Shirley Manson – the new T-1000 in the Sarah Connor Chronicles


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By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

For Terminator fans, the Sarah Connor Chronicles are back on television and a new badass terminator, played by Shirley Manson, is on the prowl looking for John and Sarah Connor.   Yes, the Shirley Manson, lead singer of the band ‘Garbage’.    A nice bonny red haired Scottish Terminator!

Some viewers, especially big fans of the Terminator movies, have voiced their strong criticism of Manson playing a Terminator, saying that her acting was terrible.   But how can you possibly judge her by the first episode alone?    I mean, come on, give the poor woman a chance!

The part when the guy went to have a leak and the toilet morphed into Manson was a classic.    I don’t think I’ll be looking at a toilet the same way again anytime soon!

Did you see the first episode of season 2?   What did you think of Manson’s performance?   Do you think she is a scary Terminator?   Or a bit of a lumpy jelly?

Oh and she also sang a song for the season premiere which I thought was rocking – a cover version of Samson and Delilah.    Here it is :





12 Responses to Shirley Manson – the new T-1000 in the Sarah Connor Chronicles

  1. I didn’t realize who she was, but I thought her character was mesmerizing. She was scary as hell. The toilet scene was a shocker, too. I LOVED the song and how they filmed that opening scene.

  2. I didn't realize who she was, but I thought her character was mesmerizing. She was scary as hell. The toilet scene was a shocker, too. I LOVED the song and how they filmed that opening scene.

  3. I think she may be the only thing I actually liked about this second season so far. I mean it looks to me that Summer Glau’s robotic character is going to go on some crazy side-story and it will focus a lot more on John Connor. While it was a good episode about him rising to his future self, I really fear the loss of Glau in the main story could suck a lot.

    The new terminator is really exciting because obviously her agenda is a lot more interesting than “be scary liquid metal robot that stops at nothing to destroy the target.”

    Also, I was surprised at how dark the show has gone with this episode…I mean it’s not clear but Sarah might have been raped?…

  4. I think she may be the only thing I actually liked about this second season so far. I mean it looks to me that Summer Glau's robotic character is going to go on some crazy side-story and it will focus a lot more on John Connor. While it was a good episode about him rising to his future self, I really fear the loss of Glau in the main story could suck a lot.

    The new terminator is really exciting because obviously her agenda is a lot more interesting than "be scary liquid metal robot that stops at nothing to destroy the target."

    Also, I was surprised at how dark the show has gone with this episode…I mean it's not clear but Sarah might have been raped?…

    • I don’t think the Christina Loken is the proper comparison…she was a T-X model: Terminator Killer. As a T-1000, she’s a total infiltrator. Subtle and sleek – until backed in a corner. Compare her to Robert Patrick in T-2.

      I think Shirley is, surprisingly, the PERFECT casting decision. Her portrayal of the character gives me goosebumps. She knocked it out of the park.

    • I don't think the Christina Loken is the proper comparison…she was a T-X model: Terminator Killer. As a T-1000, she's a total infiltrator. Subtle and sleek – until backed in a corner. Compare her to Robert Patrick in T-2.

      I think Shirley is, surprisingly, the PERFECT casting decision. Her portrayal of the character gives me goosebumps. She knocked it out of the park.

  5. Hey, give the girl a break , she is HOT and it would be a pleasure to be terminated by her !!. Have all of you forgot who was the first to act as a Terminator ?

  6. Hey, give the girl a break , she is HOT and it would be a pleasure to be terminated by her !!. Have all of you forgot who was the first to act as a Terminator ?