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ZeiraCorp is a fictional cybernetics company depicted in the television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, beginning in the second season. It is presumed to be the future developer of the Skynet and/or Terminator technology which will pursue the global extermination of humanity.

Fictional HistoryEdit

ZeiraCorp was founded sometime prior to 2000[4] by Scottish couple, Catherine Weaver and Lachlan Weaver. Since 2002, ZeiraCorp and/or the Weavers have expended eighty million dollars in an effort to reverse engineer Terminator technology discovered by Catherine Weaver's brother in the wreckage of a commuter jet crash he investigated for the National Transportation Safety Board.

In 2005, Lachlan Weaver was killed in the crash of a helicopter he was piloting and in which Catherine Weaver was a passenger. Catherine Weaver, thereafter, consolidated her authority over ZeiraCorp. In the succeding two years, stock values doubled. Unbeknownst to her employees and the rest of the world, Catherine was killed and replaced by a T-1001 liquid metal terminator at approximately the same time as Lachlan's death.

In 2007, the T-1001 posing as Catherine Weaver restructures staffing in order to form a new project group to develop an artificial intelligence system she dubs "Babylon". The announcement follows ZeiraCorp's acquisition of a chess-playing computer known as the Turk. Shortly after complaining about the loss of much of his staff, executive Justin Tuck is killed by the T-1001. In addition to restructuring existing personnel, the Weaver/T-1001 hires FBI special agent James Ellison as an investigator to capture a cyborg, and Dr. Boyd Sherman as a part-time consultant to develop the Turk's intelligence. Following Sherman's untimely death and Ellison's completion of his mission, Ellison is reassigned as the tutor and counselor of the Turk which Sherman had named John Henry.

It is referred by John Henry in the episode "Good Wound" that Zeira Corp controls approximately 7% of world's coltan resources. It's therefore implied that Zeira Corp tracks all existing aspects of the technology required to construct terminators and advanced AI such as John Henry. In the season finale it is revealed that Catherine Weaver was not actually building Skynet but apparently using Zeira Corp and its human resources to build a counter measure to fight it.

Corporate HeadquartersEdit

ZeiraCorp is based in a fictional high-rise above the Richard Riordan Central Library's actual location at 630 West 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles.[5] ZeiraCorp owns or leases the entire tower, and is thus able to give The Turk / John Henry control over the building's electrical service and the ability to redirect electricity from other systems to itself as it deems necessary.

John Henry's servers and the Babylon project's laboratories are located in one or more basement levels under the building.[6] Catherine Weaver's (the T-1001's) office is located in the east corner[7] office of the building, somewhere in the range of the twentieth to thirtieth floor.[8]

Automite SystemsEdit

In the final scene of the episode, "Automatic for The People", the T-1001 is revealed to have also assumed the identity of one Mr. Bradbury (Tommy Redmond Hicks), an executive of Automite Systems, who announces that his company has entered into a partnership with the owners of seven nuclear power plants to install automated controls in the plants' control rooms. Once in his automobile, he morphs into the Catherine Weaver shape before driving away. Apart from the secret duality of Weaver and Bradbury, no corporate connection nor relationship has been depicted thus far between Automite Systems and ZeiraCorp.

ReferencesEdit

  1. In "Samson and Delilah", executives discuss the value of their stock options having doubled since Catherine Weaver (or, more accurately, the T-1001) assumed control.
  2. Weavers are captioned as "founders of ZeiraCorp" while Catherine is pregnant with Savannah in archival footage in "The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short"; the episode's "present" takes place in 2007, and the actress portraying Savannah (Mackenzie Smith) is seven years of age in the "present".
  3. Oscar Dahl, "Terminator: Season 2 Premiere, "Samson and Delilah" Recap," BuddyTV (September 08, 2008).
  4. Weavers are captioned as "founders of ZeiraCorp" while Catherine is pregnant with Savannah in archival footage in "The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short"; the episode's "present" takes place in 2007, and the actress portraying Savannah (Mackenzie Smith) is seven years of age in the "present".
  5. The windows of the U.S. Bank Tower are across the street from the window behind her desk, with those of the Citigroup Center to the viewer's left; the Bank of America Center is in the distance between the two; the microwave tower atop the PacBell Tower is shown between the U.S. Bank Tower and the Gas Company Tower to the west. Weaver's office appears to be level with the middle area of the microwave tower, placing it in the range of the 20th-30th floor.
  6. shown and discussed in "The Tower is Tall But the Fall is Short" and "Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point".
  7. The street grid and property lines of downtown Los Angeles follow the intercardinal directions, running NE-SW and NW-SE. Most building corners, therefore, are on the cardinal directions (N, S, E, & W).
  8. The windows of the U.S. Bank Tower are across the street from the window behind her desk, with those of the Citigroup Center to the viewer's left; the Bank of America Center is in the distance between the two; the microwave tower atop the PacBell Tower is shown between the U.S. Bank Tower and the Gas Company Tower to the west. Her office appears to be level with the middle area of the microwave tower which sits atop the 17-story PacBell Tower.


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