday.Derrick thinks he's on the wheel but it's skynet driving still.

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Nov 18, 2008 10:49AM EST

I'm still at a loss as to why Karen Weaver, who is a much more advanced Polymimetic Alloy Terminator is interested in the older T-888 series. I also suspected that Ellison would bring Cromarties remains to her..... seems I was correct!

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Nov 18, 2008 8:57PM EST

I think others have commented well on your review. I just have one thing to add. I do not think Derek was torturing the young one to prove anything. He did it because he felt that the old Fischer would not want to see his younger self hurt. He alluded to that when he spoke about some people being able to absorb their own pain. It is a torturing device used in lots of TV shows for those who won't break when they themselves are tortured, but threaten or hurt someone they care about, then they give in to stop the other person's pain. I believe that is what Derek was doing and it worked. Old Charlie gave in to save younger Charlie.

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Nov 22, 2008 7:27AM EST

One of the difficulties in making sense of an evolving plotline in this series is the fact that you do not know a) what has happened previously (in terms of other terminators/resistance being sent back BEFORE the current story), b) exactly which actions lead to judgement day, c) how their current actions affect the future, and d) which future people are coming back from. With such a complex and convoluted timeline (lets face it, time travel is confusing at the best of times) almost anything is possible. This is why, for this series, I am personally taking a motto of "watch first, ask questions later". If the writers are doing their jobs well, all will be made clear in the fullness of time.

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