In Reacher Season 2, the interaction between henchman Saropian and boss Shane Langston resonated with Terminator 2 fans, given Robert Patrick’s portrayal of Langston as the T-1000.
Before crediting Reacher showrunner Nick Santora and his writing team for the clever nod in Patrick’s dialogue, there’s a crucial backstory.
In TVLine’s Season 2 post-mortem Q&A with Santora, inquiries arose about the origin of the Terminator 2 reference. Was it Patrick’s idea, or how did he feel about the callback? Santora, with a chuckle, admitted to a truth he was hesitant to share: the reference was scripted before Patrick joined the cast.
In May, news surfaced that Rory Cochrane had to step down from the role of NYPD vet-turned-New Age security chief Langston. Patrick stepped in, prompted by scheduling conflicts, leading to his portrayal of Season 2’s main antagonist.
Explaining the recasting, Santora revealed how he approached Patrick, emphasizing the actor’s willingness to join the production on short notice, showcasing his talent and commitment without even requesting a script, based on their prior collaboration on Scorpion.
Santora confessed that he momentarily forgot about the “Sarah Connor” line after the recast, only to rediscover it while reviewing the dailies. Contemplating whether to alter the line during a phone call scene, he ultimately decided to keep it, anticipating that fans would appreciate the playful homage to the iconic movie franchise and Robert Patrick’s stature as an iconic actor.