Asta 2

TSCC

I support trying something different, but I don't feel this was successful.


I've been thinking about the episode for about an hour, trying to put my finger on what didn't work. It comes down to too many disparate elements. Usually, the A storyline and B storyline parallel each other in some way, but I'm failing to see a connection between John and Riley and Cameron and Eric.

The 'friendship' between Cameron and Eric was enjoyable. I was beginning to wonder of Cameron could form an attachment, a friendship, with someone, but the final scene tells us she can't. Or at least not yet.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Cameron told Sarah last season she was unable to detect cancer in her. Yet, she tells Eric his cancer has returned and where it is located. Muscle weakness and weight loss will not enable someone, even a machine, to detect exactly where a tumor is located. House isn't even that good.

I can understand why Derek was MIA in this episode, but they needed to either work Sarah in better or drop her altogether from the plot. I guess the writers thought she needed to remind us of the importance of the three dots so we'd make the connection when Cameron looked up at the stars. I wish TV writers would give the audience credit for being able to recall what happened last week.

Governor Wyman? I guess using Governor Schwarzenegger is problematic for them.

I did find the idea of having a terminator show up at the wrong time, screw up the timeline, have to correct it, and then wait around for decades to carry out his mission intriguing. So intriguing it could have been played out over several episode rather than have Cameron destroy him in about a minute.
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I think Parallel A and Bs are kind of stupid outside of Hallmark specials: tying two divergent plotlines into a single theme isn't deep, especially on a weekly basis, so I'm glad they had nothing to do with each other.

I don't think the singular effect rule applies to TV eps anymore outside of CSI and other reset-to-zero-for-syndication shows: for that same reason, I don't think you can really look at TSCC episodes as discrete things: they needed to progress the Riley storyline a bit and now probably fit the timing better than later.

I was actually thrilled that they didn't milk the misplaced terminator for multiple eps. I think that's a sign of strength. Of course, if the next few weeks suck and don't have anything interesting to bring to the table, then they miscalculated.

I absolutely loved just about everything about the ep except for Riley revealing she had the lighter. It's like what manipulative scoundrel school did you drop out of?
Riley story was problematic for me because starting with the phone call to John I could predict her every move. I still don't know what the end game is for Jesse, but her plan involves shaking and breaking John. Riley's gone from being a potentially interesting character to a pawn whose story will not end well.
I'm failing to see a connection between John and Riley and Cameron and Eric.

As I said in my own post, I think both John and Cameron were trying to fake normal in their own ways, and neither of them was very good at it.

I did find the idea of having a terminator show up at the wrong time, screw up the timeline, have to correct it, and then wait around for decades to carry out his mission intriguing. So intriguing it could have been played out over several episode rather than have Cameron destroy him in about a minute.

I suspect that the assassination--or something related to the reason why SkyNet sent someone to accomplish it--is important to the next set of plot points. Which begs the question--if Cameron destroyed Stark before he could assassinate the governor, wouldn't SkyNet know it? Or did something else change in the meantime, so that the new future isn't one where SkyNet sent Stark back? This is why time travel gives me a headache.
It's a subtle difference, but I didn't see Cameron faking, rather she is trying to learn, to understand, so she can appear more human. I've never sensed she had a desire to fit in, but she does want to know what makes humans human and in order to do that, in her mind, she needs to emulate us better than she does. I hope that makes some sense. It's late.

You know what would be hilarious? At the end of the series (which could be early next year) we see history has changed when John comes face to face with a different governor - the first terminator send back to protect him. ;)