The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Ourselves Alone
(S02E17) It feels good to have our show back, doesn't it? After taking a mostly tedious three-episode trip inside of Sarah Connor's head, TSCC returned with a solid ep that addressed Riley's suicide attempt and featured Cameron getting a little twitchy. "Ourselves Alone" was light on Skynet conspiracy theories, but it delivered some definite payoff for one of the season's most talked about plot lines. Click through for the spoils.
It was revealed that Jesse's plan was to get Cameron to kill Riley, turning John against Cameron and the idea of trusting reprogrammed Terminators. We knew Jesse was trouble since day one, but I wasn't prepared for what happened at the end of this episode. I was just getting to like Riley, and I didn't want to see her die last night. It's not that I grew to love Riley, I actually thought she was quite irritating, but I really wanted Jesse's plan to fall apart and for her to be exposed as the cracked, manipulative wench she really is. Her plan did fall apart, thankfully, but Riley's murder means there's no one left to expose Jesse's real agenda. So Jesse lives on to push the hard anti-metal line, manipulate the Connors – and annoy the hell out of me – for another day.
The opening scene with Cameron was one of my favorite parts of the episode. I love watching quirky Cameron interact with the world, in this case a bird nesting inside the Connor's chimney. The opening was funny, but it also reminded us about Cameron's faulty chip issues. She wanted to help that bird and set it free, but she ended up killing it involuntarily. Will Cameron eventually end up in a similar situation with John?
Show creator Josh Friedman has revealed that there will be more issues with Cameron's chip this season, and she might become a dangerous problem for the Connors again. As far as I remember, Cameron's chip was never officially fixed. Even she knows she's a danger to John. That's why she gave him the remote detonator, which I hope he doesn't use.
Derek returned this week, but he was busy chasing a Skynet lead and not noticing what a blatant evil witch his girlfriend is – again! Derek's subplot didn't really go anywhere in this episode, but I did like his talk with Jesse about the diverging timelines. It brings up lots of interesting questions: What does Jesse know that has her hell-bent on turning John against Cameron? How is her Judgment Day and her Skynet war different from Derek's? Are her actions justified? I hope we get some answers before the season (series?) ends in April.
We didn't get any robot-on-robot action scenes this week, but I found this ep a lot more compelling than the "Sad Sarah" trilogy. I know some of you enjoyed that arc, but I'm glad it's over.
- I love John Henry, Ellison and I'm warming up to the Weaverbot, but I didn't really miss them this week. I was too caught up in the Riley-Jesse drama and Cameron's twitchiness to think about them.
- Future John seems to be a lot smarter than Teenage John, right? But Teenage John seemed to know more about Riley that he let on. What else does he know or suspect, and is he planning something based on his information/theories?
- Sarah didn't like the idea of Derek chasing leads on his own and keeping her out of the loop. I wonder if she'll lose all trust for him once his relationship with Jesse is revealed.
- I know Sarah Connor is the title character, but does anyone else think the show works better when Sarah doesn't take center stage?
- Note to self: When attempting to kill a Skynet war vet, bring lots of guns.
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