Sing this special song. It's just for you. I'm late to this party because I'm a DVR viewer but this episode was awesome. Best biblical circumcision references in a sci fi show ever.
Great opening scene that was not a dream? Check.
Cromartie: They don't have faith in you like I do. Ellison: Faith? Cromartie: Yes. You will lead me to John Conner."
The return of Allison's friend and Cameron's enemy! Cromartie learning from her, making me think he may be like Cameron and not your average T-888. This actor, by the way, as a learning (slow and awkward but still learning) but low key (I don't have to kill everyone so I don't have to keep switching faces) is awesome. Part Arnold, part Cameron, and a lot of little touches of his own, really entertaining.
Speaking of Cameron, her cold-blooded streak continues as she shoots three robbers when Sarah tells her to watch them. "They know where we live."
Cameron: Give me my jacket. Thug: Come and get it. Cameron pulls out a gun and points it directly at his head. Cameron: Come and give it to me.
Am I the only one who thinks that the more John pushes her away, the more ruthless she gets?
Saw the twist with the T-1000 coming, but that's a sad part of having the T-1000 around: every contrived happening/out of character action was probably shape-shifter work.
Anyone else still watching? And thinking that Shirley Manson is Robert Patrick?
I suspect the full season pick up is to give the show time to wrap so they can make their money back on DVD. someone told me (it may have been said way back on this board, maybe by me, maybe by someone else, probably when Wonderfalls was axed) that if execs wised up they could let the creators of the short-lived shows know they only have so much time left the stories could be wrapped up more successfully making for more satisfying viewing experience via the DVDs and less bitter/apology laced commentaries and special features.
Since this thing got picked up fairly early after it's ratings dropped, the tinfoil pyramid hat part of my brain says this may have happened (It also hopes Daisies gets the same chance...) unless they know something I don't know and Arnold or Gil Grissom is joining midseason to hlep the show blow up and dance on Heroes' grave.
Also: someone dies next week! I hate this because it perpetuates our comfort zone thinking that no dies unless it's an opener, finale, or sweeps and every life or death scenario in the other 10 episodes plus are fairly easy to get bored during because you're rarely surprised and hey, I like my non-wrestling shows to be a little less predictable than wrestling.
It's particularly troubling for this show because:
A) If they kill one of the big guns, we'll be pissed because there's been so little non-crisis interaction between the main cast this season (guess that's why next week's episode's trailer featured Cameron and John talking on his bed while trying not to acknowledge how painfully aroused he must be about the toughness of his fate. Man I hope this show goes on but not if it means 7 seasons of John whining about destiny.)
B) Who could they really kill? Maybe some of you will be relieved that Lena Headey may be freed up to join a project where she's allowed to do something but we know she and John make it.
If Derek dies his Future Asian Booty call will probably vanish/die too and let's face it, 20% of the Nielsen boxers still tuning in are probably Battlestar Galactica fans, and even more enjoy seeing a pretty Asian (who is not Yunjin Kim) on network TV, and do they really want to alienate them?
That leaves Cameron, Ellison, Cromartie, and Riley.
Cameron? Move the show to Friday and then again take Summer Glau away from the Firefly fanboys who are still pissed at Fox? That's not really conducive to maintaining a fanbase. Besides who's in the wings to replace her? Hotness factor and geek cred can't be hard to find with the 99% death rate of sci fi shows but does anyone come to mind who can match the nuanced performance and incredible athleticism of Summer Glau?
Ellison or Riley? I've got even odds on one of these two because they both have storylines that can be wrapped up in the first fifteen minutes of the episode they get offed in, but who would care? I appear to be one of the few people who enjoy Ellison's arc so he won't be missed and everyone will feel cheated that no one "big" died.
As for Riley, her character doesn't even get to have her blossoming romance with the future savior of the world on camera. Add in that she's only been a device for John to constantly put everyone's lives in danger and not only will she not be missed by anyone but they'll probably clap when she goes
Cromartie? He just gets more awesome by the episode. And as a villain, his slow adaptation (mirroring Cameron's) is more entertaining than a slew of non-stop shape-shifter plot twists.
So either the death (regardless of execution) will be alienating or pointless (but possibly satisfying in an Anna Lucia bites it kind of way) to most of us.
Can I just say that James Marsters ruleas all as Brainiac? The way he played both Clark & Bizarro is priceless. And you just knew that when he heard Clark activate the signal, that poor Dax-Ur would get it at some point during the episode.