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I desperately need time off work. I feel like I'm behind on everything at the moment. And my banner has disappeared. :( There is a tiny icon of torn paper where it should be. The banner at jamiebambernews is still up and since they are both hosted at photobucket I'm not sure what the deal is. Maybe it's an LJ hiccup that will be resolved soon. I can't see that the coding is messed up.

In movie news, I saw Burn After Reading yesterday. Perhaps not one of the Coen brothers best films, but it was very entertaining. Brad Pitt and George Clooney played against type and did it well. And John Malkovich was hilarious. The man so often plays oddballs and sociopaths that one forgets he can be funny. There's also a message about the incompetence of our government. Nuff said.

I watched the second episode of True Blood last night. Well, most of it. I forgot it was on until about fifteen minutes in. I can say it was better than the premiere, but that's faint praise. The problem is not only do I not care about any of these people, I don't much like them. Jason is a loser. Tara is not ballsy and independent, she's rude and abrasive. Sookie borderlines on self-righteous. And I'm still at a loss as to where Bill fits into all this and why he's supposed to be so intriguing. I guess I do like the grandmother who tells people to shut their mouths. :) And what's with ending the first two episodes with, "Oh, Noes! Sookie's in danger!" Yes, let's make her a victim each week. That won't get old or offensive.


Now for a show I do care about TSCC: Automatic for the People.

Let me cut to the chase, this episode was extremely disappointing after last weeks premiere. There was some extremely lazy writing here. The editing left something to be desired as well. I felt like there were several key scenes missing. A couple small lapses in logic in an episode I can forgive, but there were far too many lapses here.

  • The real estate market is a disaster right now, but no one with a home as beautiful as that one is going to let it be rented without a thorough background check and references. And anyone who wants to move in right now is going to raise red flags. I know it was a neighbor that was showing the house, but I'm sure she was given instructions and let's assume she has half a brain.


  • Just walking in and getting a job at the nuclear facility...where do I begin? I don't care if two of the janitorial staff mysteriously couldn't make it into work, you don't hire two people who just happen to be there looking for work that day. And Sarah's references checked out. Really? It took her how many days and how much money to get fake identities, but she can just whip up references?


  • Charlie tells his wife about Sarah and John not being dead (or having aged in ten years) and robots from the future and n upcoming robot apocalypse and....she believes him. I don't care if Ellison was there to back him up, I'd be wondering if there were hidden cameras and film crew about to run out from the next room.


  • Nice Silkwood rip-off moment.


  • OK, I can accept that Sarah is a progressive mom and knowing what her son is to become might be more lenient about certain things, yet I still can't buy she would let a girl that John met hours before spend the night. Granted, we know nothing happened other than sleep, but how could she be sure?


  • What happened to John's friend from last season? The one who asked Cameron to the dance?


  • Would a nuclear facility allow a new employee, a janitor, wander into the control room *and* make a not-so-secret call on her cellphone during testing?


Now that the negatives are out of the way, what I did like....

  • Cameron telling John, "You can't be trusted anymore." John put her before his safety. Not only is she well aware of the potential ramifications of that choice, it's probably not something the John she knows would do. And if John Conner is not acting as John Conner should that has to be confusing to her or, more specifically, her programming.


  • And what is up with Cameron's programming? Is she evolving or is she damaged? Her comment to Sarah, "I'm thinking about what to do", could be an indication of either. But her delay in reacting could have killed Sarah and led to to half the state being irradiated and that has to be a huge worry for Sarah now since Cameron is supposed to be protecting John.


  • I liked Riley. The first thing I liked about her is that she wasn't a size zero super model wanna be. She's attractive, but not gorgeous. And while most teens don't just march up to another teen to become fast friends, I could accept it because I have a feeling she's very much of an outsider herself. There was an indication she's been watching John and perhaps senses a kindred spirit in him.


  • We're seeing a bit more of Catherine's plan. Part of me wonders if she had something to do with the guy being sent from the future. If Sarah and Cameron hadn't been there to stop Terminator Greenway then the crisis would not have been averted and the nuclear facilities would not have all become linked by one computer program under her control.



Finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to blondeheroine. I hope you had a fabulous day. :)
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I'm right with you on True Blood. It's just.. .boring. And the characters are unlikeable.

It's a good thing I don't really watch SCC for the plot. Right now, at least, I just watch it for the characters. That said, I do notice giant plot holes... I just don't worry overmuch about them. :)

I hope that Cameron is evolving and not damaged. Damaged seems like it would be much more dangerous...

Part of me wonders if she had something to do with the guy being sent from the future.

Hmm, if she knew where to find the Connors or even knew they were there, I'd imagine she would do more besides send them a bleeding guy. I'm just sayin'.


I hope that Cameron is evolving and not damaged. Damaged seems like it would be much more dangerous...

It seemed as if Sarah was worried about the latter possibility. If she's not functioning properly, even if it's just a delay in responding, she could be dangerous simply because she's not doing something.

I don't think Catherine knows where the Connors are because, yeah, why not just eliminate them? But I just have a feeling that the dead guy was used in some way to set a series of events in motion. She just seemed too pleased for someone who was merely able to make the best out of a plan gone wrong.
I think the terminators wanted to melt down the plant, but failing that, getting them all computer controlled was a decent outcome.

Maybe I'm not critically minded enough but the only thing that raised red flags for me was the cell phone call from the control room. I don't think her being there is all that shocking as janitors have pretty free reign of facilities in my experience. Not that that experience includes nuclear facilities, but all the same...

But as on BSG, I'm willing to handwave stuff that is plot-driven or would be boring to watch, i.e. Sarah furnishes their new house! Thorough background checker checks their references! I assumed that they arranged for the two janitors to have emergencies to create the openings. But the episode wouldn't have worked if they didn't get access to the plant, so whatevs. It was more plausible than "Sarah and Cameron sneak into nuclear plant multiple times."

The sleepover aspect kind of surprised me, but I don't see how Sarah could win that one (what if she demands Riley leave and John says no?). They showed her paused at the door, but deciding not to say anything. I guess she's adopted a "don't sweat the small stuff" mentality. I'm more surprised that Riley's parents didn't freak. I'm also a bit confused on how old John is supposed to be. 17?
I'm just not convinced yet that all the terminators, accept Cameron, are following the same game plan. Maybe in the future, the ever changing future, the T1000s and the Old Skool (I almost said Cylons ;) terminators aren't working together? Or I could be totally wrong and trying to make the show much more complex than it actually is. :)

The sleepover aspect kind of surprised me, but I don't see how Sarah could win that one (what if she demands Riley leave and John says no?).

Kick his ass? ;) But, seriously, she is still the parent and he is still a teenager and I don't care that he is the future savior of humanity and really pissed off at the moment, he still needs to follow rules. And I don't mean to sound like my mother, but if she lets him get away with the crap now it will only get worse.

I'm more surprised that Riley's parents didn't freak.

Seriously. Unless we find out her parents just don't give a damn about her or that she's lying and she doesn't have parents it's ridiculous to think they weren't trying to track her down.

I'm also a bit confused on how old John is supposed to be. 17?

16. The season finale and season premiere took place the day of his sixteenth birthday. What threw me is the story that their injuries were caused while trying to teach Cameron to drive. Is she supposed to be passing for 15???
Just walking in and getting a job at the nuclear facility...where do I begin? I don't care if two of the janitorial staff mysteriously couldn't make it into work, you don't hire two people who just happen to be there looking for work that day.

Something about the way the manager was talking to them gave me the impression that they had faked being called in from a temp agency, and faked being regular employees of the temp agency with ready-to-go security clearances, so I didn't have much of an issue with that. They must have done enough research to find out who to "make unavailable" so that they could take their place; putting themselves in the position of a couple of temps from an agency the facility used regularly would be the next logical step.

I also don't think Sarah actually has much say in what John does, when he really wants to defy her. More than that, I think she knows what fragile ground she's on with him right now and is picking her battles.

And while most teens don't just march up to another teen to become fast friends, I could accept it because I have a feeling she's very much of an outsider herself. There was an indication she's been watching John and perhaps senses a kindred spirit in him.

I thought they did a good job of showing them both as outsiders, and of telegraphing that Riley is someone else who has issues with adults, issues with authority, issues with parents, and is pretty much on her own; she and John struck up a friendship that seemed natural.

Part of me wonders if she had something to do with the guy being sent from the future. If Sarah and Cameron hadn't been there to stop Terminator Greenway then the crisis would not have been averted and the nuclear facilities would not have all become linked by one computer program under her control.

That's an interesting idea. I'm more inclined to believe that she wanted to blow the plant but was willing to take advantage of the systems failure when her first plan failed.
Something about the way the manager was talking to them gave me the impression that they had faked being called in from a temp agency, and faked being regular employees of the temp agency with ready-to-go security clearances, so I didn't have much of an issue with that.

Ah. could be. That wasn't very clear. Originally, I thought they were part of some tour group. :p

I'm more inclined to believe that she wanted to blow the plant but was willing to take advantage of the systems failure when her first plan failed.

Yes, that could be the case. I could be reading it wrong since, as I stated last week, Shirley isn't a great actress, but she just seemed too pleased as she sat in the car. It's as if everything went as planned rather than she was able to make the best of a situation gone wrong.

I'm also wondering if all the terminators are working together. Could the old and new models be working towards different end games?
"Could the old and new models be working towards different end games?"

I'd imagine they'd have to be, otherwise, how interesting is the show going to be after one season if there's only one way to go. I also expect that people from different futures start showing up (kind of like how Landry was happy with the way things were in SG:Continuum), including copies of main characters. Personally, I'd like to see a John who wants to bring about Judgement Day, before Skynet is operational, just to end the time war once and for all.

OK, HDTV rant, wtf is up with every male actor on the show having pierced ears? If earrings are too faggy for any major character *ever* on TV, why do these actors go out and get holes in their ears? Why don't you let those things close up after you start racking up major roles and are done playing bookies or whatever sleazeball bits you started out with? It just seems massively arrogant for these people to get piercings/tattoos if their "job" depends upon them being blank slates, especially now that HD reveals all sorts of crap that no one wants to see.

And for TSCC camera crew: pick a focal length and stick with it, I don't need to see everyone's pores coming in and out of view every other second.
I'm also wondering if all the terminators are working together. Could the old and new models be working towards different end games?

I've been wondering that too. Or maybe the old and new models were sent from different versions of the future, when Sarah and John changed one potential future outcome.
"Charlie tells his wife about Sarah and John not being dead (or having aged in ten years) and robots from the future and n upcoming robot apocalypse and....she believes him. I don't care if Ellison was there to back him up, I'd be wondering if there were hidden cameras and film crew about to run out from the next room."

That made me think FOR SURE that she was a machine, since I thought she was one from the very beginning.

Of course, that lasted only up to the coming attractions preview.