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  • T-888 (Vick)

    Posted on May 22nd, 2009 Andrey Mikhalchuk No comments

    T-888 (Vick)Vick Chamberlain, portrayed by Matt McColm, is a T-888 Terminator sent back in time to help create a traffic surveillance network that Skynet hopes to use in the future. An advanced infiltrator, Vick poses as the husband of city manager Barbara Chamberlain, murders one of her political enemies, and adapts his mission to attack a group of Resistance fighters, including Derek Reese, when he finds one of them spying on her. Although his mission is not directly related to the Connors, he is their principal Terminator adversary early in the first season, while Cromartie obtains a new biological covering and begins his search for them anew.

    Vick is first discovered by Cameron, Sarah Connor, and John Connor in “Gnothi Seauton”, laying apparently deactivated among the corpses of time traveling Resistance soldiers in their hideout. It is not clear how Vick was deactivated as he did not appear to be damaged in any way. It is possible that he was simply interrupted while searching the area, and decided to ‘play dead’. Upon reactivation, Vick identifies Cameron as an “unknown cyborg”, and he is programmed to evade and re-evaluate his mission. Cameron and Sarah Connor give chase but are thwarted by traffic.

    In “Queen’s Gambit”, Vick learns that Derek Reese is in police custody, and gets himself arrested in order to kill Reese. Sarah and Cameron rescue Derek, and once again fight Vick. Before being defeated by Cameron, Vick’s hand is ripped off by a passing truck, becoming lost on the street. FBI Special Agent James Ellison recovers Vick’s hand and takes it when visiting Dr. Silberman in “The Demon Hand”. Vick is terminated when Cameron pulls the CPU from his exposed metal skull. She later incinerates his endoskeleton (less his missing hand) with thermite. As she prepares to do so, Charley Dixon describes Vick as “a scary robot” and Cameron as “a very scary robot.”

    Cameron secretly retains Vick’s CPU, which is discovered by Derek in “Vick’s Chip”. John and Sarah decide to investigate its contents, Vick’s mission, and his memories. In doing so, they learn that he maintained a marital relationship with Barbara Chamberlain. Like Cameron, the T-888 models are thus shown capable of mimicking affection and romance, and seducing human partners. After increasing the electrical power too much to the CPU by mistake, the disembodied Vick begins to take over John’s computer to which he is connected, and tries to connect to the internet. It is unknown whether he succeeded before being shut down.

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