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Feature 9.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 8.8
Distributor: Warner
Classification: M15+
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Kyle Sudukis


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2

Although I was initially disappointed with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles when it first aired, the first season managed to find its feet halfway through the series and from there, I was hooked and obviously so were others as the network picked up another season.

As with the latest Star Trek movie, this was more of a remoulding of the Terminator story because it didn't really sit well with the third story but nevertheless, this current version is set after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Although I was wrapped that Fox signed the stars of the series for a second season I was also saddened by the news that season 2 would be the final season. Thankfully it's here and you can watch it in its entirety without any network breaks or interruptions.

Season two picks up from the "cliffhanger" ending of the previous series and once again reunites Lena Headey (Sarah Connor), Thomas Dekker (John Connor), Summer Glau (Cameron, a Terminator) and Brian Austin Green (Derek Reese). Although some familiar faces return in season two such as FBI agent James Ellison, there's also some new faces such as Riley who plays John's love interest and actually makes his character even more relatable.

As opposed to season one which was a huge chase, that is the Connors always fleeing from Skynet and the Terminators, season two changes tact as they have decided to take the fight to Skynet instead by attempting to stop its creation. The quality of the stories have also increased in this current season plus some better effects which is always a bonus. Add in a new villain or villainous and there are several new twists and turns in this season. Whether it's John and his new girlfriend sneaking off to Mexico or Cameron being reactivated again to terminate John, it's quite a thrilling ride from start to finish. Although the Cameron versus Rosie battle is easily worth the admission price alone.

Needless to say, after 15 episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2, I did not find any of the episodes dull or uninteresting and the action, drama and even romance goes up another notch. Another great aspect of this series is that all the characters are quite interesting, whether it's the sexy and stoic Cameron played by the talented Summer Glau or John Connor (Thomas Dekker) who is haunted by him killing a man in self defence, the stories, their history and how they interact with each other is perfect.
The quality, especially for a TV series is very impressive on DVD and having seen the Blu-ray version as well, Warner have done a wonderful job of collecting the episodes into this DVD collection. With that said, the video quality features sharp images, vibrant colours and deep levels of black.

Add in high definition sound and this is almost a movie-esq presentation and when the battle heats up, especially through our surround sound system, it really assists in drawing you into this series. The Blu-ray version also contains a plethora of special features from behind the scenes, documentaries and even a great featurette about the choreography of the fight scenes in the series, more specifically that of Summer Glau.

At the end of the day, this is a well made series that may interfere with the original movies, however if you can put this behind you as many people did with the new Star Trek movie than Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 is great science fiction series that is extremely well acted and is quite professional. The first series may have had more bad moments than good but the same thing cannot be said about Season 2. However, the biggest problem with this series is that we may never see a conclusion to it.


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Special Features

The Continuing Chronicles featurettes
Terminated Scenes
Cameron vs. Rosie: Fight Rehearsal
The Storyboard Process: Cameron Goes Bad
Audio Commentary with Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau and Shirley Manson and Executive Producers Josh Friedman, James Middleton and John Wirth
Gag Reel


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