PTR Senior Staff Writer
Well, I got my wish: Riley's out of the picture.
The wish I didn't get: Jesse is still around.
The wish that reappeared: Cameron and John front and center.
And wow ... I miss them.
For a moment, last week's episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles reminded me of what still appeals to me most about the show: Cameron and John.
It also reminded me how far off track the show has gotten from its appeal of the first season.
Too much of John moping around trying to grow a pair.
Too much of Cameron being reduced to one-liners.
Too much annoying Sarah craziness.
Too much Jesse/Riley drama.
Too many what ifs.
Too many dead ends.
At this point, it's not any wonder why the show is barely pulling in three million viewers.
It isn't Friday night's fault.
In this one viewer's opinion, the majority of this second season has seen Summer Glau's talent be wasted, which makes no sense given she was - hands down - one of the most compelling reasons to watch the show in the first season. Whoever thought it would be a good idea to have her wandering around aimlessly in the background, some sort of bystander save for a couple of scenes here and there, (and the
(No wonder she's doing a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory on Monday; they give her so little do on T:SCC these days).
And yet, Summer Glau is one of the main reasons so many of us watch the show. And when they do bring her back front and center, and they pair her alongside non-mopey-emo John, we get glimpses of what WAS the focus BEFORE the Tangentland Chronicles took over.
Do we remember all of the arse-kicking episodes from the first season that centered on Cameron's fierce defense and protection of John? Do we remember how they served as constant reminders to him of what he needed to do, why he needed to do it and what they were fighting against?
There was none of this chasing shadows nonsense.
None of this will he/won't he stuff.
None of everyone else wandering around trying to find their own ways to stop Skynet.
Last week's episode reminded me how good the show can still be, but it also reminded me how far off track its gotten, too - how its tried to do too much with too many "other" elements instead of sticking to the fundamentals.
In that sense, it was somewhat depressing.
But for a moment, we got to see Cam and John in sequences that remind us what it is all about.
We got to see the connection between current John and future John.
And we were reminded of Cam's devotion to her mission to protect John at all costs - even if it means her own termination.
In that sense, it wasn't depressing.
In that sense, it is still what works best.
New episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles air Fridays 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!)