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After living a life of peace John and Sarah once again keep running, leaving behind their life and the people that loved them. A new terminator is sent back to protect John and one is sent back to terminate him. In order to prevent his death and judgment day, John, Cameron, and Sarah hide in the one place nobody will ever think to find them.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 276022
Airdate: Sunday January 13th, 2008
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm


Alternate Airdates:

Australia Feb 12, 2008
UK (channel one) Feb 21, 2008
Finland Nov 10, 2008
DE (Pro7) Jan 12, 2009
NL (Veronica) Aug 13, 2009

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (48 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Sonya WalgerSonya Walger
As Michelle Dixon
Recurring
Charlayne WoodardCharlayne Woodard
As Terissa Dyson
Recurring
Dean WintersDean Winters
As Charley Dixon
Recurring
Owain YeomanOwain Yeoman
As Cromartie
Nick WechslerNick Wechsler
As Deputy Ridge

Co-Guest Stars
Aaron James CashAaron James Cash
As Terminator
Recurring
Aurora AntonioAurora Antonio
As Wiseass
Chad BrummettChad Brummett
As F.B.I. Agent
Jason GrutterJason Grutter
As Police Officer
Gary HoustonGary Houston
As Mr. Ferguson
Deborah MartinezDeborah Martinez
As News Anchor
Genia MichaelaGenia Michaela
As Bank Teller
Brandon MolaleBrandon Molale
As Big Cop
Shawn PrinceShawn Prince
As Danny Dyson
Main Cast
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Sarah Connor
Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker
As John Connor
Summer GlauSummer Glau
As Cameron Phillips
Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
As James Ellison

Recap

The episode begins in Sarah's dream. She is racing to save her son John from a Terminator, but she fails and he is killed. She awakens from the nightmare in bed with her fiancee, Charley. The nightmare has convinced her that they are no longer safe and that they have to move on. John is upset because they have been there for 2 years with no problems. He accuses her of leaving because she is afraid of commitment to Charley...

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Episode Notes
In the original unaired pilot, the first shooting took place in a school. The network forced them to change that scene because of the Virginia Tech school shooting. Although this show had the original pilot filmed before the shootings even happened.

This episode scored 18.29 million viewers.

Agent Ellison is named after s.f. writer Harlan Ellision. Ellison sued James Cameron for copyright infringement for "borrowing" the ideas of time travel and humanoid robots from his Outer Limits stories "Soldier" and "Demon With a Glass Hand", respectively. Ellison succeeded in getting a credit in The Terminator movie.

Locations:

West Fork, Nebraska - August 24, 1999 - Sarah and John are living with her fiancée, Charley Dixon.
Red Valley, New Mexico - September 6, 1999 - Cameron finally locates John Connor.
Los Angeles, California - September 9, 1999 - Dyson residence
Los Angeles, California - September 10, 1999 - Security Trust bank
Los Angeles, California - September, 2007 - 105 freeway

Cameron is from the year 2027.

Cameron reveals that the Skynet Missile Defense System goes online April 19, 2011, followed by a nuclear apocalypse on April 21, 2011.



Episode Quotes
Cameron: (to John) Come with me if you want to live.

Cromartie: Is there a John Reese?
John: Here.

Sarah: (to Cameron) We can't keep running... I'll lose my boy. He'll leave me... he'll leave me.

visual:John, Sarah and Cameron arrive at the bank.
John: Do you have like an account here?
Cameron: Safety deposit box.
Sarah: When did you open that?
Cameron: 1963.

Sarah: What have you done?
Cameron: You want to find Skynet? You want to stop Skynet? This is the way.
Sarah: You don't know who builds it!
Cameron: No, but we know where and we know when. We can go kill it before it's born. We can stop running, stay in one place, fight.

John: What model are you? Are you new, you seem... different.
Cameron: (eats a potato chip) I am.



Episode Goofs
The series has informed that the pilot episode took place two years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. However in Terminator 2 the show was set in 1995 and Judgment Day was set for 1997. The pilot took place in 1999 which would be four years after Terminator 2.



Cultural References
Agent James Ellison: (Speaking to Charley Dixon, Sarah's fiancée, about John Connor) Does he strike you that way, leader of a scrappy band of rebels, Luke Skywalker type?

Luke Skywalker is the hero of the Star Wars series of films, an unassuming young man burdened with the responsibility of saving the empire.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerDavid Nutter  |  Andrew Vajna  |  Mario Kassar  |  James Middleton  |  Joel Michaels  |  Josh Friedman (1)
ProducerCharles Goldstein
Associate ProducerAaron Miller (2)
Production DesignerScott Murphy (2)  |  Christopher Brown (3)
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingLisa Beach  |  Sarah Katzman
Unit Production ManagerLeanne Moore
First Assistant DirectorJohn G. Scotti
Second Assistant DirectorAmy Schmidt
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorTom Trafalski  |  Michael Baber
Costume DesignerJulia Schklair
HairstylistLori Ann Baker (1)
Set DecoratorElaine O'Donnell
Property MasterScott A. Buckwald
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Stunt CoordinatorJoel Kramer
Sound MixerDarryl L. Frank
Special Makeup Effects ArtistRobert Hall (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorJames Lima
Special Effects SupervisorSteve Galich
Visual EffectsZoic Studios
Second Unit DirectorJoel Kramer
Based On Characters Created ByJames Cameron  |  Gail Anne Hurd
Makeup ArtistFrieda Valenzuela
Location CastingToni Cobb Brock  |  Shari Rhodes
DeveloperJosh Friedman (1)
 
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