I can still recall the EXACT feelings of jubilation I had while seeing Terminator 2 in the movie theater as a teen. That movie blew my mind, and I had to go see it multiple times on the big screen just to process how amazing it was. But since that entry, seems the Terminator franchise has taken a serious swan dive, face first, and looks to continue that with the newest entry in this series, Terminator Genisys. Hell, even that misspelled name makes me want to punch someone in the T-800. But honestly, this looks like the entry that will finally cause the Terminator to ‘jump the shark.’ If you do not know what that term means, just click on the link and learn (but side note, as a true geek, you SHOULD know). Here are 5 reasons the new Terminator movie looks like it will kill the franchise, once and for all.
Every Terminator Ever Is In It
Okay, so let’s see. Last time I watched the trailer and counted, there seemed to be a representation of every type of Terminator that has been on-screen so far in this series, all crammed into this movie. This means liquid metal terminators fighting Arnie terminators fighting female terminators fighting tank terminators fighting dog terminators fighting tin can terminators, or something to that extent.
My point is, they threw everything and the kitchen sink at this movie, and this reeks of “trying way too hard.” That rarely ever works out.
Major Spoilers in Trailer
Oh, come on? What is worse than when a bleeping trailer ruins some major plot twists of the film they are advertising? Who in their common sense working on doing press for this movie decided it would be a good idea to put the plot twist in the final trailer? For anyone who somehow missed it, quick spoiler that is openly in the trailers. John Connor finally turns bad and wants to go back in time and murder his mom. That is actually a damn cool plot twist, but only if I were to find it out, mid-movie. To find it out before even going in really detracts from my interest in seeing it.
Again, very cool plot twist, don’t get me wrong. There is a lot of potential there. Problem is, we already know it. Why they would allow or encourage that is beyond me, and works as major points against this film.
Game of Terminators
Listen, I adore Emilia Clark on Game of Thrones. I find her exceptional as “the mother of dragons” and cannot imagine anyone else in that role. BUT does that mean she will automatically work as Sarah Connor in the Terminator Genisys world? To be honest, the trailers indicate to me that she feels a bit pasted-on. Granted, a strong woman is something she can definitely pull off with ease, but there was also a vulnerability to Sarah Connor before, and from the trailers, that aspects seems to be missing. She also almost seems a little too cocky in certain aspects. Remember, Sarah Connor was plagued with doubt, which is what made the character feel so human among all the machines.
If she is just kicking ass and spouting one liners the whole time, she will just end up feeling like a machine, too. Maybe THAT will be the real plot twist. Sarah has been a sentient machine the whole time. At this point, even that wouldn’t surprise me.
Do We Forgive Last Two?
Not for nothing, but the last two Terminator movies sucked ass. They really did. They felt copied and pasted from the other movies, and just did not work nearly as well as the first two. So are we supposed to go at this one just pretending the last two crappy Terminator movies didn’t happen? That might be kind of difficult to do, as they are still fresh on the brain. Plus, the last one already gave us a crappy, shiny looking CG Arnie, and this trailer has the same exact thing. It just looks and feels recycled, and the franchise might be damaged beyond repair to bounce back at this point.
We will try to reserve judgement for final product, but it is not looking good.
Maybe They Kill Sarah and End It!
I know, it is a long shot, but maybe this will be the miraculous nail in the coffin and they are doing that on purpose. Maybe John will kill his mother, cease to exist, and this series can go crawl off to die like the metal exoskeleton it is. Hey, someone has to say this sh*t. By the way, bad sci fi talk leads to…..