Tech-Com is a fictional organization of human survivors of Judgement Day in the "Terminator" series, who are dedicated to defending other human survivors to fight and defeat Skynet. Tech-Com may also be heard as
The Human Resistanceor "The Resistance".
The name "Tech-Com" only appears once in the "Terminator" film series. When he first meets Sarah Connor,
Kyle Reeseidentifies himself as "Sergeant Tech-Com DN38416". The term is not used in Cameron's original script treatment. However, in the "Terminator" ancillary material, such as video gamesand comic books, "Tech-Com" has come to be used as the name for the human resistance against Skynet and the machines.
After Judgment Day, half of the world's population (numbering approximately 3 billion), were killed when the United States's nuclear arsenal was launched by Skynet. Skynet, a defense program made by Cyberdyne Systems for SAC-NORAD's use, had become sentient; when the scientists in control tried to shut it down, Skynet interpreted all humans to be hostile and launched nuclear missiles, precipitating global thermonuclear war.
Skynet established itself in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex and set about building automated "manufactories", which created waves of automated soldiers, Hunter-Killers, and mechanized tanks, and set about wiping out the survivors. Those who weren't killed were instead imprisoned at Skynet's "Orderly Disposal Camps", which set about killing mass-numbers of humans around-the-clock. On the brink of extinction, one of the survivors, John Connor, united the despairing humans and drew them together into a coherent fighting force.
With a headquarters placed deep beneath the ruins of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles (named "Home Plate") and military complex based at Edwards Air Force Base (carefully camouflaged to avoid detection), Tech-Com waged a global war against Skynet.
The two were equally matched, as while Skynet was an advanced Artificial Intelligence which outnumbered Tech-Com in numbers and technology, Tech-Com itself had human ingenuity and skill, and evened the odds by stealing technology from Skynet, adopting guerrilla tactics, and even capturing a few of the brand-new Terminators, cyborgs designed to infiltrate and kill Tech-Com's leaders.
Eventually, Connor was able to gather enough men and former Skynet machines to launch an attack on Cheyenne, smashing Skynet's defense grid and destroying the memory core, killing Skynet. By this time, though, Skynet had completed its research into time-travel and created the "Continuum Transporter", which Skynet used to send a T-800-model Terminator in a failed effort to terminate Sarah Connor to stop John from coming to be.
In the alternate timeline created by the destruction of Cyberdyne Systems Corporation by the efforts of the Connors, a T-800 Terminator and Doctor Miles Bennett Dyson, Cyber Research Systems, an independent subsidiary of the United States Air Force, purchased all patents and projects; including Skynet, and in the end the program was finished by Robert Brewster. Instead of being widely-known, Skynet was still in the development stages and the project itself kept top-secret, but the A.I. had already gained sentience despite being in a dormant state, and as such couldn't break through the firewalls of the governments weapon systems, so instead unleashed a super-virus upon the world's computer systems, which frightened the government into ordering Robert Brewster into activating Skynet, thus beginning Judgment Day.
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"
In the television series, "," it is revealed that Tech-Com sent their best agents to Pre-Judgment Day eras, to build time-displacement transporters, weapons, and secure finances in preparation for the war, protecting the Connors and others who are also pivotal in the future, thwarting Skynet's own time-travelling agents, and other specific missions. The only one who can locate them effortlessly is
Cameron Phillips, a mysterious cyborg sent by the future John Connor.
The "" establishes that a Resistance agent, referred to by Cameron as "The Engineer," secured employment in 1963 at a bank, the Security Trust of Los Angeles, where he hid the components of an
isotope-fueled weapon and a time-displacement transporter built within its vault. It is also suggested that he may be the owner of the bank. The bank is destroyed after the time displacement field is activated, and as of 2007 its site is a part of the Interstate 105 (California).
In the episode "," four Resistance members are seen living in an apartment in downtown Los Angeles in 2007. Their mission in 2007 is to help other Resistance members who have just arrived to forge identification, money, supplies, etc. Three were terminated by a T-888 Terminator; the surviving agent's whereabouts was unknown, although he was seen (as evident by his Skynet prison camp tattoo) watching from an alley as the Connors and Cameron leave his apartment after looting valuables (money, jewels, weapons, etc.) from the apartment's safe.
The episode "" revealed that the four Resistance fighters had been searching out Skynet's creators. It also revealed some personal information on one of the men; he was from Canton, Ohio and his younger self is four years old in 2007, putting his birth date in 2002 or 2003. It is later revealed that his name was Sumner.
The episode, "" revealed that the surviving member's identity is, Derek Thomas Reese, Lieutenant Tech-Com 132SOC, the brother of Kyle Reese and paternal uncle of John Connor. Afterwards he is arrested, for the murder of Andrew Goode, the creator of The Turk, an advanced artificial intelligence chess playing program.
In the episode, "", Derek Reese has a flashback where he remembers an event when he and other Tech-Com soldiers are captured and held prisoner in a war torn building by a Terminator, originally disguised as a Tech-Com soldier. While attempting to free himself of the chains, one of his fellow soldiers; Wisher confesses to him. He reveals that his real name is not Wisher or even Billy, he reveals his true identity to be Andy Goode. Goode confesses to Reese that he is responsible for Judgment Day. He along with ten or fifteen others (they worked in a secret environment and used code names) worked on a program that eventually developed into Skynet. Goode breaks down into tears and pleads for forgiveness. When Reese travels back in time to the year 2007, he tracks down Goode at a computer program Chess match and kills Goode.
On episodes "Dungeons & Dragons" and "," revealed that the other two members identities were Timms and Sayles.
The episode "Automatic For The People", revealed that Serrano Point Nuclear Power Plant, would be one of the machines' key facilities in the war. After they mounted a sneak attack, the resistance gained control of the plant and used it for their own purposes. However during the episode, events occurred that may result in the facility becoming one of the first sky-net operated facilities, which leaves the idea of the Resistance using it for power in the future in question.
The episode "Allison from Palmdale," revealed that John Connor's cyborg agent, Cameron Phillips, was based on a human, Allison Young, a young resistance fighter who was captured by Skynet and then taken for interrogation and copied, in order to infiltrate the the resistance's main base and assassinate Connor. However, somehow the plan failed and Connor was able to reprogram Young's double, as shown of the episode "Dungeons & Dragons", as one of the resistance's cyborg agents, for their mission on Skynet's Topanga facility, where they seized its time-displacement transporter and the plans of the device for their own purposes.
In the episode," Goodbye to all That," revealed that Martin Bedell, would help John form the core of The Resistance with his family's connection with the
United States military. In an alternate future timeline, he sacrificed himself to save Kyle Reese, John Connor, and thirty nine prisoners from Skynet.
* Supreme General John Connor
* Second In-Command Katherine "Kate" Brewster-Connor
* Lieutenant General Robert Brewster †
* Colonel Steve Earle †
* Colonel Gabriel Stone †
* Colonel Jackson
* Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Parsons †
* Captain Justin Perry
* First Lieutenant Derek Thomas Reese
* Lieutenant Joel Benson †
* Lieutenant Tom Carter
* Lieutenant Catherine Luna
* Sergeant Doogie "Watchdog" Harris
* Sergeant Kyle Reese †
* Sergeant Toni Battaglia †
* Corporal Bill Taggart †
* Corporal Simon Anders †
* Private Alexander Stone (Traitor)
* Doctor Daniel "Danny" Dyson
* Doctor Donald Hess †
* Alice Skerrit
* Daniel †
* Danny Avila
* David "Ten" Zimmerman
* Elizabeth "Liz" Anderson †
* Griff †
* Jane Benson †
* Jose Barrera †
* Kayla Connor
* Paul Keeley
* Sumner †
* Timms †
* Sayles †
* William "Bill" Anderson †
* William Wisher (Andrew Goode) †
* Allison Young †
* Martin Bedell †
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