Things I like about the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
1a) The central role of Sarah Connor in the narrative. Terminator 3 was disappointing (among so many reasons) because, after Linda Hamilton's central roles in the first two films, 3 made the story all about the men. But Sarah Connor is the most interesting character! Unknown and unknowing waitress is plucked from nowhere to become the mother (read: teacher, preacher, and personal trainer) to the most important military leader since George Marshall.
1b) Lena Headey in the role of Sarah Connor. Last seen eviscerating Spartan collaborators in 300, Headey manages to keep the best parts of Connor's character without trying to recreate Hamilton's performance.
2) Given the post-9/11 context, and the fact that it's airing on Fox, I kind of expected the writers to re-write the story so that Skynet was actually built by Osama Bin Laden in a cave, with Nancy Pelosi holding the soldering iron. Instead, the central role of the Military Industrial Complex is retained. That's right kiddies, your little obsession over terrorists is a waste of time: Big War will kill us all.
3) The show wisely pretends that Terminator 3 never happened, and instead creates an alternate timeline -- something you can do when time travel is central to your story.
I say give it a viewing. The second season premieres tonight at 8PM on FOX/CKVR in the GTA.