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04 November 2008 @ 07:46 pm
Sarah Connnor Chronicles 2.07 Brothers of Nablus  
The show's really hit its stride again--this was a really solid episode, though I don't immediately have a lot to say about it.

As an innocent man possibly facing a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit, Ellison was instantly more sympathetic to me again. That was refreshing. I am glad he got off but hate seeing him manipulated by Weaver. She's playing God to his Job--but does he realise?

Casey protecting the Connors on instinct was great. In an episode which otherwise reminded us how anyone they cross paths with (or leave alive) can be a liability, it was good to see that some people can accidentally prove useful as well. Likewise it was good to see Riley proving useful (though omg she doesn't know what she's got into!).

Loving Jessie, and Derek around Jessie. Looking forward to that plot deepening.

Favourite aspect of the episode? Cameron claiming the Brothers of Nablus as her 'kind of story'. That laid the ground for her killing the thieves at the end of the episode. She's a believer in eliminating those that pose a danger. Sarah can't stomach this, and she might have got away with leaving one of the thieves alive, but it IS a risk--in this case, one that is going to hurt them.

Finally, I'm glad that John mentioned the killing, and that he aired some of his anger. His anger at Sarah is not entirely rational--but that sort of makes it all the more important that he admit how he's feeling and they get on with weathering it. No, ultimately Sarah can't protect him from harsh realities no matter how good her intentions. But at the same time that doesn't negate how important it is for them to try and protect him. I do think a balance needs to be achieved though--because pushing John too hard will result in him rebelling, and asking him to give up his friendship with Riley seems like it could be where he digs his heels in.

To the Americans on my f'list: happy voting! :)
 
 
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The First Evil: TSCC - Sarah and John - Venomoralasta77 on November 4th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I do think a balance needs to be achieved though--because pushing John too hard will result in him rebelling, and asking him to give up his friendship with Riley seems like it could be where he digs his heels in.

I do think Sarah went too far in banning any friends coming over to the house. John needs some normalcy in his life. And, as you point out, it will only lead to rebellion. She could have instigated rules about friends coming over. Any parent is going to be unhappy at hearing stories about friends sneaking out windows in the middle of the night. Why not mandate Riley has to be gone by ten? And couldn't Cameron be programmed to know if the security system is disabled? Like other plot points, I have a feeling Sarah's judgment here is setting up future events.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on November 4th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suspect it's setting up the plot ahead too. But I do think Sarah could have taken a more balanced approach with Riley. I think at the moment Sarah, Cameron and John are each operating too independently--they're not harnassing their strengths together. None of them trust each other--and that's a problem.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on November 4th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree--that was a solid episode, with a few really suspenseful moments (especially the Terminator in the grocery store.) And I was honestly shocked to realize the opening sequence with Ellison was real and not a dream sequence. It does make me curious about the internal politics of Skynet; Ellison has two terminators protecting him, for different reasons, and others out to replace him.

Finally, I'm glad that John mentioned the killing, and that he aired some of his anger. His anger at Sarah is not entirely rational--but that sort of makes it all the more important that he admit how he's feeling and they get on with weathering it. No, ultimately Sarah can't protect him from harsh realities no matter how good her intentions. But at the same time that doesn't negate how important it is for them to try and protect him. I do think a balance needs to be achieved though--because pushing John too hard will result in him rebelling, and asking him to give up his friendship with Riley seems like it could be where he digs his heels in.


Yeah, I agree on both counts. Even though it's not really fair to blame her, it's an extremely normal response, especially for a teenager. And I agree that his friendship with Riley seems like an unwise thing to tamper with. On the other hand, I want to whack him for omitting vital info--if he had called his mom like a reasonable person and told her there was a Terminator at the house, she would *never* have let that one thief go. And it was his failure to tell her about the whole Cameron incident that set the danger in motion in the first place. Both of them need to stop withholding info from each other, or things are going to get bad.

When the election is over and I have a brain again, I might write something about the biblical themes in this episode, and the contrast between Weaver and Cameron's use of the Bible, but that's going to require more than three hours sleep, which I am not anticipating until Wednesday night.(Even if, as the best case scenarios predict, they actually call the presidential election by 9 p.m. Eastern time, there are still a number of Califonia ballot initiatives I'm worried about that I'll be up watching for).

Edited at 2008-11-04 06:15 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on November 4th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I initially thought the opening sequence was a dream sequence too.

Ellison has two terminators protecting him, for different reasons, and others out to replace him.
Yes, one way or another he's a very important figure. But I do find Skynet's goals (and factions?) a little unfathomable.

if he had called his mom like a reasonable person and told her there was a Terminator at the house, she would *never* have let that one thief go.
Oh true... he is being deliberately obtuse about such info, I think. Good call on his culpability regarding keeping the Cameron incident secret--I'm sure he did so to avoid another round of the 'Cameron is a liability' argument, but he doesn't have the luxury of being able to avoid such things. You're right--he and Sarah need to share all relevant info.

I might write something about the biblical themes in this episode, and the contrast between Weaver and Cameron's use of the Bible
That sounds great! I would love to read that, but completely understand about the need for brain (and sleep).

I'll be tuning in throughout the day, when I can, at work. It's great to hear that there have been record turnouts!