Quick spoilers for Friday night's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" coming up just as soon as I clean my chimney...
Well, that was a step in the right direction, at least.
"Ourselves Alone" didn't move much faster than any of the previous batch of episodes, but the problem with them wasn't so much the pace as the ever-narrowing focus on the bland Sarah. This one was also a meditation, but it was a meditation on what it's like to have to put so much of your trust in the kind of machine you know is destined to enslave humanity. It gave us a lot more of Cameron and Derek than we've had in a long time (factoring in the mid-season hiatus), and it finally did some interesting things with Jesse and Riley -- albeit by killing Riley off.
(Ain't it so often the way that boring fifth-wheel TV characters only become compelling in the episode where they die? See also Tasha Yar from "Star Trek: The Next Generation," or any other examples you can feel free to name.)
We still need to get some movement on what's going on with Shirley Manson and John Henry, and whether she's working with or against the folks who built the hover ship, how many different alternate futures we're dealing with now, etc. But despite the measured pace, this was the first episode of the show in 2009 that didn't have me checking my watch. That's a start.
What did everybody else think?