My Dormant Blog Still Gets ~1000 views per Month

I haven’t been active on this blog for years, other than the sporadic post regarding current events or writing about whatever topics are of interest at the time.  Despite being inactive, the frequently searched posts are ones related to the old “Prison Break” TV show, a review of a now-aborted comic storyline where Batman died, and various essays on Asian history and culture.  Even though most of those posts were written several years ago, they are still being searched by people to this day.

Why Does This Dormant Blog Hold Up?

I reckon this is a good question and I sometimes wonder why this blog is still relevant despite being dormant when compared to the period where I had the most content during 2006-2010.  If the “Prison Break” posts mean anything, is it suggests a good number of readers are interested in the show’s long and convoluted storylines given the success of the revival series.  Much of what I wrote about “Prison Break” spans from Seasons 2 to part of Season 3, where I stopped watching after they supposedly killed off Sara Tancredi.

After the show wrapped, there were enough people that still liked the cast and crew from the Prison Break TV show.  Not surprisingly, many of the show’s leads were eventually cast in shows like the CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash”, with Dominic Purcell playing HeatWave while Wentworth Miller plays Captain Cold. With growing interest among the cast and solid home video sales of Prison Break, it was no surprise FOX commissioned a Season 5 revival of the show.

Even though the main character was killed off in the final season of “Prison Break”, they retconned it so that Michael Scofield somehow survived and is stuck in a Yemeni prison.  Because of this, Lincoln Burrows and C-Note have to work together with much of the supporting cast to get him out while dealing with another conspiracy.  I didn’t really have much interest in the revival series and joked with friends that liked the Arrowverse shows that Captain Cold and Heatwave were taking a break to do “Prison Break”.

How Does the Other Content Help?

Other than people’s revived or new interest in the “Prison Break” TV show, there seems to be ongoing interest in Batman being killed off, Asian social issues, and Asian-American issues.  The original post about Batman being killed off was actually about the character’s apparent death in a comic book crossover called “Final Crisis”.  The other posts mostly revolved around social issues or essays about Asian culture.

I am not going to discuss too much about how Batman gets killed off, as the recent DC Comics Nu52 reboot basically made it so all stories before the reboot did not happen (much like how some Japanese claim the Rape of Nanking didn’t happen or enough Turks claim the Armenian Genocide is a lie).  However, the ongoing DC Rebirth retcon of the DC New 52 reboot now claims that some stories happened but not in the way they were originally written and that Alan Moore’s Watchmen had something to do with it.  In any event, the post is still unrelated to ongoing concerns regarding Ben Affleck’s status as Batman in the DCEU movie franchise.

In regards to the posts about social issues, I reckon many people are more conscious of social issues whether they are real like Climate Change or based on whatever Twitter is talking about.  In this special place of social issues topics, many people are increasingly interested in posts about Asian-Americans given the lack of real conversations about issues that affect that community.  On the other end, people are also having a growing interest in history as much of it has an impact on our daily lives.

Final Thoughts

After reviewing the popular blog posts since the blog’s inception, it appears television reviews and opinions of social issues are what keep people visiting.  Even though the traffic gradually declined over the years due partly to inactivity and changes in search engine logic, the blog still gets on average a thousand views per month.  I am sure it really isn’t much in the grand scheme of things but it’s really interesting seeing as people are still interested in content that is years if not decades old.  Thanks for your time and support.

X-Men: First Class Movie Spoilers

From Wikipedia.org:

At a German concentration camp in occupied Poland in 1944, young Erik Lensherr is separated from his parents by Nazi guards. The child’s desperate mind remarkably bends a metal gate until a guard knocks Lensherr unconscious. A scientist, Dr. Schmidt[4] who has observed this through a window calls Lensherr up to see him. Placing a metal coin on a desk, he orders Lensherr to use his magnetism power to move it. When Lensherr cannot, despite his best efforts, Schmidt shoots and kills Lensher’s mother in front of him. In his rage, Lensherr’s out-of-control magnetic power kills the two guards and destroys two rooms, to the scientist’s delight. Around this same time, in a Westchester County, New York mansion, a young Charles Xavier meets a young, shape-shifting girl named Raven, scrounging the food in the kitchen. Overjoyed to meet someone else “different” like him, he invites her to live with his family.

In Switzerland in the movie’s present-day of 1962, Lensherr forces a banker to trace a bar of Nazi gold to the scientist’s address in Argentina. There he finds a tavern patronized by former German soldiers. Lensherr kills the three men after he learns that the scientist has a yacht in Florida. Meanwhile, in England, Oxford University graduate Xavier is publishing his thesis on mutation; his foster sister Raven, a waitress, lives with him. Simultaneously in Las Vegas, Nevada, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert follows U.S. Army Colonel Hendry into the Hellfire Club, where she sees Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, and Azazel. After Shaw threatens Hendry, Azazel disappears with the officer; moments later he is in the War Room, advocating that U.S. install nuclear missiles in Turkey. Shaw later kills him, demonstrating his energy-absorbing mutant power and revealing that he is Schmidt, de-aged.

MacTaggert seeks Xavier’s advice on mutation, and introduces him and Raven to the CIA, where they convince her chief that mutants exist and Shaw is a threat. Xavier tracks him down as Shaw escapes a battle with Lensherr, whom Xavier brings to a secret CIA science facility run by an unnamed agent (called the Man in Black in the movie’s credits). They meet young scientist Hank McCoy, a prehensile-footed mutant whom Xavier inadvertently outs. McCoy and Raven feel a kinship, and McCoy promises her he will find a way to make them look “normal.” Xavier then uses a computerized mutant-locating device, Cerebro, to find and recruit mutants for training to stop Shaw. They find Angel Salvadore at a strip club; Armando Muñoz, who will take the code name Darwin, driving a taxi; Alex Summers, who will call himself Havok, confined at an Army base; and Sean Cassidy, who dubs himself Banshee, at an aquarium. Raven takes the name Mystique. Xavier and Lensherr also attempt to recruit Wolverine, who rejects them.

Shaw plans to meet with a Russian general, but instead sends Frost, whom Xavier and Lensherr capture. Meanwhile, Azazel, Riptide and Shaw attack the CIA facility, killing everyone but the young mutants and offering them the chance to join him. Angel accepts. Darwin tries to rescue her as the others attack in vain, and Shaw kills him. With the facility destroyed, Xavier take Lensherr and the youngsters to his family mansion, where they train. McCoy devises protective uniforms and a stealth jet. Xavier helps Lensherr unlock his potential.

President John F. Kennedy institutes a blockade to stop a Russian ship from moving nuclear missiles to Cuba in the real-life Cuban Missile Crisis. Shaw travels with the Russian fleet to ensure that the missiles arrive, knowing it could trigger World War III, after which mutants will rule. The night before Xavier and the others go to the blockade line to stop Shaw, who will undoubtedly be there, McCoy offers Raven his cure for her appearance. After having spoken with Lensherr about mutant pride, she refuses. McCoy, in his lab, injects the cure, which backfires and renders him a hairy, leonine beast. Regardless, he pilots the mutants and MacTaggert to the blockade line. Shaw, in a submarine wears a custom made helmet to block Xavier’s telepathy — which Xavier uses to have a Russian ship destroy the missile freighter. After Banshee locates Shaw, Lensherr pulls Shaw’s submarine from the water, but an attack from Riptide forces the jet and submarine to crash.

While the other mutants fight, Lensherr finds Shaw in a psychic blackspot within the sub’s wreckage of his submarine. He removes Shaw’s helmet, allowing Xavier to take control of Shaw. Lensherr puts on the helmet, then kills Shaw by forcing the concentration-camp coin through his brain.

The two fleets fire their missiles at the mutants, but Lensherr turns the missiles back onto them. In an ensuing fight, Xavier distracts Lensherr and neutralizes the missile threat. MacTaggert fires at Lensherr, who deflects the bullets; one accidentally hits Xavier in the spine, paralyzing him. Lensherr, remorseful, leaves with Mystique, Angel, Riptide and Azazel. Later, a wheelchair-bound Xavier and the mutants return to the mansion, where he will open a school. Xavier wipes MacTaggert’s memory of recent events. Lensherr breaks Frost from confinement, and in his new uniform tells her to call him Magneto.

Caprica, Season 1, Episode 14 – “BLOWBACK”

So Caprica was cancelled as of last week by the Syfy network, but the show lives on in Canada’s SPACE network.  From the previous episode, Lacey is forced to join the STO training alongside other kids who either joined voluntarily or were forced by their STO-loving parents.  The kids all board a freighter and set off to Gemenon before being boarded by a bunch of anti-monotheistic Polytheists.

They proceed to start killing the kids until their demands are met or when all the hostages abandon their fates.  In the crisis, the ginger kid is killed despite begging for his life and a scared girl who accepts her fate without dropping her beliefs.  Only one kid decides to sell out for some food and peace of  mind.  While this is occurring, Lacey and her new friend try  to loosen a pipe and check the guards for an opening to fight back.  When Lacey is taken as the next victim, she gives her friend the signal and he and a few others fight back.  As she is letting the polytheists have it, her handler tells her that this is all staged and it is basically a test on how STO “fighters” endure stress.  They then go back to their way to STO headquarters in Gemenon.

At the orientation party, the kids who passed the test celebrate and are told that this is the start of hard work and dedication.  Outside the party Lacey’s friend notices that all the kids who failed the staged hostage crisis, were being executed by the Cylon U-87 prototypes that were smuggled to the STO by the Halatha.  The kids who were killed were the ginger kid who begged for his life, the kid who sold out for food and four other kids who did nothing the entire time.

In other parts of the story, the viewers learn that the STO has a high-ranking mole in the GDD, who turns out to be that GDD agent’s boss.  The agent is suspicious when he learns that a high-ranking agent had entered and removed evidence (Zoe’s STO pin) relation to his Graystone investigation.  Also,  the agent had been asked by his boss to reveal the name of his confidential informant within the STO or future resources will be withheld.  The agent decides to frame, Clarice’s co-wife, Marbeth, as her informant to figure out if his boss is really working for the STO. As it turns out the boss leaks the info to Clarice who then kills Marbeth and removes all ID of her by cutting off her head, hands and feet.  This bluff helps the agent give Amanda the resources and leeway to continue spying on Clarice.

While this is happening the GDD boss was able to drop the pin off to Clarice, who later begins extracting the data for her resurrection program.

After reprimanding Sam for trying to supply weapons to Taurons, the Guatrau winds up arming the STO with prototype Cylons without Daniel’s knowledge.  Daniel tries to reason with the Gautrau who agrees to stop shipments to the STO if he can develop his resurrection program in 2 weeks.  After this talk the Guatrau orders Sam to kill Daniel once his work is done.

So in this episode we learn that the Cylons learned about God through their use by the STO, who may have programmed them with religion, contrary to what was revealed in the Battlestar Galactica series along with the crude form of AI and resurrection.  In any event, “Caprica” will need to tie up all loose ends with some TV movies as a way to truly end the show and lead in to the new Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Crome prequel series that talks about the original Human-Cylon war.

The New Batman

The new Batman is Nightwing (Dick Grayson) while the new Robin is Damien Wayne.  Tim Drake is now the Red Robin while Jason Todd is written out of the Bat-storylines for now.

Below is a screenshot of the second Batman:

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Dick Grayson is the second Batman!  What a predictable change!

Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 13, “Sometimes a Great Notion”

The human remains found on earth are actually cylons who fought against robotic centurions (earth variant) and perished in a nuclear holocaust 2000 years before BSG takes place. The Final Five are actually the “Earth Cylons” who lived in the planet before dying and reincarnating 2000 years later in the Colonies.

Kara finds her crashed Viper and her corpse somewhere on Earth but she is not the Final Cylon. Ellen Tigh is the Fifth and Final Cylon but she died back in New Caprica.

Duella commits suicide after loosing all hope upon finding Earth. Roslin loses her faith while the rest of the fleet also lost hope.

Batman is Dead in Final Crisis #6

I was going to write about how the Dow Jones took a huge beating in light of low retail sales and the looming panic over Q4 earnings for the blue chips. I even considered talking about how Geithner is a shady character for owing around $34,000 in back taxes to the IRS or how he likes to hire (exploit) undocumented immigrants as nannies. I even thought about talking about how Citigroup proved that American financial institutions are incapable of being financial supermarkets like their counterparts outside of America. But not today. Instead I am going to write about the death of Bruce Wayne, a popular character also known as Batman.

Batman (Bruce Wayne) finally meets his end facing a supervillain called Darkseid, who is a being known as a “New God” in the comic book world. Earlier in the year, there were headlines from the corporate media about Batman meeting his death in a controversial storyline called “Batman RIP” where he supposedly endures a series of psychological attacks from a villain purporting to be his father. This storyline generated controversy by forcing readers to question Batman’s origins and his sanity and ended with Batman attacking his “father” before disappearing.

A follow-up storyline to “Batman RIP” tied into the mini-series where Batman meets his final fate. In this story, we learn that Batman did survive the events of Batman RIP and is currently imprisoned by Darkseid’s minions who are attempting to extract Batman’s mind to clone an army of soldiers who think and act like him. Bruce manages to break out of the trap and goes to put an end to Darkseid’s plans.

Still psychologically scarred from his encounters in “Batman RIP” and from Darkseid’s torture, Batman confronts the villain and threatens to shoot Darkseid with a bullet that can kill New Gods:

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He manages to wound Darkseid but is hit by Darkseid’s Omega Beams, which are known to instantly kill anyone on contact. It would seem odd to see Batman threatening to kill someone with a gun given his tragic origin, but the events in Batman RIP forced him to question his background, his sanity, and his motivations.

In that storyline, the villain claims to be Thomas Wayne, Batman’s father, who had hired Joe Chill to kill his entire family so he can start his life over again as Simon Hurt. Most of all, he had planed hypnotic suggestions in Batman to make him mentally shutdown and quit crimefighting. Unfortunately, Batman was unable to investigate any of Hurt’s allegations as he was captured by Darkseid.

If no one believes that Batman was killed in Final Crisis #6, here is the final page of the comic that just came out this Wednesday:

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Batman is killed by Darkseid’s Omega Beams; not even Superman can save him. Batman RIP.  It looks like Dick Grayson, the original Robin, will take over as Bruce Wayne has met his end.

The writer responsible for both the controversial storylines “Batman RIP” and “Final Crisis” is Scotsman Grant Morrison. His official website is http://www.grantmorrison.com/. Let him know what you think!

Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 1

The first episode of the final season of Battlestar Galactica picks up exactly where season 3 ended.   It turns out that Kara Thrace is real and Lee was not imagining her.  While at the bridge Tigh starts imagining himself killing Adama when given orders but realises that he has been zoning out.  The other final four are still fearful of having sleeper programming like Boomer did in the early seasons.

At the hangar, Sam continues to doubt himself until Galen reminds him that they have chosen to be loyal to the human cause.  That being said, Sam sorties with the rest of the VIPERs and begins battling the Cylons.  During the battle one of the Cylon raiders kamikazes into a civilian cruiser, killing 600 humans.

In the battle one of the raiders manages to scan Sam, which prompts the entire Cylon fleet to withdraw from combat.  Once Kara returns to the Galactica, she is greeted warmly by Sam and Lee but is viewed with suspicion by Roslin and Adama, who suspect she may be a Cylon ruse.

Upon her return to the battlestar, Kara is oblivious that she has been “dead” for nearly 2 months and that her VIPER was shown to be destroyed on video.  She keeps making claims that she has seen Earth, the “yellow star (sun)” while crossing through a “gas giant with rings (Saturn)” before returning to the heat of combat.  Most of the crew are skeptical and doubt Kara’s claims.  Also, Thrace is shown to have major headaches everytime the fleet jumps because she claims that they are going the wrong way and only she can feel the right path to Earth.

Meanwhile Baltar has been whisked away by his followers who we learn are part of a cult based on Baltar’s teaching.  Some parallels are made between Baltar and Jesus with his rantings about a “One true God” and his prayers for God to spare a sick child’s life for his own.  It seems like Baltar has attracted a cult of young free spirits who are drawn to his ideas of monotheism without realising it is based on Cylon influences.

Baltar is later attacked in the bathroom by two men who still harbour grudges over his rule in New Caprica.

Roslin visits an imprisoned Number Six to ask her about the Final Five.  Number Six tells the President that she can feel their presence within Galactica.  This implies that Kara is the 5th Cylon as Number Six never had this feeling until her return.

While examining Kara’s VIPER, Galen finds that the fighter is brand new and that there is no data of any sort on the ship’s computers.  This implies that it could be a Cylon ruse reinforced by the fact that there is video of Kara’s original VIPER exploding and Lee as the witness.

The other final Four Cylons are discussing their nature in private.   Sam and Galen bring up the potential problem of Cylon programming kicking in just like what happened with Boomer.  Tigh vows to not harm Adama and makes it a point by leaving the discussion without his sidearm.

Kara and Sam visit Kara’s memorial in the ship.  Sam tells her that he still loves her regardless of what she is while Kara says she would kill Sam if he really was a Cylon.  While they are talking, the fleet makes another jump and Kara gets another headache.  She then decides that she must speak with Roslin and even knocks out her guards and Sam to get to the President’s quarters.

The episode ends with Kara cocking and pointing a gun at the President.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Episode 8 & 9

The WGA strike really took its toll on this show as it ends in a cliffhanger and with unresolved questions. Most of episode 8 centered on decoding the T-888 chip that Cameron kept from an earlier episode and Cromatie’s attempts to find John through the school system.

The hacked T-888 chip reveals that the terminator known as Vick was sent back in time to monitor a Barbara Chamberlain to develop the ARTIE, which would have been an automated system that monitored traffic in Los Angeles. Vick was revealed to have married Barbara and actively encouraged her to develop the programme while secretly removing opposition such as a Jennifer Peck.

They learn that ARTIE would be the nerve centre for Skynet should it ever come into contact with that programme. With this in mind, Sarah decides to have John create a virus that would be uploaded to ARTIE, which was stored in City Hall. Derek and Sarah manage to break into the building and upload the virus, but it fails and they are almost caught by the police.

While John continues to scour Vick’s CPU for memories, the CPU manages to reactivate and almost takes over his computer. However, they manage to stop it before it sends out a signal to other terminators alerting them of John Connor.

Cameron later suggests they use her CPU and hack into the city network so she can go in and disable the system from within. John extracts the CPU from Cameron’s head and gets her CPU to successfully hack the system.

We later learn that Vick had killed Barbara after he had gotten her to successfully finish the ARTIE programme. Cromartie searches every school district for John but Cameron uses Norris to pose as John to throw him off. Sarah then makes a call to buy the Turk.

Episode 9 opens with a flashback of Derek and Kyle Reese playing baseball on 2011 just before Judgment Day starts. In the present, Agent Ellison pays a visit to Charley Dixon asking him about Sarah Connor. He tells him that he seems to believe in her claims but Charley tells him that an agent by the name of Kester has already stopped by asking the same things. Charley later visits Sarah about Ellison and is told to get away from her to save himself.

Sarah and Cameron go to a local internet cafe to look for a Sarkisian, who then offers to meet them in the cafe. In a nearby computer, he offers to sell the Turk for $500,000 and demands they meet him near a park by an ATM. Meanwhile a British man and his goon stop by Carlos’s house to ask them about Sarah Connor and Enrique and kill Carlos’s friends when he refuses. It is implied that they extract the information before killing Carlos. After returning from the park, Sarah and Derek find the British henchman at their home and raises the price to $20,000,000 and demands the money in 24 hours. He also mentions that one of his goons is following John in his field trip to the museum.

Agent Ellison goes to investigate Kester and learns that he is in the FBI database with a resemblance to George Laslow. Meanwhile, Cromartie as Kester is looking for files on Sarah Connor at the same FBI office. Using these strange pieces of information, Agent Ellison manages to convince his superior that Kester is the same person who killed two people in less than 36 hours, had plastic surgery to resemble Laslow, killed Laslow and later got himself into the FBI database. With this in mind, Ellison is able to assemble an FBI tactical team to go after Cromartie. Charley Dixon later hears about the raid from his radio and tries to get there before its too late.

The raid goes horribly wrong with most of the FBI agents except for Ellison being killed and with Cromartie suffering minor damage. Charley arrives just in time to evade Cromartie before finding Ellison and surveying the damage.

While at the museum, John seems upset that no one notices his birthday while talking to Cameron. At the museum, Cameron notices a man following John but is stopped by her teacher from pursuing him. She later manages to kill the goon and stuff him in his Mercedes CLS after the field trip ended and brings the car back to their safehouse. At the safehouse, they examine the corpse and Sarah has Cameron impersonate the dead goon when the British man calls them. He agrees to meet him back at the hideout, but the group has no idea where it is until Carlos’s girlfriend shows up and gives them the location.

It turns out the hideout was the backroom of the Internet cafe and they go after the British man. Cameron, Derek and Sarah pursue the man while John tries looking for anything related to the Turk, but finds the man’s daughter. The British guy later takes John hostage with Sarah in a standoff, but Derek brings in the little girl as a hostage. While comforting the girl, Derek shoots the British guy in the head and we later learn that the father is actually the clerk in the Internet cafe. After taking the dead man’s hard drive, they return to the safehouse.

For John’s birthday, Derek takes John out for some ice cream to have him watch his younger self and Kyle play baseball on a sunny day in a park. There John meets a younger version of his father and Derek reveals that he knew John was his nephew because he had Kyle’s eyes and because Kyle was interested in women like Sarah. After the trip to the park, John hacks the hard drives to learn that there was another buyer for the Turk before Sarah and the British man they killed was not Sarkisian. It turns out that the clerk in the Internet cafe was the Sarkisian and he planted a car bomb in Sarah’s car, which blew up when Cameron started it.

The episode ends with Cameron being blown up, the Turk still at large, and Ellison surviving Cromartie. It was unfortunate that the WGA strike went as long as it did which meant that the full 13 episodes were never produced. This cliffhanger ending could suggest that Cameron does survive the attack to come back in endoskeleton form in episode 10 to find and interrogate Sarkisian and the heroes wind up dealing with a batch of seedy underworld types just to find the Turk with Cromartie after them.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Episode 7

The episode starts with Cameron dressed as a police officer breaking into a local power plant to trigger a citywide blackout. She then drives to the police station to search for the severed T-888 hand but notices that Agent Ellison has taken it for examination as Sarah visits Andy’s grave. Using this information, Sarah calls the local FBI office to get clarification of the missing evidence, which Ellison later denies taking, and orders Cameron to track down Dimitry, who had the Turk.

Cameron enrolls in a ballet class to get close to Dimitry’s sister in the hopes of getting information from her. She notices that Dimitry’s sister is in trouble with the Russian mafia because of her brother and Cameron offers to help him if Dimitry gives her information about the Turk.

In his home, Agent Ellison pours over past videos of Sarah Connor’s time in Pescadero as seen in “Terminator 2” and starts to suspect that Sarah may be sane after looking at the severed hand. He makes a visit to Pescadero to examine Sarah Connor’s cell and then goes to contact Dr. Silberman since he is the only one who is still around in the area. Meanwhile, Sarah breaks into Ellison’s home to find the hand but instead steals one of her videos taken during her time at the mental asylum.

Sarah comes home with a stolen tape and asks John to find Silberman’s latest address. John secretly steals the tape and gets very upset over it because it was the tape that shows Sarah signing custody of John away to his foster parents. Sarah later learns about John viewing the tape and asks Derek to talk to John when he is back. Later John tells Derek that he grew up in a bad environment after Sarah was taken away and that he was almost adopted by his foster parents until he got them killed in “Terminator 2”. Derek assures John that people sometimes make bad decisions when they are heavily isolated.

Agent Ellison decides to pay Silberman a visit to learn more about Sarah Connor. While having a chat about what Silberman saw in “Terminator 2,” Ellison realises he is becoming drowsy after drinking Silberman’s tea. He later wakes up to find himself tied up with Silberman accusing him of being a terminator despite Ellison’s claims that he is an FBI agent and with reminders that assaulting him will result in life in Federal prison. The doctor ignores Ellison’s pleas and stabs him in the leg to see if he has any metal parts on him. After realising he made a mistake, Silberman apologises and Ellison tries to get on his good side by telling him about the severed hand stored in his car.

Silberman goes to examine Ellison’s car and sees the T-888’s severed hand and decides to burn his house with Ellison in it. Apparently, Silberman believes that Sarah Connor’s stories and the Book of Revelation are one and the same and he has gone insane after seeing the T-1000 walk through guard rails as seen in “Terminator 2”. While on his way out, the doctor bumps into Sarah Connor who knocks him out, retrieves the hand and saves Ellison from the fire. Later Ellison interrogates Silberman in the rain about the hand but Silberman claims that it was Sarah who took it back.

Meanwhile, Dimitry’s sister brings Cameron to a motel where his brother is hiding. Cameron offers to give him a diamond if he tells her what he did with the Turk and Dimitry tells her that he rigged the chess tournament to pay off some debts. He also adds that he had sold the Turk to someone for $20,000 and hands her the contact’s business card. Afterwards, Cameron walks away from the room just as loan sharks come in to kill Dimitry and his sister.

Sarah eventually talks to John about the tape. She tells him the tape was made the day she made her attempted breakout shown on “Terminator 2” which was the same time he and the T-800 came to get her. She adds that she made a snap decision to breakout after signing the papers because she could not bring herself to losing John.

The episode ends with Ellison committing Silberman to Pescadero, Silberman in a Bible study while having visions of Sarah saving him, Cameron learning more ballet, and Derek being amused at Cameron’s attempts to pass as a human.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Episode 6

Charley manages to save Derek’s life as he flashes back to the final moments of the Future War while recovering. In his flashbacks, we learn that John Connor has sent Derek and Kyle out on a diversionary mission to get them out of danger from their local base, which was going to be attacked by the machines. Kyle manages to evade the machines, but Derek and his team are captured by the terminators and brought to a safehouse to be tortured for information. Eventually the machines leave their safehouse once someone gave out the location of their base.

During his captivity, one of the resistance fighters confides to him that his name is not William Wisher and that he is the one who created Skynet. It turns out that this person is the same Andy Sarah Connor considered killing in the present. Derek keeps slipping in and out of consciousness in the present, but is given a blood transfusion by John to stabilise his condition. Charley starts suspecting that Derek may be John’s father until Sarah assures him that it is someone else.

Derek and his team return to find almost everyone killed, and a burnt picture of Sarah Connor. It is implied that the battle was basically Kyle Reese’s flashback from the first “Terminator” movie where Sarah’s picture gets burned during the battle. Later, they are met by another tech com regiment who brings them to another base. During the process, he is informed that John Connor and Kyle went with a team to destroy a research facility and Kyle became MIA in the process. It is again suggested that John had sent Kyle back in time as shown in the first terminator movie. Once he arrives at the new base, Derek panics when he sees Cameron until he is reassured that it is a reprogrammed terminator, which is a project John initiated to change the tide of war.

Derek also remembers a reprogrammed terminator going rogue and killing several soldiers before it was stopped by Cameron. Finally, he is summoned by John Connor to go back in time with a team and await further instructions. It becomes clear that Derek has intentions of creating a safehouse and killing Andy once he finds him.

In the present, Charley is shown the remains of the deactivated terminator from the last episode and he is clearly frightened but now understand why Sarah and John left him. Cameron then prepares to destroy all traces of the terminator by first extracting the flesh before incinerating the endoskeleton with thermite. Sarah then orders Cameron to find the missing arm from the last battle and to destroy all pieces of the T-888, but Cameron secretly keeps a piece of the T-888’s CPU for some reason.

After stabilising Derek’s condition, Charley bids Sarah farewell but not before informing her that an FBI agent had visited him asking about her. Derek regains consciousness in the present and John informs him that Kyle was sent back to the past to protect him. He also tells him he died a hero. The episode ends by revealing that Derek is in fact the one who killed Andy with previews showing Agent Ellison showing the T-888’s severed hand to a scientist, Sarah finding a tape, and Cameron acting strange.