Summerglau_scc_240_002 I go away for one weekend, miss one episode of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and miss the moment I’d been waiting for ever since we first met Riley. I thought maybe the Terminator gods were punishing me. Well, I’m back this week, and happy to report that the show is still out of its desert doldrums, and Riley didn’t magically get reanimated.

At the start of the evening, the Connors didn’t even know about the death of Riley, but Sarah had already decided that it was time to pack up and move away. I have absolutely no clue what prompted that decision, it seems like it’s something she could have decided about 12 times already, but once Sarah learned that Riley’s corpse had been found there was no talking her out of it.

When John learned of Riley’s death, he was pretty convinced that Cameron had done it and Sarah and Derek agreed. Okay, Derek had some help believing that as Jesse was jabbering in his ear about it. To me though, the Connors’ logic made no sense whatsoever. It was as if Sarah, Derek, and John had no idea how a Terminator worked. If Cameron had taken Riley out, Riley’s body wouldn’t have been found in the water with a bullet hole in the chest. No, Riley’s body wouldn’t have been found at all. If Cameron were to make a person disappear, they’d stay disappeared.

John eventually figured out that Cameron didn’t do it, but Sarah and Derek didn’t, which made less sense because they ought to know Terminators better than John. Terminators absolutely would have done something like place the phone call Cameron placed, the one where Cameron used Riley’s voice and spoke to Riley’s foster family. That’s how Terminators act, they don’t just dump bodies with bullet holes in the chest if they’re trying to be stealthy, they obfuscate, they hide.

Sarah did opt to not kill Cameron tonight, though she claimed to have thought about it. Instead, she just burned Cameron’s stash of spare parts. That was a pretty logical, pretty smart move. I understand why Cameron kept the parts — so she could replace bits and pieces and continue on her mission even if she were injured — but it was still probably smarter to get rid of them. We can’t have some well meaning individual find the fancy future metal and start down the road of building Terminators again should the Connors actually succeed in their mission, can we?

In a wholly separate plot, Weaver’s daughter, Savannah, was lured into the basement tonight by none other than my favorite character, John Henry. He wanted to “play hide and seek.” Savannah, being a kid, agreed. It turned out that Savannah was in fact just a pawn in a game really being played between Ellison & Weaver on one side and John Henry on the other. John Henry would come up with a thought and Ellison and Weaver would have to guess it. At that point Ellison really ought to have figured out that Weaver was metal (or at least that there was something really wrong with her) because Weaver was all for playing along.

They found Savannah eventually, and Ellison gave John Henry a good, stern, talking to, but I have to believe that Ellison’s admonitions went in one ear and out the other. Talking to a child-like creation like John Henry is probably about as easy as talking to my two and a half year old when she hasn’t had her afternoon nap — you can talk till your blue in the face and they can act like they’re listening and will follow your instructions, but you wait two seconds and they go straight back to what they were doing before.

Odds and ends:

  • We got several flashbacks tonight about a sub mission Jesse went on in the future with a Terminator driving the boat and some secret mission for John taking place. Seems like that’s going to be a big thing next week, but for now it has me scratching my head as to where they’re going. Any thoughts?
  • Cameron had a moment or two tonight when she (or someone else) was contemplating if she was going to go all evil Terminator and smite all the Connors. I am wholly against Cameron going evil again, because if she does John ought to destroy her (even if she then reverts back to being good), but I have no faith John will destroy her so I’d rather not see the show head down that path. And that, my friends, brings us to our first poll:

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Posted by:Josh Lasser