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The Mertonator
Season 3; first aired in U.S. on March 17th, 2002

The Mertonator -- a cyborg propelled to the past with a killer agenda -- has his sights set on terminating Tommy Dawkins and filling up a couple of pages in the Pleasantville High Stud Calendar. In true James-Cameron-homage fashion, though, Tommy has a guardian of his own.

Average rating: 8.67 / 10
(of 18 ratings)

Recent review: Ray -- According to the good cyborg, Tommy works alone in the future and no one is familiar with Merton. This means that either Merton dies in the future or something happens to make him evil (again). Sadly, the latter seems more plausible since the Mertonator was modelled after Merton -- both physically and personality-wise. In other words, it would seem that Merton's future self was responsible for building and sending the Mertonator to kill Tommy. Thus, this episode demands a sequel story in which this future gets altered in such a way that Merton lives and remains Tommy's faithful (and good) sidekick. The reason I demand such a story is because a future where Merton is dead or permanently evil is not a future that I want to see. If there isn't going to be a Season Four with which to tell this sequel story, then somebody please write a novel. As for the present episode, I found it fast-paced and I liked how it was Merton who officially destroyed the Mertonator. If it weren't for the currently unanswered questions about the future, I'd give this episode a perfect 10. But because the episode calls us to foresee a future where Merton is either dead or evil, I'm only giving it a 6.
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References: The Terminator

Characters in this episode:
Lori Baxter
Dean Dawkins
Tommy Dawkins
Merton Dingle

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