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(Un)BREAKING NEWS: Ok, so maybe T2.5 isn't cancelled after all...but it probably will be; Dollhouse too.

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Last week I reported that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (AKA the far punchier "T2.5") was dead, gone, cancelled, toast. Turns out that it's only *probably* dead according to Brian Austin Green, AKA "Unky Reese." The gist of his interview here http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=20811 is some speculation about where the story would go in the third season, and a confirmation of the fact that the show is assuming there are *multiple* possible futures that all co-exist with each other.

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BREAKING NEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is cancelled.

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Well, it's officially un-official: T2.5 is dead. Not that this is a surprise, we've kind of known this was coming for four months now, but it is sad just the same. Weirder still, even though the network has not made any official announcements about the cancellation of the show, it's actually been dead for weeks or months.

The clues were all there:

* Brian Austin Green did a pilot for a new series recently (Though since they killed off his character a couple weeks back, I'd hoped he was simply leaving the cast)

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Born To run” (Season 2, Episode 22 - Season Finale)

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…And so it all comes down to this: The Season finale, and very likely the series finale as well. We start off where we left off last week, with Sarah in Jail, and John and Cameron on the lam. Shirley Manson from Garbage tells the bald dude to move John Henry, but he points out that they can’t - JH has progressed to such a level that there’s no longer a clear distinction between machine and software. Much like a human brain, you can’t point to a specific location and say “That’s my soul,” rather who and what we are permeates our ‘hardware’ holographically. That’s the point JH has gotten to.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Adam Raised a Cain” (Season 2, Episode 21)

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Last week, as you’ll recall, John was lost and Sarah couldn’t find him. This week that cliffhanger is entirely undercut and sidestepped when John calls the other members of Team Connor and tells them to meet at his dad’s unmarked pauper’s grave. He shows them a picture of Savannah he found on one of the dead bodies, and recognizes her as someone he saw at a doctor’s office in one of the many episodes I missed from the first half of the season. Rather than the normal dominance games and pissing contests between John and his mom, he just says “We all know we’re going, so let’s just do it.”

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “To the Lighthouse” (Season 2, Episode 20)

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The series - and possibly the season - enters its endgame phase. Team Connor abandon their very nice rental home and head for a new safehouse location. Sarah splits them up in to two groups - her and John, and Reese and Cameron, neither of whom she trusts anymore.

Meanwhile, John Henry goes all bat-guano and starts hurting Savannah, the daughter of Shirley Manson from Garbage. One of the techs is on hand to shut him down, though.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter, Part 2” (Season 2, Episode 19)

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You know, there’s a lot of similarities between this Terminator show and the very-recently-concluded Battlestar Galactica. I‘m not saying they‘re the same basic story only in different venues, but there are a lot of more-than-casual coincidences:

* Both revolve around humanity creating sentient machines that then try to kill us
* Both revolve around machines that look and act just like humans
* Both involve a near-total genocide of the human race that a brave remnant fights to survive.
* Both involve hot chicks as the machines

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TV REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: "Today is the Day, Part 1" (Season 2, Episode 18)

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Sorry for the delay in getting this review up. Real life intruded last night, and by the time I got done typing up my less-than-inspired review for the less-than-inspired dollhouse, I was just too tired to do anything else. Anyway, just watched the episode on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/watch/62359/terminator-the-sarah-connor-chronicles-t... if you ain't seen it yet) and here we go:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: "Ourselves Alone" (Season 2, Episode 17)

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I gotta' tell you, these friday nights are wearing me down. Three shows bing-bing-bing is borderline too much, borderline over-stimulation. Then writing up the post-game show is kind of time consuming and grueling. I mean, I can do it, it's not like having a real job, but it's a lot to hold a play by play of all three of these shows in my feeble brain for the five hours or so it takes to watch 'em and write 'em up. If my writing is suffering as a result, I apologize. It'll get 30% easier in just a couple more weeks.

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TV REVIEW: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: "Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep" (Season 2, Episode 16)

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Welcome to the the Fox Friday Night Death Slot where they dump all their soon-to-be-cancelled shows. Tonights feature: Terminator 2.5 (Cuz, y'see, it takes place in between the 2nd and 3rd movies, on an awkward tangent timeline)

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TV REVIEW: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: "Desert Cantos" (Season 2, Episode 15)

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Welcome to part one of the Friday Night SF Triple Feature!

Last week, as you'll recall, the lead singer for Garbage blew up a mysterious factory out in the desert while a whole bunch of other stuff went on involving Sarah, John, John's girlfriend Riley, and The Terminator Previously Known As Cromarti (And currently known as "John Henry.") Much of that stuff I didn't understand as I hadn't watched the show for 10 episodes or so, but fortunately most of it was completely irrelevant to this week's episode.

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