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Much to say about The Good Wound

I'm done dwelling on ratings. It's been taking me away from talking about this episode. And I so loved this episode. It just gets better and better with each rewatch too.



I think my favorite part was in the motel room when Sarah tells the doctor about John. The use of the T1 dialog was so perfect and makes that first true emotional connection between Sarah and Kyle. Also, I think I'm in love with Jonathan Jackson. He seriously, won me over. It's not that I didn't like him before, I just couldn't really think of him as Kyle. He was more future war Derek's brother. But now, he's really Kyle :)

Some of the morgue stuff was just as good. That bit about whether it was Reese that hurt her... "No. God no. Reese is John's father... and he's dead." Can Lena Headey get any better? I was choked up. And the call to Derek when she thought the 4-minute clock could start counting down any time was awesome. I loved how she and Derek understood each other so perfectly without really saying it.

Derek was so damn likable in this episode, too. Being a hard-ass to John was totally warranted, but he didn't leave him hanging either. I think the thought of Sarah being seriously wounded brought out Derek's paternal instincts — something we haven't seen in a while since he's been so consumed with Jesse and so disgruntled about John's behavior. Maybe Kyle being away during his teen years is why Derek has been at such a loss about teen John. Heh.

This might have been the first episode where I wasn't a little bit bored with an Ellison / John Henry scene. The Bionicles stuff was gold and his question for God about ball joints is one of the best lines ever. Oh and Catherine's "Everything I do, I do for you" line was so very Sarah, wasn't it? I sense an eventual showdown between these two sons: John Henry and John Connor. And probably a showdown between the two mothers: Catherine and Sarah. I wonder if that leaves pseudo dads Ellison and Derek to have a showdown as well? And then Cameron and Savannah fight to the death!!! (Okay maybe not.)

Catherine's slaughter at the warehouse was, well, awesome. Starting in the bathroom, I was like "she's going to be a urinal again? How boring." But no. Hee. Oh, she's a sink this time. Nope. Ah, she's the mirror. Wrong again! Instead, she's just hanging out in the hallway ready to slice and dice. That was fun. Even the classic villain walk-while-victims-are-running didn't bother me because I was enjoying the bloodbath so much. That explosion was cheesy-looking though.

I think Riley was playing Jesse about the high school jumper. I don't really think that's why she slit her wrists, but I have to give her some credit for being sly enough to think of that when confronted by Jesse. I don't generally think of Riley as being that bright. And this thing she has for Jesse... I think she's just desperate for a mother figure (like John is desperate for a father figure). Riley wants someone to care about her like a mom would because she's never had that. (Her cutesy "hi mom" to Sarah back in Automatic gets a little more meaning now.) Things didn't work out with the foster family because it was too normal and happy — too much of a contrast to the post-apocalyptic memories in her head. But the Connor house, well, she kind of fits right in there really even though no one but John wants her around.

Okay, so, back to Sarah and Kyle (and Derek)...

Kyle's disembodied voice at the very beginning was too cheesy, but once he appeared it was all good and I liked the clear distinction between hallucination Kyle and dream Kyle. Sarah referring to both he and Derek as "Reese" was obviously meant to blur the two brothers, which led into the visual at the end of Derek turning into hallucination Kyle and back to Derek again. I'm not completely settled on what that means yet, but I think it's probably Sarah coming to the realization that she can't always do it all on her own. As much as she wants to kill Derek sometimes ("He's certainly on the list."), she needs to let him shoulder some of the burden (especially since he'd be the one to protect John if she died). I'm not sure if I like that, though. Sure, John and Sarah are all he's got and he's all they've got in the way of family, but he's still sneaking around with Jesse (and he revealed John's father to her!) and he still believes in killing.

I'm so glad all this Kyle stuff wasn't basically the cut dream from T2. I never liked the idea of Sarah needing motivation to take care of John. Also, we've kind of already been there done that with the parental rights story. She lost all hope and gave up once (brief as it was) already. This, however, was about keeping herself going no matter how much it hurt and no matter how difficult it was. I really like thinking now that Kyle is sort of always with her. I don't mean she's always talking to hallucination Kyle, but that she keeps him there in her heart and mind to give herself an extra bit of strength when she needs it. It was fun that he was trying to keep her in check the whole time too. "Ease up!" Sarah tends to go to far when she's desperate. John is often the voice of reason in her life, but when he's not there and she has to cool herself down, I guess it's sort of Kyle that does it for her.

"Sarah, was anything you said the truth?"
"I got shot."
*ouch*

Sarah played that doctor beautifully, but it was cool that she gave her an out for shooting the abusive ex-boyfriend cop. "They'll think I did this. All you have to do is let them." I guess that was in lieu of a "hey, thanks for saving my life under the duress of having a gun pointed at you."

I am so glad Sarah now knows that Derek knows Kyle was John's father. That's been hovering for a very long time!

So what's John going to do about Riley? Derek was pissed at him (and he and Sarah both see Riley as a problem). Cameron flat out told him he has more important things to do. Oh and her refusal to help look for Riley was awesome. Hee. I guess all that is either going to make John give up Riley or make him more determined to be with her to prove them all wrong. Given how John's been this season, I'm leaning towards the latter.

Okay, I think that's it. I had a lot more to say about this episode than I thought. :)



Comments

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zanpakto
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know what he will do. I think when he finds out what she is really doing it will be trouble. Obviously Jesse is the odd one out. Derek doesn't know she is playing Riley does she? Jesse has to go. I hope John and Riley stick together in the end.

I get to watch it again tonight because my mom didn't see it yet.
roxybisquaint
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
No, Derek doesn't know anything about Riley working with Jesse. As far as he knows, Riley is just some girl John met at school. And that's how we know that Jesse's plan has to be more evil than wanting to separate John and cameron for the sake of the resistance. If that were all she was up to, why wouldn't she let Derek in on the part about Riley?

I liked Riley when I thought she was a normal girl, but now that we know she's from the future, I'm not so happy with her and really don't care what happens to her. I don't know if she'll survive the season, but I feel certain Jesse won't. I don't see how she could. She's bad. She's going to have to die.

I have a feeling that when John does find out about Jesse and figures out what Riley's up to, they'll team up to turn things around on Jesse and destroy her plan. But in order for that to happen, I'm a little worried the Riley/John story would have to turn into a "I pretended to like you as part of a plan to manipulate you, but I fell in love with you for real" cliche.
zanpakto
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Perhaps its a scheme to make John not see Riley as important as he does. If his first girlfriend acts psycho on purpose, he may not want to have any more romantic involvement with anyone, including Cameron in the future LOL. Maybe John did something to Jesse, but she is definitely warping his mind and not letting anyone get in the way. I don't think Derek would really allow this. He wouldn't do that to a kid, but Jesse is really weird/evil.

Maybe she doesn't even like Derek? Maybe theres more to that.

I think John Henry IS skynet. He is only differentiated from other terminators by the fact his consciousness is seperate from his body, and that he is not pre-programmed for missions like a terminator. Eventually weaver will have to step aside. But I don't understand her reluctance. Maybe she is just acting like a mom. I'm not into machine vs. machine theories.
I wonder what happened to her little girl, maybe weaver ditched her.
zanpakto
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
....they can't kill Weaver at any point and let that little girl slip away from the script. It would be like child abuse. LOL. I'm going to be watching to make sure she is taken care of in the end.
roxybisquaint
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
If they destroy Catherine Weaver this season and Ellison lives, then my guess is he'll adopt little orphan Savannah. He did always want to be a daddy!
roxybisquaint
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
It certainly seems like Catherine Weaver is trying to start Skynet with John Henry. But what still complicates her story is why she brought in Sherman and then Ellison. If she's just planning to create a super AI computer that can destroy mankind, then why bother with the moral and ethical guidance? I'm still not 100% sure n what she's up to.

Another thought I've had is that Catherine didn't like how Skynet was running things so she sent herself back in time to kick start the super AI her way. Maybe she comes from a further point in the future where mankind has been wiped out and machines (like humans) eventually started "killing" each other because they have no sense of the value of "life". I mean it kind of seems that her goal with John Henry is for him to be raised with the kind of right and wrong values that humans have.

I think I'm finally starting to enjoy John Henry and Catherine Weaver's storyline. This teaching of John Henry is bound to backfire. JH's question for God about why didn't he make humans with more ball and socket joints, was great fun, but there's something more to that. He's starting to see machines as superior to man. JH has hinge joints like a human because he was designed to look and move like a human. But if left to design his own body, it would clearly be different. Do you watch BSG? It kind of reminded me of Cavill's rant about how much he hated his human body.
lenageek
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Can Lena Headey get any better?

Mmm...that would be a no! Well, til' the ep that displays her awesome acting prowess, that is! :) Watched this ep several times and it's still getting me with the intensity/emotion every time. I'm a happy, happy SCC fan to haves me some Sarah back!
roxybisquaint
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'm a happy, happy SCC fan to haves me some Sarah back!

Me too!
indiefic
Feb. 16th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
And then Cameron and Savannah fight to the death :D (okay maybe not).

GLEE!!!

And yes to everything else!
roxybisquaint
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
That would be fun, wouldn't it?
staceyface
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Given how John's been this season, I'm leaning towards the latter.

Ugh, I miss old John, when he wasn't so dark and moody.
And Jesse needs to go. Derek needs to find out about her and just disown her because I am tired of the sneaking around, spilling secrets crap. Why are the living men in this family so naive?
roxybisquaint
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I miss season 1 John who had a bit of a sense of humor. I never thought he was too whiny then, but I certainly think he's too dark and brooding now. Riley's only saving grace is that she at least makes him smile once in a while. I don't think that'll be the case anymore, though.

According to Thomas Dekker, John's not as naive as he appears and he's "had a plan". But I'm already rolling my eyes at that since we've not seen any hint that he's onto Riley or knows about Jesse or Catherine Weaver or John Henry or knows anything about the 3 dots.

I don't really blame Derek for believing Jesse, but I do blame him for not even mentioning to Sarah that his girlfriend dropped in from the future. That's just idiotic and I have no doubt Derek's going to pay a price for keeping it to himself. I'm kind of looking forward to him learning the error of his ways. I think he'll be a changed man when that happens.
spectralbovine
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh and Catherine's "Everything I do, I do for you" line was so very Sarah, wasn't it?
It was very Bryan Adams.

But interesting point on the mother/son connections! Hmmm.
roxybisquaint
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Hee. Yeah it totally was Bryan Adams.
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