Review: Sarah Connor Chronicles - 'Automatic for the People'

So, John Connor has a girlfriend. I'm curious to find out what loyal viewers had to make of the uber cheery Riley (Levin Rambin). I can hear the theories now: She's liquid Shirley Manson in disguise! She's an unknown fembot like Cameron! She's John's time-traveling future daughter nursing the ultimate Electra complex! Or maybe she's just a girl.


Not likely. If she was "just a girl," John wouldn't have given her the Connor's super secret cell-phone ID code. I'm sure that will come back to bite him. Either way, I'm intrigued. Read more

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Sep 16, 2008 5:04PM EDT

Anybody else surprised by how liberally this episode "borrowed" from the movie Silkwood? Also, the part where the characters have to read from scripts to catch up viewers on the plot line is a bit embarrassing. Exchange at the school between John Connor and his girlfriend is some of the worst acting I've seen in a while.

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Sep 16, 2008 7:51PM EDT

I like the idea of a "cheery" girlfriend for john to contrast his doom and gloom outlook. I think that this could make for some interesting scenes in season 2 if they do it just right. So far this season has been done better than the first (though my point of view may be skewed by the phenomenal season premier) so they could be capable of making this story work well. Then again they could ruin the entire show with it. Hopefully not.

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Sep 17, 2008 11:59PM EDT

GirlFriend? I'm 90% sure Riley is Johns sister. She called Sarah mom in that Ironic way. She slept on johns floor not in the bed. she seems to have no home. When asked about her parents she never answered. What do you think?

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Sep 20, 2008 5:33PM EDT

my question is where did the high school blond chick form last season? the one which had a big mystery about her and a weird dad, they took ages to introduce her and everything and then sbam season 2 they move out and we meet riley.. its a bit weak, kinda like they changed their mind at the last minute..

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Sep 22, 2008 8:44PM EDT

I like Riley! She's for sure good for John. He needs someone that's not connected to all the drama, etc. in his life. I agree that they need to bring that other girl back, the mysterious one, but Riley is such a breath of fresh air that I hope she stays for a while! As far as clues to who she really is, I don't think she really said or did anything out of the ordinary. John called her mom and never really introduced them. She's got a quick wit and I think she was just trying to break the ice because there was clearly tension there. And she said she's an early riser, not that she necessarily slept on the floor. John was the one that assumed she did. I can't wait to see how they turn out!

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Oct 21, 2008 8:50PM EDT

I don't really like Riley. I think John should be with Cameron even though she is a robot. I cried at esp.1 when Cameron said i love you to John and John completely froze up. It was so sweet. I hope though out the other esps for seasons 2 i hope they can be together and Riley goes away or John move to another school.

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