I could nitpick. Who leaves a video tape half out of the machine? And it's ready to play at the key moment? Then there was this exchange:
Derek: “Can I ask you about my brother?”
No, his other brother, Chuck. :p Instead, let me tell you why I love this show…
CAMERON WAS DANCING TO THE SAME MUSIC THAT WAS PLAYING IN THE BASEMENT!!!
I have to confess, this didn’t hit me last night when I first watched the episode. I think it was, in part, due to sleepiness and, in part, being entranced by Cameron/Summer’s dancing. I am very happy that they found a way to incorporate her dancing ability into the show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Summer look as beautiful as she did in that final scene.
Contrasted with the beauty of her dance was the look on Derek’s face. There was that moment of disquiet earlier when Cameron showed Derek she had the ability to eat, mimicking humans more closely than he thought possible and making her different than the cyborgs he had encountered before. Keeping that in mind, I thought his reaction to seeing her dance was one of alarm, dismay, even fear at how close to humanity she could get. His horror was to discover that humankind and machine were not that far apart. And over his reaction were Sarah’s words, “They cannot appreciate beauty, they cannot create art. If they ever learn these things they won’t have to destroy us, they’ll be us.” (And, yes, I did flash on BSG and the Cylons.)
While I think elements of my initial assumptions could still be true, when I realized that it was the same song, two things struck me. Derek’s horror is not at watching Cameron be so much like us, but because hearing the music forced him to remember the basement. Or, more frightening yet, unbeknownst to him, the trigger has been pulled. (Or does he know? “What can happen to a person within four walls, screws with your head, makes you do things you thought you’d never do.”) And if the song is a trigger, is Cameron consciously involved in this plan? Just as I suspect with Derek, Cameron may have some programming she is unaware of. Yet, there does seem to be a connection between the two that she is aware of, “I know you too.” (Or is she just being literal? So many questions!)
The fact that, after her mission was complete, Cameron chose to continue to dance intrigues me. She did seem to have a real interest in dancing at the class, desiring to emulate those around. Was it merely something she saw to help her fit in? When Dimitri’s sister told her she was a cat, she didn’t understand, she lacked the imagination to understand. But her other words to her, “dance is the hidden language of the soul”, stuck with her and not just in the way that her computer for a brain can retain information. She does take things very literally. We’ve seen her questioning who and what she is. Does she believe that if she continues to dance she may find answers, may find her soul?
While many people may have left Dimitri and his sister to their fate to save themselves, most people with a ‘soul’ would have at least been shaken by what happened. Cameron’s lack of reaction was chilling, but understandable. Sarah asks her if she killed them, she states no, it wasn’t her mission. It also wasn’t part of her mission to protect them. Her goal was to find out what happened to the Turk and once she received that information, her programming told her her job was done.
As for the rest of the episode, I’ll forgo going into detail and just say it was a continuity cornucopia. I thought the opening shot of Cameron dressed as a cop was just going to be a nice little wink to T2. Wow, was I wrong. If anyone watching the series hasn’t seen the films, this was a nice (and as far as I can recall, accurate) recap of events and characters. Since it's been awhile since I’ve seen the movies, I had to check imdb to see if Dr Silberman was the psychiatrist in the first two films or a doctor we didn’t meet who happened to be there. Though I’m not sure if I’m totally sold on Bruce Davison’s characterization being a logical extension of the Dr Silberman from the films, it's cool they used the same character and I find it fascinating that the truth he once refused to believe is what has now driven him insane.
I also appreciate how they are gradually fleshing out Ellison character and as we discover new aspects about him it helps put into context what we have already learned about him. I had been questioning his seeming openness to the possibility of Sarah's story holding some truth. He knows things aren’t right, but is at a loss as to why. That he has a strong faith, that he believes in what is laid forth in the Bible, could make him open to possibilities that others may dismiss.
In closing, FOX better renew this series. Maybe my track record of finding a new show as another ends it's run will hold here?
Interview with David and Gillian at Rottentomatoes.com. Non-spoilery. I love David's comments about Chris Carter. :)
I was completely underwhelmed by American Idol until David Archuleta. Can we just crown him the winner now? For the record, as much as I like Michael Johns, I don't want him to win this. I think it would be the worst possible thing for his career. A top six or better finish would be good. High enough to prove his popularity and get him a record contract.