Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 1-2 [Blu-ray] 
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UK Import Blu-ray/Region All pressing. Season 1: At the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her 15-year-old son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future and the present could attack at any moment. Sarah stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life, and perhaps the world. John knows that he may be the future savior of mankind, but he is not yet ready to take on the mantle of leadership that he's told is his destiny. The Sarah Connor Chronicles represents an exciting reinvention of the Terminator franchise, in which the strong and intrepid Sarah discovers that protecting her son and stopping the rise of the machines is more difficult than she had ever imagined. Season 2: The blockbuster Terminator movie franchise moves to television in this intense, action-adventure drama series which takes place after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sarah Connor and her teenage son, John, find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they must evade pursuers from the future, and the present, in today's Los Angeles, relentlessly battling to save themselves and the world.
The pressure was really on The Sarah Connor Chronicles right from the start. The first spin-off from the extraordinary Terminator franchise, it picks up after the events of the second film, and finds Lena Headey in the title role, who--along with her 15-year old son, John--sets about trying to save the world from the impending threat of Skynet. Along the way too, they encounter Summer Glau (whom there’s a strong chance you’ll know from Firefly), who steps into the shoes of Cameron, a bodyguard Terminator who helps fight off the many threats they face. She’s some piece of work.
Very deliberately paced, and intricately woven to make sure it safely fits within the Terminator universe, The Sarah Connor Chronicles works a great deal better than you’d have any right to expect. Tightly scripted, and with a terrific performance by Headey in the central role, the show packs plenty of action and narrative into the nine episodes of its maiden season, and it certainly whets the appetite for more.
Perhaps the biggest compliment to be paid, though, is that The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a worthy companion and follow-up to the first two Terminator films, and one that genuinely expands and deepens the franchise. It’ll be fascinating to see where the show goes next. --Jon Foster --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Within the prime narrative (trying to keep John Connor alive) there are a number of sub plots which allow many themes to be explored around the nature of being human – love, loyalty, deception, betrayal. The cinematography is impressive and the ‘flash forward’ scenes are genuinely chilling. A high level of tension is maintained throughout as befits a ‘hunter and hunted’ plot but thankfully the screenplay includes an underlying dark humour, the highlight of which being the occasional deadpan observations delivered by Cameron. The action scenes and special effects are not overdone and are therefore particularly effective when they occur. Despite there being no third season, I feel that the final resolution was appropriate and certainly did not detract from what preceded. I watched all of the episodes during a week’s holiday and will definitely be watching them again in the future.
It was tragic that the series was axed after two seasons, ending on a cliffhanger where viewers can only guess at what happens next. It was enjoyed thoroughly, though two or three episodes in the middle of season two might not have been up to standard.
Lena Headey has been criticised as not the ideal person to play Sarah Connor. Certainly she was different than Linda Hamilton in the films, but he stamped her own personality into the role.
Standout episodes for me were alot of season one, plus from season two: "Samson & Delilah', 'Allison From Palmdale', 'Goodbye To All That', 'Mr Ferguson IsIll Today', 'Complications', 'Self Made Man'. 'Today Is The Day Parts1&2' and 'Born To Run'.
There are subtitlesd, plus some interesting featurettes, one which shows Summer Glau rehearsing her fight in an elevator.
Like other previous reviewers I agree these chronicles had fantastic potential to flesh out the story lines of the films - especially with the developing technology of film and the new terminator roles that were explored, but sadly this was never able to emerge - perhaps it may never would have!
If you're a die-hard terminator fan, the chronicles are definitely worth viewing.
Even though it was cancelled after the first series, in some ways the story feels unfinished but you can also see it as a completed story arc... Hard to describe without spoilers.
All in all, if you're a fan of the terminator it's a great alternative timeline to t3.
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