The Sarah Connor Chronicles – a worthy addition to the Terminator?

By Mark O’Neill

Arnold may have moved onto California to “lead, not to read” as Governor but the Terminator story continues nevertheless in the form of the Sarah Connor Chronicles. As geek fans wait with baited breath to see if a season 2 is about to be commissioned (the signs are good), the debate rages online – is the series a worthy addition to the Terminator series? Or is it nothing more than an embarrassing joke which should be consigned to TV hell?

As a big Terminator fan (my PC is called “Skynet”), I found the series very enjoyable. True, Lena Headey isn’t Linda Hamilton and Summer Glau sure isn’t anyone’s idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But oddly I found the series compelling and it filled in a lot of blanks in the timeline. The show’s creator says that the writers strike even helped to bring SCC’s season one to its cliff-hanging ending.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles is set between Terminator 2 Judgment Day and Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines. It follows Sarah Connor and her son John as they try to stay one step ahead of the Terminator robots who are being sent back in time to kill John and stop him from taking over the human resistance when Judgment Day finally arrives. Meanwhile, Sarah and John realise that Skynet will still become operational and they are assisted by another Terminator-turned-guardian angel (played by Summer Glau). But not only are the Terminator robots hot on their heels, but also a FBI agent (played by Richard T Jones).

Criticism of the show includes the absence of James Cameron, the absence of Schwarzenegger, Glau trying to act like a Terminator (I personally thought she was really good in the role) and the slow way in which the show started. Oh and I’m sure picky people found fault with a lot of other things including the way the eyes glowed in the Terminator, the power voltage in the CPU chip and lots of other geeky things.

Do you agree? Do you think the Sarah Connor Chronicles is a non-starter? Or do people not appreciate a good show when it’s staring them in the face?

Oh and on a related note, Terminator 4 will be out in May next year with Christian Bale as John Connor. It’s supposed to be the start of a new trilogy. And no, Arnie will not be back. He’s too busy leading. And maybe reading.

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24 Responses to The Sarah Connor Chronicles – a worthy addition to the Terminator?

  1. My biggest thing with this is series, where can they go with it? It's bookended by movies 2 & 3, so just how far can the plot really develop in a meaningful way?

    But to be fair, I only watched the first few episodes before I gave up on the series… Maybe it ended better that it began?

    • I've seen all of the episodes and to be honest, they didn't get better. Also, i'm extremely annoyed that sarah is alive, she is supposed to be dead. Stone dead.

      The only reason you acctually watch the show is because you're bored and got nothing better to do, so you watch the drama version of terminator. It didn't really get that popular since they cut off the series after 9 episodes.

  2. My biggest thing with this is series, where can they go with it? It’s bookended by movies 2 & 3, so just how far can the plot really develop in a meaningful way?

    But to be fair, I only watched the first few episodes before I gave up on the series… Maybe it ended better that it began?

    • I’ve seen all of the episodes and to be honest, they didn’t get better. Also, i’m extremely annoyed that sarah is alive, she is supposed to be dead. Stone dead.

      The only reason you acctually watch the show is because you’re bored and got nothing better to do, so you watch the drama version of terminator. It didn’t really get that popular since they cut off the series after 9 episodes.

    • I’ve seen all of the episodes and to be honest, they didn’t get better. Also, i’m extremely annoyed that sarah is alive, she is supposed to be dead. Stone dead.

      The only reason you acctually watch the show is because you’re bored and got nothing better to do, so you watch the drama version of terminator. It didn’t really get that popular since they cut off the series after 9 episodes.

  3. I caught up late with the series, but really loved it. The writers have done a very good job of creating enough room for the series to grow. I wouldn't put too much merit in the bookend movies; this series seems to thrive on that challenge. I'll certainly be one to follow it to completion.

  4. I caught up late with the series, but really loved it. The writers have done a very good job of creating enough room for the series to grow. I wouldn’t put too much merit in the bookend movies; this series seems to thrive on that challenge. I’ll certainly be one to follow it to completion.

  5. The series takes place after T2, but does not continue into t3. Its in the wikipedia page and is even explained if you think about it. In t3, john tells his girl-lady he never knew where his mother was buried and that she died of cancer. In Chronicles, The terminator whos name escapes me says they skipped time because Sarah dies of cancer. Thus, no more t3. This makes three possible endings to t2, including the one where t2 ends everything and sarah watches her grandkids play in a playground.

  6. The series takes place after T2, but does not continue into t3. Its in the wikipedia page and is even explained if you think about it. In t3, john tells his girl-lady he never knew where his mother was buried and that she died of cancer. In Chronicles, The terminator whos name escapes me says they skipped time because Sarah dies of cancer. Thus, no more t3. This makes three possible endings to t2, including the one where t2 ends everything and sarah watches her grandkids play in a playground.

  7. Mark, I've been enjoying it, too. I think it's even a little bit smarter than it gets credit for… and than I was expecting. It's staying on my DVR's season pass list for next season.

  8. Mark, I’ve been enjoying it, too. I think it’s even a little bit smarter than it gets credit for… and than I was expecting. It’s staying on my DVR’s season pass list for next season.

  9. I've watched it from the start and found it very good!Can't wait till next the season, unless FOX cancels it like they did FireFly, a show that I really got into!!!!

    //bob

  10. I’ve watched it from the start and found it very good!Can’t wait till next the season, unless FOX cancels it like they did FireFly, a show that I really got into!!!!
    //bob

  11. It's fairly entertaining, or at least it was a decent distraction from the 24-less Fox Monday nights, but I could get into the show more if it didn't present itself as the bridge from T2 to T3. There are way too many inconsistencies. Then again, considering how convoluted one of the primary plot ideas from the original film is, the idea John Connor's father was born in the future after his own son, and I suppose I should be a little more forgiving. Still… within the confines of the Terminator universe, this series just doesn't flow well with the movies. But it's still entertaining. And the chick terminator is quite a bit easier on the eyes than ol' Ah-nuld.

  12. It’s fairly entertaining, or at least it was a decent distraction from the 24-less Fox Monday nights, but I could get into the show more if it didn’t present itself as the bridge from T2 to T3. There are way too many inconsistencies. Then again, considering how convoluted one of the primary plot ideas from the original film is, the idea John Connor’s father was born in the future after his own son, and I suppose I should be a little more forgiving. Still… within the confines of the Terminator universe, this series just doesn’t flow well with the movies. But it’s still entertaining. And the chick terminator is quite a bit easier on the eyes than ol’ Ah-nuld.

  13. Ooh, Summer Glau. Loved her in Firefly and Serenity (one of the best SF series ever). Truth be told: I'd be happy to watch her in anything, so long live SCC.

  14. Ooh, Summer Glau. Loved her in Firefly and Serenity (one of the best SF series ever). Truth be told: I’d be happy to watch her in anything, so long live SCC.

  15. It's great. T2 is my favorite movie and I hated T3 when it came out. I though that this will be same sh*t as T3, by I was wrong. Enjoyed every second of the first season. Can't wait for another season!

  16. It’s great. T2 is my favorite movie and I hated T3 when it came out. I though that this will be same sh*t as T3, by I was wrong. Enjoyed every second of the first season. Can’t wait for another season!

  17. Have watched and possess all of the movies of the Terminators. Enjoyed them all and feel that this series does justice to the ideas that the movies projected. Each one gave possibilities of destruction yet were unable to complete mission. This series are giving the same opportunities to the MACHINES. And so far, as always,are missing their mark. Will continue to watch for new methods of stopping the Conners.

  18. Have watched and possess all of the movies of the Terminators. Enjoyed them all and feel that this series does justice to the ideas that the movies projected. Each one gave possibilities of destruction yet were unable to complete mission. This series are giving the same opportunities to the MACHINES. And so far, as always,are missing their mark. Will continue to watch for new methods of stopping the Conners.

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