Television

Futuristic and Dystopian Shows You May Have Forgotten About, But Shouldn’t

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Summer Glau, Thomas Dekker, and Lena Headey

Premise:

Set after the events of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the series focused on Sarah Connor (Headey), her son John (Dekker), and his protector, a reprogrammed Terminator (Glau).

The three are fugitives from the law after what happened at the end of T2, and have time-jumped ahead to 2007 in order to evade capture and to stop Judgement Day from ever happening. This time, they are pursued by both the FBI and a new T-888 (Garret Dillahunt) sent to kill John Connor.

Why It Was So Good:

This was a high-concept series before high-concept series started to be really appreciated. FOX didn’t really ever seem to know what to do with it during its two-year run, but the creators and writers kept their vision, even if it meant dooming the show before it could finally reach its conclusion.

There are times where confusion reigns, which is never a hallmark of good writing or acting, and of course, there was Brian Austin Greene in the second season, which never spells success. Still, there are enough moments that actually make this series a better follow-up to the classic films than any feature has been able to provide since.

Headey (Game of Thrones300) is excellent as Sarah Connor and Dillahunt (Raising Hope12 Years a Slave) is actually quite menacing as T-888 Cromartie.

Sure, there’ve been better shows, but this one is still fun and intriguing all at the same time.

Where Can I Watch It?:

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