Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles Trivia
Summer Glau got the role of Cameron based partly on the strength of her fight scenes in Serenity. Josh Friedman wrote the character with Glau in mind.
This series effectively ‘retcons’ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, continuing the Terminator universe from the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
During Derek Reese’s flashback scene in the future, we learn that Andy Goode was so ashamed of his involvement in creating Skynet that he began using the alias William “Billy” Wisher. William Wisher Jr. is a long-time collaborator of James Cameron, the creator/director of the Terminator films. Wisher also co-wrote the screenplay for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
German broadcaster Pro7 renamed the show to “Terminator: S.C.C.” because the name was deemed too long and to avoid confusion with German celebrity/singer Sarah Connor.
SPOILER: The word “terminator” was not spoken by any character until the finale of season two, “Born to Run,” where Sarah Connor referred to Catherine Weaver as such.
Michael Shanks auditioned for the role of Derek Reese.
The source code that is visible on-screen in some episodes is written in Visual Basic.
The character of Charlie Dixon was played by Tim Guinee in the original pilot. His scenes were re-shot with Dean Winters before the show aired in early in 2008 and Dean Winters played the character throughout the series.
The house rented by the Connors in season 2 is the same house used in Cellular where Jessica Martin was held captive.
The Terminator “Cromartie” is an anime/manga reference to Cromatie High school. One of the students is a robot.
Cameron tells Sarah that she is from the year 2027 and that Skynet goes online in 2011.
During the initial fight in the house between Cameron and the rival Terminator, the shot gun Sarah pulls out of the wall is the same model the character used against the T-1000 in the final scenes of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Sarah and John use the alias of Reese. Kyle Reese was Sarah’s first protector in the original Terminator movie and is John’s father.
Sarah Connor was born in Los Angeles, CA. She is 33 years old, 5’4″ tall and weighs 110 pounds.
“Gnothi Seauton” is a transliteration of the Greek for “know thyself”.
Enrique Salceda is the man Sarah, John, and the male Terminator visited in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day for supplies, guns, and a truck.
The address to the computer store was “1337” pronounced “leet” (substituting letters for similar looking numbers), hacker wannabe slang for “elite”.
Andy refers to the original Turk, created in 1770, as an automaton, which the device was purported to be. However, since the mid-nineteenth century, the Turk has been known to be merely a magic illusion, with a human being sitting within the machine playing chess, rather than the machine itself.
Actor Phil Morris contributed an uncredited portrayal of the character Miles Dyson in a photograph in the pilot episode. A scene with the character was written and possibly even shot for this episode, but eventually left out for unknown reasons. Due to contractual reasons, Phil Morris still receives main guest credit, without appearing in the episode.
The red truck being driven off by the thieves is owned by “Tetsuo” corporation. Tetsuo (1989) is a J-horror/cyberpunk/Cult movie by Shinya Tsukamoto, about a man who becomes mechanical.
A face recognition system recognizes Cameron with the tag “101”. In the Terminator films the main character was a Model 101 Terminator of the 800 Series.
In the future, the character Andy Goode uses the alias “Billy Wisher”; a reference to William Wisher Jr. who co-wrote and had cameos in the first two Terminator films.
During the future sequence, we see one of the T-600 Terminators that was described by Kyle Reese in the original The Terminator as being easy to spot because they had rubber skin.
Sarah’s closing narration, outlining how a terminator can not be deterred from its mission, was indeed said by Kyle to Sarah in the first Terminator movie. Kyle did say, “the terminator is out there,” rather than, “the machine is out there,” but after all those years, Sarah can surely be forgiven for not getting it verbatim.
In one scene, Cameron (Summer Glau) is undercover in a ballet class. In reality, Summer Glau is a trained ballerina.
The title of the episode “The Demon Hand” is an allusion to a short story Harlan Ellison wrote which was, in part, the inspiration for James Cameron in forming the story of the original Terminator movie.
When Cameron walks by a memorabilia store window, the cover of Pumping Iron starring Arnold Schwarzenegger can be seen.
Busy Philipps was over eight months pregnant during the filming of her scenes.
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