The season– and possibly, the series– draws to a dramatic close.

Title: “Adam Raised a Cain”

Cast and Crew

Written by Josh Friedman and Toni Graphia
Directed by Charles Beeson

Lena Heady as Sarah Connor
Thomas Dekker as John Connor
Summer Glau as Cameron Philips
Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese
Garret Dillahunt as John Henry
Shirley Manson as Catherine Weaver
Richard T. Jones as James Ellison
Mackenzie Brooke Smith as Savannah
Jeffrey Pierce as T-888 Water Delivery Service

Synopsis

An image John Connor recovered at the lighthouse leads him to Savannah, more life-threatening circumstances, and the discovery of John Henry’s existence.

High Points

The beginning and the ending. The scenes in Weaver’s house, with the T888 stalking Savannah and John Henry offering help, were well- crafted and suspenseful.

The friendship between Savannah and John Henry is both bizarre and touching, and the actors and writers have handled it intelligently.

Low Point

Given the number of police who surround Sarah Connor, you’d think some suspicion would fall on those who were obviously with her. The next episode may prove me wrong, but it really looks as though the police ignored everyone in her general vicinity, even where a connection would have been suspected.

The Scores

Originality: 4/6. This episode suggest some new directions for the series. Of course, the series may not have the opportunity to take advantage of them.

Effects: 5/6. The effects were, once again, simple but effective.

Story: 6/6. The story features a suspenseful beginning and a strong, somewhat unexpected conclusion.

Acting: 5/6. The episode features some strong performances, including several shadings of robo-autism.

John Connor continues to develop into a plausible leader. I still don’t entirely believe in Shirley Manson’s Catherine Weaver, however.

Production: 5/6. Is it just me, or did the fixed security cameras in Weaver’s house move?

Emotional response: 5/6. I’ve been enjoying the recent episodes, and the characters have been credibly portrayed. As much as I like this, and as much praise as I’ve lavished (a few years ago) on Charlie Jade and (more recently) Battlestar Galactica, y’know what I think genre tv needs again, at least in one show? Something original Trek and Firefly gave us: characters who play like they’d be fun to hang with.

Overall: 5/6.

“Adam Raised a Cain” receives 35/42.

Additional Comments

1. The episode clearly references the story of Cain and Abel. The specific title comes, however, via a Springsteen song, and next week’s is called “Born to Run.”

2. Just a thought:

I haven’t watched every episode of this show, so I may have missed a time the show addressed this next point. Given how notorious a fugitive Sarah Connor appears to be in the show’s world, wouldn’t her particular conspiracy theory be widely circulated on the web and among cranks? And if it were, wouldn’t some public suspicion fall on certain companies, and possibly crop up more frequently in episodes?