After two years in one spot, Sarah Connor feels the need to move on before she and John get too comfortable. They move to a new city where John starts school and meets a mysterious girl. However, danger follows them again, and they are caught in another struggle for their – and humanity's – survival.moreless
Agent James Ellison
Cameron tells Sarah that she is from the year 2027 and that Skynet goes online in 2011.
Nitpick: When Ellison and Deputy Ridge are discussing the school shooting incident both of them mention the shooter and his robot leg. Interestingly, neither of them comment on something else that happened during the incident, such as how did a school bus get turned on its side?
During the initial fight in the house between Cameron and the rival Terminator, the shotgun Sarah pulls out of the wall is the same model the character used against the T-1000 in the final scenes of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Sarah and John use the alias of Reese. Kyle Reese was Sarah's first protector in the original Terminator movie and is John's father.
Danny and Tarissa Dyson live at 41645 Mulholland Drive , Los Angeles CA, 90272.
Sarah Connor was born in Los Angeles, CA. She is 33 years old, 5'4" tall and weighs 110 pounds.
Goof: In the scene of Agent Ellison first meeting Charley Dixon a wall clock can be seen on the wall several times, albeit briefly. Look closely and you can see that the clock isn't working, as the second hand doesn't move.
Nitpick: When Cromartie walks up to the bank he determines that the S.W.A.T. team is no threat as they lower their weapons at the sight of him. From his appearance it would be understandable that they would be taken aback, since none of them know what they are really looking at. This doesn't explain why a moment later they don't act to stop him when Cromartie smashes through the doors into the bank, as this is what they are trained to do.
Goof: In Terminator 2, John Connor is 10 years old, as we can see when the T-1000 looks up at the police car's computer. So the events in T-2 took place in 1995. As mentioned by John in this episode, 'that' happened 2 years ago, so this pilot should be placed in 1997 instead of 1999.
Goof: When Sarah, John and Cameron go through the time vortex, they lose everything they were carrying - clothing, weaponry, and even bandages. Whilst Cameron's open wounds from battling Cromartie earlier in the episode are clearly visible, there is no sign of Sarah's gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Nitpick: It doesn't make sense that Cameron would fall to the floor seemingly unconscious or dead from a few gunshots, leaving John unprotected as he flees the classroom. Presumably this was done so that the reveal of Cameron being a terminator would be a surprise to the viewer.
Goof: In the opening sequence, when Sarah and John get arrested, Sarah is shown being forced into the police car from the passenger side. It then cuts to a clip of the policeman pushing Sarah's head down into the car from the driver's side. Finally, it cuts to a shot from inside the car showing Sarah entering from the passenger side.
Goof: In the information Agent Ellison is editing, Sarah Connor's height is listed as 5'4" and her race is listed as "Caucasian", and the mental facility Sarah escaped from is incorrectly spelled "Prescadero." However when we switch to the Terminator's computer, the bulletin, which otherwise contains the exact same information, lists her as 5'5" and her race as "White."
Sarah: There are those who believe that a child in the womb shares his mother's dreams, her love for him, her hopes for his future. Is it told to him in pictures while he sleeps inside her? Is that why he reaches for her in that first moment and cries for her touch? But what if you've known since he was inside you what his life held for him? That he would be hunted, that his fate was tied to the fate of millions, that every moment of your life would be spent keeping him alive. Would he understand why you were so hard? Why you held on so tight? Would he still reach for you if the only dream you've ever shared with him was a nightmare? Would he know my love runs through him like blood?
Terminator: The future's ours. And it begins now.
Sarah: (telling John they're leaving) Half an hour. One bag, plus the guns. I'll make pancakes.
Agent James Ellison: (about John) Did he strike you that way? Leader of a scrappy band of rebels
Sarah: (narrates) Every family has rules, and we had ours. Keep your head down. Keep your eyes up. Resist the urge to be seen as important or special. Know your exits.
Cameron: My dad sells tractors. What about yours?
Cameron: Really? What kind?
John: The boring kind.
Cameron: (laughing) That's the kind of tractors my dad sells.
John: This is a hick town, Mom.
Sarah: We've been in worse places, a lot worse.
John: Well, my clothes are all wrong. I need, like, some different shirts. You know here everyone wears boots? Like, cowboy boots. I hate cowboy boots.
Sarah: (referring to the fact that Cameron is topless) You might want to put those back in the holster.
Cameron: (grabbing her bra) Oh!
Agent Ellison: Twenty-two witnesses, Deputy Ridge. Twenty-two of your good town folk. That's a whole football team. Guess what 19 of them saw?
Deputy Ridge: A shooter with some kind of robot leg …
Agent Ellison: A shooter with some kind of robot leg.
John: Why is this happening again?
Sarah: I don't know.
John: You stopped it.
Sarah: I guess I didn't.
John: But you can. You changed the future, you just didn't change it enough. So you can do it again.
Sarah: I don't know, John.
John: I can't keep running. I can't. I'm not who they think I am, some Messiah.
Sarah: You don't know that.
John: I know. I can't lead an army. Maybe that's you, but it'll never be me, so you've gotta stop it. Please.
Cameron: Back at school, you apologized for lying to me, so I should apologize for lying to you.
John: It's all right. I get it. You needed to get close to me. It's just the way you're... programmed. Like some hot girl is really gonna try and make friends with the new weird kid. If I'd thought about it, I would've known something was messed up.
(After walking into the bank.)
John: So do you have, like, an account here?
Cameron: Safety deposit box.
Sarah: When'd you open that?
Cameron: When the isotope solution turns red, you can fire.
Sarah: Isotope? What, is this nuclear?
Cameron: No, not really.
Sarah: Where are we?
Cameron: Same where...different when.
Cameron: You're safe.
Sarah and John: (in unison) No one is ever safe.
Sarah: (narrates) It is said that the death of any one person is the death of an entire world. Certainly for parents, the death of a child is no less than a holocaust. In the case of my son, these words are literally true. And even though we've traveled through time, bent the rules of nature, they will keep coming for him, keep trying to kill him. But until that day, it's gonna be one hell of a dogfight.
Though only seen in photographs, Miles Dyson is portrayed by actor Phil Morris. He takes over the role from Joe Morton who played the role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
This episode was nominated for two 2008 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.
The show was announced on August 29th 2006, which is unusually early for a pilot. Pre-production began on November 27, 2006 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The pilot began shooting on January 24, 2007.
Nick Wechsler (Deputy Ridge) is very familiar with New Mexico and Sheriffs. He is best known as Kyle Valenti, the son of the Sheriff of Roswell, New Mexico on the cult series, Roswell.
This episode, along with episode two "Gnothi Seauton", was leaked on the Internet before it was aired in the United States.
Star Richard T. Jones (Agent James Ellison) and guest star Dean Winters (Charley Dixon) were given "And" billing for their appearances.
As the first part of the series' two-night premiere, this episode had a special air date and time of Sunday at 8:00 pm E/P (7:00 pm CT).
Crew Additions and Clarifications: Josh Friedman (Developed for Television by), Charlie Goldstein (Produced by), James Cameron (Based on Characters Created by), Gale Anne Hurd (Based on Characters Created by), Robert Hall (Special Make-Up Effects Created by), Almost Human Inc. (Special Make-Up Effects Created by), Warner Bros. Studios Facilities (Post Production Sound Services by), Fotokem (Film Processing by), Zoic Studios (Visual Effects by), Panavision (Cameras by)
International Air Dates:
Hungary: February 2nd, 2008 on RTL-Klub
Australia: February 12th, 2008 on Channel 9
United Kingdom: February 21st, 2008 on Virgin 1
India: March 11th, 2008 on Zee Cafe
Russia: March 28th, 2008 on Ren-TV
Thailand: April 8th, 2008 on AXN
Sweden: May 5th, 2008 on TV3
Latin America: May 5th, 2008 on Warner Channel
Denmark: May 30th, 2008 on TV3
Czech Republic: July 3rd, 2008 on Prima
Norway: August 25th, 2008 on TVNorge
Poland: October 30th, 2008 on TVP1
Finland: November 10th, 2008 on Sub
Slovakia: July 8th, 2010 on Markiza
Cameron: Come with me if you want to live.
This is one of the most famous quotes from the Terminator movies, spoken by Reese (Michael Biehn) in the first film, and the "good" Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the second film.
Character: "James Ellison"
This is a nod to Harlan Ellison who had written episodes of The Outer Limits ("Soldier" and "Demon with a Glass Hand") that formed some of the basis of James Cameron's Terminator script—at least according to a lawsuit Ellison brought against Cameron after the first Terminator film was released.
Character: "Cameron Phillips"
The name is an obvious nod to Terminator 1 & 2 writer and director James Cameron.
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