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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
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Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: 7.6 out of 10
Director: Josh Friedman
Stars: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau
Genre: Action/Drama/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Production Company: Bartleby Company, C-2 Pictures, Warner Bros. Television


OVERVIEW – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The second season of ‘The Sarah Conner Chronicles’ explodes onto blu-ray and closes out the series in the best way possible.

If it’s an enjoyable science fiction show on the FOX network it will most likely get canceled. I think this is why the cancellation of ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ came as no surprise to fans of the series. FOX as a network loves to give sci-fi shows a chance and then immediately cancel them when they do not perform how they want them to. It was almost more shocking that ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ went to solid seasons before it came to a close.

In that short time it expanded on the story of John and Sarah Conner and laid the groundwork for some intriguing new layers in the ‘Terminator’ mythos. In my opinion the two seasons of ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ were far more interesting than the last two ‘Terminator’ films, and they went in a far more interesting direction with the story as well.

Most people have probably forgotten by now that ‘Terminator Salvation’ came out in theaters this summer, a film that did nothing for the ‘Terminator’ franchise than the film franchise has been doing. This is the opposite with the television series ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’.

While the ‘Sarah Connor Chronicles’ is the story of Sarah Connor, it’s more so the story of John Conner and how he becomes the fabled freedom fighter that he’s known as in the future. ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ also expanded upon the ‘Terminator’ mythos by suggesting that there isn’t one timeline that is in jeopardy in the future, but multiple timelines that are affected by Skynet coming online and the machines rising up against the human race.

The second season of ‘The Sarah Conner Chronicles’ picks up right where the first season left off. Our cast of freedom fighters is in a constant struggle to stay one step ahead of Skynet coming online and terminator models that have been sent back into the past to prevent them from accomplishing their mission. FBI agent Ellison’s (Richard T. Jones) life has been spared for some unknown reason by Cromartie (Garret Dillahunt), a Terminator model T-888 sent back in time to murder John Connor (Thomas Dekker) and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance forces in the future.

Sarah Conner (Lena Headey), John, and Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green) have survived John’s protector Cameron (Summer Glau) attacking them after a programming glitch. Cameron has now been repaired, is back in operation, and the team is ready to continue their mission to fight for the future. They set up identities in a new town and

John returns to high school in an attempt at a life of somewhat normalcy. In school John meets Riley (Leven Rambin), a young woman who seems normal to him but whose mysterious past slowly becomes revealed to the viewer, and it becomes apparent that her and John might have more in common than he realizes. The second season also introduces the mysterious Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson), a shape-shifting Terminator unit who has taken the over the identity of the real Catherine Weaver and disguised herself as the CEO of the mysterious ZeiraCorp.

Catherine Weaver is a T-1001, a more advanced liquid metal model than was seen in ‘Terminator 2’. Catherine Weaver is wagging her own war against the Terminator models being sent back into the past and seeks to find a way to reverse engineer those Terminators in order to aid the humans in the future battle. Weaver has no ties to the human resistance or Skynet and her alliances remain unknown. It adds a very interesting dynamic to what has typically been a two-way power struggle.

The second season of ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ tells standalone stories in each episode while working to maintain and tell a larger overall arching storyline that goes through the season and connects all of the major characters together. Each of the main characters is explored in fascinating ways and even characters like Cameron (a terminator model) are flushed out.

This isn’t a show that would have been nominated for any Emmys, but all of the cast members delivered powerful performances, particularly Garret Dillahunt (Cromartie), Summer Glau (Cameron) and Lena Headey (Sarah Connor). Unlike most canceled TV shows, this was a show that did have the luxury of closing out the series in a way that left it open incase they got renewed but it also properly wrapped up everything in a way that treated the characters and longtime viewers with respect.

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