If you’ve read my review of the first season of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” then you already know that, although I felt the show lost a little momentum after its premiere, it kicked into overdrive with its fifth episode and roared full-throttle from there to the season finale. Granted, there were only a total of nine episodes in the strike-shortened season, but, still, the addition of the character of Derek Reese – John Connor’s uncle – into the mix not only turned the show from “not bad” into “pretty damned awesome” but also forced me to make the admission that, despite being a really terrible rapper, Brian Austin Green is actually quite serviceable as an action hero.

So if you watched the show last season, then there’s probably only one question to which you’re really dying to get the answer: did Cameron (Summer Glau) survive the bombing of her vehicle…?

C’mon, she’s a freaking Terminator. What do you think? Of course she survives. That’s such a given that it doesn’t even count as a spoiler. (And if you disagree with me, then allow me to say, “Whoops,” and then offer my apologies.) The real shocker happens when Cameron reunites with Sarah (Lena Headey) and John (Thomas Dekker) for the first time post-explosion…but that would be a spoiler, so you’ll just have to hang tight ’til Monday night to see it for yourself. I will, however, provide you with the assurance that there are moments of interaction between the trio that are as action-packed and tension-filled as anything within “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” so if you’ve been on the fence about tuning in for Season 2, you can just get the hell off it right now and head straight to your TiVo to make any programming adjustments necessary to be sure you’ll be watching.

The biggest news swirling around Season 2 of “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” is the addition of Shirley Manson to the cast (she’s a friend of executive producer Josh Friedman’s wife, as he revealed during the TCA panel for the show). Indeed, Manson manages to make her mark on the season premiere, “Samson and Delilah,” before she ever actually appears onscreen, providing a goth-tinged cover of the gospel standard from which the episode takes its title, which is played as the resolution to the events in last season’s cliffhanger play out in slow-motion. When Manson does actually pop up in the flesh, playing a mysterious character named Catherine Weaver, she impresses with her heretofore-untapped acting ability and, by episode’s end, has provided a moment which will have fans of the “Terminator” mythos cheering and pumping their fists in the air…but, of course, I’m not going to tell you what that is, either.

So we’ll meet back here Monday night, then, shall we?