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Episode 2.14: The Good Wound

Posted in TSCC Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by severus

tscc_goodwound2The Sarah Connor Chronicles returned from its mid-season hiatus showing no signs of sluggishness. The Good Wound, which kicks off the final nine episodes of season two, is a return to the serialized storytelling format used in season one. The episode picks up where Earthlings Welcome Here left off.  Sarah awakens in a hospital bed with a bullet in her thigh lodged dangerously close to the femoral artery, and with a Muir County sheriff deputy standing guard outside her door. She is in such excruciating pain, she hallucinates that Kyle Reese, her son’s father, is by her side to guide her through the critical moments to follow. Sarah is nothing if not steely under pressure. She escapes by strangling the deputy unconscious, stealing his gun, and limping out the front door.

Sarah’s gunshot wound is the good wound. The agonizing pain strips away her normal defenses and lays bare the naked truth: She needs help. She needs help getting the bullet out of her leg; she needs help covering her tracks. She is unaccustomed to depending on anyone, and it is only to the vision of Kyle that she accedes.

The good wound also exposes Sarah’s deeper psychological and spiritual injuries that supersede any physical affliction. It forces her to confront herself in a manner she has been reluctant to do before, given her history of being wrongly imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital. It reveals her intense loneliness; the extent to which her knowledge of the future isolates her from the rest of humanity. It reveals how vulnerable she really feels, and the depth of her paranoia. It reveals the despair and bitterness she feels for carrying this burden. It reveals the lack of love in her life.

But the wound also shows her metal. Through the agony, anger, loneliness, and dispair, Sarah  manifests the means to survive. She does not succumb; She learns, adapts, and exploits. Though exhausted and exsanguinated, she digs deep within to find an inner strength to overcome all adversity.

This show is network televison at it’s best. It challenges us with thoughtful, creative stories that go well beyond the mindless, ratings-driven drivel audiences are usually spoon-fed on network television. I hope Fox has the guts to stick it out with this show, enabling it to find a larger appreciative audience.