California Drones Mystery Solved By Sarah Connor Chronicles?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 18th, 2013 at 5:51 pm,

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The mid season finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TSCC) threw me something to chew on Monday night that I was surprised to see. Was TSCC yet one more project that was bitten by the writers strike? When the heck are we gonna stop seeing ramifications from that event? Cripes!

Confused? Good… Keep reading my Tarantino-ish outline of this event.

In Monday night’s episode, Sarah is chasing her “three dots” clue and ends up going to a UFO convention. There, she meets a “woman” who has pictures plastered all over “her” home’s walls. The interesting thing about that is that I recognized those pictures and said, “Hey! I know those pictures! Those are the California Drones that Raji posted in 2007!” Yes, I’m a bit of a UFO non-disbeliever with a freaky memory!

Flashback – Mid 2007:

An internet user by the name of raji (Other surmised aliases: raji1977, Rajinder Satyanarayana) has laid claim to not only observing a UFO, but taking high quality pictures of the thing as it went over himself and some power lines. The pictures were taken in a town called Capitola, CA. which isn’t that far from where I live, and about 3 miles South of Santa Cruz, CA.. The pictures were incredibly detailed, well focused and if this wasn’t proof… well then, what is?

Curious item #1: The photographs were put out on Craigslist of all places. Not a UFO forum, but a public, generic website. After posting the images, “Raji” disappeared. After that, a few other folks posted images of their own of similar craft that have been spotted around CA. These craft have been dubbed the California Drones.

Background event to keep in mind: The writers strike started on November 5, 2007 and ended on February 12, 2008.

January, 2008:

A woman from London contacted a couple of private investigators to try and locate this Raji person. As their quest proceeded, they started working from the presumption that if they found the telephone poles, they might find the area where this “Raji” lives. I don’t buy that. Why? If I took the pics in Capitola, I would have been passing through. I live in Menlo Park, on the other side of the mountain in the Bay Area. I’ll call this Curious item #2.

The two investigators either found or were contacted by a man named Isaac who claimed that he was part of a top-secret government program in Palo Alto, CA – which devised commercial technology from extraterrestrial artifacts confiscated by U.S. scientists. (I guess Isaac has seen Men In Black.) More importantly, he knew about the craft. (Cue the X-Files music please!)

It’s a great story on the LA Times website, but it sure did not say much. There’s even YouTube footage of a Fox news program called America’s Newsroom, which interviewed the two PI’s. Yep, it’s a real program. The PI’s put together a web page on their site for their investigation: TK Davis Investigations.


Despite the fact that I do believe, (just not sure in what), a lot of folk on the internet make a hell of a lot of conjecture about things. They pull facts and conjecture from every direction, pile them in a blender that’s set to stun and turn it on without the lid! I say that because stunned is what I got.

There are so many ideas out there about these “California Drones” that it gets very confusing. I filtered through literally hundreds of images, sites and conjectures to the point of stumbling through the day cross-eyed and even ending up at one of my own sites where I wrote an article about how UFO’s capture our imaginations. From sites debunking the UFO, to sites supporting it, I toiled. Some sites had well presented and lengthy documentation. Other sites had forums with over 100+ pages of premises, conjectures and interpersonal angst.

The Drone Research Team put together some of the original images that raji posted on Craigslist and has a collection of other images from other “witnesses.” That “Isaac” fella put together a pretty comprehensive collection of information about this classified work and has some incredibly detailed images, scans, etc… which I will call Curious item #3! The sites are and a second supporting site. The interesting (should I say Curious Item #4?) is that the Isaaccaret site has a page with the title/name of “Replicant.” Hmm.

I’ve done all this for you, the Screen Rant readers, at the risk of being abducted by government conspirators and the greys. Not to mention I was tremendously curious!


Today I’m exhausted from chasing my own tail!!

The end of Sarah Connor Chronicles‘ episode had Sarah laying on the ground stunned, looking up at what looked like a UFO coming down to say hi to our dazed heroine. That’s when I said, HAH! Scared the crap out of my wife. But the craft in the end scene was a combined derivative of the California Drones with identical details.

After some I.P. forensic sleuthing, I can’t add any info about who may own the websites. I’ve left messages with FOX Networks but they’re busy and I haven’t heard back from them. But here’s what I believe to be the conjoined answer to both entities, the CA Drones, Sarah’s three dots and her hovering drone in the final scenes of the mid-season finale:

FOX Networks is run by aliens!


They were getting completely behind their product, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, by ramping up a viral advertising campaign that would draw the public into their show. With the right public momentum, the gimmick would have netted them some serious press coverage and ratings. But the project got snuffed when the writers’ strike hit. That pushed back the airing date of this mid-season finale episode, and Fox moved on. In their wake, they forgot to let on about it and left the hundreds of UFO-ologists spinning up hundreds of thousands of hours combing over the Drones evidence and tossing out their conjectures.

Below, I present the pictures for your review… To all the folks who dropped many an hour into this phenom, I do apologize, but I think you were taken by a pretty cool marketing scheme.

One of the many images posted by Raji in 2007

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Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles Screen Shot: Notice the Drone poster.

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Notice the Drone image over a telephone pole.

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Oh dear, here they come Sarah!

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Notice the appendages changed. Moving.

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Does the CA Drone bear any similarities?

Font screen shot from image from

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A: Notice the tail section similarities
B: The tri-segmented extended arms
C: The spikey things.

My question to you:

Did Fox perpetrate the viral ad gone south, or did they take advantage of something that is out in the public domain and made it their own, risking possible legal issues?

I say the former.

The prosecution rests!

UPDATE 12/24/08:  The prosecution would appear to have been wrong!  I’ve been in communication with Josh Friedman, the Executive Producer and creator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and it would seem that the mysteries of the California Drones will continue to be a mystery for the time being.  Josh wrote the following to me:


The drone/CARET materials are not viral marketing for our show. Fox knows nothing about them. I’ve been interested in the drone images for some time and, as I am wont to do, found a way to work areas of interest into the show. Our drone image at the end is a kissing cousin of the others but is of our own design. I don’t want anyone out there who chooses to believe in the drone sightings to feel in any way that their inclusion in TSCC invalidates their point of view. Likewise, any one who believes they are a hoax should not use their inclusion in the show as confirmation of that theory. Simply something in the zeitgeist that I was (and still am) fascinated by. Whether this settles the issue or only serves to incite others who want to use it for their own ends is beyond my control.
Josh Friedman
Executive Producer, Creator, TSCC
Our thanks to Josh for helping out this latest chapter of the CA Drones mystery.
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  1. @Sys_Config
    Bruce is a fantastic television critic. I love his work. They are always well thought out and well written.

    I pledge my allegiance to you to Bruce. As long as we have sites like ScreenRant, yours and mine, I will be a reader and a fan.

  2. The California Drones. I think I liked the California Raisins better!

    One thing that amazes me is no one has mentioned this: Who is the current governor of California? Hmmmmmmm?

  3. I’m afraid its a case of a show stealing the idea’s from a ufo faker who can’t copy right his photo’s or it will blow his cover. Or a real ufo witness who wants to remain anonymous & fox took the easy way out & ripped off his images.

  4. The “Fox viral marketing” notion seems way ass-backwards to me. They’re clearly taking advantage of something rather than creating it and the CARET documents are much too elegant to have been whipped up as part of an advertising campaign.


  5. I agree with the viral marketting idea. One reason being they have angles of the drones and versions that are slightly different than the ones that were released. So it looks like whoever they got to CG the drone photos for the show probably had him/her do a lot of different versions. Some went online before and some were used for the show.

    And anyway, it’s too coincidental that there happens to be UFO sightings that fit into that finale episode so perfectly.

    A lot of the studies and other research done that you find online didn’t need to have been done by Fox, you got real believers doing that for them.

    And since when did Foxnews do shows about UFO’s? It was obviously orchestrated as part of their advertising…

    That’s how I see it…

  6. I wonder if McGonald will use the same designs for the ufo/ skynet drones in T4?

  7. @phoenix

    Thanks for the link. Would have been nice if he dropped a comment here.


  8. Bruce slaps his forehead in utter astonishment, my brain completely stifled by orders of magnitude and sighs a heavy sigh.

  9. As someone who is all too familiar with the entertainment industry, I HAVE to add my .02.
    I am not saying that I am a believer in the whole UFO/conspiracy and Im not saying that it couldnt be true…I don’t know.

    What I do know is, just because a writer is on strike, if they have projects to go back to, they keep on writing. Eventually work comes back around, an you’re better off having ammo when you go back vs. being empty handed.
    There is a possibility that one of the writers spent a good amount of time on the interwebs while taking a respite from studio workdays, and came upon a goldmine in the form of an already working yet unclaimed story. And if the show you hope to come back to is already about highly advance “alien” tech (I say alien, because if it comes from the future, its alien to the present)you might as well take advantage of work already done.
    Unfortunately, I have an easier time believing in UFO’s than FOX’s brilliant marketing.

    I love SCC, but its obvious to me that FOX is enjoying a lot of the curious stories and oddities that are chronicled neatly on the internet. This is demonstrated in Fringe. Most of its story lines are things Ive been reading bout for years. The general public just never looked.

  10. Interesting comments, Jess. I never could get into the X Files, partly because it seemed like every time I tuned the show in, Mulder was muttering about some evidence or encounter that had similar elements to the case he was on at the time, blithely getting the facts of some real sighting garbled and twisted so it fit the story line. This does not help ufology, which has enough issues without some crass commercial enterprise muddying the waters even further. Would it really have been too much trouble for them to make up their own fictional history?

  11. There was no viral ad campaign gone wrong here. The writers of the series saw the drone stories (just like we all did) and made it a component of their story. Future technology, mysterious characters, UFO nuts. Just waiting now for February to continue with the storyline.

  12. 00 Spy,

    XFiles did take existing accounts of paranormal and alien activity and twist them into storylines that fit their agenda. I understand the apprehension behind portraying actual experiences people have had in a distorted manner. Especially if that causes said poeple to look like kooks. Its not for me to judge the validity of someones “experience”.

    I stated before that I dont believe that this was a marketing ploy. But if it was, you comments suggest that you’d be upset because you would have been duped. Many people took the theoretical ball and ran with it. You must always do your homework when it comes to these accounts. You must ALWAYS take the sensational with a grain of salt.

  13. Jess, I am not upset about anything, and my being duped by the drone hoax was not likely at any time. I am rather disgusted with the way some of this has played out, which is why I am still one of a group who is looking for the perps. If people who care about ufology do not do their part to rid the field of rampant BS, then there is no point in pursuing it further. It will have become the sad cartoon that many people think it is.

  14. Well said Double Nought Spy

  15. Fake. Its to bad that people have to pull these stunts. It really just helps the silent invasion that has been going on for over 50 years. Oh I know a lot of you think its all rubish, but if you were to lift you head out of the sand for a moment and do a little research you would be shocked just by the British and American released UFO files. It clearly, I mean clearly shows something is going on. The subject of “UFOS” as early as 1950′s had a “TOP SECERT” status 52 levels HIGHER than the H-Bomb (thank you FOIA) Not to mention the FBI wanted “Crashed Disk for cursory examination” (thank you FOIA). Even today any files released under FOIA in regards to UFOs are whited out, with maybe a word or two not. If they don’t exist, how can they be a threat to national security for over 50 years, for every major country? Come on folks, wake up and do a little research to base your thoughts on. Start with goverment files and you will get your eyes opened for you. Thats if you have the guts to really want to know what the true reality is…if not, keep your head in the sand.

  16. Double Naught,

    I understand where youre coming from, and I can see where this would lead to more trouble in validating a point of view not readily accpeted most. I guess Im looking at it from an entirely different stand point.

    I have had an interest and fascination with all things “paranormal,I use the term broadly for lack of a more all encompassing word. Many of my friends don’t realize just how much reading I actualy do on the subject. I was elated when my parents retired to NM last year. For me this episode was a conversation starter. My husband is the king of all skeptics, if you can’t prove it to him, its not real. He and I talked for HOURS after the episode aired, about the origins of the story line. This is a conversation he and I would have never had previously.
    I have had many chats since with quite a few of my friends whos curiosity was piqued by the show having a grain of truth. I think its brilliant to have so many doors opened to people who might not have ever been exposed to his otherwise.
    Im here posting today because of shows like the Xfiles. Did I ever believe the story lines were true? Not 100%, but they got me asking the what if’s,and thats what you need!!! That what will further the cause. You might not convince everyone when it comes to this subject matter, but if you at least get the masses talking about it, you sure to convince a few.

  17. Jeff: Good news for ya bud

    I’ve updated the article with some new information from FOX. Josh Friedman sent me a note and I’ve included his note at the end of the article.

    In short: Josh incorporated the Drone images into the show. The drone/CARET materials are not viral marketing for the show.

  18. In March 2008 I e-mailed Linda Moulton Howe regarding ‘Chads Craft’ and how I had seen the identical craft graphic used on either the Discovery Channel or Sci-fi channel on a special back in May of 2007. The program was about future space explorations, etc.
    My information was dismissed by Ms. Howe.
    Now the same graphic with variations turns up on this television movie the ‘Sarah Connor Chronicals’.
    Can we all agree now that this/these drones are fake and not to be taken seriously!

  19. I knew it!!

  20. I don’t have any problem with a movie or TV show using historical events in the story line. The thing about the X Files that disappoints me is that they didn’t just use real events but distorted them just enough to mislead people who might find the real events interesting and want to follow up on them. It’s like a lazy person’s attempt at having it both ways. If you want to use real events, then fine, use them. If you are going to use fictional events, then expend the brain power to make up your own and don’t add to the confusion. There is plenty of confusion without lazy writers making more. In fact, there are more than a few conspiracy buffs who are sure the whole reason such things are done is to obscure the real story. I am not one of them.

    Of course, if one looks at how something like physics is treated by show biz, I guess we should be happy the X Files just mangled the real sightings a little bit!

  21. that was a very respectful response by the FOX exec… almost too respectful. still, love the show.

  22. Well I want my cake and I want to eat it too.

    The Notorious Bettie Page completely obliterated the facts of Bettie Pages’ life style! It pissed me off, but at least people went to see it and hopefully they did a little more research themselves. Would I have lambasted anyone else who loved it…NO!. I would have simply clairified the inaccuracies.

    It happens time and time again that the “truth” of a story is not always portrayed. You have to be glad that the story is out! Its up to people who care to investigate it further! I would hate it if you limited my viewing pleasure because of your soap-box.

    Should we only make movies about aliens based on fact? Should we only show never seen before designs for UFO’s because flying saucers have been seen and photographed and people could be confused? You worry about this somehow giving the wrong impression ufology, but its this very attitude that causes the problem. It seems to me your burden is MUCH bigger than a FOX television show.

  23. Wow, Jess, I don’t know how you got that from my comments. Sorry to offend you by criticizing a TV show. Television is notorious for treating the UFO subject badly, and I am only one of many who take the industry to task for it.

    The UFO literature is fascinating, much more intriguing and full of surprises than the caricature presented by television. I urge anyone who is interested to read books and articles written by competent researchers. It’s amazing.