femetal and I have continued to watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, pushing through the torment and comforting each other as we cry ourselves to restless sleep after each episode. Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit (there haven't been any real tears since "Gnothi Seauton"- (episode 2)), but I didn't want to post more about it until I'd either given up on the show entirely or it had made a major change for the better.
I've noticed that the show has somewhat gotten less painful to watch with each successive episode, but I'd hardly call that praise. Yes, each episode has had some great moments (usually involving Cameron), but individual moments or scenes aren't enough to carry a series. Fortunately (or at least "less unfortunately"), the ratio of coolness to suffering has improved with each episode until this past Monday's "Queen's Gambit" (episode 5), when the show turned a corner.
The show was good. There was no stupidity, no contradictions with the established canon, and the episode was a pleasure to watch from start to finish. This is what I expect from a TV show based on my favorite movie franchise. Finally! Great action, a plausible plot (within the context of the Terminator universe), well acted across the board, some unexpected twists, and even genuinely funny bits. No, it's not deeply intelectual and it's not Firefly, but it isn't supposed to be. I really hope that the show continues the trend.
Oh, and Lena Heady doing pullups? Mmmmmmmmm... *drool*
(As a side note, Josh Friedman made a blog post a couple of days ago about the show and the writers' strike that's available at http://www.terminatorsite.com. He addresses the issue with Cromartie's head and the time field- not to my complete satisfaction, but at least it shows that they were actually thinking about it and didn't just throw canon to the wind.)