my opinion, there are only a few truly great television series in the sci-fi/horror genre, especially today. They just don't seem to catch the mainstream viewers' eyes and end up canceled. This show being canceled felt like a Terminator T-800 had ripped my heart out of my chest. It's really, really, really great.
If you're a fan of the Terminator movies, especially 1&2, you'll love this. Lena Headey is extremely effective as Sarah Connor, but she brings more emotion to the role than Linda Hamilton did. She's smarter, less desperate, more caring of her son John. Thomas Dekker is fantastic as John Connor, as is Summer Glau as Cameron, and the biggest surprise is Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese, brother of John's father, Kyle Reese.
The plot twists are compelling and leave you on the edge of your seat constantly. Richard T. Jones' performance as Richard Ellison takes what seemed like a bland character to great heights, and you found yourself rooting as much for him as you were for the Connors. Dean Winters' Charley Dixon character is heartbreaking and the role of Jesse Flores, played by Stephanie Jacobsen, is hot.
The special effects for a TV series are surprisingly good, but what makes this series is the thrilling suspense of stopping the terrifying idea of "Terminators" and "Skynet", the raw human emotion that's perfectly played by the actors, and the fact that the show doesn't treat viewers like idiots. It's smart, emotional, human sci-fi - right where the genre always does best. The music is spot on and really adds to the show, much like the music of Friday Night Lights accentuates that show. The cinematography is pretty good for a television show as well.
If you're a fan of the Terminator movies, again, buy Season 1 and Season 2. If you're not, I still recommend you give this a try, because you don't have to be a fan of the films to like this either - there's enough real-life, grown-up drama to hook most anyone.
In closing, it's one of the most enjoyable shows I've EVER watched on television. I'm really sad that it's over, but glad that I'll be able to watch it over and over again. And I will."
Would you recommend this product to a friend?: Yes