Richard T. Jones
is a man of conviction. His presence is immediately felt in any room the man walks into. Incredibly engaging and preternaturally kind, Richard T. Jones would almost be a parody of superficial love-hungry actors if he wasn't so incredibly genuine. Jones is the most over-looked main cast member of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
as Agent Ellison, the skeptical authority figure who has a past with Sarah Connor. Agent Ellison played a vital role in Terminator's
season one finale, bearing witness to a brutal massacre. For some incomprehensible reason, Ellison was spared, and it is from this uncertainty that Richard T. will begin Terminator's
second season. Below you will find the full video interview we conducted with Richard at the FOX Fall press junket earlier this month.
As you can see in the above video, Richard T. Jones is also a man of god. His religion informs his very being and, remarkably, his faith has permeated into his character on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
. A testament to how interesting Josh Friedman is as a TV show runner, Friedman, through talking with Richard, infused Jones' personal faith into Agent Ellison. Not only is it rare to mold a character based on an actor's personality, religion is often a taboo subject on prime time television, especially on an action series like Terminator.
Agent Ellison, thanks to the Jones/Friedman collaboration, has become that rare religious character on TV who doesn't preach. Ellison proves that a character can be pious without it being the defining characteristic of that person. Whenever his religion popped up in season one (especially his conversation late in the season with Charlie), it was utilized as a unique and interesting viewpoint. Within the Terminator
canon, using religion as a lens to attempt to understand what's going on is a very intriguing idea.
The second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
premieres Monday, September 8 at 8pm on FOX.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer