The hour of our (almost) daily article from Charlie Jane Anders at io9 has arrived.
Under the pretext of listing 10 Great Stand-Alone Episodes That Totally Represent Their Respective Shows, Charlie Jane mentioned TSCC's season 2 episode 11 'Self Made Man'.
The fact that this is a Summer-centric episode can only be a coincidence
Quote (Charlie Jane Anders)
Stand-alone episodes. Pretty much every TV show does them, even in this age of more serialized television. And oftentimes, they're kind of disposable. They're the cheap episodes, or the ones which don't shake up the show's status quo. Most of all, they're often stories that could come from any television show — like last week's "amnesia virus" episode of Terra Nova.
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, "Self Made Man"|
Why it rocks:
This is the famous "Terminator goes back to the 1920s and becomes a big wheel" episode. It also has a subplot in which John Connor beats up a douchey host at a party that Riley dragged him to. This is one of the T:SCC episodes that takes time-traveling robots in a much weirder, more inventive direction than usual. And we get to see Summer Glau's Cameron make and lose a friend.
Why it could only come from this show:
Because it's about time-traveling robots, and is very entwined with the Terminator mythos.
TV show like The X-Files, Farscape or Star Trek also made the list.