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07 October 2008 @ 09:12 am
"Yeah I've got a plan. It involves guns."  
Oh, Derek, I missed you!

I confess, I've been a bit disappointed in SCC this season, other than the premiere. It hasn't been bad, exactly. Just not nearly as awesome as those last several episodes of S1. I'm particularly enjoying seeing where they're going with Cameron, but beyond that, it needed a little something. And see, this is exactly what they needed:

1. MORE DEREK! Okay, so the show's 'people' need to understand that the dynamic Derek adds to the group makes this show as good as it was late last season. Pretty simple.

2. Derek and John, off together on a mission! WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS. Uncle/nephew bonding time! Not that Sarah isn't all that, but boys need strong male figures, and that's Derek, even if he is fantastically broken. Actually, especially because he's fantastically broken.

3. Sarah and Cameron. They work very well together. I like their dynamic almost as much as I enjoy Derek and John.

Okay, so there were a few problems with the ep:

~ That kid's name was in the phone book? Seriously SCC? I liked that he was a kid, but an internet search would have been more believable in finding him. This isn't 1984 anymore, though I'm sure that was the parallel you were drawing.

~ They got into that military academy awfully easily. I did like that Derek had no plans to infiltrate himself, and was caught kinda flat footed and unhappy about it when they drafted him as an adviser.

~ I could so easily make this all about Derek. Okay, why not? Because he's totally the reason I loved this episode so much, despite it's flaws. I loved the flashbacks, and the way he kept tripping up over the idea that training, or worse, actual combat, could be viewed as 'fun' by the eager cadets. Poor Pyle. I felt sorry for him.

"He was just a boy."

"So were you."

"Yeah. I guess I was." = "Sure. Whatever."

Derek is so broken. He holds it together pretty well, acts like a normal guy most of the time. But you put him in a situation with soldiers, and all that surface 'normal' disappears. He's eerie, and intense, and scary, and every one of those soldiers and cadets felt that about him.

"Those trees are going to be a problem." So Derek turns it into a training exercise. Nice! I quite enjoyed that.

"He dies for you. We all die for you." - Wow, Derek. Way to be blunt and...and tell John the cold, hard truth. But maybe that's what John needed to hear.

~ Okay, I'm really, really ready for Sarah to find out that Derek knows John's his nephew. This episode was great because we saw so much of that relationship. When the whole Connor family is together, we don't see it. That might just be the show's failing, but part of me thinks it's because Sarah doesn't know, so they're keeping those scenes for when John and Derek are alone. Which sadly, does not seem to happen often! More male bonding!

~ Little Martin Bedell was made of awesome. I loved his ability to mostly calmly accept that this was happening to him, that Sarah and Cameron really were the good guys who saved him from the monster, not evil psychotic kidnappers. That happens so rarely.

~ T-1001 was really awesome in the premiere. Now? I am finding her more and more boring as the show continues. She doesn't feel threatening to me at all. There's no tension there. Although I did feel the Wicked Witch was a metaphor for her, possibly. Come on, melting? Seems kinda T-1001-ish to me.

Next week - more Derek! W00t!
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
indie: SCC Derek showerindiefic on October 7th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
*nods emphatically*

Miss Crankypants: Seasonal Autumn Round Sun Through Branchaka_paloma on October 7th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Little Martin Bedell was very awesome.

I think I've been enjoying these last two episodes more than the preceding two simply because of the lack of Riley. Her character seems very slap-dash, with very little thought put into her development, and only there to bring conflict between Sarah and John (and Cameron to a degree), so when it's just John and Riley the scenes draaaaag and make me wish I had taped the show so I could fast forward past her.

I love Garbage and I love Shirley Manson's singing voice. I really, really do. But I don't love her as an actress. *sigh*

And it's on next week? I thought it was on hiatus until November 3rd for Sweeps. Grrr. I follow three (three!) different TV sites and I still can't get accurate information.
rhienellethrhienelleth on October 7th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, it might be, I guess...there was a promo for the next episode at the end of this one, but I honestly didn't pay attention to when they said it was airing.
Miss Crankypants: Seasonal Autumn Misty Park w/ Tableaka_paloma on October 7th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
And I certainly can't tell you what they said during the promo because as usual, we're not allowed to have promos in Canada. *grumbles*
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Derek is not amusedsabaceanbabe on October 7th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
It's not on next week. The promo said "in two weeks" and FOX's website has a countdown which stands at 13 days and however many hours and minutes.


I want more now. :(
Miss Crankypants: Farscape Aeryn Do Not Frell With Meaka_paloma on October 7th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in re-checking the TV sites I usually haunt, I see they've changed 2x06 to an October 20th airdate. At least it's better than the November 3rd date that was previously being thrown around for 2x06.

(And your username makes me want to use this icon. *sigh* I still miss Farscape, even after all these years.)
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: Funny fandomsabaceanbabe on October 8th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I can live with an extra week. Really. I can. *twitch*

(I miss Farscape, too. Frelling skiffy.)