Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles 2×06 The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short is a weak episode at a time when the show needs a strong episode, worse yet it’s a weak episode that manages to collect most of the things wrong with Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles and pile them all up in one big bunch. From Connor’s moodiness, to a disposable Terminator of the week, to another pointless relationship, to treating time travel as something casual to more kid centered episodes, The Tower is Tall but The Fall is Short manages to get just about everything wrong.
Just about. Shirley Manson has improved well enough to turn in a quietly creepy performance as the T-1000 who is forced to play an inhuman mommy to a little girl who knows it isn’t her real mother. Shirley Manson isn’t quite good enough to sell it perfectly, but she does quite well. Unfortunately that seems to be an excuse to drag the Connor family, such as it is, to the shrink’s table. This shrink is a VA vet who is supposed to be amazingly insightful and yet when faced with a terrified little girl never once seems to suggest the idea of abuse. Finally he’s a target for Skynet and yet seems to be providing therapy to Skynet to make it more well adjusted. Apparently the idea is the doctor is trying to treat whatever made Skynet turn afraid and vicious making him a target for Skynet, it’s a somewhat interesting but ultimately too touchy feely idea in an episode filled with touchy feely ideas.
Meanwhile John, Derek and even Cameron have gotten on the therapy express pushing Sarah to do the shrink thing. Now this is a dark show set within a very dark universe, a universe of tough minded people who don’t spend their time in therapy, and it’s insulting that Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles 2×06 The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short suddenly begins treating them as if they were characters on Ally McBeal. The final revelation that John killed a man for the first time and is all shook up over it is weak when you consider that John has spent his entire life on the run and in deadly battles. Yes he maybe didn’t kill anyone but in Terminator 2 he saw massive carnage and now he’s borderline suicidal because he had to kill an Armenian gangster who was attacking his mother? I don’t buy it and I doubt many viewers do.