Set within the Terminator universe the Sarah Connor Chronicles provides excellent stylish SF entertainment as it expands and develops the original story about time travelling cyborgs hunting a future saviour of the human race. Lena Headey is outstanding as Sarah Connor, the ultimate protective mum, paranoid, obsessive, tough and resourceful. It is no surprise that she was cast as Cersei Lannister in the magnificent Game of Thrones. Thomas Dekker gives an assured performance as the teenage John Connor on the cusp of manhood, an adolescent craving independence but painfully aware of the impending apocalypse. However, both are eclipsed by the brilliant portrayal by Summer Glau of Cameron, the girl-cyborg sent from the future by John Connor to protect his younger self. Despite being “metal” (as opposed to “skin”) Glau manages to present Cameron as a sympathetic character with an unsettling poignancy as she attempts to connect with John and Sarah while encountering mistrust and hostility. There are many notable performances throughout the 31 episodes but I was particularly taken with those of Garrett Dillahunt and Shirley Manson as menacing cyborgs, successfully assimilating into Californian society but whose missions are carefully guarded.
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.
What an amazing show with everything about it hitting the right notes. The actors chosen to portray the characters, the writing and the directing are all spot on. For two seasons we, as Terminator fans, were finally given what T3, Terminator Salvation (a decent action movie) and the drivel that was Genisys failed miserably to deliver. Astounding that they decided to cancel it whilst other shows that have clearly 'jumped the shark' are still being pushed.
Good acting, good story lines. Its a great pity it lasted only two seasons. The main weakness is there is too much talking by Sarah Connor in a kind of narrator way, sometimes tedious and distracting. However overall its very good (and Sarah Connor is a fine actress). I personally preferred Cameron as my favourite character but they are all good. if you like the Terminator series of films this is a good addition to your collection.
This was a very enjoyable addition to the terminator series of films (I'm well out of date and sequence in watching these discs recently, but I still was able to appreciate the different story lines). The story picks up inbetween the 1st and 2nd films and has some really good episodes (especially in the first series), however the story lines in some of the later episodes falter a little! 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.
This series remains one of my favourites, the one I put on most of all.
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.
I avoided this series when it was broadcast, but I'm very glad I bought this two series set. When America does TV well, it's done very well (and the opposite sadly!) and TSCC was really becoming very good when it stopped. A bit slow / unsure of itself to start, but as the cast got in to their roles, the plots and story lines became engrossing, and I watched the whole lot beginning to end in about a week. The story follows on from the timeline at the end of the second Terminator film, but as others have commented, DOES NOT feed into the third film. If you don't know this series, and view the first Terminator movies as being 'classics', don't expect the same non stop ultra fast action / shoot up / explosions etc. etc. There's a bit of that, but far more in the way of detailed character and plot development. The series got fairly poor reviews when it was broadcast, but a few years on and with the third film having been fairly average, and the fourth (I actually liked) not being a big favourite of fans, TSCC stands up well in its own right. In many ways, the end of this series was a great way of explaining John Connor's post apocolyptic existence.....
A great series and very underrated. Brilliant performance by summer glau, and it adds a lot to the terminator universe. 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.
Sarah Connor is on the run with her teenage son John Connor, moving from town to town, living under a series of alias' with fabricated life backstories, trying to stay one step ahead of the Terminators that relentlessly pursue John. In the first episode Sarah gives up everything - a fiance, comfy home and a steady job - when she feels they have stayed in one place too long and moves her and John to a backwater town. Unfortunately the Terminator on their trail catches up with them and almost succeeds in killing John until in steps a mystery girl played by Summer Glau. A Terminator, sent back to the past by future rebel leader John Connor, her mission in to protect John at all costs.
I was really surprised by T-TSCC, I did half expect the storylines to be cheesy rip offs of the films. However this series has approached the premise of the story from a different angle. It was really endeering to see Summer Glau's Terminator strive to understand what it is to be human instead of just knowing facts about humans and behaviour. You also get a real insight into Sarah Connor's mentality and the conflicts within herself, the need to train John how to survive and make sure that until he is ready she protects him no matter what, and how much she wants to keep her humanity and be a "normal" loving mother to John.
Each episode has it's own story line whilst maintaining it's link to the story arc of the series. My only complaint is while in one way the end of season 2 does end the series, it doesn't really end the series. The fate of Sarah Connor is ambivelent although it does set up John Connor going forward into the film Terminator Salvation.