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SCC season finale: some quick thoughts

April 10th, 2009 (10:59 pm)

Very tense and effective; not as "holy shit!" as the previous episode, but really did a good job of building tension and then bringing the "WTF?" at the end.

Man, way to make us wait for that meeting between the Connors and Weaver, huh? I have to confess that I was a little disappointed that Weaver passed the message she did along to Cameron; I wanted it to stay ambiguous for as long as possible. I really wanted to see what was going to happen when they met, but I think the show could have milked the moment to make us wonder if John and Sarah were en route to their doom.

-- When the tank exploded, I was sad for the eel! And then it turned out to be part of Catherine, and she hoovered it up. So, yay, no eel death! But also, man, that kinda opens up a whole new range of abilities for the T-1001, doesn't it? I guess now we know what that extra 1 is for.

-- The ending makes for an interesting scenario in a hoped-for third season: John, and presumably Sarah, in the future with Weaver, plus alternate future versions of Derek and Kyle; Cameron out of commission but Allison in play; and John Henry wandering around somewhere. In the past, Ellison, Savannah, and Cameron's body. Probably a smaller role for those characters, at least for a while (though we might see what became of Ellison and Savannah in that future). It could be interesting for a bit, though putting all those characters in the future together, sharing scenes, means one thing: relationshipping, like crazy. Now the frustrated shippers will have all manner of combinations to play with: Sarah/Kyle! Sarah/Derek! John/Allison! Sarah/John Henry! John/Weaver! Whereas, last season, the characters who spent large amounts of time together were either related or not interested in each other. Which, to be honest, I liked.

(If it's not obvious: I am deeply irritated by relationshipping, and consider it a scourge of modern fandom. SO THERE.)

OTOH, if the show doesn't come back, you can't accuse them of leaving the fans with nothing to work with, can you?

And just for the record: DOLLHOUSE officially sucks. And it is *talented* at sucking. It takes consummate skill at sucking to have an episode in which an established character is revealed to be a double agent and gets whacked -- *and make the episode boring.* An episode, I hasten to add, in which Eliza Dushku wears dominatrix gear, complete with leather corset, panties, and garter belt. Repeat: *I am a heterosexual male and I found this episode lame and boring.* Now *that,* folks, is a show with a serious entertainment deficit.

(Although maybe it's me, but Sierra is turning out to be the real star, isn't she? I have no interest in the series, but I'll watch that actress in the next thing she does.)


Posted by: madripoor_rose (madripoor_rose)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)

I think they had to have Catherine send the 'Will you join us' message to Cameron, to underline/foreshadow that Cameron wasn't lying to Allison about the pacifist robots in Allison From Palmdale.

I still wondered if Catherine wasn't going to kill them as a threat to John Henry. But I wrote the snippetfic with John Henry Connor.

They opened a lot of new plotlines for another season/for us fans to play with.

(I'm guilty of a few OTP ships myself, but good lord I miss the days of plotty gen fic. If I had a longer attention span I'd write more of it.)

I gave Dollhouse up to it's 'No seriously, it gets good at this one' epsiode with the Mellie reveal and still found it dull and offensive, so I'm done with that show.

Posted by: Grey Bard (grey_bard)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Reinstall universe

Sarah in the future? Wait, but didn't she stay behind to fight Skynet?


I sort of figured she and Ellison and Savannah would be in the present (although perhaps skipped ahead to 2009 from 2007) trying to track down John Henry's brother and stop Skynet, while John and Weaver and John Henry are doing their thing in the possible future....

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)

The flash around the corner at the end, combined with Sarah's (OS or VO) "I love you too." I got the impression we were supposed to think she'd come through.

Posted by: zackstentz (zackstentz)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
It wasn't totally clear from the directing...

...but that was more supposed to be an arty little way of showing that Sarah's last words to John were lost in the time bubble and nobody actually heard them. Sarah is on the 2009 side of the time bubble with Ellison and what's left of Cameron's body. John is in 2027 with alt-Derek, Kyle, Allison Young, John Henry, and possibly others.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: It wasn't totally clear from the directing...

Ahhhhh, OK. Thanks for the clarification!

...man, poor Savannah's getting new mommies at an accelerated rate, huh?

(And it would've totally made sense for Sarah to go to the future, as she, um, *isn't wanted there.* My bet: she's secretly afraid of discovering that when they aren't being pursued by an Austrian-accented Terminator, she and Kyle Reese have *absolutely nothing in common.*)

Posted by: Grey Bard (grey_bard)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)

Oh. I thought that was just supposed to be, like, a last crackle of overheard sound or whatever for a sentimental finish.

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)

SCC has the Farscape Problem--I can't just jump in.

I tried the show when it started, but the stoicism was deadly dull and I dropped it. Since then, though, people on my flist keep posting "SCC LOVELOVELOVE" and I thought: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD is in reruns, so what the hell.

Except after three episodes I can barely keep the characters straight, Summer Glau seems wasted in her role, and the recurring sets (ie the little computer room with the plugged-in guy) look like an office supply closet that someone cleared out.

As for DOLLHOUSE, yeah, it still sucks, but not as much as before. I nearly switched it off at the dominatrix thing, because it was so clumsy and leering.

But when What's-Her-Name got together with Victor, they set the scene up in a way that made the Dollhouse suddenly plausible--Incredibly rich people who feel incredibly vulnerable and are desperate for a way to scatch their itches in a way that won't turn back on them.

The "philanthropic" part later was crap, but maybe they'll show the character was deluding herself. And anyway, it became interesting after that.

Still, the producers of this show are going to have to accept that Starlets in Sexy Outfits do not equal viewer interest. Het males (and everyone else) have the internet now.

Posted by: Grey Bard (grey_bard)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)

Heee... Yes, about the sets! They are eternally sort of *excessively* normal and uninteresting, which works for me as part of the show, but I get how it would be visually boring.

So that's why when people were like "The series is cancelled for sure! They took down the sets omg", I kind of laughed. Because:

A) They're fugitives plus they get everything blown up anyhow. Somehow, I doubt it means anything one way or the other.

B) No one will miss the boring interchangable sets of boring! Even if you needed to replicate 'em it wouldn't take very long.

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: April 13th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)

Yeah. All they'd have to do to get their sets back is push the copy machine into the corner.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 11th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I can see SCC definitely having the hard-to-get-into problem. Be very interesting to see what they do about that in the new season (knock wood).

I see your point about doing a better job showing the Dollhouse meeting people's emotional needs, rather than just providing programmable whores, but it wasn't nearly as effective for me, in part because a lot of the scenes with them really came off as dull. It still rubs me the wrong way. (Also, when DeWitt gets shot? I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF. She gets shot in the gut! And stands there! And declines medical attention, because she's that hardcore! And then it turns out to be just a little graze! And it's in a *totally different place* then it was in the scene when she actually got shot! And when the bullet goes through, it splatters blood on the glass behind her... and doesn't break the glass! IT JUST DISAPPEARS.

But hey, I got to see Olivia Williams rockin' her lacy bra, so something was salvaged from the situation.)

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: April 13th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)

The final shot of SCC was all about teh Look of Deep Emotional Meaning with a character I'd never seen before.

And I didn't mind the way DeWitt toughs out the shooting. I've read a couple articles that talk about people's different reactions to injuries--sometimes a victim looks at their own skinned forearm with fascinated detachment, and sometimes they faint over a broken finger.

But that lack of bullet hole was a no no.

Posted by: trebor1415 (trebor1415)
Posted at: April 12th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)

That finale was everything the "Life on Mars" finale wasn't. Whether it's a season finale or a series finale, it works either way.

I hope the show returns. I was one of the ones who believed that if the sets were struck, then that's it, but I guess if they no longer need *any* of the existing standing sets, that might be a different story. The thing that would tell is if some other production is in their studio space.

We should know either way in the next few weeks.

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