Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

FOX (ended 2009)




  • Season 2 Episode 22: Born to Run

  • The show's ending was meant to lead straight into the new movie, Terminator: Salvation, starring Christian Bale as John Connor, which was released just weeks after the TV series ended.

  • Nitpick: Auldridge refers to Catherine Weaver as a "citizen of Scotland." As Scotland is a constituent country of the United Kingdom, rather than a sovereign nation, natives of Scotland are legally British citizens.

  • Goof: Cameron tells John that Sarah has lost 11% of her weight and speculates that this is the result of her developing breast cancer. But weight loss is only associated with advanced breast cancer that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body). If her cancer had been that advanced she would have had noticeable lumps in her breasts and likely elsewhere. Her slim physique and frequent self examinations would never have allowed her to miss the cancer in its earlier stages before weight loss could be an expected symptom.

  • Goof: Cameron's eye glows red, but in the series' pilot at the Dyson's residence it is shown that her eyes glow blue. It is debatable as to whether or not this is a goof, however. In early promo materials her endo-skull was shown with red eyes as well, despite more than one use of the blue eye effect she used throughout Season One to prove she was a Terminator. She also had a full color HUD unlike other Terminators in the franchise whose eye-color matched their HUD color, so it is possible she could change eye-color for different uses, though this issue was never explored on-screen. It's also worth noting that this is the only episode where her endo-eye is actually exposed.

  • Season 2 Episode 21: Adam Raised a Cain

  • Goof: When Derrek is buried, the marker says 2009. At the beginning of the season it was still the year 2007. Not enough time has passed for it to be 2009. It could only be 2008.

  • Season 2 Episode 20: To the Lighthouse

  • Nitpicks: The lump in Sarah's breast supposedly contains a transmitter placed inside her by Winston. But how did he get it there without any noticeable incision or scarring? There's no reason to believe that he had the ability to perform that sort of delicate procedure himself since he was just a soldier/security guard, and there was no indication that any other person from the organization was brought in to do it. And even if the transmitter was somehow injected into her breast, there would have been some pain, redness and swelling in the area, as well as a puncture wound. Also, when Sarah is being examined by the doctor, she has her clothing on under her gown, and never removes it even during the test. A real doctor would have had her disrobe completely above the waist beforehand so that the procedure could be done as efficiently as possible. There's no point in having her don an examination gown if she's wearing a shirt underneath! Finally, the doctor tells Sarah at first that she will need a biopsy to know for sure whether the lump is cancerous or not, but immediately after looking at in an MRI she declares that it's a fibroid cyst. The doctor had it right the first time- a fibroid cyst is a solid mass, like a malignant tumor, so an MRI would have been inconclusive. A fatty cyst could have been diagnosed fairly quickly by attempting to draw off some of the liquid within the mass with a syringe, but a fibroid cyst would have had to have been surgically removed and tested in a lab to determine its nature, and it would have taken at least a week to get a result.

  • Season 2 Episode 18: Today is the Day (1)

  • Nitpick: Cameron is a highly sophisticated futuristic Terminator. Doesn't it cross John's mind even for a second that she wouldn't leave evidence if she had killed Riley? She'd destroy the body, not leave it laying around for people to find it.

  • Season 2 Episode 16: Some Must Watch, While So...

  • Goof: When Sarah bites her wrist, there is a mound of blood on her lip, but in the next camera angle, the blood is mostly gone, but reappears and disappears depending on the camera angle used.

  • The information screen on Sarah Connor when John accesses the computer in the secure room is text copied directly from Wikipedia's article on Insomnia. It can both be compared to confirm it, but the more obvious hints are the links to the footnotes, and even an [edit] can be seen in the middle of the text.

  • Season 2 Episode 14: The Good Wound

  • The toys John Henry was playing with were LEGO Bionicles.

  • The clothing Kyle Reese is shown wearing the episode is the same as his movie counterpart wore in the original Terminator.

  • Season 2 Episode 13: Earthlings Welcome Here

  • Goof: When Sarah tells the story of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca she says he arrived in the new world in 1490. This is two years prior to Columbus which makes the statement wrong. Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was born 1490 and his ill fated expedition was not till June 17, 1527.

  • In this episode we learn that Riley is from the future, and we see that she came with Jesse.

  • Season 2 Episode 12: Alpine Fields

  • Jesse seems to have a very strong incentive to go to the Eagle Rock bunker, considering she came all the way inland from her submarine. She would have had to walk at least 25 miles from shore through either the remains of downtown LA or over the Santa Monica mountains, while avoiding Terminators the entire way.

  • When Derek and Lauren are caring for Lauren's mother Anne, Derek tells Anne about her unborn daughter Sydney. This is the second time a Reese brother has told a woman about her unborn child and what his/her name was. The first time was when Kyle Reese told Sarah Connor about her son John, who was not even conceived yet.

  • Season 2 Episode 11: Self Made Man

  • The governor of California on the show on Dec. 31, 2010, is named Mark Wyman. In real life, the governor on that date will be Arnold Schwarzenegger (he left office in early January 2011), star of the first three Terminator films.

  • Season 2 Episode 10: Strange Things Happen at ...

  • Goof: Cameron looks at the chip and actually sees that it is not built in 12nm-technology. The spectrum of light human eyes can see ranges from 380nm to 780nm. So to actually see the (atomic) structure of the chip, Cameron would have to have a larger spectrum of visibility, but when so, she wouldn't be able to see the chip from that distance, since air-molecules would be in her sight. In order to see structures in the nm-size, one requires an evacuated environment (vacuum).

  • Season 2 Episode 9: Complications

  • This episode contains a classic causality loop. Fischer is recruited by Skynet because he was in prison for using his computer expertise illegally. His mission is to go back in time and commit the crime for which his younger self was wrongfully sent to prison, thus providing his motivation to work for Skynet.

  • Goofs: Derek uses his Motorola mobile phone to send a picture message to Cameron. This is impossible for two reasons: the model of phone he uses has no camera in-built to have taken that picture, and that model is not capable of sending an MMS message of any photo to another phone.

  • The Polaroid John found in former FBI Agent Ellison's home was of his mother, Sarah, and was taken while she was pregnant with John by a kid hustling tourists for money. She ended up buying the Polaroid because she admired his hustle, in the ending scene of the first film, The Terminator. Young John possessed the photo in Terminator 2, so how Ellison obtained the photo is unknown. In the future, John gives this Polaroid to Kyle Reese and tells him she was the best fighter/soldier he ever knew. Kyle keeps it as a good-luck charm, not knowing that John will later send him back in time to protect his mother and also become his father.

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