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04 April 2009 @ 02:24 am
Terminator continues to rock so frickin' much!!!  
This show can NOT be canceled. It is so very, very good. The characters are so rich, so full of depth; the acting is superb. The story, the arcs are so intriguing. I have NO idea what is going on but I'm so utterly spellbound by watching the story unfold. Tonight's episode? Just another amazing one. This show keeps knocking 'em out.

- OHMYGOD!!! They killed Derek!!! Just shot him in the head about ten, fifteen minutes in! OH MY GOD!!!!!!! I so was not even remotely expecting that. Even knowing that Brian Austin Green got a role on the potential fall pickup, The Body Politic (with Jason Dohring), it honestly never crossed my mind that he was looking for other work because Derek was killed. I mean, sure, we can still see him in flashforwards, but it just never crossed my mind that Derek would die. I just figured, low ratings (sniffsniff) of this show, he was hedging his bets. It's been done before. And his death was so senseless, so just there, like if he'd been some extra in the scene, which made it that much more appalling and awful. Because that's what the Terminators do. OH. MY. GOD!

- I totally adore Savannah. She's not the best child actress, but there's something about her that's so wonderful. I just love her so much, partly that's because of the fact that like with all characters on this show, even at five/six years old, she's a very well-written character. I love her odd relationship with her "mother," with Ellison and, especially, with John Henry. And being shallow, I love her red, braided pig-tails. So cute!

- John Henry remains such a fascinating character. Garrett Dillahunt remains an awesome actor. And how chilling was the ending with all of that stuff happening over that innocuous, slightly naughty Irish song sung by John Henry, then John Henry and Savannah, and finally just Savannah singing over the burial (as it was) of Derek. Once again, this show uses music so very well in creating a mood.

- Ellison, a character I thought would be meh based on the first few episodes, continues to be the well-written, conflicted, religious man I began to love not long after those first few episodes. And Richard T. Jones is, like the rest of the cast, so very, very good.

- Speaking of Ellison, I continue to love how the show slips religious talk into the themes. It's quite brilliant, and unusual in this day and age.

- Damn, Sarah was arrested!!! I did not expect that. I figured that Ellison would likely be followed by the Detective dude, but I didn't think that Sarah would be the one caught in the mess.

- Not much Cameron, but the bits with her were awesome. Even a little Cameron is still pretty fabulous, especially when the rest of the show is so amazing.

I just love this show so much. Pretty, pretty please TV gods, do NOT make next week the last episode ever of this brilliant television show. It's way too good to die.
 
 
 
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Arabian: Summerarabian on April 4th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
I know! I thought at first he was just shot in the stomach again or something and was like, oh, more downtown for Derek. Then we got the close-up with the bullet through the forehead and I was like "WHAT!?!?" and I rewound it and was just shocked. They killed Derek!!!
Diana: Cameron -- Sarah Connor Chroniclesbutterfly on April 4th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
It was such a spectacular episode. I'm hoping so hard for a third series.
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on April 4th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Yes. I'm curious about the ratings tomorrow; I really hope they continue their uptick. I do NOT want this show to be canceled. It's too, too good.
Giorgia: ohnoeztazza_di_jo on April 4th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY KILLED DEREK!

Another thing I love about this show (in addition to everything you've already said) is that I just can't predict what's going to happen next!

*crosses fingers for S3*

I need SCC icons.
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on April 4th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Alas, the ratings were bad last night. ::whimpers::
Giorgia: TSCC - johncamerontazza_di_jo on April 5th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
OHNOEZ! I so wish I counted for the ratings... when will we know if it's renewed? *double crosses fingers*
Arabian: Summerarabian on April 5th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
I'm hoping they wait to decide until after the weekend of May 21, because that's when Terminator: Salvation opens. If that does really well, it may be enough to convince Fox to give our wonderful show another chance because there might be a cross-over audience.
Giorgia: TSCC - johncamerontazza_di_jo on April 5th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Considering it's Christian Bale, we might still have a chance! Here's to hoping that Star Trek and X-Men don't steal too many viewers... aren't they all coming out around the same time?
Arabian: Summinatorarabian on April 5th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
I think so, hopefully T:S does well.
harper47harper47 on April 4th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Everything you said. That episode was amazing. I loved it. The music, Savannah and John Henry, the out of nowhere death of Derek, John all alone with his metal - just wow. What a great episode.
Arabian: Deanarabian on April 4th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Well, now we know why BAG got The Body Politic I did think of you when Derek was just shot. Just like that. Woah!

Still, this episode was just amazing. I love this show so much!!!!
Hotaru's Sisterhotarus_sister on April 4th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, this ep was truly awesome. I must say that I love how they killed Derek off. There was no extra plot for him in the ep to get us attached. He didn't get shot in slow motion. There was no swelling music or eulogy. He got shot so fast that you didn't see it coming or expect it to be fatal, then he was left to be buried in a nondescript plot. Because that's how shit like this actually goes down. It's not pleasant or touching or beautiful. People die fast. They die when you're mad at them, giving you no chance to make peace or come to terms. So few shows will address it like that.

Speaking of those moments of realism, I love that John didn't figure out who John Henry was immediately. He was a little concerned and curious, then brushed it off as an imaginary friend. It took actual clues for him to put it together, not magic intuition so many shows use to push the plot along.

The whole John Henry plot continues to be awesome. The acting is superb and I love seeing all of the progress towards good and bad. We saw how much he values human life and "wanted" to save Savannah, but at the same time he's learning to break the rules and lie; essentiallly to go against his basic protocol whenever it's convenient. I really look forward to seeing where that goes.



The whole John Henry plot is getting insanely
Arabian: Veronica_Anime-Stylearabian on April 4th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, this ep was truly awesome.
It was, it really, really was. What is wrong with stupid people not watching it!!! Doesn't the new movie come out this summer? I'm hoping that Fox may hold on one more season because they might get crossover audiences if the film does really well. I can dream.

I must say that I love how they killed Derek off. There was no extra plot for him in the ep to get us attached. He didn't get shot in slow motion. There was no swelling music or eulogy. He got shot so fast that you didn't see it coming or expect it to be fatal, then he was left to be buried in a nondescript plot. Because that's how shit like this actually goes down. It's not pleasant or touching or beautiful. People die fast. They die when you're mad at them, giving you no chance to make peace or come to terms. So few shows will address it like that.
YES! That was what was so powerful about it, that it wasn't treated any differently than the nanny being shot earlier. Because that's life, and that's certainly life on the run from Terminators. It was incredibly effective.

Speaking of those moments of realism, I love that John didn't figure out who John Henry was immediately. He was a little concerned and curious, then brushed it off as an imaginary friend. It took actual clues for him to put it together, not magic intuition so many shows use to push the plot along.
Yes, this show not only expects its viewers to be smart, it also doesn't portray its characters as being unnaturally genius. They are just real. LOVE THIS SHOW!

The whole John Henry plot continues to be awesome. The acting is superb and I love seeing all of the progress towards good and bad. We saw how much he values human life and "wanted" to save Savannah, but at the same time he's learning to break the rules and lie; essentiallly to go against his basic protocol whenever it's convenient. I really look forward to seeing where that goes.
It's all so fascinating what they're doing with John Henry. It's just so, guh, no words. It's just awesome.

The whole John Henry plot is getting insanely
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Annieannie_oakley on April 4th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I don't watch TSCC, and I'm sorry people lost a character that they cared about, but I'm SO glad this means that BAG's role in Body Politic won't have to be recast if TSCC is renewed and the pilot is picked up. I think he'll be really great as Lucky.
Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on April 4th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I do think he'll be great as Lucky, and I'm glad from the perspective is that it's always meant that his role on TBP had nothing to do with TSCC's future.

Oh, and you should TOTALLY watch it. Best show on television. For reals.
redbrunja: stock | never thought i could loveredbrunja on January 9th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, the song choice in the end of the episode REALLY didn't work for me. I was like, 'DAMMIT, DEREK JUST DIED, GIVE ME THE BELONGING THEME OR SOMETHING ELSE EQUALLY TRAGIC FITTING.'

(A contributing factor may be that I found the John Henry b-plot – basically almost everything in season two that did NOT have to do with Team Conner or Jesse's plots– not that interesting.)

Edited at 2011-01-09 06:51 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on January 9th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Really? Wow, I do find that interesting. I reread my post before reading your response and when I got to the part about the song, I got chills remembering it. I LOVED the juxtaposition, but I always dig stuff like that.

ETA: OMG! REALLY?!?!? The John-Henry plot was one of my absolute favorite parts of the series. And interesting how much you loved Jessie. I liked her by the midway point, but based on commentary I read, most hated her and Riley -- admittedly Riley A LOT more.

I do find it fascinating how very different people see things that they both love.

Edited at 2011-01-09 07:16 pm (UTC)
redbrunja: tscc | dangerredbrunja on January 12th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
Okay, my feelings on Jesse are complex.

On a strictly emotional level, I did not like her in the present timeline but thought she was awesomecakes in the flashbacks. (And cannot get over how awesome it was that in the present there was a romance between two characters from a different future who DATED IN BOTH THOSE FUTURES). However, even when I did not like Jesse, I was very curious to find out what she was plotting and once I realized, I loved how it played out.

(I never managed to care about Riley, though.)