Last season ended with a bang. More specifically, Cameron in the middle of a bang when the SUV she was occupying exploded.
It's interesting how this episode juxtaposed the consequences of two attacks: the first of a human (Sarkissian) against a machine (Cameron) and the second by a machine (Cromartie) against some humans (Ellison and his FBI team).
I was wondering when Cameron would turn back to her original programming and try to kill John. I'm glad they wrapped up that story in this episode and didn't drag it out. However, it seems like one of those storylines that they could dig out anytime, like Angel turning evil in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. I wouldn't be surprised to see Cameron try to kill John again in the future (pun unintended).
The character of John Connor took a major turn this episode and started acting a little less like the whiny kid I saw in season one and more like the hero he's eventually going to be (starting with a self-haircut). That being said, putting the chip back in Cameron's head was a pretty gutsy move which took a lot of faith. It was also pretty stupid (as confirmed by Cameron herself) and the sort of thing that could only succeed on a sci-fi television drama. I think John Connor is going to have a serious cyborg fetish in the future.
The action did get a little unbelievable as the Connors were running from Cameron. They got into two auto accidents within one day (possibly even within one hour).
Agent Ellison, Uncle Derek and ex-fiancé Charley have smaller but important roles in this episode in which Ellison confronts Cromartie and Derek and Charley help patch up the Connors. It looks like they're sticking around.
In the end, it is revealed that Shirley Manson is a T-1000, or some derivative thereof. This sort of explained her out-of-place, Jetsons-like attire. She's either the most sophisticated Terminator ever built or this is yet another Hollywood anti-business theme about how large corporations are inhuman. Or quite possibly a little of both.
I enjoyed the first season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It didn't really gel for me until the fifth or sixth episode, but then I started liking it. The first episode of the second season is a step in the right direction and continues to be exciting to watch. However, this time there is no strike and the series is facing the full onslaught of the other networks. I question its survival. It's sci-fi on Fox, and not the subtle sci-fi of The X-Files. The odds are against it, but my fingers are crossed.