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...Read the full recap
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
and "Demon With a Glass Hand"
, respectively. Ellison succeeded in getting a credit in The Terminator
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.
Cameron: (to John) Come with me if you want to live.
Cromartie: Is there a John Reese?
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?
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.
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.