At the end of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," Sarah Connor vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her 15-year-old son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future and the present could attack at any moment.
Sarah stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life - and perhaps the world. John knows that he may be the future saviour of mankind, but he is not yet ready to take on the mantle of leadership that he's told is his destiny. "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" represents an exciting reinvention of the Terminator franchise, in which the strong and intrepid Sarah discovers that protecting her son and stopping the rise of the machines is more difficult than she had ever imagined.
01 - Pilot
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" reveals what happens when Sarah Connor (series star LENA HEADEY) goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life -- and perhaps the world. At the end of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," Sarah vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her 15-year-old son. Now Sarah and her son, John (series star THOMAS DEKKER), find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future and the present could attack at any moment. As Sarah confronts reality, John knows that he may be the future savior of mankind, but he is not yet ready to take on the mantle of leadership that he's told is his destiny. He finds himself inextricably drawn to Cameron (series star SUMMER GLAU), an enigmatic and otherworldly student at his high school. Cameron soon proves to be much more than his confidante, as she assumes the role of fearless protector of both Sarah and John. On their trail are threats from the future, but also an intelligent and tough FBI agent, James Ellison (series star RICHARD T. JONES), who soon becomes a powerful ally. "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" represents an exciting reinvention of the "Terminator" franchise, in which the strong and intrepid Sarah discovers that protecting her son and stopping the rise of the machines is more difficult than she had ever imagined. In the series premiere, again facing relentless Terminators that will stop at nothing until John, the future leader of the resistance, is eliminated, Sarah Connor stops running and starts fighting back against fate and the machines that are out for her son.
02 - Gnothi Seauton
Sarah makes contact with an old friend to ask a favor, while John decides to pay a visit to Sarah's ex (recurring guest star DEAN WINTERS - "Rescue Me," "Oz"), and Cameron makes a new friend. Together they infiltrate a resistance safe house and discover they are not alone. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison realizes that Sarah is still alive, and a dangerous person from Sarah's past is reawakened.
03 - The Turk
Sarah pays a visit to Miles Dyson's widow (recurring guest star CHARYLANE WOODARD - "ER," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") looking for Skynet's creators. Her search leads her to Andy Goode (recurring guest star BRENDAN HINES - "Heavy Petting," "Without a Trace," "Angel"), a cell phone salesman who also happens to be the inventor of a chess-playing computer known as "The Turk." Sarah has to make a tough decision regarding her friendship with Goode. Meanwhile, John and Cameron try their best to assimilate on their first day at the new high school; John is conflicted about his role as a hero; and Agent James Ellison finds himself getting closer to the truth.
04 - Heavy Metal
When Sarah, Cameron and John track down stolen cargo, John becomes separated, leading him to discover the future isn't as safe as he had hoped. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison's murder investigation leads him to an interesting suspect. Recurring guest star GARRET DILLAHUNT ("Damages," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "No Country for Old Men," "ER") appears as George Laszlo.
05 - Queen's Gambit
When Sarah's friend Andy (recurring guest star BRENDAN HINES) submits his computer into a chess competition, she revaluates his computer's capabilities and worries where it could all lead. During the chess match, Sarah comes face to face with a stranger (recurring guest star BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN - "Freddie," "Beverly Hills, 90210") whose history is closely tied to hers. At school, Cameron gets called into grief counseling and John makes a new friend in shop class. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison discovers remnants from a terminator battle.
06 - Dungeons & Dragons
While fighting for his life and moving in and out of consciousness, the stranger (recurring guest star BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN) remembers life in the future and his personal battle against the machines. Meanwhile, Sarah finds herself trying to explain the past to her ex, Charley (recurring guest star DEAN WINTERS).
07 - The Demon Hand
Agent Ellison's discovery of a cyborg arm puts him in danger. Sarah breaks into Ellison's apartment looking for the missing endo arm, and discovers dossiers, files and videos from her stay in the mental hospital. The files lead her to psychiatrist Dr. Silverman (guest star BRUCE DAVISON - "Close to Home," ""The L Word," "Kingdom Hospital," "X-Men"), a doomsday convert who made Sarah's hospital stay unbearable. Meanwhile, following a lead regarding the whereabouts of the missing Turk, Cameron enrolls in a ballet class in an effort to learn more. And John learns what it took for his mom to escape the hospital.
08 - Vick's Chip
After a damning accusation of Cameron by Derek (recurring guest star BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN), John defends her and finds himself at odds with Derek. Cameron produces the memory chip of the cyborg Vick (recurring guest star MATT McCOLM - "CSI: Miami," "Baywatch"), and John hacks into the chip, learning of an information system which could lead to Skynet. Meanwhile, Cromartie (recurring guest star GARRET DILLAHUNT) closes in on John, and Agent Ellison has visions of Sarah.
09 - What He Beheld
Sarah finds herself in a business transaction with a mysterious business man. Ellison, who is beginning to believe that Sarah is telling the truth about the future, pays Charley (recurring guest star DEAN WINTERS) a visit. Meanwhile, Derek (recurring guest star BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN) continually flashes back to his youth, and the day the apocalypse began. Derek and John have a bonding moment, but it is cut short by a giant explosion.