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Year in Review: Top 10 Shows Canceled Too Soon - Featured

It's been a rough year for TV lovers. While we had the thrill of beloved endangered shows like Chuck pulling through, we lost a lot of other great ones from Pushing Daisies to Dollhouse . Check out the top shows I think died too soon in 2009, and add your most missed cancellations of the year in the comments below! Dollhouse While I will say I, like many Dollhouse fans, have come to terms with its cancellation as long as it's getting the chance to get a proper ending. But, with all the hype, fan excitement, and fan campaigning to keep it around, it's still a big disappointment to see this one so short-lived. Yet another Josh Whedon project with great promise and strong fan following, but not enough promise or strength in fan numbers. Thanks for kind of trying this time, though, FOX. Eastwick This fall newbie got a bad rap before it even began. Even I, lover of all things cute and girl-friendship-powered and magic-related, wasn't interested in catching the premiere of this charming and magical little show. But, as it turned out when I did watch, it actually is charming, magical, and a really sweet story of female friendship with the fun twist of strange happenings in a small town. The chemistry of the actresses is great, and the storylines, though light, had great potential for what they were meant to be. I'm definitely sad to see this one go so very soon without even getting itself the chance of one full season. Pushing Daisies Okay, this is the last time I'll complain about this gem of a wonderful show getting canceled! It barely got to show its fresh and outstandingly unique face in 2009, but that is exactly why it makes this list of shows canceled too soon us Daisies fans would have liked to see more of this show for years to come! Thankfully it pulled through with a 2nd season when it wasn't looking so promising to make even that, but then sadly, like a few others on this list, just didn't make the cut for ABC last spring. This was one of the absolute best new shows last year, and I'm sad to be putting it on this list instead of a new list of best shows of the year, but as 2010 comes our way, it's time to put this one to rest... though it'll never be time to lay to rest the re-watching of its adorable episodes! Eli Stone Like Pushing Daisies, this was another endearing, sweet, and unique ABC highlight of last season that didn't get much life into 2009, also making it very rightly belong here in the most disappointing cancellation losses of the year. While with a more ordinary backdrop than Daisies, Eli Stone had a fantastic fantasy world as well, pushing the limits of religion vs. medicine in the most friendly way imaginable (including with song)! I had been concerned about how they would carry into Season 2 with Eli's impending brain tumor removal at the end of Season 1, but after they carried on so well and the show got even better in Season 2, this is definitely one I was heartbroken to see get cut this year. Life This was another sophomore show, though NBC instead of ABC, that was really fantastic with an incredible cast and fascinating storyline as we followed an ex-cop reinstated after his 12 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit hunt down who framed him. The greatest part of this show was the main character, Charlie Crews, the cop/criminal in question, who became hardened, but also very enlightened via his reading while in jail. This one was a little more under the radar than most shows in danger of cancellation, so its cancellation, though with a somewhat satisfying show ending, was a big disappointment. Lipstick Jungle This was the Eastwick (under-appreciated female friendship gem) of last TV season which is a pretty easy comparison to make considering it even had the crossover cast member of Lindsay Price. Like Eastwick, Lipstick had a strong female core cast whose friendships became more and more endearing and real over the time we did spend with them. Also this show, while cute first season, got a lot stronger second season, making it yet another tragic casualty of early 2009 when it got the ax with hardly a series conclusion in sight. Privileged I'm guiltily part of those who should have been watching and loving this one to keep it on the air, but while I didn't watch much of it, I do know it was an adorable show that others here at SideReel are very sad to see die. This one also had a very sweet and endearing vibe and cast, plus was more wholesome (but not boring!) quality programming than most of CW's teen dramas that have survived. Sigh, us CW fans and our love for the outrageous drama! Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles This is another one I didn't watch much of, but I believe belongs on this list due to overall huge fan disappointment. Being part of lots of awesome "save our show" efforts, I got the feeling this one could be the next Jericho , but even better as it seemed it could stay on once revived. But unfortunately not even the strong fan support here was able to make a difference. Turns out FOX felt guilty about letting down Joss Whedon fans, but not Terminator fans. Sorry kids. Kyle XY I must admit I adore almost everything ABC Family, and this wasn't an exception - and I know it certainly wasn't for tons of other ABC Family fans either! While the story of the alien boy with powers had been done before, there was something special about Kyle (maybe it was those blue eyes and rockhard abs) but also the warmth of the whole family Kyle became a part of. It was fun and fascinating to see Kyle learn about human life, fall in love with both his new family and first girlfriend, and do some downright kick-butt things with his powers. While this one did get a solid 3 season run which is much more than we can say about the rest of the shows on this list, it felt like such a solid show, especially with its home on ABC Family, that it was really too bad to not get to enjoy this one for a few more seasons. Dirty Sexy Money While the least disappointing early 2009 cut from ABC, DSM joins the list of canceled too soon ABC dramedies along with Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone. All of these shows were unique and fun newbies for ABC when they started, and all were disappointing to see go without much conclusion. This one was particularly frustrating seeing a mystery and disastrous family fall apart, come together, fall apart again... and then never have any of it resolved. Which shows do you think were canceled too soon in 2009?

Terminator: TSCC: Season 2 Post-Mortem

As the character-driven television incarnation of an action-packed film franchise, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" was always up against the wall of high expectations. Loads of film franchise fans bemoaned the lack of big-budget thrills and the "boring" subplots. The first season, however, made a compelling case. Not only did the action set pieces work, but the plot and character threads were surprisingly strong. Even so, the series struggled to be renewed, and it felt like that renewal was as much a product of the writers' strike as the result of its storytelling success. It was no surprise that the second season started off struggling to regain traction in the ratings. A more ambitious set of plot and character arcs also demanded a lot more attention from the audience, and for some, it was more than they were willing to give. That's too bad, because on the whole, the second season was just as good and worthy of praise as the first. If anything, having a full season instead of only nine episodes gave the writers more time to develop storylines and add detail to an already intriguing take on the "Terminator" mythos. Every character has a hidden agenda, and several of those agendas remain hidden until the very end of the season, when they clash in spectacular fashion. That gives the series an inherent complexity, and with so many details in play at any given time, it's a given that many of those elements were meant to be paid off in future seasons. Add to that the many hints that the "Terminator" universe is rife with alternate timelines, with characters jumping into a common past from different alternate futures, and this is one dense series. Yet it is also rewarding, and not just in terms of Summer Glau and her wardrobe. The characters are all well-constructed, and the casting is perfect. Even Shirley Manson, who initially seems out of her depth, is revealed to be an inspired choice for her character. Because most of the characters are working from hidden motivations, many performances (and plot choices) are often better understood in retrospect, long after the fact. In many ways, this is an example where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It seems odd, given the recent release of "Terminator Salvation", that FOX would cancel this series and keep the struggling freshmen series "Dollhouse" on the air for a second season. The reasons are not particularly hard to fathom. This was always a much more expensive series, and "Dollhouse" is a FOX studio production. The ratings were never spectacular this season, and given FOX's track record, they actually displayed remarkable patience. The second season of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" earned a Critical Myth rating of 7.8, which is identical to the rating for the first season and well above average. That means that the series itself comes in with a 7.8 rating, which is outstanding. For that reason alone, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" will always be seen as a series that ended before its time.

Terminator: TSCC 2.22: "Born to Run"

It's quite unfortunate to realize that this is, more likely than not, the series finale. For all that it resolved some of the open questions surrounding Catherine Weaver and her goals, it was clearly meant to be a springboard to a new and even more complicated arc for a potential third season. As such, this is going to be one of those shows that will probably end incomplete, much to the frustration of its loyal audience. And that loyal audience will be frustrated endlessly for many years to come. Not only will the fans have to accept that the show is open-ended, but they will have to put up with all the late-comers who, despite the many online sources available to them, will simply assume that the producers and writers chose to leave the series on a cliffhanger because their DVD set or download description says "series finale". (Doubt me? Look at the fans of "Stargate Atlantis", and how many people based their "series finale" without bothering to realize that the series was cancelled after the entire final season was already in the can! But I digress.) For the most part, the episode unfolded just as one would expect it to unfold: Sarah was rescued in a rather public manner, and Weaver's endgame was exposed. Sarah's rescue was a bit more overt than I had expected, actually, and gave those looking for some serious Cameron action a nice parting gift. I can only imagine how much the finale cost them in the end! More importantly, the finale never quite let go of the titular focus; a lot of time was spent on Sarah and her situation. Not just her incarceration, but rather, her overall health. John was left wondering if a damaged nuclear power core from a terminator could, over time, cause cancer. It's not a silly question, but it does lead to one of the most sexually charged moments in the history of the series. That it was essentially glorified hardware maintenance makes it even better. The bottom line is that Cameron has, one way or another, gotten under John's skin. He's willing to do whatever it takes to restore her in the end, which is not particularly the smartest move. In fact, it's hard to argue that it's a necessary move. Which is why it's surprising that Sarah didn't try to talk John out of leaving with Weaver. They had very little reason to trust Weaver, after all, and considering how important John is supposed to be to the survival of humanity, letting him leave to times and parts unknown seems unusually out of character. That said, the plot twist/cliffhanger seemed to be designed to demonstrate why John Connor specifically needed to be the one to lead the fight against SkyNet. John and Weaver follow John Henry into a future where John wasn't around to organize the resistance. This would likely be the future created when John left with Weaver in the first place. Where that would lead/would have lead to is practically impossible to predict, but it would have allowed for more time with Derek, Kyle, and the original Allison from Palmdale, so it couldn't have been bad. It also would have likely been temporary, and explored concurrently with whatever Sarah and Ellison wound up doing in their own time. Under the circumstances, it seemed like John Henry was doing something very specific at Cameron's request. Perhaps this is related to all the glimpses we've had to a future where John Connor is an unseen leader, with Cameron and others apparently in charge. It's hard to say, because we're left with only a glimpse of what the writers had in mind for the future. There were a number of loose ends left by the end of the season, particularly in terms of the many timelines in play and how it was all meant to fit together. The final twist promised to shed light on some of those loose ends, so it's all the more disappointing that the series might end on that note. That said, it can't be claimed that FOX wasn't patient. They gave the series an entire second season, when they could have easily

"Born To Run", Grade: A+ (Part 2 of 2)

Catherine Weaver, A: Although Shirley Manson didn't deliver all of her lines top notch during her parking garage ass whooping upon another terminator, she managed to make us like her in the last ten minutes of the show. What is most intriguing about Weaver is the fact that we still don't know what happened that day on the helicopter when her husband died, and presumably, her too. A more interesting question is why did she travel back in time and what is her mission now? All can be answered in a good first episode of season three. John Connor, A+: I've never wanted to see someone kiss a robot so badly in my life. "John... We have to go." Of all the lines in this series that we've heard from Cameron to John I think this may be the most memorable. John has maintained the line that's drawn between teenager and resistance leader. As he met his father, rediscovered Derek, and realized that Cameron was a real person at one time, you could see the emotion in his eyes. To see John fall in love with Cameron is a beautiful thing, robot conundrum or not. To see him go to the end of time because John Henry has her chip is priceless. Cameron, A+: She is most definitely the favorite of the show. Of all the characters in the repertoire of television right now, Cameron is indeed one of the most memorable. From the beginning of season two's chip malfunction to the override of homicidal programming, up until the very real chemistry we all witnessed on the motel bed, we've seen a robot grow not just in gigabytes but in reactionary and prioritorial range. This was what Terminator 3's Arnold was supposed to be. A machine that can make its own rational and over reaching decisions with depth and consequences. Cameron will no doubt be back in season three, whether as a robot or a human. One thing is certain though, and that is that her history, much like Weaver's is still unresolved. We don't know how Cameron went from Machine on a mission to kill future John, to machine on a mission to save and aide him. That is something I'm wanting to experience. Sarah Connor, A+: For once in her life, Sarah put her mission before her son. It wasn't something that I saw coming, but it wasn't something as gargantuan or eye catching as you may expect. The simple act of stepping back from the time bubble caught me off guard. I fully engaged in thinking that she would follow her son wherever he may go, but as the episode went, Sarah is ready to die at a moments notice and I think what we finally saw was Sarah's final willingness to embrace the resistance and the war rather than obsess with her sons health. I think the most endearing part of the episode was at the very end when she sent a message to John via time travel that she loved him. It was the cherry on top that we needed just in case a season three is unfulfilled. I'm not sure how much more badass that means Lena Heddy will become in a season three, but I think we can look forward to bigger weapons and grittier hand to hand. As a finale, this episode only works if you've invested time in all thirty sex episodes (That's fourteen plus twenty two right?). This show would not be possible without the prowess of its cast. Mainly Summer Glau and Lena Heddy, the latter taking everyone by surprise as an anti-Linda Hamilton. The first thing you notice about her is the beauty and the second is how believable her left hook is. Brian Austin Green was a wonderful addition to the cast in the later half of the season, and as he hits his stride I'm sure we have much more to look forward to. What I will wonder till I get an answer, and what I will always wonder is: When will they bring back Chola!? It's been very fun you guys and if this is indeed our last review together, I'm glad we spent it watching Cambot and Sandra Bullock together.

"Born To Run", Grade: A+ (Part 1 of 2)

It seems like the writers and directors and producers listened to the golden voices of the choir that is the audience, wrapping up a show who's fate will be unknown for quite some time, but leaving enough questions and WTF's to last us a whole apocalypse. My final question regarding the season finale is whether or not the show ties into the fourth movie after all. In many of the previews and behind the scenes look of Terminator: Salvation, a new machine by the name of Marcus arrives in the future to aide John Connor (or make life more complicated). Marcus exhibits a willingness to believe that he is human. A drive to express human emotions and even breath intervals. Much like Cameron who is dealing with a developing range of emotions and reactions. But that's just a conspiracy theory. Onto the review! We had more than one big shocker this episode. For one, Cameron's power down which will be considered as a death or a character exit if in fact Chronicles doesn't get renewed. Weaver is canonically on the good side after all, showcasing her talents for being in a savvy skirt, killing other terminators, and showing us that her penis is the biggest of all (Yes, I'm referring to the eel that slithered into her ankle which was a beautiful touch). Ellison is still a pussy, and John and Sarah, well they have yet to get their come uppance but I feel assured its on its way. I'm still not positive about how I feel when it comes to the end of this episode though. I mean, it was a great piece considering it is the best closure John will ever get. The only problem I have is that ground zero of the resistance in year zero of the war is uncharted territory and to have John come face to face with his father is a bit of a paradox that I think a lot of people will have problems with. Not only that, but the Mad Max feel of Catherine Weaver post savior of the connor's is a bit much to take in all at once. Is she really on John's side? Many more question are yet to be answered. But lets get real here for just a moment. The reason this episode garnered and A+ isn't because John almost got a booty call from CamBot, but because Chola girl came back!!!1!!! (intentional 1...mostly). If there is anything more significant about this episode, it is the fact that the writers finally gave the audience some continuity about the 'Chronicles' universe, and for that, I applaud them. Also, the priest from the first episode of this season got a scene or two, but he's not pretty, nor do I imagine him wielding a shotgun in the face of Sandra Bullock head biting danger. To the review!!! Jame's Ellison, B: The former FBI agent/family man finally makes himself less annoying/time filler with a bit of charm in this episode. "Where have I been? It's seven in the mornin'. I've been sleepin'." Yes. That was James Ellison being black and business-ee at the sam time. Although the writers have used Ellison, not so much as a character, but a plot device to connect Weaver to the Connors, this episode shows us once again that he can be an intriguing character (which I'm going to say is mostly on accident). John Henry, A-: The most insignificant part about John Henry is that his haircut and wardrobe suck. The best part about him though is that we've yet to see him grow up and grow out of those anti-fashionable slacks and dress shirt. Talk about casual Fridays gone wrong. The producers really should have just taken his shirt off, but I guess it adds to the child like atmosphere surrounding him. If we do get a third season, exploring the grown up John Henry who experiences loss and destruction first hand will be a treat. Mainly because with access to the internet, the writers never did explore his feelings about all of the evils in the world except when his therapist died. What does John Henry think about 'Don't ask don't tell'? Abortion? all interesting topics.

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BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!! i mean, WOWWWWWWWWW amazing episode. welldone.

Terminator: TSCC 2.21: "Abel Raised a Cain"

This penultimate episode of the season (and perhaps, series) continues the process of wiping out John Connor's support system, while bringing him ever closer to a confrontation with Catherine Weaver and whatever she has up her sleeve. As usual, even when the action is mounting, the emphasis remains on character. I still believe that Weaver will turn out to be the leader of a faction among the machines that opposed the genocidal plans of SkyNet. Weaver wanted the Turk, I imagine, to co-opt the basis of SkyNet and create, in John Henry, an equally powerful AI with human ethics. Why this would translate into SkyNet (either the future version or the "current" version) sending a terminator to take out Savannah is not quite so clear. It could be a matter of SkyNet waging a kind of war with John Henry, trying to take something that John Henry values. If SkyNet wants to weaken and subsume a potential threat, perhaps gaining something in the process, then stripping away John Henry's support system is a logical part of the equation. Taking out John Henry also means eliminating competition for resources. Pretty much the same thing has been happening for John, and losing Derek was just the most recent and most crushing example. Derek was John's touchstone to his father, and while he made a mistake with Jesse, he was still John's loyal soldier. He's dispatched so quickly and methodically in the middle of the operation to save Savannah that it's a lot more shocking than it would have been otherwise. John's reaction is one reason why Riley had to go first, however. John's entire season arc has been about holding on to his innocence, even as he feels it slipping away with every passing moment. Looking at John now, one can see how hardened he has become. Considering where the character started, this is proof positive that they had a plan for his evolution. The writers also pulled quite the coup by killing Derek in the first act, thus effectively masking the notion that anything else of huge importance would happen before the end of the episode. Sarah's arrest comes as a complete shock, and it definitely appears that Weaver set her up to eliminate a potential obstacle to her own plans. After all, Sarah doesn't know that John Henry isn't the same as SkyNet (assuming that supposition is true), so Weaver must assume that Sarah will do everything possible to derail her plans. It all comes together in the next episode, which may turn out to be the series finale. The producers promised that the season arc would be resolved, even if the episode sets the stage for a third season. It seems foolish, with the new film only a couple of months away, to take this show off the air and fail to capitalize on renewed interest in the franchise. But FOX has been more patient than I thought they would be, given the ratings, and if this is the end, I'm thankful for the excellence that we did receive.

"Adam Raised A Cain", Grade: A+

The A+ isn't so much for the humorous irony that Savannah was a sexist bitch and told her mother (Shirley Manson) she couldn't sing, but more for the payoff that this episode has shelled out at the crest of the second (and quite possibly final) season. By now, if you're reading this review, you should be well aware that Derek Reese was shot and killed in the most roughneck, survivalistic, 'we can't let you slow us down so we won't give you much more screen time' type of way imaginable. I'm sure a lot of people are griping about how cheap his death was and if you happen to be one of them just be thankful Sandra Bullock didn't come zooming out of a barrel on a speeding bus and bite his head off. Now that would've been cheap. I must say that the best part about this episode was indeed the first fifteen minutes, but it doesn't take away from the fact that overall, it was the best the entire series has to offer. The costumes, make-up, lighting, even the script this go around was excellent. The only thing I clamor for is better acting from Savannah Weaver and more suspense. Derek, A+: It's not that Derek didn't deserve better, it's just that to give us time to see Derek be heroic would have ruined his sacrifice. This is a war people, not some carousel ride through a Steven Spieldberg oscar nominated film where the male lead pulls the pin on a grenade and gives everyone enough time to escape. This was the best way to end this character's run without letting us see it coming. Quite frankly, I would have it no other way. His time has come to an end just when I began to invest in his character. I disliked his initial run on the show. His presence as the masculine male opposite Cameron was something of a cop-out at first, but as the second season drew on (mainly when we came back from hiatus), Derek's character became more relevant as the mind and body that would do what John Connor could not. His love fest with Jesse only added to his likability. Although I see Derek as being much more cared about than Riley, I can only imagine the show can move one without him as opposed to Cameron. John Connor, A-: He showed just the right amount of emotion, but lacked the annoying idiocy he often displays on those telling moments of character. When he talked to Cameron about losing Derek etc; it was as if we were suddenly seeing a boy become a man. He understood what Cameron had to say, but he didn't dwell on it too much like the directors like him to do for seventeen minutes per episode. This time it was cut and paste, lets move on. A vast improvement. John Henry and Savannah Weaver, B+: This duo makes a surprisingly audacious, fulfilling, and energetic team. I really can't wait to see what they have in store for these two. I thought Henry would have killed Savannah by now, but I can see that the only way that will happen is if big brother taps into his motherboard and makes him do it. The kinship between these two characters is officially charismatic and their duet at the end, an old irish folk song, was quite touching. Weaver and Ellison, B+: Ellison returned to annoying form this episode as the crazy black guy trying to teach the robot about religion while breaking all the rules. Not to mention the idiot let Sarah get arrested and the writers used him as a scapegoat for everyone to hate. "I swear John, I didn't know." I mean really Ellison? really? As for Weaver, he clever bout with the detective was charming. "They mostly stay in. They do not attack unless provoked." was a good description of Weaver as a character so far. Cameron, B+: Wasn't loving the robot fighting scene in the beginning. Wasn't as creative or barbaric as previous encounters. It was sufficient enough to hold me over until the finale which I'm sure will have some hot CamBot action. Cameron also gave John advice using future tense and past tense. Something she usually does on her breaks. Sarah, A-: I loved the end to this episode, except for the fact that s

Terminator: TSCC 2.20: "To the Lighthouse"

This episode starts off a bit slow, allowing the fallout from Jesse's betrayal and apparent death to sink in for all the characters. The slow pace is almost standard for this show by now, so when things hit the proverbial fan in the final act, it's more effective. I really didn't see it coming, because it felt like a prelude to a more active two-part finale. In essence, that's exactly what it is, but the ramp-up started a little early. The fake-out with Sarah and her possible cancer was very well done, because her emotions were authentic and it was entirely possible that the story would take such a turn. It also tied the much-maligned "Sarah Trilogy" from earlier in the season to the current action, reminding the audience that this is indeed a season arc and not a collection of disconnected moments. I noted at the beginning of the season that Catherine Weaver's activities did not seem to match what would be the logical beginnings of SkyNet. Specifically, her decision to instill John Henry with human ethics seemed contrary to the notion of wiping out humanity. My theory was that SkyNet was not a monolithic entity, but rather, a conglomeration of at least two opposing philosophies when it comes to the human race. Now it seems that the situation is slightly different. Weaver may come from a different timeline, one in which SkyNet is devoted less to the destruction of mankind than control over it. This makes sense of her comment in a previous episode that human beings often disappoint her. The existence of the original worm program developed by Miles Dyson, the one supposedly destined to become SkyNet in "Terminator 2", seems to be a serious concern for her. (Alternatively, this is the program that was introduced by Charles Fischer in "Complications".) So it appears that SkyNet has been operating all along, propagating itself, struggling to survive, and that might become a rationale for its eventual actions. After all, there had to be a good reason for the machines to turn on humanity and attempt genocide. This would put it down to simple survival, and therefore a struggle of survival of the fittest. John Henry, therefore, stands as another threat. More importantly, SkyNet would gain much if it were to take control of John Henry, and by extension, everything that Weaver has been building to create the future she desires. In the process (and during the conversations between Derek and Cameron), the writers suggest that Cameron, Jesse, and perhaps Weaver all originate from the same timeline. Derek's future is different from any of theirs, and it's quite possible that Sarah's Kyle was from a different timeline as well. The key being that Jesse's future was one in which humanity was losing the war, which is very different from Kyle's description. Then again, the initial time jump in the pilot could have altered the timeline in such a way that the future described in the original film is no longer valid. Instead, we have a three-way war that isn't going so well. This would explain why John was trying to forge an alliance with Weaver's faction among the machines (if that is what was happening in the previous two episodes). And it would fit the concern that using machine against machine only serves to weaken John's perspective on the threat they all pose. The producers have promised that the current arc will conclude and the associated mysteries will resolve in the next two episodes. I think they've been putting their cards on the table for a little while now, and we might even get some clarification on Cameron's role in John's future life. With the secondary cast now effectively wiped out, I'm looking forward to the endgame.

"To The Lighthouse", Grade: A-

Sci-Fi Fridays returns with a bang and a multitude of reminiscent conspiracy entertainment we saw in all those thriller genre films from the nineties and eighties. I kept imagining Sandra Bullock or Mel Gibson to pop up from a barrel and bite someone's head off. No, like literally, Sandra Bullock needs to come out of a barrel in a speeding bus and just bite someone's head off. That's my critique for fox. So what happened this week in three sentences? The Connor's took a road trip to Sarah's old flame who's now living in a white house just waiting to get shot and killed by a janitor at the end of the episode. Derek learns he and former beau lost a fetus from Cameron who saves his human ass (boy can she turn a gay man straight) from a few more janitors. John Henry came one more episode closer to killing the crap out of Savanna Weaver (here's to hoping) while revealing to us that he has an angry vengeful brother hell bent on slowing down the internet and stealing the world's bandwith in an evil plot to kill the internet...not really. BTW, did I mention Sarah got a bat tracer stuck in her left boob? Cause she did. Derek: B- I began liking Derek finally when we came back from hiatus into Sarah's little trilogy of "Oh hey guys, the show is about me remember?" Though the writer's made him intentionally retarded this episode (Seriously Derek? You're going to go check out the mystery van while Cameron the super strength robot changes the tire? Derek seriously?). And why is it that he thinks he can grab the robot's wrist in hopes that he will seem intimidating and threatening? Charley Dixon: B+ It was a cheap ending to a half endearing character. Not too sad about his departure, but it was expected. I was hoping that after they killed his wife, they would keep him around as a symbol of the show's population that isn't hands off for the robots. Which I guess the writers proved. Weaver, Ellison, Henry: A+ These characters in John Henry's cavern revealing that a super computer feels a slow and painful millenia of death when you hit the off button was short of a perfect painting. This was indeed the best acting from this fraction of the cast thus far. The revelation of John Henry's brother is enticing enough to bite at. I'm still looking forward to Weaver facing off with Henry or Cameron. John: C What can I say? The kid doesn't do much. He's cute but he sometimes he'd be better off eating applesauce on screen for five minutes. The best line he had this episode is, "I took his seat? *laughs*". Cameron: A CamBot was back to form this episode. They gave us a full body shot of her running. I'd tap that gun toting hotty with a philips and a monkey wrench. i was actually fearful for her motherboard when she got zapped as I'm sure you were too, but her reboot was something I was waiting for. Sarah: A- What is it with this woman and hospitals? What is it with this woman and injury? And super fast healing for that matter? I think in the last few weeks she's suffered a gunshot wound, lascerations to the wrists, concussions, and now she's been zapped to high hell. Anyone feel the need to call child protective services? Oh wait, Jesse already did. We all know what happened to her. She lost her duffel bag. Mmhmm. What's interesting about Sarah this week is that Lena Heddy actually looked like she could make it outside of Terminator if the show gets cancelled or has a its series finale eventually. When is the season finale? Anyone know? Was that it? Gawd damn it. It better not've been. And in the end, all we have is bread. Oh yeah, John's missing. *eats bread*.