When Fox originally had this show on it’s lineup, I was intrigued. Not because I thought it was going to be a good show, but because I wondered how they would do it. I tuned into the pilot and found it passable. It wasn’t bad, but it had some serious flaws. There was too much time travel and I immediately thought the show was going to follow a bit of a Fugitive plot, where each week the Connors would run from Terminators.

I especially wasn’t thrilled with the idea of a Terminator getting killed every week. It took evrything including a MAC Truck to stop Arnold in the first movie, why can they now kill a Terminator in 10 minutes?

But I was wrong. As the first season carried on, I found out that the Terminator whom died in the first episode had not died at all. In fact, he’s went on to become the most FEARSOME Terminator ever. That’s right, he’s 200X more badass than any Arnold ever was. He makes the T-1000 look like a pansy.

Cromartie (That’s the one) is the ultimate badassery of machines. After being blown to bits in the pilot, he rebuilt himself, grew NEW skin by forcing the chemist who would eventually discover it anyway to create it for him. It sounds hokey, but it actually came off really well. The fact that he ran around for several episodes skinless, created one of the creepiest images in all of the Terminator mythos. These machines are unstoppable.

At first I thought the girl “good guy” Terminator was going to suck. But she doesn’t. She’s such a layered character. That’s one of the impressive things about this show. EVERYONE is layered with depth. There are lots of Terminators running around, but we rarely know what or why they are doing things. EVERYONE has a secret agenda in this show.

It’s a lot like Lost or Heroes, only it doesn’t get more stupid and convoluted as the weeks go on. There is a clear path and a method to this madness. It unfolds every week. Some stories are huge ones, some are minor. Each one is an important advancement in the plot. Every episode means something, even episodes that appear to be throwaways at the time.

As cool as Terminator 1 & 2 were (And I even liked 3) this is the best thing that’s ever happened to the Terminator franchise. The ratings are just average, so START watching this show. Download season 1, Netflix it, BUY it! Get it however you need to, because this show is REQUIRED viewing. It takes about 4 to 5 episodes for this show to really hit it’s groove, but by the time you make it to the Season Finale of the first season, you’re hooked. Season 2 has been better and better each episode.

This past week’s episode involved Skynet’s first involvement with time travel and how they actually screwed up and sent a Terminator back into the 1920’s. The story that unfolded from there was brilliant and really showed you just how perfectly all the pieces fit together. James Cameron couldn’t do any better.

In fact, the new Terminator: Salvation looks like utter shit compared to the TV show.

Here’s a sample of the awesomeness:

It’s one of the best shows on Television and you can BANK on it.

2 Responses to The Best Shows on Televison: Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles

  • Paul says:

    I wouldn’t say that this is the best thing to ever happen to the Terminator franchise, because there’s a lot of dumb stuff here. How many robots and people can they send back in time? It seems like a new one comes out whenever it’s convenient to the plot.

    However, it is a fun show. I really enjoy it for what it is. I’m a big Terminator fan as well, but I don’t think you have to be to like it.

  • There have been a lot of robots going back in time, I’ll conceed that point. But if Skynet can send robots back, why wouldn’t they send more and more?

    Pretty much once Terminator 2 came along, the Pandora’s box was opened. If time travel is possible, it’s going to be happening a lot.

    I loved the idea of the botched time travel that sent the Terminator back to the 1920’s, but maybe that’s just me.

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