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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season Finale Preview

In an interview with a bunch of us Sarah Connor Chronicles Web-bloggers last week, show creator Josh Friedman admitted a number of things that have serious repercussions going forward–that is, if there’s any forward to go to. Unfortunately, despite the Web rumors to the contrary, no one–not even Friedman–knows if SCC is back for another season.

So here’s what we do know:

Friedman admitted the show’s budget is low–about what the network spends on a drama. Seems to me that a series designed as geek porn shouldn’t chintz on special effects, but (at least) I can now blame network executives for those cheesy Land of the Lost-esque spaceships we suffered a few weeks back.

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We also learned that next week’s two-hour special season finale isn’t all that final. Technically, it’s just episode eight and nine sandwiched together into a make-believe wrap up. It so happens (“dumb luck” according to Friedman) that show nine ends with a decent cliffhanger, because show nine was as far as the writers got before heading off to join the picket lines.

The cliffhanger remains shrouded in mystery. They’ve been hinting that the “does the machine have a soul?” argument is going to get resolved, but I’m not buying it yet.

In the preview teaser Sarah shouts “it’s a machine, it doesn’t have a soul”–which seems a solid vote for no–but it’s followed by a scene where John catches Cameron doing something that makes her ask “Do I have to kill you now?”

Since a show about the savior of all mankind can’t kill off that savior in what was once the middle of the first season, the answer must be no–which means Cameron is doing good and not evil.

My guess is Future John (working out of those secret Topanga Canyon labs we heard about) programmed Cameron to return to the past and build some kind of supercharged Terminator to help out the Connors.

This would explain the stolen bar of Cobalt and the salvaged T-888 brain chip. It would also give our main characters something more to do than just try and kill off computer programmers.

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Plus, if Lost can go three seasons without explaining the black smoke monster, it would be downright stupid for SCC to give up on their core theme after only nine episodes.

This is geek porn, after all.

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