Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – Season 1 Review

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I’ve been wanting to see this series for a while. I totally missed it when it was on TV for some reason and never got the chance to see it. Not being able to find it where I wanted to find it, like on Netflix, I went in search of the DVD’s. Who knew that this complete series would cost as much as it does which is over the $50 mark. Giving up all hope that I would ever see this series, I finally found the complete series for a surprising $19.99 and scooped it up. It took me one whole weekend, but I binge watched the entire first season, which was only 9 episodes. Keep reading to see if the series was worth the wait.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles revolves around Sarah Connor, played by Lena Headey, as she tries to protect her son John, played by Thomas Dekker, who is being hunted by machines sent from the future who are trying to kill him. Why are they trying to kill him? Because in the future, when the world goes to shit and is basically run by these machines, it’s John who leads the resistance. In order for the humans to win, John has to survive. Sarah can’t do this on her own though because she’s only one woman and future John knows this so he sends back in time a friendly machine, Cameron, played by Summer Glau, who he trusts in order to help his mother keep him safe and maybe even stop the uprising of the machines and the evil Skynet.

I really enjoyed the first season and couldn’t get enough of it as both Sarah and Cameron try to save John every episode while trying to stop Skynet and trying to live a somewhat normal life. As normal as you can get for someone living on the run. You’ll get a look into what Sarah has gone through and see why as a mother she’s so determined to help John. I have to say though that I watched the Terminator movies, the original ones, a long long time ago, like when I was really young and haven’t watched them since so at times the show was a little confusing since it does play off of the movie a little bit, or so I’m told. Other than that though, the story is pretty easy to follow, has a bunch of action and adventure, and even some funny parts thrown in there for the hell of it. The end of the season though did get a bit confusing, which was kind of a downer.

Time travel and the Space Time Continuum. According to Einstein, time is nothing but an illusion. Now while I can go into the what the Space Time Continuum is and all of this other stuff, you didn’t come here for that, you came here for a review of the first season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Here’s the thing though, the show relies heavily on all of this stuff because, MINOR SPOILER,future John sends his father back in time to impregnate his mother. This is where things get a little confusing for the show. As much as I try to roll along with it and be like, “Ok, what’s next,” it’s really hard to. I don’t know if this happened for anyone else watching, but if it did let me know in the comments section below.

The cast of characters for this show works really well together and it’s one of the things that makes this show work. On a lot of shows it’s how the cast interacts with each other that can make or break a show. This is one of those shows where the cast really makes the show and it was casted to perfection. If anyone else had been used, I don’t think it would have been the same show. Thomas Dekker plays a great rebellious teenager who just wants to live a normal life while Lena Heady plays the overprotective mother who is trying to keep her son safe so that he can be the big hero he is in the future. Summer Glau plays the perfect robot trying to act like a human as she tries to learn different things and not kill everything in sight. The cast works great together and it really shows.

Overall I give this season a 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed watching this show all the way up to the end with the introduction of a new character that made things extremely confusing. The story line at the end just threw me for a loop and I really couldn’t get over it. Other than that it’s a really great show, but I will say that if you’re planning on watching if you should probably have some knowledge of the whole Terminator universe or you’ll be completely lost. If you’re not interested in Terminator or never liked Terminator, I would say that you would want to skip this one. If you’re a mega fan of Terminator, this is a show that can’t be missed.



    • If you don’t feel like dropping all that money to buy the complete series, it is available on Amazon. I’m currently watching the second season and loving it, especially with the addition of Shriley Manson.

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