Terminator: TSCC 2.17: "Ourselves Alone"

After the poorly-received trilogy of character-driven episodes focused on Sarah, the writers return to the larger canvas with this episode. In essence, this is the beginning of the final leg of the season, as events begin to spiral out of control.


Riley's suicide attempt was just the beginning of trouble for the Connors, because it happened in the Connor home and after Riley's freakout with her foster family. Those chickens come home to roost in this episode, and they coincide with an interesting new malfunction for Cameron. It looks to be quite a rough time. Riley's death is going to bring external and internal pressures that have been lingering in the background for quite some time.


Externally, the Child Services investigator seems like a minor threat, but anything that brings unwanted attention to the Connors is a disruption that cannot be tolerated. Riley's death is only going to throw more suspicion on them, especially given the coincidental timing. Considering how many times Sarah has wanted to move on and escape potential detection, this is just another such trigger. Internally, the Connors have every reason to believe that Cameron was the one who killed her. John, particularly, has reason to suspect Cameron, given her admission that something unexplained is happening to her.


Jesse's plan was rather brutal in its simplicity, and while it didn't quite work out in terms of the details, the end result works in her favor. Cameron is the most likely suspect under most circumstances, and Derek has never told the Connors about Jesse. In fact, the only person who might have a reason to suspect Jesse is Derek, and right now, he has no compelling evidence to connect Riley's death to her. (Her absence from Derek's mission, of course, is the likely starting point for his inevitable investigation.)


The pacing in this episode was still a bit slow and methodical, much like the previous episodes, but the momentum of the plot was more than enough to overcome that slight drawback. The pieces are moving into position for one hell of a conflict to round out the season, and Riley's death is likely to be only the first among many.

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Mar 11, 2009 12:52AM EDT

great review!!! fingers will obviously be pointed at cameron, testing johns trust (and maybe love) of cam. deep down he knows cam didnt do anything (as portrayed in the last scene when he asked if she had done anything n she replied 'you know i didnt' this answer seemed like enough to dispell any doubts..obviously this is before they find ou shes dead).. i really loved how he got emotional (its all in the eyes) when he asked cam why he would kill her it showed that theres definetly something between them. the show just wouldnt be the same without cameron/summer glau so i doubt they'll kill her off. well they can get away with putting another chip in cams body thus creating a new character but still keeping summer glau.Jam 4eva lol

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Mar 12, 2009 10:39AM EDT

excellent review :]I humbly await the next episode.

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Mar 12, 2009 4:55PM EDT

Great episode and a great review, i also agree things are picking up and for me the slow pacing does not bother me so much, more time to admire the small details. Got to also love how Cameron hands John the self destruct button showing complete confidence in him. But do they even know in that episode that riley is dead, after all she has only gone missing so far?

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