Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2 (2008 - 2009)


Season 2
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Critics Consensus

The Sarah Connor Chronicles more readily embraces its serialized pulpiness in this sophomore season and is all the better for it, finding a punchy rapport between its trio of heroes and further fleshing out its robotic antagonists.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 98

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Air date: Sep 8, 2008

In the second-season opener, the wake of the Jeep explosion brings danger for Sarah and John, while Agent Ellis handles the aftermath of Cromartie's massacre. Elsewhere, high-tech CEO Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) has big plans for her corporation.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2008

Sarah checks out a nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, John's schoolwork suffers, but his social circle widens when he makes a new friend; and Catherine Weaver continues to make progress with her project.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2008

Cromartie kidnaps Charley's wife, so Sarah and Derek put their heads together to devise a rescue plan. Elsewhere, John's stuck in the middle when it comes to dealing with Cameron and Riley.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2008

Cameron delves into her past after a software glitch lands her in a halfway house with no memory of her identity. Elsewhere, Agent Ellison probes Catherine Weaver's background on the heels of a meeting between the lawman and the Zeira Corp. CEO.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2008

Derek and John try to protect a member of the resistance by infiltrating a military academy. Meanwhile, Ellison's first assignment for Weaver uncovers a specter from his past.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2008

Jesse (Stephanie Jacobsen), a woman from Derek's past, surfaces while Sarah, John and Cameron try to locate a person on their list.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2008

The Connor home gets burglarized; a Terminator causes problems for Ellison; Derek and Jesse (Stephanie Jacobsen) continue bonding.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2008

Riley and John abscond to Mexico with unfortunate consequences; Sarah encounters Ellison in a face-to-face meeting.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2008

Sarah ponders her nightmares and their intrusion into her real life while Derek and Jesse track a possible Skynet conspirator.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2008

Sarah's friend Andy enters his computer into a chess competition. While at the event, Sarah meets a stranger (Brian Austin Green) who shares a similar past. Meanwhile, Cameron undergoes grief counseling at school, and Agent Ellison tries to make sense out of the carnage resulting from a terminator clash.

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Rated the number-one new scripted series its first season among Adults 1849, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles picks up its second season with Sarah (Lena Headey) continuing her lonely fight to save the future.


Thomas Dekker
as John Connor
Summer Glau
as Cameron
Brian Austin Green
as Derek Reese
Garret Dillahunt
as Cromartie
Shirley Manson
as Catherine Weaver
Richard T. Jones
as James Ellison
Busy Philipps
as Kacy Corbin
Dean Winters
as Charley Dixon
Shane Edelman
as Matt Murch
Dorian Harewood
as Dr. Sherman
Sonya Walger
as Michelle Dixon
Erin Fleming
as Goodnow
Joshua Malina
as Agent Auldridge
Larry Cedar
as Detective Crayton
Sandra Purpuro
as Agent Norgaard
Jeffrey Pierce
as Water Delivery Guy
Marcus Chait
as Justin Tuck
Dinah Lenney
as Eileen/Park
Alanna Masterson
as Zoe McCarthy
Linden Goh
as Fuller
Julie Ann Emery
as Nurse Hobson
James Urbaniak
as Sarkissian
Adam Wylie
as Henry Douglas Jr.
Richard Schiff
as Fischer (elder)
Laura Regan
as Dr. Felicia Burnett
Lisa Canning
as News Anchor
Adam Busch
as Fischer (younger)
Susan Floyd
as Stella McCarthy
Will Rothhaar
as Martin Bedell
Connor Trinneer
as Sheriff Alvan McKinley
Amro Salama
as Supervisor
Carlos Sanz
as Minister
Garvin Funches
as Police Officer
Jamison Jones
as Deputy Harrison
Sashen Naicker
as Night Tech
Alex Carter
as Ko Samuels
Chad Lindberg
as Deputy Simmons
Cyd Strittmatter
as Diana Winston
Tina Casciani
as Working Girl
Beau Billingslea
as General Hobbes
Sanjay Madhav
as Dr. Manny D'Costa
Alison Martin
as Molly Malloy
Noemi Amarilla
as TV Field Reporter
Jim Jansen
as Minister
Zack Ward
as Wells
Patrick Faucette
as Administrator
John Pyper-Ferguson
as George McCarthy
Cory Tucker
as Security Stan
Nicole Pettis
as Secretary
Peter Mensah
as General Perry
Cornell Womack
as Dr. Ostrowski
Bill Tangradi
as Pool Attendant
James Gleason
as Phil Dewitt
Clark Koelsch
as Security Guard
Jeanette O'Connor
as Donna Dewitt
Joe Hursley
as Tristan Dewitt
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Critic Reviews for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

It's a step in the right direction for a series that struggled to live up to its potential and pedigree last spring.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

My interest ebbs and flows depending not on the plot but on which character is in the action.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Though Sarah Connor Chronicles often lags viscerally as a result of its relatively tame TV aesthetic, it tends to make up for it in narrative creativity.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The tone of this season seems to be following that of the first, but I do hope things don't start to wander aimlessly on the run like an old string of "The Incredible Hulk" episodes.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

This second season, while not perfect - really capitalized on the promise of the first.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Creator Josh Friedman and his cast did terrific work here and this was a great season of television - no matter what the future holds.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

Sarah is the single mom on steroids, and it really is her and the kid against the world without a shred of help. Very smart stuff at this level. And I welcome its return.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Josh Friedman and company found a way to combine the necessary technological components of "Terminator" with deep characterization.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I'd give this a B-, overall. The first half was tedious, standard action that never truly put any of the principals in danger; the second the character-driven interactions that raise the show above average.

Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has some of the same problems that has faced the movie franchise...Throughout the season, it was getting hard to keep track of what the Connors' objective was...

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Gritty writing, vivid characters and dynamic visual style did not attract enough audience to justify the budget and it was cancelled after the superb season...most riveting is the evolution of the robots, making them more "human" and less predictable.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Weaver's interest in rules -- specifically, in the ways humans don't follow them and computers do -- is of a piece with the series' own.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2

  • Aug 23, 2020
    Man great series and the action is great and the best season
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Under-rated Sci-Fi over a decade old. I liked both seasons. It's certainly in my top 10. No Kitsch in the plot at all is a major plus.
  • May 25, 2020
    This show was just starting to hit it's stride when cancelled. Summer Glau's evolution as a Terminator with deeper, hidden secrets and dual role as Allison would have been fun to follow. Shirley from "Garbage" was great. Thomas Dekker seriously under-rated actor, as well as BAG and the rest of the cast. Ends on a big cliffhanger, just to warn you -- still, well worth the ride.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Better than the first its worth renting
  • Feb 19, 2020
    This is the true T3. Loved Sarah, Cameron, John, and the T-1001 "Catherine Weaver" in this season.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Terminator, the Sarah Connor Chronicles was the very best Terminator story telling outside of T1 and T2. The cast was excellent, the writing was excellent and it was a really interesting story. I really wish this had not gotten cancelled as I'd love to have found out where the various story threads were going.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    This show was awesome. Too bad FOX dropped the ball as usual with Sci-fi shows and canceled it. Far superior to any of the sequel movies that came out. What a shame it ended the way it did on a major cliffhanger. T1, T2 and the Sarah Connor Chronicles is the true timeline to me. Everything else is just bad fan fiction since none of them tied into the series.
  • Jan 01, 2020
    I loved this show so much. As long as a show entertains me I don't give a damn about what the so called 'critics' say about it. It's their job to find fault in TV shows and movies. I actually feel sorry for them because they don't seem able to enjoy to just enjoy mindless entertainment which is pretty much what TSCC was, and it was all the better for it. I especially loved Summer Glau as the terminator. She really was simply awesome, and very, very sexy.
  • Nov 14, 2019
    The series is not true to James Cameron's first 2 Terminator films at all. The only action you get really is in the pilot episode and that's it. The rest is a stupid drama that caused the show to get poor ratings and fail horribly. It doesn't deliver nor is it canon to the first 2 films in any way. Poor acting. Please do not waste your time.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    The worst part was the cancellation

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