I‘m talking about the classic American mom – Sarah Conner of the Terminator sci-fi series.
The Fox network brought the series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” to TV last season and it recently began its 2nd season.
The series focuses on the adventures of Sarah and her son, the future leader of the humans in the coming war with the machines, John in the time between the end of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and the start of “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” although in the first episode the series takes a different time line – still within the series mythology but they moved stuff up to present day. There is word that the Sarah Conner Chronicles will line up with the story line of the upcoming “Terminator Salvation” set to come to the movie houses in 2009.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Sarah, played by Lena Headey, knows of the coming war with the machines and spends all her time preparing and protecting John so that he is around to become the leader of the human resistance.
Sarah has the help of a reprogrammed Terminator named Cameron, played by Summer Glau, and Derek Reese, played by Brian Austin Green, who were sent back in time by John Conner.
Of course the series couldn’t be a Terminator of the week show, so the main theme has been the heroes fight against the formation of Skynet – the computer system that starts the war on the humans on Judgement Day. But there is a Terminator they have to watch out for – Cromartie, played by Garret Dillahunt – but he is more of a reoccurring character – someone who is around but not everyday and there is an initial bad “guy” the heroes don’t know about yet named Catherine Weaver, played by Shirley Manson, who is CEO of a shadowy company that seems to be the foundation of the future Skynet. The twist is that Weaver is a T-1000 terminator that can assume different shapes and disguises.
Although I love the Terminator series of stories, this season on T:TSCC there might be a part I will not like. John Conner becoming a whiney teenager. The story has him rebelling a little against his mother and instead of his actions causing embarrassment – it could get them all killed. I just hope it doesn’t turn into OC drama crap.
Overall, T:TSCC is a great series and you should catch it either on the tube or on Fox website.