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To the Lighthouse Theory!

After going over the previews for this episode and piecing it together with clips from the WonderCon video, life_on_queen and I brewed up some heavily caffeinated ideas. You know what that means, don't you?

That right, it's THEORY TIME!

The lump Sarah finds in her breast is actually a microchip implanted in her by Kaliba and they've been tracking her every move since she awoke in the hospital in The Good Wound.

This is how Winston found her at Western Iron & Metal.
This is how Kaliba goons will find Charley's house.
This is why Sarah uses the defibrillator (to disable the chip).
This is how they find Sarah at the doctor's office.
This is how they find Derek and Cameron.

Piecing in the back story:

We know (from the call John Henry picked up) that Winston was discovered by a coworker at the warehouse after being shot by Sarah. That worker called a higher-up who ordered them to shut the place down. We later learned from Winston (in the van with Sarah) that his bosses took him to a private medical facility. So we can conclude that people from Kaliba showed up at the warehouse to save Winston shortly after the shooting.

Winston received emergency care by Kaliba people at the warehouse, regained consciousness and told them what happened. They assumed Sarah was working for someone, so they implant her with a microchip. To make sure she survived to be able to lead them to her bosses, they drove her (and her Jeep) to the hospital, stuck her in the driver's seat and made sure someone noticed her. That explains how the driver's seat of Sarah's Jeep was covered in blood and also why her medical chart said: "Patient arrived unconscious with gunshot wound."

Why didn't Winston or Kaliba people show up at the Connor house once Sarah got back home after Desert Cantos? They weren't interested in Sarah until they could establish who else she was working for or with. So they were simply going to track her every move until they could discover that info. But when she headed over to Western Iron & Metal, Winston sprang into action and nabbed her for interrogation before she could cause any more trouble for Kaliba.

Before Sarah killed Winston, he told his bosses that her son is who they wanted — that he was the one who blew up their factory. So once Sarah got away, Kaliba was going to be back on her trail again, wanting her and her son and probably everyone in their "family" operation.

What we think is going to happen:

Sarah finds a small lump in her breast and immediately assumes the worst — that this is the cancer she's going to die from. With Derek having lied about Jesse and Cameron now posing all sorts of problems, Sarah makes the decision to ditch them both and go to the one person she knows she can trust completely with John's life and the only one she can trust to finish raising John in her absence: Charley.

With John safely tucked away with Charley, Sarah heads off to see a doctor about the lump in her breast. When she's told that it appears to be some sort of a foreign object, Sarah puts 2+2 together and realizes it's a tracking device. In a desperate move to disable the chip, she grabs the defibrillator and zaps her breast, knocking herself unconscious. But it's too late. Kaliba is already moving on the whole Connor clan.

Charley's house is under siege, Derek is getting tasered, Sarah is about to get nabbed at the doctor's office and Cameron is fighting a Kaliba machine (the water delivery terminator). This is the "fatal Skynet attack" we've heard was going to happen and the most likely casualty is Charley, who will probably die defending John :(


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Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Yes.
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
The best part about this theory is that it sidesteps Sarah having cancer. That's what started this whole thing, really. We're were all "No Sarah cancer!!!!". So we found a way around it ;)
Mar. 23rd, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Y'both are nuts. I loves ya but yer nuts.

And probably totally right.

Can't wait for this one. Pile on the misery, it all makes for good fic!
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
It totally works, doesn't it?
As long as none of it leads to more angry John, I'll be happy.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
You still need to publish your theory of Future!John's current 'status'.
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I'll publish it here: He's DED. :P
Mar. 24th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'll publish it here: He's DED. :P

I am also totally on board with that one!

No one ever sees Future!John. In TTDII, Cameron tells Jesse that giving her the answer is the same as giving it to John. I reckon John's dead, Cam's running the show and she's the one promoting the unholy alliance with metal. Maybe when it all went wrong she sent herself back to stop our John making the same mistakes - to steer him towards retaining his humanity which seems to be a major theme at the moment. *ow!ow! time travel paradoxes are making my brain hurt!*
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm still contemplating the future!John is dead theory, but I definitely get the sense that Cameron's running things on her own in 2027. What I'm still stuck on is Cameron's motives for sending herself back. And BTW, if she sent herself back, that could explain why it took her so long to find Sarah and John (73 days is a long time). She probably only had a vague idea of where they were in 1999.

I don't think I like the idea that Cameron's trying to steer John towards retaining his humanity. That would seem to contradict what she recently said to Sarah about John needing to be detached from other humans. Then again, jumping them over Sarah's death seems to contradict that. And why did she send Derek back? (I'm assuming Cameron is the one who sent him, but Derek thought it was John's orders.)

I think I need one more piece of the puzzle in order to figure this thing out and I have a feeling Catherine Weaver is that piece. I think retrieving that box was Cameron's idea under the guise of it being John's, as was the invitation to the liquid metal to join them. If we get just a little bit more back story, I think I can figure this out.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think you're right. Poor Charley!
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Charley's been gone so long that I wouldn't expect to be sad if he died. But with the way this show can manipulate my emotions, I'd probably be crying.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
she has a chip in her boob? of all the other places on her body?.. LOL
I think you might be onto something, but I think it will work out a little differently.

This is my theory for the long term; John Henry melts Weaver.

Mar. 24th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Hey, a chip under the skin would be less noticeable in a fleshy part of the body. Also it works well to give Sarah another cancer scare ;)

Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Pretty good. I wouldn't be so sure that Derek will survive but first we need to find out what happened to him when he was taken down to the basement by the rubber-covered Terminator in "Dungeons and Dragons."

Sarah craziness again. Defib'ing a working heart not at all a good idea!
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Now that BAG is doing a pilot for another series, I think there's certainly a possibility he could get killed - or more likely, his fate would be unknown in the finale, so they'd have the option of having him be dead or alive at the beginning of next season.
Mar. 24th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I heard that he's taken a small role in the new show, and that TSCC is still his first priority, so hopefully they can keep him around for some BAGgy goodness.

What do you think, did Jesse live?
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I heard to, but I still think it makes a Derek death possible, whereas before I wouldn't have thought there was any chance of him being killed off.

I think Jesse lived, but I'm basing it on the close-up of Derek's finger on the trigger. That seemed like an intentional contrast to when the did the close-up of Sarah pulling the trigger on Winston. Sarah's was a *BANG*, Derek's was a *click*. I think he hesitated, so Jesse lived.
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Edit: I expanded a bit on what I'd commented and just written it out as it's own post:


Edited at 2009-03-25 11:22 am (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I see what you're getting at.

I don't think he could've killed her. I think he was just scaring her off -- even though she isn't his Jesse, she's still Jesse. I think that even though he can consciously say that she's a completely different person, he can't quite separate not-Jesse-in-front-of-me and woman-I-love.
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