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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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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.