October 7, 2008

Time to Confront Hi-Tech Terror


What: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Where: TV2

When: 9.30pm, Wednesday


RETURNING to TV2 on the heels of its United States release is the second series of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, continuing the saga of what happens when Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy.

Still fugitives from the law, Sarah and her son, John (Thomas Dekker), are confronted with the reality that more enemies from the future and the present could attack at any moment. Sarah hopes to stop the impending apocalypse and change John's fate.

Reprising her role as Sarah Connor, Lena Headey appreciates the way Sarah's story has transitioned from film to TV.

"Obviously I'd seen Terminator and it still sticks with me as one of the most terrifying ideas: that you could be hunted 24 hours a day by an indestructible force. It's frightening, and as the world keeps evolving and people know more about you from things like the Internet, you feel like you are being watched by everything.

"So I love how that feeling has carried on into the TV show. It has that similarity with the film at the beginning and it pushes on through the whole series."

Headey also appreciates the bonus of having a series to tell a story.

"Making a TV show which is an hour each week is very different to making a movie because you have more time to move slowly and you can explore more than you ever could in one film."

Headey is not traditionally a sci-fi fan, but her younger co- stars, Thomas Dekker, who plays her son John, and Summer Glau, who stars as the dangerous cyborg Cameron, help get her up to speed with the complexities of the story.

In the season premiere, John is rocked by the Jeep explosion on his 16th birthday, and is forced to confront the reality of his destiny alone.

Also, Agent Ellison (Richard T Jones) faces off with his faith and the FBI in the aftermath of Cromartie's (Garret Dillahunt) massacre.


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