Sarah and Cameron head off to the plant where they are able to acquire temp jobs with ease. Once inside, they need to find out what and who they are supposed to stop. This leads to a knock down drag out between Cameron and a Terminator duplicate. With the end of the night revealing another step to world domination by the T-1001 that was revealed last week, played by Shirley Manson.
In my eyes, this is another winning episode. While it did not further the bigger picture story in a large way, it was filled with more character moments. I believe these character moments and the building of conflicts are what the young series needs. Make us care for the characters, draw us in and you will have plenty of time to allow the big picture to unfold. With the Terminator franchise to draw upon, there is a gigantic big picture from which to pick and choose elements from in order to grow something truly spectacular.
I love the conflict brewing between Cameron and John. There was a scene in this episode between the two where Cameron says John can no longer be trusted because he fought to save her, despite what she could mean to him. Clearly John has developed some sort of bond with the machine. That brings up another side-note -- they do not refer to the Terminators as Terminators, rather they are always called "machines." I wonder why? Not that it matters, but it is curious.
John has the weight of his future upon him as he sees his childhood and freedom slipping away, leading him to try and make a connection with Riley. It will be interesting to see where this relationship leads, how far down the rabbit hole will she be allowed to go?
Meanwhile, Cameron seems to be developing in ways we have never seen in a machine before. She may not be programmed for feelings, but can they be developed? We've seen the "I love you" moment from the premiere and coupling it with the more motherly way she protects John. And then there s the moment in this episode as we near the climax when Cameron, rather than acting, does nothing, telling Sarah instead that she's thinking. What? Since when do they take time to think? Could the damage she has taken be affecting the way she operates?