The Connor clan stop running and set up house for Season 2. This allows a human love interest (Leven Rambin as Riley Dawson) for John Connor (Thomas Dekker) as the relationship between John and his protector robot from the future (Summer Glau) becomes more complicated. Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) is as gloomy as ever dealing with her family’s fugitive status and the threat of cancer, but she still kicks butt. Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green) has his own agenda and is often off on his own, secretly plotting with Jesse Flores (Stephanie Jacobsen as an Australian from the future, and the third hot brunette in the series). The terminator from the future (Garret Dillahunt) finds himself as part of an experiment in Catherine Weaver’s (Shirley Manson from Garbage) lab, which leads to some of the more interesting and amusing moments in the series. James Ellison (Richard T Jones) leaves the FBI but does not give up his hunt for the truth. Sarah’s ex, Charley Dixon (Dean Winters), returns to momentarily play an important role in the series.
Season 2 is more about character and motivation than Season 1 where the emphas was on action, and it throws in more conspiracies and twists. This makes the series slow going in the middle of the 22 episodes, but the final two episodes are exceptionally dramatic and climatic (with a great cliff-hanger ending). A pity we won’t see a series 3 to see where it leads.