Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator – from the Wondercon panel

Josh Friedman, Summer Glau and Shirley Manson were at Wondercon over the weekend to talk about The Sarah Connor Chronicles and io9’s Charlie Jane Anders (best T:SCC reviewer ever) has a report on what was shown in the clip reel from the last six episodes as well as some general stuff about the show, e.g. the reason why “Desert Cantos” sucked and something about the last three episodes being among the top four this season.

For the full report and all the spoilers, head over to io9.com.

Here is the part that involves John Henry (highlight to read):

We saw Savannah, Catherine Weaver’s daughter skipping and playing hopscotch in ominous gray tunnels, until she comes upon the mysterious room where the artificial intelligence John Henry is. “Would you like to play hide and seek?” John Henry says. Later on, Ellison is demanding to know where Savannah is, and John Henry won’t answer. John Henry asks Catherine Weaver what would happen if people knew she wasn’t Savannah’s real mother, and Catherine asks if she’s being threatened.

Ellison is telling Catherine he’s sorry, and she says he should be. And then John Connor is decking Ellison and yelling that he’ll kill him. And Sarah meets Jesse, but doesn’t seem to know who she is. And Sarah meets Catherine Weaver(!).

The TV Addict interviews Garret

The TV Addict posted a new interview with Garret. It contains a few spoilers about what’s ahead on The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Here are a few quotes:

Can we just talk about Cromartie’s death scene for a moment. How much fun was it to shoot knowing that… you’d be back.
Garret Dillahunt: It was fun. I kind of wished we had time for effects to go even further, you know, pound me into mush. But the shotgun was pretty potent. You should have been in that room. She [Summer Glau] just shot it and the air in the room would ruffle your clothes from the gun. I thought it looked really cool and the green screen stuff they did with my face was perfect.

Is it an entirely different show for you now that you’re playing John Henry? Are you enjoying yourself?
It’s fun to have real conversations. John Henry doesn’t have an agenda, other than curiosity at this point. He’s just trying to absorb as much information as he can. I get to be sort of infantile, childlike and genuine. But I know in upcoming episodes I’m going to be out of the room, loose in the world, and somewhat of a super-powered baby.

That was my next question, how does that work?
Well, I’m still the Cromartie body. Still capable of all the same things that Cromartie was capable of doing, just with a bigger brain. I don’t have a task yet so it’s kind of scary, sort of being a smarter Cromartie. Which I think is going to make him dangerous because he doesn’t even know his own powers yet. But I don’t really know what’s going to happen. I do know that I make a friend, a very dangerous friend… maybe it’s a girlfriend, wouldn’t that be great! [Laughs] And I do get into a fight. A big fight happens and it’s a real learning experience where I’ll experience fear and emotion for the first time.

So if one were to assume that John Henry is the birth of Skynet, would it be fair to assume that how humans treat you in the next half of a season might…
Determine my, our [Skynet’s] whole approach to humanity. Maybe.

Outside of TERMINATOR of course, what do you like to watch?
I like MMA stuff, I know that sounds really lame but I like mixed martial arts. In terms of scripted TV I still watch some ER because I have a buddy who runs the show and just directed his first episode, I like LOST, I watch a lot of TV.

Fans loved you on LIFE.
I like LIFE, and I think it’s getting better and better. I have a lot of fun with that Russian guy. For some reason having an accent gives you a license to do whatever you want. [The TV Addict]

Sarah Connor episodes in March/April – from Fox & the Terminator blog

Fox has issued a release with all the March highlights, including info about episodes 2×17 – 2×20 of The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Here is the combined info about all the remaining episodes from The Futon Critic and the Terminator blog:


Friday, March 6
Written by Toni Graphia and Daniel T. Thomsen
Directed by Jeff Woolnough

The return of Cameron’s (Summer Glau) glitch results in regrettable consequences for everyone, and Riley (Leven Rambin) fears Cameron has discovered her secret.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Today is the Day, Part 1 of 2

Friday, March 13
Written by Ashley E. Miller & Zack Stentz
Directed by Guy Bee

In the first part of a game-changing two-part installment, Jesse (guest star Stephanie Jacobsen) flashes back to a life-altering mission aboard her submarine, the Jimmy Carter. Meanwhile, Sarah (Lena Headey) and John (Thomas Dekker) decide they can’t continue living in their house and make plans to leave.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter/Today Is the Day Part 2 of 2

Friday, March 20
Written by Ashley E. Miller & Zack Stentz
Directed by Guy Bee

The exciting two-parter continues as Jesse’s submarine mission in the future takes a fatal turn that has unforeseen consequences for John, Sarah and Derek (Brian Austin Green) in the present. Also, Sarah deals with Cameron, who has become a liability, and John steps up and makes a life-or-death choice.


Friday, March 27
Written by Natalie Chaidez
Directed by Guy Ferland

Fearing for her life, Sarah stashes John in a safe house with the only person she believes she can rely on, Charley Dixon (guest star Dean Winters). Cameron and Derek struggle to work together after she reveals a big secret, and Weaver’s (Shirley Manson) entire effort is at risk when John Henry (Garret Dillahunt) is compromised – but by whom?


Friday, April 3
Written by Toni Graphia
Directed by Charles Beeson


Friday, April 10
Written by Josh Friedman
Directed by Jeffrey Hunt

Josh Friedman about Terminator ratings and the rest of the season

Josh Friedman has addressed some hot topics in the Terminator fandom in a lengthy new entry on the Terminator blog: the show’s ratings in the last two weeks, the promos Fox is airing to promote T:SCC and Dollhouse, and the creative direction of the show this season.

He also made some hints as to what to expect in the remaining episodes, to address some of the speculation that’s been going around lately:

I get the sense that you want answers. You’ve got enough plant, you’re looking for payoff. I get that. And so will you.

So here are my campaign promises. And because I’ve already shot the episodes, I know they’re promises I’ll be keeping… by the end of the season you will see/know:

–the resolution of the Riley story
–the resolution of the Jesse story
–a future story about Jesse’s Terminator–piloted nuclear submarine explaining how Jesse got to be how she got to be and how it relates to John Connor’s present and future
–the return of Cameron’s glitch in new and deadly ways
–much more Jameron (for those of you who like it)
–not too much Jameron (for those of you who don’t)
–an explanation of the three-dots
–Catherine Weaver’s backstory/origin story
–Savannah in mortal danger
–the revelation of Catherine Weaver’s exact mission
–a fight between Catherine Weaver and another Terminator
–a faceoff between Sarah Connor and Catherine Weaver
–a deadly attack on the Connors by agents of Skynet
–the death of a loved one
–the death of a loved one
–the death of a loved one

And some big things I won’t reveal. Hate spoilers.

Thanks for reading, thanks for watching, thanks for caring, thanks for hating.

To read the full entry, head over to the official blog.