Sarah Connor's voiceover is often used in the Terminator movies to narrate aspects of the plot. In the Sarah Connor Chronicles series, the same technique is used. Normally, the beginning and end of every episode features some sort of thematic voiceover. Sarah Connor has done most of the voiceovers in the Terminator franchise, except when John Connor did them in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and at the end of Terminator Salvation (with Marcus Wright also doing a voiceover at the end of that same film).
At the ending.
- Sarah Connor: ...and the hardest thing is deciding what I should tell you and what not to. Well, anyway, I've got a while yet before you're old enough to understand the tapes. They're more for me at this point... to help get it all straight. Should I tell you about your father? Boy, that's a tough one. Will it change your decision to send him here...knowing that he is your father? But if you don't send Kyle, you could never be. God, a person can go crazy thinking about this...I suppose I will tell you...I owe him that. And maybe it'll be enough if you know that in the few hours we had together, we loved a lifetime's worth...
At the intro.
- Sarah Connor: 3 billion human lives ended on August 29, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare, the war against the Machines. Skynet, the computer which controlled the machines, sent two terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human Resistance... John Connor. My son. The first terminator was programmed to strike at me, in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was set to strike at John himself, when he was still a child. As before, the Resistance was able to send a lone warrior. A protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first...
In the desert at Enrique Salceda's place.
- Sarah Connor: Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop, it would never leave him... it would always be there. And it would never hurt him, never shout at him or get drunk and hit him, or say it couldn't spend time with him because it was too busy. And it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.
At Miles Dyson's place.
- Sarah Connor: Dyson listened while the Terminator laid it all down. Skynet. Judgment Day... the history of things to come. It's not every day you find out you're responsible for 3 billion deaths. He took it pretty well, considering...
On their way to Cyberdyne headquarters.
- Sarah Connor: The future, always so clear to me, has become like a black highway at night. We were in uncharted territory now... making up history as we went along.
The alternate ending in the bright future.
- Sarah Connor: August 29, 1997 came and went. Nothing much happened. Michael Jackson turned forty. There was no Judgment Day. People went to work as they always do, laughed, complained, watched TV, made love. I wanted to run down the street yelling... to grab them all and say "Every day form this day is a gift. Use it well!" Instead I got drunk. That was thirty years ago. But the dark future which never came still exists for me, and it always will, like the traces of a dream lingering in the morning light. And the war against the machines goes on. Or, to be more precise, the war against those who build the wrong machines. John fights the war differently than it was foretold. Here, on the battlefield of the Senate, the weapons are common sense... and hope. The luxury of hope was given to me by the Terminator. Because if a machine can learn the value of human life... maybe we can too.
At the intro.
- John Connor: The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor. They tried to murder me before I was born. When I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life, my mother told me the storm was coming. Judgment Day. Connor! The beginning of a war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant. And I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory. It hasn't happened. No bombs fell. Computers didn't take control. We stopped Judgment Day. I should feel safe... but I don't. So I live off the grid. No phone, no address. No one and nothing can find me. I've erased all connections to the past. But as hard as I try... I can't erase my dreams... my nightmares. I feel the weight of the future bearing down on me. A future I don't want. So I keep running... as fast as I can. Anywhere. Nowhere.
At the end.
- John Connor: By the time Skynet became self-aware it had spread into millions of computer servers across the planet. Ordinary computers in office buildings, dorm rooms, everywhere. It was software in cyberspace. There was no system core. It could not be shut down. The attack began at 6:18 p.m., just as he said it would. Judgment Day. The day the human race was nearly destroyed by weapons they'd built to protect themselves. I should have realized our destiny was never to stop Judgment Day. It was merely to survive it together. The Terminator knew. He tried to tell us but I didn't want to hear it. Maybe the future has been written. I don't know. All I know is what the Terminator taught me: Never stop fighting. And I never will. The battle has just begun.
There are two monologues at the end of this film from two different characters:
- Marcus Wright: What is it that makes us human? It's not something you can program. You can't put it into a chip. It's the strength of the human heart. The difference between us and machines.
- John Connor: There is a storm on the horizon. A time of hardship and pain. This battle has been won, but the war against the machines rages on. Skynet's global network remains strong, but we will not quit, until all of it is destroyed. This is John Connor. There is no fate but what we make.
The intro on every episode, except The Pilot.
- Sarah Connor: In the future, my son will lead mankind in a war against Skynet, a computer system programmed to destroy the world. It has sent machines back through time. Some to kill him, one to protect him. Today we fight to stop Skynet from ever being created. To change our future. To change his fate. The war to save mankind begins now.
Episode 101: pilot episode
- Sarah Connor: There are those who believe that a child in her womb shares his mother's dreams. Her love for him. Her hopes for his future. Is it told to him in pictures while he sleeps inside her? Is that why he reaches for her in that first moment. And cries for her touch? But what if you'd known since he was inside you what his life held for him? That he would be hunted. That his fate was tied to the fate of millions. That every moment of your life will be spent keeping him alive. Would he understand why you were so hard? Why you held on so tight? Will he still reach for you if the only dream you ever shared with him was a nightmare? Would he know my love runs through him like blood? Every family has rules. And we had ours. Keep your head down, keep your eyes up, resist the urge to be seen as important or special. Know your exits.
- Sarah Connor: It is said that the death of any one person is the death of an entire world. Certainly for parents, the death of a child is no less than a holocaust. In the case of my son, these words are literally true. And even though we've traveled through time, bent the rules of nature, they will keep coming for him. Keep trying to kill him. But until that day... It's gonna be one hell of a dogfight.
Episode 102: "Gnothi Seauton"
- Sarah Connor: A wise man once said "know thyself." Easier said than done. I've had 9 aliases, 23 jobs, spoken 4 languages and spent 3 years in a mental hospital for speaking the truth. At least when I was there, I could use my real name. Through it all, I've always known who I am and why I'm here. Protect my son. Prepare for the future. But lately it's gotten harder to control. Even as I try to help John find firm ground in this new world, the battlefield shifts beneath our feet. Maybe it's all catching up to me. Maybe if you spend your life hiding who you are, you might finally end up fooling yourself.
- Sarah Connor: I cannot imagine the apocalypse. No matter what Kyle Reese told me, or others who have come back. I cannot imagine 3 billion dead. I can imagine planes hitting buildings, and I can imagine fire. If I would've witnessed it, if I would've been here, I'm sure I would've thought the end was near. I'm sure I would've thought... we have failed.
- Sarah Connor: Carlos was right. $20,000 wasn't that much money. A new identity, a new life, a chance. You can't put a price on that. But unlike John, I was never eager for that new life to begin. I liked having no name, no story. It was the only time I got to be me. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to pay for that. And the price was getting higher every day.
- Sarah Connor: Know thyself. John once told me it's inscribed on the front of the Temple of Apollo. Then entire quote is, "know thyself and thou shall know all the mysteries of the gods and of the universe." That's quite a mouthful. My version is this. Know thyself because what else is there to know? People hide secrets. Time is a lie. The material world can disappear in an instant. It has and it will again.
- Sarah Connor: Our identities change. Our names, the way we look, how we act and speak. We're shape shifters. There is no control. No constant. No shelter but the love of family and the body god gave us. And we can only hope that that will always be enough.
Episode 103: "The Turk"
- Sarah Connor: When I was in the mental hospital, I became obsessed with science. Not all science, actually. And not really science at all. Scientists... and then only nuclear scientists. The ones who invented the bomb. Oppenheimer, Heisenberg, Fermi, and Teller. Pioneers, geniuses all. I read every book I could. I wanted to understand why couldn't they stop, these fathers of our destruction? And why wouldn't anybody stop them? And if I had the chance, would I?
- Sarah Connor: In 1943, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg delivered a physics lecture to a packed hall in Zürich. One of the audience members was Moe Berg, an ex-professional baseball player working as a spy for the O.S.S. Berg's task was to listen to the lecture and determine whether Heisenberg and the Germans were close to perfecting the atomic bomb. If Berg discovered that this was the case, he was to wait for Heisenberg outside the hall and shoot the scientist in the head. He had never killed anyone before.
- Sarah Connor: On July 16, 1945, in the mountains outside of Los Alamos, New Mexico, the world's first atomic bomb exploded. A white light pierced the sky with such intensity that a blind girl claimed to see the flash from a hundred miles away. After witnessing the explosion, J. Robert Oppenheimer quoted a fragment of the Bhagavad Ga, declaring, "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." His colleague, Ken Bainbridge, put it another way when he leaned close to Oppenheimer and whispered, "Now we are all sons of bitches."
Episode 104: "Heavy Metal"
- Sarah Connor: When John was little, before bed, I used to read him fairy tales. One night, I read him a folk tale called the Golem Prague, the story of a clay monster made by a rabbi to protect the Jews of the city.
- Sarah Connor: What I failed to remember was that, at the end of the story, the Golem turns on its maker and kills him, as well as the rest of the town. He didn't sleep for months. I went to him and tried to tell him that it wasn't real, that I'd made it all up. Somehow, that made it all worse.
- Sarah Connor: Not every version of the Golem story ends badly. In one, the monster is a hero, destroying all those that seek to harm its maker. In another, the Golem's maker destroys his creature before it destroys the world.
- Sarah Connor: The pride of man, of parents as well, makes us believe that anything we create, we can control. Whether from clay or from metal, it is in the nature of us to make our own monsters. Our children are alloys, all, built from our own imperfect flesh. We animate them with magic. And never truly know what they will do.
Episode 105: "Queen's Gambit"
- Sarah Connor: Of all the training my son received in the jungles of Central America, nothing prepared him better for combat than the game of chess. It taught him almost everything he needed to know about war. That to win you must be patient, bold, calculating, and most of all... willing to sacrifice.
- Sarah Connor: When john sent Kyle Reese back to protect me, we had two days together. He told me about the future, about the apocalypse, and the terror of a world run by machines. Kyle Reese saved my life. He gave me a son. He never told me that he had a brother. He never told me we would have family. That in our grief we are not alone.
- Sarah Connor: If there is a flaw in chess as a game of war, it is this: Unlike war, the rules of chess are constant. The pieces unchangeable. You will never win the heart of a rook or the mind of a knight. They are deaf to your arguments. And so be it. The goal of a chess game is total annihilation. But, in war, even as the blood beats in your ears and you race after your enemy, will stop you before you reach your target. In war, unlike chess, rules can be changed. Truces can be called. The greatest of enemies can become the best of friends.
- Sarah Connor: In war, there is hope.
Episode 106: "Dungeons & Dragons"
- Sarah Connor: On the night we first met, John's father, Kyle Reese, told me words I remember to this day. He meant them as a warning. I think of them as words to live by. He told me of an apocalypse yet to come. Like a Pandora’s box, he unpacked every horror, Every evil. Every dark thing that haunts our future. He also left me an unborn son, To whom he bequeathed what remained in the box after the nightmare fled. Hope.
- Sarah Connor: "Listen," Kyle said. "Listen, and understand. The machine is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever. Until you are dead."
Episode 107: "The Demon Hand"
- Sarah Connor: They say when a person dies, the soul lives on. The soul. The thing that separates us from the machines. Cameron had burned the metal monster. 2,000 degrees. I suppose they did the same to Andy. There was nothing left of either. Nothing that told the story of who or what they were. Gone is gone. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. When I go, bury me in the Earth. A part of me died years ago with Kyle Reese, but a part of me lives on in John. It's that not a soul, I don't know what is.
- Sarah Connor: There was a time I was a hero to my son. He thought I walked on water. He knows better now. We all have weak moments. Moments where we lose faith. But it's our flaws, our weaknesses, that make us human. Science now performs miracles like the gods of old, creating life from blood cells, or bacteria, or a spark of metal. But they're perfect creatures. And in that way, they couldn't be less human. There are things machines will never do. They cannot possess faith. They cannot commune with god. They cannot appreciate beauty. They cannot create art. If they ever learn these things, they won't have to destroy us. They'll be us.
Episode 108: "Vick's Chip"
- Sarah Connor: All of us wear masks. They can be worn out of love and the desire to remain close to those around us, to spare them from the complicated reality of our frayed psyches. We trade honesty for companionship and in the process, never truly know the hearts closest to us.
- Sarah Connor: So much danger in this world is hidden behind masks. We tell our children stories of good and evil. While knowing it's not that simple. True evil doesn't give us time to fight or to be afraid. We keep our heads down never bothering to look behind masks and in doing so, we resign ourselves to terrible fates we can never see coming.
Episode 109: "What He Beheld"
- Sarah Connor: When John was little, he used to sleep with his hand under my chin. At night, I lay awake watching him. Calm, peaceful, happy. I wanted to freeze time and let my son live in that moment forever. But you can't freeze time. You can't protect your children from the future that awaits them. The moment's there and then, it's gone.
- Sarah Connor: In Lord of the Flies, a group of boys slaughter a pig in the jungle. They torture it and place its head on a sharpened stake as an offering to the beast that hovers, god-like, over the island. Black blood drips down the pig's teeth. And the boys run away. Later, when one of the boys is alone, he weeps. But not for the pig. The boy weeps for the end of innocence and the darkness of men's hearts
- At the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah is narrating while the screen shows a road being traveled. The Pilot of Sarah Connor Chronicles picked up in the same fashion, showing a road and continuing with a voiceover.
- During an online chat, showrunner Josh Friedman explained why Sarah does not narrate during the episodes anymore:
- "I love the monologues, but we curtailed them mainly because they were affecting the way we edited the opening and closing of the episodes," explained Friedman. "Funny, when we did the voiceovers, everyone complained!"