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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)

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Set after the events in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Sarah Connor and her son, John, try to stay under-the-radar from the government, as they plot to destroy the computer network, Skynet, in hopes of preventing Armageddon.


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Series cast summary:
 Sarah Connor (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
 John Connor (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Cameron Phillips / ... (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
 James Ellison (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Derek Reese (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Cromartie / ... (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Catherine Weaver (17 episodes, 2008-2009)


This series is set after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After the sacrifices of Dr. Miles Dyson and T-800 Model 101 Terminator, the Connors find themselves once again being stalked by Skynet's agents from the future. Realizing their nightmare isn't over, they decide to stop running and focus on preventing the birth of Skynet. With the aid of Cameron Phillips, a beautiful girl who has a mysterious past also linked to the future; Derek Reese, a Tech-Com soldier from the future whose past is linked with the Connors; Riley, a beautiful schoolfriend of John; and FBI Agent James Ellison, who was assigned to capture the Connors but joins them after his own encounter with one of the machines. They begin a quest to stop the United States military and a shadowy conspiracy from the future from creating the program that will stop at nothing to bring humanity to an end. Written by Ron

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13 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Lena Headey is the 2nd actress to play Sarah Connor, succeeding Linda Hamilton in the role. Lena Headey's Game of Thrones (2011) co-star Emilia Clarke succeed Hamilton and Headey in the role for Terminator Genisys (2015). See more »


Sarah Connor: [Season 1 opening Intro] In the future my son will lead mankind in a war against Skynet, a computer system programmed to destroy the world. It has sent machines back through time. Some to kill him, one to protect him. Today we fight to stop Skynet from ever being created. To change our future. To change his fate. The war to save mankind begins now!
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A fantastic start to a show with great potential
12 August 2007 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

You know when you sit down and watch something new, and it grabs you, surprises you and entertains you? Well it doesn't happen all the time, but this show did that with me.

With a big franchise, and some very big shoes to fill (i.e. Linda Hamilton's) the show and its cast have quite a big battle on their hands. But for the most part the show's pilot does justice to the franchise, and forges ahead with a new direction, extremely well.

The pilot wears its Terminator heart on its sleeve, with lots of Terminator action, but it sufficiently sets up stories so that the show can run for many seasons exploring the Terminator universe while not having to resort to robot-of-the-week.

Lena Headey has a tough job taking on such an iconic role, and I couldn't help but compare her to Linda Hamilton (and to miss Hamilton at times). But she showed some great potential, and in some moments I thought "this actress is going to be cool". I have faith she will do well and turn the role into something that is her own.

Give the show a chance, this one can really go somewhere. If FOX doesn't cancel it that is.

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