The stranger fights for his life, lapsing in and out of consciousness, during which he flashes back to his future life battling the machines in 2027. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to explain the past to Charley.
The picture mentioned in the last episode is shown, as is the aftermath of the attack (depicted in the first Terminator movie) that damaged it. The picture itself differs from its cinematic counterpart in that it includes a mountain range in the background whereas the original depicted a gas station.
The Terminator in the future-house has rubber-skin. This is a reference to the original Terminator movie in which Kyle Reese mentions that the "old" 600-series were easy to spot due to rubber skin.
Cameron states that if any piece of the fallen Terminator's endo-skeleton were found it could change the course of history. It was this very thing that led to the death of Myles Dyson in Terminator 2 when his company began research on the remnant arm and processor of the first enemy Terminator, an event that was believed to have led to Skynet's creation and the original Judgment Day.
When Charley talks to Cameron and asks her what she is, she answers "Cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton." This is a direct reference to all three motion-pictures. Arnold Schwarzenegger's character is described as "living tissue over metal endoskeleton" in Terminator (by Kyle Reese) and in Terminator 2 (by the T-800 Model 101). In Terminator 3 a very upset John Connor swears "You ****ing robot!", to which the T-850 answers "Cybernetic organism." The term is usually contracted to "Cyborg", and refers not only to robotic creations like the Terminators but also to humans with highly advanced prosthetics, e.g. "The Bionic Woman", due to the advanced computers controlling the prosthetics.
Sarah's closing narration, outlining how a terminator can not be deterred from its mission, was indeed said by Kyle to Sarah in the first Terminator movie. Kyle did say, "the terminator is out there," rather than, "the machine is out there," but after all those years, Sarah can surely be forgiven for not getting it verbatim.
Goof: If Sarah's blood-type is O-negative, then it is impossible for her to have a son that is AB-negative. Assuming that Kyle was AB-negative like Derek, then John could only be A- or B-negative; not even O-negative. Also, either John or Sarah should have been able to give Derek her blood, as she is a near universal donor, Derek is a near universal acceptor and they all have the same Rh factor.
Sarah: (voice-over) On the night we first met, John's father, Kyle Reese, told me words I remember to this day. He meant them as a warning. I think of them as words to live by. He told me of an apocalypse yet to come. Like a Pandora's Box, he unpacked every horror, every evil, every dark thing that haunts our future. He also left me an unborn son, to whom he bequeathed what remained in the box after the nightmares fled: hope.
Wisher: Did he escape? Was he a hero?
Derek Reese: I heard he led John Connor through a slaughterhouse without taking a pinprick.
Wisher: Oh, no no no. I heard it was two slaughterhouses, and that he, uh, carried Connor.
Kyle Reese: It was one slaughter house ... many Connors.
(In the future, underground during a Centaur patrol aboveground, Kyle pulls out a picture of Sarah.)
Derek: I hate that thing.
Kyle: It's just a picture
Derek: It's Connor's mother. I don't get why he'd give you that.
Kyle: She's my lucky charm.
Derek: That's what makes me nervous.
Charley: (to Sarah) Eight years, that's how long I've been in LA. Eight years since my fiancée ran out on me. Eight years since the FBI informed me that she was a homicidal, paranoid schizophrenic, with an acute dislike for anything mechanical. For what it's worth, I didn't believe them. Then you blew yourself up.
John: And what information do you have about Kyle Reese?
Cameron: Imprisoned at Century Sector work camp with John Connor, 2015. Escaped with John Connor, 2021. He was officially declared MIA in 2027 after being assigned to protect Sarah Conner from a Skynet attack.
John: Is that all?
Cameron: Seems like a lot.
John: It is.
Sarah: I didn't want to leave you. I didn't have a choice.
Charley: A gun to your head?
Sarah: More like in my head. It's, um .... it's complicated.
Charley: (seeing the remains of a terminator) So ... Skynet. Robots. From the future. (looks at Cameron) And you're a ...
Cameron: Yes, I'm a ...
Sarah: You need a ...
Charley: A minute?
Sarah: I was gonna say a drink.
Charley: Oh, yeah, that too.
John: Are you mad at me for, gettin' ya mixed up in all this?
Charley: Uh ... no. I, I just, I get, I ... I guess I wish, I would have known back then. I wish you coulda trusted me.
John: I did.
John: (about Kyle and Derek) Did they look alike?
Sarah: A little bit, yeah. Same build, same complexion. Not the eyes, though. Even when your father was screaming about the machines ... he had such kind eyes.
Charley: Hey. You could have told me.
Sarah: Would you have believed me?
(Charley doesn't answer.)
Charley: Hey, i-is that really necessary? It's dead, right? Or powered off, whatever?
Cameron: Every component must be destroyed beyond repair or recovery. Even a single unaccounted for piece of the endoskeleton could alter the course of technological evolution. And hasten the arrival of Judgment Day.
Charley: You know, little girl? You freak me the hell out. On the outside, you're just as pretty as a picture. But on the inside, you're a—
Cameron: Hyper-alloy combat chassis.
Charley: Is that a complicated way of saying 'robot'?
Cameron: Cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.
Charley: Okay. Scary robot. And here you are, carving up this guy into chum.
Cameron: He's not a guy. He's a scary robot.
Charley: Okay, he's a scary robot? You? You're a very scary robot.
Sarah: (to Cameron) I know what you're thinking. I may not know how you think, but I know what you're thinking about. And what you're thinking about right now is exactly what you should not think about. I didn't leave Charley because he was a threat to me or John. We're a threat to him.
Charley: What was that thing that you always said? There is no fate but what we make. Remember?
Sarah: The more I think about it, the more I realize my fate was made before we met. When John was born.
Derek: We can save Kyle. We can save everybody. We can fix all the mistakes.
John: Kyle Reese, your brother, he came across time to protect me. He died fighting the machines. He was a soldier, and he was… (sighs) He was a hero. He was a hero.
Sarah Connor: (voice-over) Listen, Kyle said. Listen and understand. The machine is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever. Until you are dead.
Star Richard T. Jones (Agent James Ellison) and recurring guest star Dean Winters (Charley Dixon) were given "And" billing for their appearances, or nonappearance in the case of Jones. Recurring guest star Brian Austin Green (Derek Reese) was given "With" billing for his appearance.
Although credited, Richard T. Jones (Agent Ellison) did not appear in the episode. This is not only the first time Jones does not appear, it is also the first time any of the regular cast does not appear.
Crew Additions and Clarifications: Josh Friedman (Developed for Television by), Jill Danton (Produced by), James Cameron (Based on Characters Created by), Gale Anne Hurd (Based on Characters Created by), Zane/Pillsbury (Casting by), Robert Hall (Special Make-Up Effects Created by), Almost Human Inc. (Special Make-Up Effects Created by), Fotokem (Film Processing by), Zoic Studios (Visual Effects by), Jim Lima (Visual Consultant), Panavision (Cameras by)
Original International Air Dates:
Australia: March 25th, 2008 on Channel 9
United Kingdom: March 27th, 2008 on Virgin 1
Russia: April 11th, 2008 on Ren-TV
India: April 15th, 2008 on Zee Cafe
Sweden: June 2nd, 2008 on TV3
Denmark: June 13th, 2008 on TV3
Czech Republic: August 7th, 2008 on Prima
Norway: September 29th, 2008 on TVNorge
Poland: December 4th, 2008 on TVP1
Finland: December 15th, 2008 on Sub
Slovakia: July 22nd, 2010 on Markiza
Dungeons & Dragons is the name of a "pencil & paper" role-playing game invented in 1974. Created by Gary Gygax, it is estimated more than 20 million people worldwide have play D&D, or its successor, Advanced D&D. The game could generally be credited with instituting the modern structure of role-playing games. Gygax passed away March 4, 2008.
Billy Wisher: Andy Goode's alias in 2027 - (William) "Billy" Wisher - is an allusion to William Wisher, co-writer of Terminator 2: Judgement Day as well as a contributor to the script for The Terminator.
Charley: What was that thing that you always said? There is no fate but what we make.
This line is found in all Terminator movies. Kyle Reese memorized it before he was sent to protect Sarah in the first movie. In the second movie, Sarah carves "NO FATE" into a picnic table after dreaming about Judgment Day. In the third movie, it's carved into Sarah's grave site in a mausoleum. In this episode, she tells Charley that she lives by that phrase.
Charley: There's a storm coming.
In the final scene of the first Terminator movie, a little boy tells Sarah that there's a storm coming. The boy (and Charley) refer to the weather, but in the movie Sarah answers "I know," in reference to the impending Judgment Day.
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