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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 Sarah Connor (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 John Connor (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Cameron Phillips / ... (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 James Ellison (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Derek Reese (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Cromartie / ... (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Catherine Weaver (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
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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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14 years earlier, Thomas Dekker had a small role in Star Trek: Generations (1994) as one of Captain Jean-Luc Picard's children. In the sequel Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew travel back through time to the year 2063 to stop the Borg from preventing rocket scientist Dr. Zephram Cochrane from launching his wrap ship and making first contact with aliens. In X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Wolverwine travels back through time to the year 1973 to stop Mystique from assassinating scientist Dr. Bolivar Trask, which resulted Mystique in being captured and her mutant DNA used to create robots called The Sentinels that take over the world 50 years later. Patrick Stewart plays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Professor Charles Xavier in those films. See more »

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Terminator Cameron Phillips holds a gun with her index finger extended beside the trigger. This is a safety provision used by humans to prevent unintentional discharge of the weapon. However, being a machine, she is not susceptible to surprise or emotion that would result in an accidental shooting or "trigger finger" response. See more »

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Male Voiceover: [Season 2 Opening Intro] In the future a computer program called Skynet will declare war on the human race. Machines have travelled back in time taking human form to terminate John Connor, the future leader of the resistance. Sarah Connor, John Connor's mother, teacher, and protector. Cameron, a terminator reprogrammed to defend them at all costs. Derek Reese, John's uncle and a commanding officer with the resistance. Together they fight to stop Skynet from ever being created. The battle for our...
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First impressions from the pilot
24 July 2007 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

I had a chance to catch this pilot yesterday and being a die-hard T2 fan i was very impressed.

Firstly the pilot does dissolve the continuity of T3 almost instantly, yet does it in a way that shows exactly how that film could have been better (for the record, I did enjoy T3 tho). Headey does a first rate job as Sarah, capturing the "weight-of-the-world" angle of the character extremely well despite looking at least ten years too young for the part. Dekker does a decent job as John but is given very little to do in the pilot, that is somewhat counteracted however by hints of what's to come for the character - a look into exactly what sort of life he has in store as far as the real world goes. Summer Glau meanwhile steals the show as Cameron (terrible in-joke with that name by the way), playing the new Terminator as oddly lovable yet traditionally stone-faced simultaneously and even managed to deliver the classic line "Come with me if you want to live" in a matter befitting a good old fashioned cheer.

The storyline is very good if a tad more traditionally sci-fi than we're used to with this franchise - going to so far as to include actual time travel. Although it's a stretch to include this, it doesn't feel particularly forced and works rather well as the device for setting up a series (as well as clearing up the chronology finally, should T3 ever be worked into the continuity again). It is also worthy of note that the pilot i saw included the scenes now stated as being rewritten for the premiere in January (the school shootout). A great sequence in the pilot i saw, I don't think their alteration will really hurt the finished pilot too much.

A first rate pilot for what i hope will be an extremely good series.


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