Jesse and Derek
Oh, Jesse! Oh, Derek! Oh, my beautiful doomed DOOMED ship! (note to BSG: doomed in the GOOD way, motherfrakkers!) It was torturous delight to be given so much more of them right before (we know!) they're going to be torn apart. When Derek finds out she killed Riley (and he's SO close to finding out!) ... I can't imagine.
How much do I love them?! SO MUCH that I can actually overcome the *rotfl* reaction I had to the show using 'hooroo' as a poignant 'au revoir' equivalent. Jesse must come from some REALLY alterna!future if she uses that term at all seriously. In all my years in Australia I've heard it used seriously maybe... twice?
But regardless, shippy squee:
- loved seeing them pre-mission and Jesse's 'are you going to be like this every time I ship out?' and Derek in protective mode
- also very interesting to hear Derek be the 'metal is never your friend' voice for once
- love that Jesse knows Derek's worry + kiss = I love you, and that she has no problem saying it back
- Derek sick with anxiety about what's going on with Jesse
- Derek taping up her hands (aww!)
And Jesse squee! The bar scene was awesome. It was smart of her to pick a fight to hide her injuries, but the scene was really well drawn--I actually liked the guy who tried to pick her up--and I liked her snark about reprogramming robots. Even better were the scenes of her in command of a sub. I'm really hooked into the story and presumably we'll get more of it next week.
And Derek squee! I love Derek's uncle role and the way he asked after John when he heard about Riley. Until Jesse kicked in with her articulated view on how to handle (or not handle) Cameron, he was really only thinking about how John would feel. *hearts* Even more love for his 'no good comes out of that, none, not ever' speech to Jesse. He is, as Jesse says, a GOOD man.
I adored the eeriness of the shots of Jesse sitting in the hotel armchairs, twitching.
John, Cameron, Sarah
Interesting to see John react so calmly to moving--he really has changed. Sarah's relief was palpable, but of course he's also changed in how much he hides from his mother and his willingness to pack up the garage allowed him to hide the truth.
I was pleased to see John so serious about burning the parts--but what's really fascinating is that despite that he still protects Cameron from his mother.
Pigeon! (Pigeons seem to be sneaking in to all my shows at the moment?) a 51% chance Cameron wouldn't have killed it, huh? So the repair didn't change much.
The John/Cameron intensity continues. John playing with the destroy button while talking to Cameron. It seemed at first that Cameron had made a mistake in saying she was sorry that Riley was dead--that was something John can't believe because machines don't have feelings. It cast doubt on her other statement: that she did not kill Riley. However, it seems that John believed her despite that. I'm not sure if that's because he wanted to believe that or because he really knows how to read her. His dual belief and suspicion of Cameron are so fascinating and so well conveyed. I loved how his voice broke on 'she told me'.
Sarah hit the most painful spot of all when she said 'just like she told you she loved you' to John. Wow! His reaction was incredible. It totally caught him off guard, and Sarah looked disappointed that that hit as strong a nerve as it did. Afterwards his little flash of rage seemed to be in response to being caught with 'feelings' for her.
Of course, that escalated MASSIVELY in the creepy scene where Cameron mimicked Riley's voice. I do wonder why Cameron took it as far as she did--I think part of it may have been curiosity to see John's reaction, which she found confusing and possibly intriguing.
Should John be alone? He says yes. Cameron says no, but later she says that it is 'John's life' to be alone. Did she just drive him away? Or is this 'alone' that she speaks of confined to other humans--because she says 'humans are the problem'.
I think Cameron is absolutely sincere when she says that her keeping parts is not about her, it's about John. Keeping herself 'alive' is her way of protecting John. John is the point, always. Sarah worries that Cameron is a threat to John. I think she was pretty sickened to have that thrown back at her--and I think it was an interesting reverse of the Sarah-John scene where Sarah hit the hardest emotional blow. Sarah would hate to think of herself as a 'problem' holding John back.
The hide-and-seek was really creepy. Poor Savannah caught up in a game between two machines--her mother and John Henry. Ellison's rage was pretty funny, though once again: HOW can he not tell Weaver is inhuman?! If ever there was a scene where he should have clued on it was the one where a mother seemed to be getting her kicks out of a machine hiding her child. And of course the parallel there was with Cameron--two secret-keeping machines.
I hear that Fox are currently undecided on whether to renew the show or not. I'm REALLY hoping the big finale they're building to will bring the ratings up enough to influence them. And if there are any other Sarah Connor fans out there, please do check out the Save Sarah Connor website: http://www.savethescc.com/.