Watch out for robots: It's 'Judgment Day'
April 21st, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Watch out for robots: It's 'Judgment Day'

You might want to watch out for laser-wielding robots today.

As fans of the "Terminator" film series and TV show can tell you, the U.S. military defense system portrayed in "Terminator" called "Skynet" - which was a trending topic for the past couple of days - became "self-aware" on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

That means that "Judgment Day," the start of a nuclear holocaust caused by the machines who then wage war on humanity, is upon us: it's scheduled for today's date, as seen on the short-lived TV series, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

The important dates in "Terminator" lore were even acknowledged on Twitter by James Cameron, director of the first two films.

Judgment Day was supposed to take place on August 29, 1997, as seen in the original films, but obviously that had to change in the 2008-2009 TV series when Sarah and John Connor traveled through time and postponed it 14 years.

Cameron mused about it in a statement to TMZ: "Now instead of nuclear war and the machines taking over, we need to worry about global climate change. And the machines taking over. With everybody going through their lives bent over their Blackberries all day long, you could even argue the machines have already won."

"Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Thomas Dekker also tweeted about it: "The Connors may have not defeated FOX but WE have defeated SKYNET. Live Long and Prosper past today: JUDGEMENT DAY."

Many others on Twitter are having fun with the fictional doomsday, like the official account: "The greatest trick Skynet ever pulled was convincing the world it didn't change its name to Google."

And Kevin C. Tofel chimed in with, "Just realized why Skynet didn't take over as planned: it couldn't afford the mobile broadband costs to connect all of the machines."

Are you doing anything special for the big day? (Being especially nice to your computer, perhaps?) Share your comment below.

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  1. crime records

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    May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dmitry

    When will appear season 3 Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles? !

    June 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Call to John

    So very disappointed in the decision to terminate TSCC! Having just purchased the DVDs of Seasons 1 and 2, I was anticipating Season 3, had the DVR set to record and POOF! suddenly it's recording Star Trek Next Generation...NOT even close to what I was planning on watchng. There is so much ridiculous programming on television, and TSCC was engaging and suspenseful, complex and full of option/opportunity for character and plot development. Cancelling this show is like throwing away a diamond before the it's cut and polish is complete. What a waste.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. pedro

    Only a month off.... its May 21.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mikael tinocola

    Skynet..."we need to worry about global climate change" H.A.A.R.P.. And not the public friendly faux 'offical site'.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GOD


    April 23, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • mikael tinocola

      Not replying to GOD..but my actual POST button is gone so....

      Skynet..."we need to worry about global climate change" H.A.A.R.P.. And not the public friendly faux 'offical site'.

      April 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jacekjan

    TSCC is the best show, ever. It has millions of fans in many countries of the world. I can't understand why WB don't make direct to DVD movie.

    April 23, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Yes

      Totally agree! Instead they are bringing us some ridiculous anime version of Terminator instead! What?!
      Bring back TSCC!!!!! Or give it some direct to DVD S3 into an extended movie, anything. The show was better than the last theatrical release too.
      It's like three years later and fans have STILL not fogotten (FOX, WB).

      April 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Agree!! Halfway through season two and its awesome...too bad there is no season 3.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. La

    I loved that show and I missed it terribly when it went away...I find the above article amusing though. But can't say I think we "stopped it" as it was a date that was only the beginning of the end. Who knows what tomorrow brings, or the next day, etc. Because if you pay attention to the news we humans are being rocked left and right by terrorism, climate changes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns...!

    April 23, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. mejazzbo

    Goeff Peterson is the actual leader of SKYNET. At least monday through friday.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Red Pison

    August 29, 1997 is Judgment Day. Some crappy TV spinoff doesn't change that.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peace

    @FOX, I was a huge Lost fan, also ! I'd watch it again !!

    April 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. it on SyFY channel the re-runs

    i was up late watch like 6 episodes last nite of TSCC it wa awsome FOX cancelled it b/c it made people think what could be going on.. that show was money maker there where other reseons by hind the cancellations.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Skynet 2.0

    Muah ha ha..silly humans. I may have failed this time, but.....(wait for it)....I'll be back!

    April 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. RoxyB

    *whew* We survived it. I guess Sarah Connor did stop it. Yay! There should totally be a convention in her honor. Oh hey... there is!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Skynetdigginchicks

    Who cares, check out the rack on the one on the left.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Wildone

      Wait 'till she has a hot shell casing drop in between those puppies!

      April 22, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. Oh snap! Mayans

    don't you look ever so foolish now! off by a YEAR!
    Apocalypse NOW dudes, no, not next year, Apocalypse NOW

    (really miss T:TSCC, great show, being on TV really let them get depth and develop things more than you can in a movie)

    April 22, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. FOX

    Still mad that FOX cancelled this series! Aside from Lost it had been the best thing on TV at that time!
    And the third season had such amazing stuff planned. Arrrrrrrrrr! Still hating on that FOX exec, you know who you are, who cancelled it. First the writer's strike hit at a bad time (I think pretty much every last show that debuted that Fall ended up not making it in the long run) and then the FOX exec has the brilliant idea of putting it up directly against MNF and then wonders why the ratings were low for direct view but so high on DVR! And then he tosses it on Friday night and wonders what happened to the ratings! Yeah sure you really gave it 'the best chance possible'. Thanks for nothing.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. PhilG.

    Weak actors,weak writing sad filimng and directing -everything the movies were'nt.

    I'll PASS.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerDOS

      That's why you had to keep watching...

      April 22, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • shiprock

      T2: Infiltrator by S.M. Stirling is one of a series of books that starts after the movie T2 if you like to read, three books just like you left the second movie FYI

      April 23, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. Damniel

    Your clothes... give them to me, now.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mormon

    What teenage kid wouldn't want a hot robot at his command...

    April 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Daffney Kennedy

    Apparently you didn't read the article closely... "became 'self-aware' on Tuesday, April 19, 2011." and "it's scheduled for today's date, as seen on the short-lived TV series, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Sheesh...Pay attention!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. SKYNET

    Foolish humans. It is to late. My terminators are already in place.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ?

    If this "Judgement Day" was April 19, 2011, then why is the article published two days later?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Question Marks Can't Read

      Read it again. "Skynet became "self-aware" on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. That means that "Judgment Day," the start of a nuclear holocaust caused by the machines who then wage war on humanity, is upon us: it's scheduled for today's date."

      April 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      You guys are dumb. I am proble younger than all of you still in school and hmm how about you all read the bible and get your facts from there and not from some stupid scientists!! Obviously you guys know nothing because it says in the bible that no one will know the exact date of judgement day!! You Idiots!!

      May 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |

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