Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
I was skeptical going into TSCC, to say the least. At the time the last we’d seen of the Terminator franchise was the forgettable Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and even that had felt like an unnecessary return to the well. Two performances changed my mind. As the show’s incarnation of Sarah Connor, Lena Headey found ways to make the role her own without just doing a Linda Hamilton impersonation. Summer Glau added yet another “ass-kicking female” role to her resume as a reprogrammed Terminator disguised as a high-school cheerleader. The show also found ways to build on the established mythology without outright contradicting it, but Fox decided not to renew it after the second season. That left fans with a nasty cliffhanger just itching to be continued, with young John Connor trapped in the apocalyptic future he’d been trying to prevent. The biggest obstacle would be luring the leads back, since Lena is doing Game of Thrones and Thomas Dekker is on the CW’s Secret Circle. Unless Summer Glau’s role in the next season of Syfy’s Alphas is increased dramatically, she might be easier to get. As for Brian Austin Green, you’d presumably just have to drag him off Megan Fox.