I did watch Samuari Girl this weekend, though I'll do a proper review post later because it seems that Fate didn't want me to watch the last two hours of the miniseries. My cable crapped out the minute before the first hour and didn't return until the last minute of the final hour. Major suckage and utter fail, cable. Oh well, I'm sure ABC Family is going to rerun it anyway, or I can find ways to watch it online. But I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the series. It's nothing hugely spectacular, and there are differences from the books as I expected there to be, but overall I was intrigued and entertained. But more about that once I finish the final parts and review on them.
Anyway, last night was the premiere and return of TSCC!
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2.01 "Samson and Delilah"
They started off with a bang, picking up where the finale from last season left off. The jeep exploding while Cameron was inside while we're left wondering what's going to happen. Cameron's chip had been compromised, turning her back to thinking she's there to terminate John Connor, while John and Sarah are running for their life. Literally.
Initially my thought was that Cameron was going to be turned bad for a few episodes before John repaired her chip. Which would've been an interesting to see how that would've taken us, but in a way I'm glad it wasn't prolonged. Though I'm getting a sense that despite just having a chip that acquires all her programming Cameron is going to undergo certain tests with that programming, especially involving John. That whole "I love you" scene when John was about to take out her chip could be seen either way, a ploy or the truth as her memories from the future are being mishmashed together. She did keep repeating certain phrases so I'm sure that while her chip had been damaged a bit there was some truth to that, and seeing John's reaction it worked.
It's going to be really interesting to see how this plays out, since we've been dropped hints that there might be more between John and Cameron later this season. What's fascinating is how Cameron is different from the other Terminators in that she mimicks and picks up human interaction skills and understand how humans are externally, but perhaps this season might make her become more human in the emotional department. That is what intrigues me and it's going to be interesting to see how it unfolds.
Now to John. Last season he was more or less not wanting to get involved in things, it seemed more Sarah and Cameron doing those action-packed stuff. It looks like this season John's going to be getting more into the action. The scene where he's burning the car, with him standing next to Cameron while the others are on the opposite side, I felt that was symbolic to how John is changing; becoming more of the man he's going to become. Also, the last scene with him in the bathroom cutting his hair. It wasn't just him cutting his hair, the look he was giving the mirror and the unevenness of the cut. Again, symbolic. He's been affected by what happened, he now understands the graveness of their situation, even after all he's seen and witnessed, he's now understanding more about what needs to happen. He's maturing, and I think this is going to be an evolution to his character this season, the same with Cameron and also Sarah, who has to deal with her son becoming the savior of mankind as well as protect him from any harm as well.
The new introduction of Shirley Manson's character, who's name escapes me at the moment, was like whoa. Seriously, I figured she was part of the bigger plot from the first scene but to discover that she's actually a Terminator, and the liquified version as seen in T2, surprised me. And she was disguised as a urinal in the men's bathroom! Shocking reveal is shocking. I'm looking forward to more of her character, her intentions, and her fabulous hairstyle that compelled me in the episode. Srsly, very fierce.
I also liked her description of people walking along the street, she was talking like someone would looking through a microscope of a strange species. Which now we understand why, but still.
Okay, I'll be rambling but yay. The show is back and I'm happy.
However, I do have a dilemma, as it seems that Mondays are the crowded weekday concerning fandoms. Gossip Girl and TSCC are both on at the same timeslot and come September 22nd it'll be followed by Heroes. As happy as I am that the fall season is picking up after the painful hiatus during the strike for some, I'd forgotten about the issue of sharing timeslots and close-togetherness of shows. I don't know, I'll try to work out the schedule but again, I do have a life outside of fandom so I may be behind on several if things becomes too problematic.