Warner Home Video has announced the full list of features that will appear on the Terminator season two DVD & Blu-ray sets. Season two will be released on September 22. See the details from the press release below.
Josh Friedman talked to Sci Fi Wire this week. Here are a few quotes:
For you, over the two seasons, what storylines took on their own life, maybe in a way you didn’t expect?
Friedman: I was pleased by how much we got out of Cromartie/John Henry [Garret Dillahunt]. Most of that is due to the genius that is Dillahunt—there’s a reason David Milch couldn’t leave him dead in Deadwood. I always knew we’d have a Terminator body aiding in the A.I. development, but I’ll admit it wasn’t always the Cromartie body. We explored other ideas there, but ultimately we couldn’t stand removing Cromartie from the chessboard.
The ending could be looked at as an actual end to the series or as a cliffhanger. Was it difficult to come up with the finale? Why did you want to end it on such a big note?
Friedman: The finale wasn’t really any more difficult than any other episode. Frankly, “Adam Raised a Cain” almost f–king killed the writers’ room, so the finale was a vacation compared to that. I’d known for quite a while where we were headed, so once we got to that point it was pretty organic. I don’t think I set out to end “on a big note,” but I knew I wanted John Henry to be attacked, and the drone seemed the most dramatic way to hit that beat. I needed to drive people to the future, and making the present an extremely dangerous place to be seemed like an important part of the equation.
Do you ever see the story continuing, perhaps in a comic book or another format?
Friedman: I don’t own this franchise or control it in any way. I can’t just go make a deal to do a comic book or a DVD movie or anything like that. The people that control the franchise need to be interested in another iteration of not just Terminator, which clearly they are, but TSCC, which at this point they are not. I’ve tried to pull this proverbial band-aid off as quickly as I can, but I don’t want that confused with me giving up on the show. It’s been my entire creative existence for years, and nothing strokes my ego more than hearing about people clamoring for more TSCC and e-mailing network executives to that effect. But I want people to have a realistic understanding of what’s going on. I owe them honesty.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans?
Friedman: I don’t think there’s much I could say to fans that I haven’t already said. TSCC has been my life for almost four years, and the fans have been a huge part of that experience. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and television is nothing if not a social compact—I’ll try to make something worth watching, and you’ll try to watch it. It’s a handshake, and you don’t want to leave the other guy hanging. Hopefully, we’ll try again soon.
Season two can be pre-ordered on Amazon. DVD & Blu-ray details below.
DVD and BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- The Continuing Chronicles featurettes
- Write the Future – An inside look at creator Josh Friedman and the writing process and how it guides the creative decisions for each episode
- Conceptualization – Visual Effects supervisor James Lima and others discuss the production challenges of bringing the sci-fi world of Terminator to television
- Blood and Metal – Go behind the scenes with special makeup effects artist Rob Hall and the cast as they reveal the process of creating realistic cybernetic organisms
- Designing Destruction – Production Designer Marek Dobrowolski and others discuss the challenges of combining real locations with futuristic sets to create a world in which the present fights to avoid a horrific future
- Choreographing Chaos – See how Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director Joel Kramer and Special Effects Supervisor Steve Galich work closely to create the stunts and on set effects that add an undeniably kinetic quality to each episode
- War Stories – From an unexpected earthquake on the jam-packed Santa Monica pier to the intricacies of filming underwater sequences, the producers and cast reflect on some of the most memorable production challenges from Season Two
- Setting the Tempo – Composer Bear McCreary and the producers explain the process of taking cues from the Terminator mythology and incorporating them into the score. Bear, Josh Friedman and Shirley Manson also talk about the process of recording the season opening song “Samson and Delilah”
- Motivations – The producers and cast discuss the themes of Season Two and how these informed both the writing and acting
- Terminated Scenes
- Cameron vs. Rosie: Fight Rehearsal – The raw fight rehearsal and choreography session between Summer Glau and a contortionist is interwoven with storyboards and interviews explaining this intricate battle sequence
- The Storyboard Process: Cameron Goes Bad – The production team outlines the process for mapping key sequences from the show in Storyboard format
- Audio Commentary with Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau and Shirley Manson and Executive Producers Josh Friedman, James Middleton and John Wirth
- Gag Reel
BLU-RAY ONLY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Collision with the Future: Deconstructing the HUNTER KILLER Attack – Interactive exploration of the climactic Hunter Killer attack featured in the Season Two finale. Four simultaneous points of view show all elements of the filmmaking of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles from Production, Direction, Visual Effects, and Special Effects. Additional focus points allow the viewer to explore even more elements of what it took to create this dramatic stunt sequence.
1. Samson and Delilah
2. Automatic for the People
3. The Mousetrap
4. Allison from Palmdale
5. Goodbye to All That
6. The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short
7. Brothers of Nablus
8. Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today
10. Self Made Man
11. Strange Things Happen at the One-Two Point
12. Alpine Fields
13. Earthlings Welcome Here
14. The Good Wound
15. Desert Cantos
16. Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep
17. Ourselves Alone
18. Today is the Day (Part 1)
19. Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter (Part 2)
20. To the Lighthouse
21. Adam Raised a Cain
22. Born to Run
Street Date: September 22, 2009
Running time: Approximately 1,012 minutes
Price: $59.98 SRP
Language: English, Portuguese
Subtitles: ESDH, French, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish
Price: $79.98 SRP
Language: English, Japanese
Subtitles: ESDH, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Japanese