Terminator: Genisys is coming out next year and from what we’ve heard about it so far, it’s going to reboot the series in its entirety. That means, James Cameron’s vision has been decisively thrown out the window and its place comes a practically new Terminator franchise, one that’s created solely to wreak havoc at the box-office. But will it?
Initial plot storylines (revealed by EW), points to a new timeline which carries forth from the 80s with Sarah Connor being targeted for termination by Skynet (not to be confused with the courier service) when she’s a few years old. However, a T-800 is sent back to protect her and eventually becomes a father figure for Ms. Connor.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is that T-800 of course and to address the issue of his age (because CGI and make-up is too expensive), they’ve come up with an explanation – the T-800 has a layer of tissue that actually ages. How convenient.
Any case, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) isn’t the Sarah Connor we’ve come to know and neither is the T-800. We’re not sure if Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is who he is either because at this point, it’s safe to assume we’re watching an all-together new Terminator movie. It is a pity actually, because frankly James Cameron did such a bang-up job with the first two that it negated any form of continuity for the series. Greed, however dictated otherwise.
It will be curious to see if Terminator: Genisys has enough in its tank to forge ahead with the new franchise, but it has already got off on a bad foot in a way. For starters, the Terminator we’ve come to identify the franchise with is looking his age, and we’re not sure if the intended reboot storyline will backfire and confuse and alienate fans. It’s also got a title that Auto Correct insists is wrong.
You know what, leaving the franchise off at Judgement Day doesn’t seem such a bad idea after all…