Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Are You Satisfied with the Last Episode?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesWell, the producers promised us one heck of an episode and they certainly delivered. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles went out with a big bang tonight and leaves lots of unanswered questions. Will we get answers next season?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TSCC) continues the ongoing saga first started in 1984 in the original Terminator movie. This particular piece of the puzzle follows the travails of freedom fighter Sarah Connor (Lena Headey), her teenage son (humanity’s future savior) John (Thomas Dekker), and his Terminator protector, Cameron (Summer Glau). Others in the cast include Richard T. Jones, Brian Austin Green, Garret Dillahunt, Shirley Manson, Leven Rambin, Dean Winters, Stephanie Jacobsen, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, and Sonya Walger.

The FOX series premiered on January 13, 2008 — in the plum spot following an NFL playoff game. Over 18.6 million viewers watched with an impressive 11.1/16 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. However, without the benefit of a football lead-in, only 10.1 million returned to watch the next day, with a 6.2/9 in the demo. The third installment dropped again, to 8.66 million and a 5.3/8. Despite the vast decline, FOX opted to renew the series for season two.

Should TSCC be given another chance?

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When TSCC returned last September, it drew its worst numbers to date — 6.33 million and a 2.4/7 in the demo. Things got worse immediately and the series hit a dismal low of 4.57 million and a 1.8/5 in November. The show went on hiatus for two months starting in December. When it returned in February, TSCC served as a Friday night lead-in to a new sci-fi series, Dollhouse. The hope was that the pairing would be mutually beneficial but it didn’t work that way and many believe that TSCC has actually been hurting the Joss Whedon series. TSCC’s audience ended up dipping below three million in early March.

While many moviegoers are greatly anticipating the new Terminator movie, the TV series just hasn’t attracted enough interest. With ratings like these, it’s impossible to think that the series will return for a third year. That’s a huge shame because, after an episode like tonight’s, we’re left with a lot of unresolved plot points.

Tonight, we saw John Connor leave his mother behind and time travel to the future. Once there, he meets Derek (who doesn’t know him yet) and his dead father, Kyle Reese (who hasn’t fathered him yet). Reese is accompanied by very version of Cameron.

It’s obvious that the series is poised to take off in some interesting directions and is really hitting its stride. The fact that the last few episodes have been so strong make the show’s prospects all the more disappointing. It’s a shame that the writers didn’t get to this point sooner.

If the show doesn’t come back next season, and it looks like it won’t, are you upset with how the show has ended?

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  1. spencer says

    At least come back with a 2 hour special featuer to tie up all the loose ends.
    Fantastic last three shows need to close story lines.

  2. ben says

    This was a great show and FOX is making a mistake trusting in the STUPID Nielson ratings that don’t truly show the number of viewers/fans. to cancel this show after the great cliffhanging season finale is a terrible mistake, this show seems like it is just getting good.

  3. mark says

    this series is beast i liek it so much it sad that they cancelled it for that gay show dollhouse. they should just scrap dollhouse and keep terminator the sarah cronicles for one the character development got me hooked to the story line and the fact they fianlly put a girl terminator who is good and after the first episode i watched i fell in love with the show and im really really want it to come back if we cant get it back on fox and if it goes to dvd i hope that it is the same cast becuase that wht got you your fans and if you chnage it then i guess you will lose every thing you worked for so plz may the series continue and live on ( TERMINATOR THE SARAH CRONICLES IS FRIKEN GOOD AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  4. Curtis Han says

    I really hope TSCC can be back and film the third season. At least make a final scene to fulfill our curiosity. If the show end like this it is just leave a unanswer question in the fans mind and I would really like to see how the show will end.
    So please, if there is anyway to continue this show, please tell me.

  5. Adrianne says

    Even though it started out slow it has slowly become interesting over time. I truley hope that this program does not get cancelled , I feel with the new movie being released that this will bring people back to the show in the new season. And I hope its there for us all to see.

  6. Bruce Mc says

    Like others, I watched, enjoyed and hoped for more. The last episode was the “more” I was hoping for. If the writers can do more of the same it should be given another try…say a limited “test” number of shows with the storyline juiced. I have spoken to several people who didn’t watch the series, but were shown the last episode (DVR) and were really impressed by it. To a person they would be tuning in next year, if given the chance by a renewal.

    Please bring it back!

  7. Simon says

    This was a great finale. The trouble is though that the series took far, far too long to get going. The vast majority of episodes plodded along with nothing much happening to speak of. They just didn’t give TTSCC enough word of mouth juice to get people to flock to it.

    The acting was flat and monotone, and this combined with the very slow moving story made it a very hard hook. If each episode was like the finale then it might have brought in more viewers.

  8. Bruce says

    What a great ending to the season that just makes you want to know what happens. Come on Fox, show us what happens next. I feel you are obligated to continue the series.

  9. Janet says

    The program may have appeared to not do anything in season two but it did show John Connor emerging from a boy to a leader and finally accepting his “fate”. I loved the ending of the season and really hope that we get another season. However, I wonder how John will fit into everything since he has not become the leader as he teleported over this part of his life. It would appear that Kyle Reese became the big leader instead…..so hope it comes back. Love it!

  10. peter irwin law says

    hasta la vista baby! nothing happened in season two, when you had a good episode and you thought wow i cant wait until next week, nothing happened. i love terminator but i wont be upset if its not shown again

  11. Karl says

    They have got to go ahead & produce another season. Whilst the ratings over in the UK aren’t massive compared to the ‘mainstream’ soaps – it does have a loyal following & I’d be gutted if they axed it; especially at this point in the storyline.

  12. Cordelia says

    When watching the Terminator films I always wondered what happened to Sarah Connor while John was growing up thinking it would make a brilliant film so was positively thrilled when the TV series came out and haven’t missed an episode. Even the apparent red herrings like the love interest for John brought back from the future helped develop the characters’ humanity.
    The last episode was brilliant and worthy successor to the films. For me, it’s the best TV show of the week. I dim the lights and indulge. Please, please, please let there be a series 3!

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