Some things are better left in the past. When Skynet didn’t destroy the world on August 4th 1997 we should have heaved a collective sigh of relief and never spoken of it again. But we didn’t.
No, what happened instead was that the machines rose again in 2003 and defecated all over the reputation of one of the best films of the 1980s and one of the best of the 1990s.
Turgid, stupid and watered down to appeal to children and idiots Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines was The Godfather 3 of my generation. There was no need for it and nothing to be gained.
Then in 2009 they tried to reboot the franchise, this time in the future only the time difference only made things worse
Yet somehow, in the middle of all this they did something that was actually quite interesting. They turned it into a TV show.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles followed the dying Sarah Connor (played by Lena Headey), teenage son and future leader of the resistance John Connor (played by Thomas Dekker), and reprogrammed Terminator, Cameron (played by Summer Glau). They are pursued by a Terminator, Cromartie (played by Garret Dillahunt) and a variety of other Terminators scattered across the country. They all are pursued by FBI Special Agent James Ellison (played by Richard T. Jones) as he tries to uncover precisely what is going on
The show deals with the issues of growing up and expectation, but also of religion, the concept of the soul and faith. But with explosions and stuff.
The acting is good, the scripts are solid and it was an enjoyable show that went at least some way to (however briefly) healing the scars of the lesser films.
It was cancelled after two seasons (a total of 31 episodes) and ends on one of the most enticing cliffhangers from recent memory. There was a significant shift after the first season and they were going to do the same after the second. It would have been great to see what happened next, but some things just aren’t meant to be. But there is plenty still to enjoy.