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I thought this episode was a bit bland, but I guess they have to space out the slam bam action episodes. Better than some crap on TV, though.
I think they're going with the Cameron is in the past, so she's untouched by time paradox ripples.
Now, are they going to use the last scene to show Cameron can't be trusted completely, that she has another mission besides protecting John, that she's very curious and intrigued because this is the metal compound that is one of her basic building blocks and takes a bar to inspect it (that does go to Sarah's narration about the Jewish gollum), or that she'll need it to repair herself somehow in a later episode?
The shot at the end shows that John is not unaffected by what he experienced. He hasn't become battle hardened yet, of course. At least they are in some respect using the suicide girl to drive a wedge between Cameron and John for at least a little while. Perhaps they'll take it further.
As for Cameron being young and hot that does create sexual tension (a ratings booster too) for a hormonal teenage boy. We still don't know if Summer Glau's hints about Cameron's self aware progression throughout the show will necessarily take the writers into the realm of John and Cameron falling in love or not, or at least becoming deep friends.
Future John would surely know how Past John would react to Cameron's presence, and what these new cyborgs are capable of becoming. Cameron says she's special and different in some way from previous attempts. John stated that machines would start to build other machines better than themselves. The student becomes the master, or the child overshadows the parent.
It would be interesting to see if this bond make Sarah and John actually protective of Cameron as part of a "family unit," not just let her always sacrifice herself needlessly. Perhaps save her butt a few times.
I would find it very poignant if Sarah (towards the end of the show's run) does a role reversal from T2 and sacrifices herself for Cameron. That would be interesting: a human caring about a cyborg to that extent like Arnold destroyed himself (or at least allowed them to do it and knew it was the right thing to do) for Sarah and John's potential future.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!