PTR Senior Staff Writer
Summer Glau, I love you.
You freakin’ rock.
I keep begging the Warner Brothers publicity people for the opportunity to tell you this in an interview, but alas, no avail … sooooo, the above will have to do until they take pity on me and/or I break onto the lot and kidnap you.
JOKING, folks – though not about the begging (please, please, please friends at WBTV Publicity??????!?!?!?!? We really are quite lovely here at PTR.)
Anyhoooooo, let me just also say I love the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles people by the hour these days. As in, after last night’s ep, I would be broke if they were actually charging a fee.
They give me a Summer-focused ep that explains how dearest Cameron came to be – her human inspirational blueprint a one awesome Allison Young, part of John’s inner-circle in the future, captured by the machine to be copied, emulated.
OMFG, I have once again died and gone to Terminator heaven.
To be fair, one could say this was one big Concerning Cam Moment of an episode. However, this week, I don’t care.
I don’t care that her chip goes on the fritz only to remember the actual girl she was based on – her history, her human tendencies - all of which gave us a rare moment of Cam being Allison, having fun playing foosball, calling the mom who hadn’t given birth to her yet a la John meeting his baby toddler of a father last season … do I love this show or do I love this show?
But back to the Summer love … I already said I was her #1 Fan last season even though I technically can’t be, given I know there are plenty of people who loved her before T:SCC. But still, I am enjoying her as much this season as last season, and she continues to impress me with each successive performance – particularly last night’s performance.
A human performance.
I think we take for granted just how good she is at not being human. The precision and conscious awareness to subdue every tick and twitch that she has forced herself – as an actress – to adhere to so as to remove every human element from what we see as Cameron, yet still maintain a remarkable sensitivity and bring a sense of humanity to Cameron.
So. Darn. Good.
And yet last night, we were treated to seeing her in the complete opposite mindset. A girl on the run, trying to survive capture, interrogation and torture by the machines, telling us the raw truth of her life post-judgment day.
I just can’t say enough.
Except to say thank you, Summer.
Now, on the flip side … or, should I say the moments not occupied by Summer … we watched Sara play mommy-and-me best friend to the preggers girl who is, technically, their landlord. I haven’t mentioned her as yet, but I really like how they’ve juxtaposed her against Sara’s general angst-ridden approach to living in the world. Here’s this girl, about ready to give birth, going to be on her own (given things aren’t exactly kosher between her and LAPD detective baby daddy) talking to the mother of all mothers who knows about raising a son completely on her own and with a ridiculously huge burden of being the future leader of mankind. That said, I so enjoy watching Lena Headey’s understated portrayal of Sara’s emotions. As I said last week, she never lets us forget she is human, compassionate and, above all, a mother. There is something so endearing in her subtle, shy reveals to complete strangers about her life - if she reveals it at all.
And on the Shirley front this week … soooo, we have a daughter? No way. Kid has got to be a mini-machine or something. But, she is putting the moves on Agent Ellison, and he’s going to take her up on the ol’ job offer seeing as being a rather depressed and on-the-outs FBI agent doesn’t quite seem appealing at the moment. That, or it reminds him way too much of the 28 people who died on his mission-gone-wrong from last season’s finale, which saw Cromartie live.
I do kinda feel sorry for Ellison. He’s pulling a classic Lilly Rush-esque “Oh, I’m fine, even if I just got shot and had my mom die in my arms” stiff upper-lip routine.
I’m going to guess he’ll either crack or get some serious revenge.
All of which will be on Shirley watch.
The fight to save the world continues.
New episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles air Mondays at 8 p.m. on FOX. You can also watch full episodes online. Visit the Official Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Web site to catch up (or re-watch!)