Something weird happened in the late 2000s. Terminator had a sort of short lived Renaissance. But rather than continuing James Cameron's heralded legacy, they split a TV series that ignored the 3rd movie, and made a side movie that ignored just about everything numerically canon. Enter the Sarah Conner Chronicles.
Lush, full screen, and bursting with some of the better CGI to come out in a series, TSCC comes blazing at you the moment you flip in the Blu-ray. This was released in Blu-ray's early prime, and in my opinion this shows the best of the media format. Like a lot of Warner's other shows and movies it starts off automatically. It also has a confusing menu scheme, but we're used to that at this point.
The cast is A-list for TV. Headley (GoT, 300, Dredd) has proven to be a marketed star on silver and TV. If you don't know who Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men, Looper, Winter's Bone), is by now you've been under a rock. And the Mayhem Guy from the insurance commercials is a regular in this show. They all support John Connors (Thomas Dekker), a young Connor who is balancing adolescence and growing into a military strategist and figurehead for the rebellion against Skynet.
The pacing and theme is very similar to the beginnings of both Terminator and T2. Rather than relying on the blue atmosphere and 4 beat pulses like in the movies, it is predominantly day shots and incognito T-800s running around LA blending into society. That is to say, its exactly like the original movies and the protagonists finding out who the enemy is by being deceived at first.
In the very first episode the team is joined by a turned female T model (played by Summer Glau) who adds a much needed young powerful femme fatale element to the show, and even a strange potential love interest to Connors. This would not be the first time that the series has dabbled in the cyborg to human love angle as T2 had Schwarzenegger become a parental figure to John.
What trips me up about this series is its reliance on the original two movies and keeping within canon while still delivering wham episodes. How Fox managed to cancel the series is still beyond me, but they pulled this stunt on Firefly, Family Guy, Almost Human, so many incredible shows that at his point we can't take it personally. They also let American Idol run for 15 seasons. :/
Don't take my biased review too seriously, but definitely give this long lost gem a try. The second season gets even more crazy when the singer from Garbage joins the cast and the machines crank things up to 11.