Posted at 1:47 PM Jun 03, 2009By Geoff George
Yes, in the original Terminator, Sarah Connor is just a wispy waitress in need of saving by Kyle Reese, John's father from the future. She cries, she falls for Reese, and she gets pregnant. Even by the end of that film, though, she's fighting her way through a factory to take out Schwarzenegger's T-800 by herself.
By the beginning of T2: Judgment Day, she's a veritable badass, capable of raising her son on her own while turning ripped, resourceful, and vigilant. She still runs screaming from the T-800 in the psych ward, but anyone would do that. C'mon. It's an unstoppable killing machine. Otherwise, she's the very paragon of a maternal ass-kicker, taking down security guards, setting explosives, and trying to figure out what will become of her son. I can only imagine the writers kept her out of the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines because they realized she was a hell of a lot more interesting than John Connor ever was.
Sure, in the real world she'd probably seem a little intense, spending most of her time warning us all about Skynet, but damn if she wouldn't be a hell of a lot more capable than any of the other women in this series. If I ever end up in a post-apocalyptic futurescape, it's Sarah Connor, and not her son, that I want by my side.