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Terminator: The Sara Connor Chronicles at WonderCon 2008

WonderCon 2008: Connor Chronicles Convos

If you haven't been tuning into Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles lately, you've been missing out on some sweet geeky hotness (i.e.: Brian Austin Green and Thomas Dekker). . .and that's about it. The show itself is pretty comical (not in a good way), but definitely action packed — if you like sweaty men running around with guns that are being hunted by cybernetic organisms from the future. And who doesn't, right? Right. Despite the backlash of viewers accusing the show of having continuity and character issues, it's still doing pretty well for itself since crushing the competition its opening week.


Although I'm not a big fan of the show, I am a fan of Summer Glau. And on day three of WonderCon, I was not alone. Many of my Firefly and Serenity comrades were in the crowd as well to support our "River Tam." Even though I give the show a stinker "thumbs down," the cast was hilarious and totally entertaining during the panel. To read some of the highlights and to catch a trailer of the show just


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  • On the fun they have behind the scenes: "Thomas comes in each morning wearing sunglasses – even if it's raining – and rehearses as a different character, not as John Connor. It makes the directors nervous."
  • Writer Josh Freidman on convincing producers to bring a Reese back from the dead: "I was sitting in a coffee shop with James Middleton, and I was like, "Dude! I know what I'm gonna do — I'm gonna bring Kyle Reese back" and he said, "You're gonna get Fu**ing killed!" I had this whole thing worked out and he was looking at me like I was crazy. So I was like, "How 'bout his brother?" and he said "Oh, that would be good."
  • Josh Freidman's ideal tag line for the show: "The Ultimate Nuclear Family."
  • Brian Austin Green on if he thought writer John Freidman had him in mind when writing the character: "I don't think so! I don't think he wrote the character and thought I'm gonna get Brian Austin Green for this. When I think Action, I think Brian Austin Green. Former DJ. . . Action star."
  • And John on hiring Brian to play Derek: "Well Brian came in to audition and just knocked it out of the park. So I sat there and thought, "Sh*t! I'm gonna hire Brian Austin Green to play this part!"
  • Summer on reading the show's message boards: "I can't go on the boards. . . but I let my mom send me some of the good links and she'll say "See? People like you! And I'll click on that."
  • Josh's reply when asked if he's heard that there's going to be a T4: "There is!?"

Check out the trailer of Terminator: The Sara Connor Chronicles below. Catch the season finale on Monday at 9 p.m. PST.

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taylorbath taylorbath 7 years
I love the show. It's not meant to follow the movie franchise brick by brick- more like capture the spirit of the story- which I think it does. Plus, who knew Brian Austin Green was a hottie badass!? That's a revelation! I'm really hoping for a second season.
weak weak 7 years
Sarah Connor Chronicles is one of the worst shows I've ever seen. It's only saving grace his that it's unintentionally hilarious. *SPOILER ALEART* FBI Agent: I'd like to ask you about Sarah Connor Psychiatrist: Let's have some tea *drugs FBI agent* FBI AGENT comes to: FBI AGENT: Why'd you drug me? Psychiatrist: Cause I think you're a robot FBI Agent: I'm not! I passed out! Pyschiatrist: How do I know you're not one of those models that CAN be drugged to seem more human? FBI Agent: I'm not though! I passed out I said! Psychiatrist: There's only one way to find out. *Psychiatrist stabs FBI agent in the leg and attempts to burn his house down* --end scene-- Among many of the ridiculous plot developments: 1) Discarded terminator skeleton in Junkyard for 7 years. 2) Said Terminator killing his way to find a good plastic surgeon 3) John Connor wanting to attend High School really really bad 4) Terminators acting completely human until it's revealed they're in fact a Terminator, then they practically walk around doing the "robot." Anyways, I could keep going. It's only competition on TV right now is American Gladiators so I guess if you wanna compare the quality of the show vs. what's on TV these days SCC FTW!
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
"PS - Hotstuff, do you work at engadget? You sure are posting a lot of links from them..." Dukesup, No I don't I actually thought the posts were relevant to the conversation!
xena90 xena90 7 years
Linda Hamilton was a strong female lead in T2 as Shara Connor or even in Beauty and Beast and that was in the 80's! Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo (300) was a strong female character (at lest compared to her portrayal of Shara Connor) and if we are calling theses characters "strong female characters" you might as well say Princes Leia was a freaking bad ass. -Xena90 ( Xena was a strong female character)
kristyrk kristyrk 7 years
I don't know if this is good or bad, but I find myself laughing during the whole show, and mostly during "serious" parts. (I'm guessing that's a bad thing) I love, love, love Summer Glau, but seriously? Ballet? And yes, DukesUp - Burning his house down? I guess I just don't believe in the show, or I'm too critical cause I loved the Terminator movies, and Linda Hamilton's portrayal of Sarah (which Lena Heady will never live up to.. but that's just me). However, I plan to keep watching to see the Christian Bale as John Connor cameo (to get buzz going for T4, that's right - T4). Yes - even more eye candy..and laughs.
DukesUp DukesUp 7 years
Sorry ya'll, I agree with Geek here, first off, I was a huge fan of the films, so already I am critical of the series. Granted, film and TV are two different mediums, but with the popularity of T1 and T2 (maybe even edging into T3, which wasn't in the highest form..) they should have taken that into consideration. Top 5 reasons I think this show is comical: 1. Sarah Conner dating, falling in love, and getting engaged in 6 months. Would. never. happen. Sarah never lets her guard down. Also on this note: Sara Connor taking such a liking to Andy (chess guy) knowing full well he needed to be "terminated". Even going so far as to visit his grave after he was shot! Again, would never happen. 3. Sara Connor forcing (or allowing) her kid to go to school - again! After the first school incident, he would be hunkered down/laying low, not gallivanting around at school, even with a Cyborg following him. "Being absent puts you on the radar" well, doesn't going to school put you on the radar!? Home school, anyone? Have the robot teach him! 4. Monday's episode: Agent Ellison going to the Doctors place at Arrowhead. The Doctor thinks he's a terminator? A terminator that drinks tea? Oh, but it was an honest mistake, so I'm going to BURN MY HOUSE DOWN! 5. The fact that they "Don't care about continuity" and "its a totally different medium", yet they work in so many facts from T2 into Monday's episode and make it a part of the story (John living with foster parents, Doctor telling about when the Terminator broke into the mental hospital..) yet they don't live up to characteristics of the Sarah from T1/2. Just seems lame to me - figure out which side of the fence you want to be on and stick with it. Don't excuse away flaws in the show because "its different from the movie"! So whats left? The awesome Summer Glau and Hot guys. Yeah, I'd say her post was accurate. PS - Hotstuff, do you work at engadget? You sure are posting a lot of links from them...
lexib0t lexib0t 7 years
hotstuff, I loved the ending with the ballet. It leads me to wonder if she is evolving and learning to be more human than machine. If so, is this the reason she kept the core of that terminator? Does she think she can change the outcome and create empathetic cyborgs? I really truly love this show and I cannot wait until the 2 hour season finale.
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
"Or the humanity of something that isn't human; can it have ulterior motives?" This is one of the most compelling parts of the show to me! In a day and age when computers are so depended on and so smart could we really be setting up something that could take over and have irreversible consequences? Look at how almost all of Florida was shut down this week from having week infrastructure and depending on computers to "fix" any problems. Here is an interesting article from engadget that talks about how a silicon uterus is going to be used to develop embryos. http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/27/silicon-womb-enters-human-testing-in-the-uk/ Here are some other articles posted just today about a robot child being developed. http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/28/researchers-working-to-teach-creepy-baby-robot-to-talk/ And finally another article about how robot dogs are being used to help lonely elderly people. http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/28/aibo-matches-real-dogs-in-chasing-away-loneliness-research-clai/ So I don't think the show is all that far fetched ..crazy huh? P.S. Was anyone besides me so touched yet scared to death of the last scene last week where she was doing ballet?
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
The show is really great and has an interesting plot, and it's definitely more than action and eye candy. What about the mother/son relationship and the tension of trying to do the right thing when you don't know if it will be your downfall? Or the humanity of something that isn't human; can it have ulterior motives? Even just the question: "What would I do faced with the same circumstances?" It is excellent Sci-fi fare and I eagerly anticipate each new episode (and sometimes watch the old ones more than once)!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
The show is really great and has an interesting plot, and it's definitely more than action and eye candy. What about the mother/son relationship and the tension of trying to do the right thing when you don't know if it will be your downfall? Or the humanity of something that isn't human; can it have ulterior motives? Even just the question: "What would I do faced with the same circumstances?" It is excellent Sci-fi fare and I eagerly anticipate each new episode (and sometimes watch the old ones more than once)!
lexib0t lexib0t 7 years
I agree with the other posters, this is a fantastic show. I don't get what's so "comical" about it, perhaps you'd care to explain? Also, why does the TV show have to be boiled down to "omg hawt guys all sweaty!!"? Why not mention the 2 strong lead characters?
lexib0t lexib0t 7 years
I agree with the other posters, this is a fantastic show. I don't get what's so "comical" about it, perhaps you'd care to explain?Also, why does the TV show have to be boiled down to "omg hawt guys all sweaty!!"? Why not mention the 2 strong lead characters?
wingedkiare wingedkiare 7 years
I enjoy the show - it's certainly a lot better than I was expecting out of a TV budget. Plus, what they lack in continuity.. they more than make up with kick-ass female characters that also have brains.
Tink-Again Tink-Again 7 years
Yes I like it too. It's not the best, but still it's pretty good and entertaining!
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
I disagree Geek I LOVE this show! It's SO good.
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