What's in store for Sarah Connor Chronicles' resident T-1001

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST
Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) receives a visit from Ellison in the episode "Desert Cantos," airing Feb. 20.

Shirley Manson, who plays the liquid metal T-1001 Catherine Weaver on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, told SCI FI Wire that the remaining nine episodes of the season take Weaver out of her familiar corporate setting. Weaver has delegated tasks from her office while Cromartie (Garret Dilahunt) and Ellison (Richard T. Jones) do her bidding. (Spoilers ahead!)

"I got to get out of my office, and I got to do a scene without Richard T. Jones, which is unusual, and we laughed about it," Weaver said in an exclusive interview. "I just felt like I got more to do, and of course that's exciting for me."

So far, Manson said that she still has not shared scenes with cast members Lena Headey (Sarah), Thomas Dekker (John), Summer Glau (Cameron) or Brian Austin Green (Derek). But she has filmed more visual-effects shots, though nothing will top her first appearance as a Terminator morphing out of a men's urinal.

"No, but I get to do some really cool s--t," the former Garbage singer said. "It's so cool. I feel like the plot has really sort of quickened its pace. It's taken a different turn, perhaps, the first half of this season. It's much more action-based, perhaps, than the first half."

As the story develops for Weaver, Manson has been surprised to find out what she will play week to week. "The plot around my character, like, all the plot, to be honest, it takes some extreme turns," she said. "The arc of the character is not what I expected. Let's put it that way. Certainly the second half of the season, there's more for me to do. My character takes some unusual turns, and it's exciting. I really feel really lucky that I've got an amazing role. I can't believe it."

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles moves to a new timeslot, Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, starting Feb. 13.