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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 

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Set after the events in Terminator 2 (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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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





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This series is set after the events of Terminator 2 (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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Everything he is, everything he will be, depends on her. See more »


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13 January 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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In July, 2015. It was announced that a new television series of "Terminator" is in development and that it will intersect more directly with the developments in "Terminator Genisys". See more »


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 »


Jesse Flores: [Derek angrily confronts Jesse about Riley] Derek?
Derek Reese: Do you know who Billy Wisher is?
Jesse Flores: Who?
Derek Reese: No. No, you don't. Where you come from he doesn't exist, he never did. Billy Wisher was my best friend. He was in my squad, we fought together. We saw things you can't imagine. He was like my brother and I loved him. But, it turns out I never really - knew him. His real name was Andy Goode and back here in this world he created a computer program. The program that becomes Skynet. So, Andy Goode is dead. ...
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Referenced in Infiltrator (2017) See more »

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First impressions from the pilot
24 July 2007 | by 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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