Let's take a closer look at John and Cameron's style in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
The teenagers lead a double life, one as normal teenagers going to high school and posing as brother and sister, and the other as the future leader of the Human Resistance and his Terminator protector fighting Skynet. Their clothes and gear illustrates this by being both trendy and feminine (in Cameron's case) and also functional.
During the day, both John and Cameron focus on blending in, therefore they dress like the average teenager boy/girl would. Layering is a big part of their wardrobe. They usually wear a long sleeve shirt, with a short sleeved top over it. You'll notice they wear matching outfits, but while John wears dark tones (olive green and black) and loose clothing, Cameron wears pink or purple tones and fitted skinny jeans, skirts and dresses that are comfortable, but fashionable. She even has been seen in calf boots that have hints of pink and purple in them or wearing a rainbow belt.
When John and Cameron go on a mission to prevent Judgment Day from happening and have to go from teenager to Skynet fighters, John's outfit is pretty much the same (except he accesorize them with shotguns and nine millimeters), while Cameron outfit makes a drastic change. She goes for a more military style ensemble, wearing cargo pants, tank tops, and fitted jackets. Not to mention she exchanges her arm-warmers (inspired from the universe of ballet) for leather gloves.
In fact, the idea of this blog post was inspired by a tweet from our friend and huge TSCC fan, @Meanoldmoe
. Here's what he said and the accompagnying TSCC promotional photo:
Notice what is on the tan colored strap ?? Looks like a #Terminator image !! #TSCC #SummerGlau
Meanoldmoe made a good point there and I have no doubt that the presence of skulls on Cameron's clothes/fashion gear is no accident. Quite the contrary, a closer look at Cameron and John's fashion gear reveals that skulls are everywhere. And of course, this punk skull fashion is so very Terminator like; the skulls symbolize the end of the world, as seen in the Terminator movies and TSCC scenes taking place in the post-Judgement Day future. Skulls are also a representation of the Terminator endoskeleton's heads and were heavily used in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles promotional material.
That Cameron wears fashionable skulls is a reminder to the audience that she may be "pretty as a picture on the outside", as Charley Dixon said, but she's also a Terminator. John's punk style cannot but evoke the famous slogan of the punk movement, "No future"; though this sombre message has been replaced in the Terminator franchise by a more optimistic one, "No fate but what we make".
Back to Cameron punk skull shoulder bag; the skulls are not only printed on the strap but also on the bag itself. For example, Summer Glau as Cameron can be seen sporting that skull bag in high school in episodes 1.02 'Gnothi Seauton', 1.03 'The Turk', 1.05 'Queen's Gambit' and 1.08 'Vick's Chip'.
And while this bag may not be as iconic as Cameron's purple jacket, it also appears in episode 11 of the second season, 'Self Made Man'.
You'll also notice that Cameron was wearing "neutral" clothes (and so is her bag) in the pilot, and by that I mean her clothes/bag don't include references to the Terminator universe. Indeed, she's supposed to be an average teenage girl in the early scenes of the pilot.
As a conclusion, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is such an interesting TV show, this site would not be enough to discuss every aspect of the show. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and of course feel free to leave a comment below.