“Midnight is the Witching Hour.”
–Sarah Connor

And this week, the review is quite late. However, with midweek review-light, I’m thinking this might be a good place to post Terminator for the next while.

Title: “Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep”

Cast and Crew

Director: Scott Lautanem
Writers: Denise Thé, Natalie Chaidez

Lena Heady as Sarah Connor
Thomas Dekker as John Connor
Summer Glau as Cameron Philips
Ned Bellamy as Ed Winton
Julie Ann Emery as Nurse Hobson
Michelle Arthur as Dana
Sashen Naicker as Night Tech
Manny Montana as Hector

Synopsis

Sarah finds herself in a sleep clinic to deal with the consequences of her high-stress lifestyle. But midnight is the witching hour, and things are not what they seem.

High Point

Sarah interacts with the first man she killed. It’s a fascinating situation. Overall, this episode works well as a dark exploration of characters.

My second “Low Point” is actually a “High Point,” but it is a spoiler.

Low Point

I initially enjoyed Sarah’s voice-over. It went too far over the top in the conclusion, detracting from an already memorable conclusion.

I had several other potential low points– but I correctly figured before the final reveal that they were clues.

The Scores

Originality: 4/6. Every genre show, apparently, must have an episode with this basic twist. It has been presented well, however.

Effects: 5/6.

Story: 4/6. We have a good story here, presented in a somewhat fragmented form.

As much as I enjoyed seeing human characters fend for themselves, I’d like to see a little more of Cam.

Acting: 5/6. This episode features some impressive central performances.

Production: 5/6. This episode has terribly creepy mise en scène. Those with medical phobias will want to look away.

Emotional response: 5/6. The story features some suspenseful and emotional moments. The particular game this episode plays can only work so long, however.

Overall: 5/6.

“Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep” receives 33/42.

Lingering Question

1. The clash of realities creates some interesting conundrums. Why, in Sarah’s imagination, does Cameron wander around the house in her underwear?

2. Is Sarah’s needling of her captor a reference to a certain very well-known, notorious comic-book panel, or a coincidentally-similar image?

3. Speaking of toon-ful references, did anyone else see that coyote and expect to hear Johnny Cash’s voice?