One of the my favorite movies, that has influenced me the most, is THE TERMINATOR, made in 1982 by James Cameron. With Arnold Schwarzenegger as the bad guy, Linda Hamilton as a feisty waitress upon whom humanity’s fate relies, and Michael Biehn as the apocalyptic warrior sent to protect her from an unstoppable killing machine. I give the film a 3800 word exploration here.
T2 has its moments, but it is superfluous. I loved it when it first came out, now I enjoy it. T3 was a silly money grab that undoes everything T2 built, and the fourth was just awful. So when I heard that they are making a new one, I didn’t care. The name is dopey, Terminator: Genisys, a play on Genesis and sys, which sounds “computery.” Then I heard Arnold would be in it, and I was a little interested. Then I read the plot and I wasn’t anymore:
From Wikipedia, so it could be BS:
According to reports, Genisys proposes that Sarah was orphaned at age 9 by a Terminator, and was since brought up by another Terminator, played by Schwarzenegger, programmed to protect her. Sarah would then have been trained by this Terminator to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject.
That sounds eminently terrible. I prefer the closed paradoxes of the first two films, which aren’t perfect, but make more sense than this. And it’s completely unnecessary. Here are five Terminator 5 plots that don’t ruin the first two movies, and most likely would not suck:
1. SkyNet sent T800s into the future to rebuild it 100 years after we win.
You can have an all-new cast because everyone is dead. And if you want old Arnold as a Terminator, it’s quite simple. He appears in a nuclear wasteland. Naked, big, muscly CG Arnold. He starts walking. We cut to the new world, shiny and peaceful and without war. We meet our characters. We cut back to Arnold killing his way through the wasteland where mutants and outsiders live. He gets into a city with a computer network and “uploads” the virus SkyNet made to allow it to take over and rebuild itself.
2. SkyNet sends a T-800 to kill Sarah Connor’s grandfather on in… World War Terminator.
Another all-new cast. This is a pulp idea, it’s silly, but a lot of fun. A spy Terminator infiltrates German ranks? Or he’s a leatherneck on Iwo Jima and his secret is revealed when his squad is captured and a Japanese officer tries to behead him. Connor is on the battlefield, somewhere. And he never tells his granddaughter about the killing machine, because who would believe it?
3. SkyNet wasn’t destroyed and strikes at a fragile humanity as we rebuild.
This is easiest, laziest one. But Mad Max Terminator sounds better than “Sarah had a Terminator buddy and somehow forgot. And the first movie didn’t happen.”
4. Fallout Terminator.
They end T3 with humanity in bunkers. Start from there and forget McG’s horrible T4 ever happened. Start with Kyle Reese as a soldier for the resistance and end with him going back in time. This is what we wanted from T3 anyway.
5. Reboot The Terminator.
I know, I know. Hear me out. Make Arnold be Reese. He’s old, experienced. He volunteers because he is old and wounded and make Sarah be the daughter he never knew. We never met her parents, remember? Play with her age, make her a bit younger, and it works. Let the Terminator be played by a young monster, Dave Bautista, or Jason Momoa.