Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

With the premature end of the Heroes season due to the writer’s strike, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is a welcome late-season addition. Whilst the premises are different, both shows have a similar feel, which is a good thing.

Lena Headey delivers an excellent performance as mother-cum-freedom-fighter despite her slight build, mixing steely-eyed resolve with maternal tenderness, grit with vulnerability. Thomas Dekker accurately captures the insolent foolishness of an adolescent. Summer Glau brings the same awkward ass-kicker intensity as she did in Firefly.

For the most part it captures the élan of the original movie. For example, the number on the door at the Dell store was 1337. (Of course it’s not an Apple Store; we all know Skynet is based in Redmond.) One thing that bumped me in the second episode came after a couple of gunshots were fired inside a house. After an intense exchange of dialogue, we hear police sirens. It seems unrealistic that in L.A. anyone would call about gunshots even if they noticed them from inside their own house. But it added to the dramatic tension and perhaps that’s in keeping with the original.

I’ve set a season pass for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first film.


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