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The Sarah Conner Chronicles

Well, I didn't see that coming!


Heh. I just looked up the title and got it! Goodbye emo hair, you won't be missed.

So Catherine Weaver is a T-1000! Wow. Not just because it didn't occur to me (she's more emotional then her predecessor), but I wouldn't have guessed they had the CGI budget. I do wish they had cast a better actress, or an actress, but given what she is I guess I can rationalize the mediocre acting.

I didn't have much to say about this episode in the first half hour. I was impressed by the chase sequences and I enjoyed that they revisited the Terminator films, having Sarah and John on the run from a terminator and the sense of danger being palpable, since we know what Cameron is capable of. And while Cameron has always been a slightly scary robot girl she became a really scary robot girl in this episode.

I do wonder if her stopping to clean up was a move dictated by her programming or something she chose to do, to make herself look better. After all, her damage was largely cosmetic and did not stop her from chasing down John and Sarah. An open facial wound or staples holding your face together - either is going to draw attention. But Cameron, since we were first introduced to her, has made an effort to look pretty. Has that always been her choice? Was her cleaning herself up a sign that Cameron, the individual, still existed?

Cameron's "I love you John and you love me" was too emotional of a declaration and led me to believe she was faking it as Sarah believed. Either pulling the chip out and reinserting it allowed Cameron to reset her programming or John's show of faith in her triggered her to reset. Which, if the case, shows she has the ability to be more than just the scary robot girl.

I loved that moment when John pulled the gun on his mother. She's wanted him to lead and make the tough calls and she saw at the end of a gun how well she has taught him. The fire that was to be used to destroy Cameron may be a sign if irreversible damage to their relationship.

I'm intrigued as to why Ellison was spared. Cromartie seems more complicated than just a mindless thug of a machine. Is he perceiving Ellison as a possible asset? In the future, does Ellison aid in the downfall of humanity and Cromartie has this information? Or is Cromartie receiving orders, likely from Catherine Weaver?

John is shaken to his core and shedding his childhood along with his hair. I don't think it's because Cameron went all bad robot on them. Sarah was tied up and pinned down in that room. John was working on cutting through his bindings. My guess is John freed himself and killed the guy, not Sarah. I'm not sure shy she is covering for him. Perhaps just to give him time to deal. I could see Derek trying to speed up his training as the future savior of humanity if he knew John had already killed.


I caught the premiere of True Blood last night. Man, I'd hate to see the original pilot if last night's episode was considered an improvement. I'm willing to reserve judgment until I see the second episode which the Televisionary says is much better than the premiere. Of course, he also likes Torchwood so I'm not sure how much faith I should put in him. :p

Overall, I didn't feel the acting was bad, but the dialogue and plotting was mediocre at best and cringe inducing at worst. And why did they feel the need to include so much sex and nudity? Is that considered cutting edge? I've seen sanitized sex on network TV that was hotter.

Bottom line is I need to start caring about some of these people to become invested in the show and no one jumped out at me as being my hook into the series.
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I thought the red-haired woman was *terrible* - Catherine Weaver? And she looked horrible, white and greasy with an atrocious hair-do. Ahem. And her acting sucked too - LOL!
I'm not sure why the producers opted to hire a singer who had never acted over a lot of far more qualified people for the role. She definitely was the weak link in the ep. I'm hoping she gets better as she grows more comfortable in the role, but it could also end up being bad judgment on the producer's part.
And while Cameron has always been a slightly scary robot girl she became a really scary robot girl in this episode.

Oh, yeah. She most certainly did. And some spooky scoring there too. Scary robot is scary (with the help of scary music).

I'm not sure shy she is covering for him. Perhaps just to give him time to deal.

That makes a lot of sense. I was so focused on Cameron, I didn't pay as much attention to that stuff. But your points are all valid.

Man, I'd hate to see the original pilot if last night's episode was considered an improvement.

I saw the original pilot, and it was... ugh. Not great. I do not want to see non-hot, non-interesting people having creepy sex. Yuck.
Scary robot is scary (with the help of scary music).

Bear seems to have a real gift for this! ;)

I do not want to see non-hot, non-interesting people having creepy sex.

HBO seems to have a penchant for this, unfortunately. :/ I'm not sure I'd want to see Sookie having sex either. I still recall Anna from The Piano and have yet to see her as an adult.
Didn't John open up the thing from Cameron's head and clean it before putting it back in? My impression was that he hoped doing that would put the chip right again. But if that's what did the trick, why did her mission initially still read as the termination of John Connor? Was the override that immediately followed a result of the chip's correction process in booting back up, or was it a reflection of free will from Cameron? Is she transcending her hard-wired programming? I agree, her earlier pleas and protestations of love had to be a calculated strategy to manipulate John to her advantage. But even though that OTT emotional display wasn't one, I do think she's demonstrated occasional, ever so subtle suggestions of burgeoning emotion (but I can't think of a specific example at the moment- too sleepy), and shown curiosity (belief in Jesus and the resurrection, etc - - - and was she comparing His resurrection to her own?) and engaged in activities (like that ballet dance in front of the bedroom bureau mirror late last season) not directly related to advancing her mission. And that kind of makes sense in light of that new one describing that new computer she'd acquired as having the capability of transcending it's programming (can't remember how she put it).

If, down the road, eventually, Cameron's shown to have a love interest in the future world she came from, or if we see hints of her developing a love interest in the present, I don't think it will be with John.
You've raised many of the questions that have run through my mind. I do not feel Cameron is capable of love, at least not at this point. However, she has shown she is capable of learning from the humans around her. I can accept that by John trusting her that triggered something in her to override her programming and revert to her original mission to protect John. There were glimpses of Cameron in the promo at the end of the episode that make me believe we will learn that Cameron is different from the other terminators we've seen. Did memories of Future John help fix her?

I'm not saying they had any kind of romantic relationship, but I'm convinced something happened between Derek and Cameron in the future and either one or both cannot recall at present what that was.
I can accept that by John trusting her that triggered something in her to override her programming and revert to her original mission to protect John.

Yeah, I thought that was a possibility too. She wakes up, takes a long look at John while her programming comes up "terminate", and then there's an override. It's reasonable to suppose the following progression: Her intact memories and capacity to adapt and learn allow her to consider her history with the "target," factor in the trust or faith he'd demonstrated in her by risking his life to revive her, and reason that she must have been his protector, counter to her current mission imperative to terminate him. She then concludes that her chip must have become corrupted in the explosion and exercises her override option to correct her programming. 'Works for me. And it makes sense that John's faith was a key factor in her calculation, considering that a short time later she's attempting to comprehend the concept of faith and its power in shaping human behavior.

I'm convinced something happened between Derek and Cameron in the future and either one or both cannot recall at present what that was.

That's what I was intimating, actually, by default. I'd locked onto that idea as soon as we saw Dereck's powerful antipathy toward her (always a big clue) and that cryptic exchange between them: D:"I know you." C: "I know you too."
You really have thought about this! And your theory makes sense to me. There was no indication that Cameron's memory had been erased and clearly it hadn't given that we saw the Cameron we know at the end of the episode. She is, essentially, a walking computer and even badly damaged computers can often have their files restored with time and effort.
Sarah was tied up and pinned down in that room. John was working on cutting through his bindings. My guess is John freed himself and killed the guy, not Sarah. I'm not sure shy she is covering for him.

That hadn't occurred to me, but it is possible. Whatever happened in that room shook them both to the core, that's for sure.
John has seen Sarah beat up and badly injured before so there had to be something more going on then just witnessing violence against his mother.
As much as I loved it, one of the creepiest scenes for me last year was when Derek was watching her do ballet.

That was perhaps my favorite scene of Season 1, not just because Summer is so beautiful to watch, but because of all the layers and possibilities there. Why does Cameron choose to dance? Why does that intrigue her and move her so? And then there was Derek's reaction. Is he horrified/shaken because machines have to ability to be moved? To emulate us so closely? Or because he's forced to question his beliefs about man and machine?
And then there was Derek's reaction. Is he horrified/shaken because machines have to ability to be moved? To emulate us so closely? Or because he's forced to question his beliefs about man and machine?

I pick all of the above. And it's telling that it was Dereck who witnessed her dance. Laying a foundation and foreshadowing a future relationship, is what I see it.
And I'm sure it was no coincidence that Cameron was dancing to the same music that Derek heard in the house he was held captive.
"they had cast a better actress, or an actress"

People with real accents don't have to know how to act. 2nd Law of TV thermodynamics. I'm actually a fan of hers, but she'd look better bald (and has in the past) than with that hair.

I wouldn't try to analyze any of the Cameron stuff for any kind of internal consistancy. Each and every moment seems designed to inspire heightened drama, so things like the first-person computer view with the override on the terminate were just for added effect IMO. So how human she's able to act is just a function of whether the show needs to goof on her not being able to act human or scare the audience with her evil robot duplicity (I lub you john!). Personally, I think that works for the show, as I don't think I've been that amped up for a TV ep in a long time, so trying to think about it too much will just take away from that.

So imo the drugstore scene was just there to inspire holy shit she's stapling her face (Steve-O is unimpressed). So no, I'm not going to think too much about the feminist implications of girlbot terminators being succeptable to patriarchal beauty standards. OTOH, after she did that, though, you couldn't see any metal, so she just looked fucked up, not like a cyborg.

"Or is Cromartie receiving orders, likely from Catherine Weaver?"

I don't think they're on the same side, from what I could tell from the coming attractions reel at the end.