The new Terminator Genisys trailer was something of a surprise to me this week.
Not because it looked good or because it was just another reboot in the endless stream of remake/reboots to come out (in a week of big remake releases; Star Wars, Jurrasic World – etc). But because the Terminator Franchise has uncleverly decided to go back to the beginning and terminate it’s own grand legacy.
The Terminator : Genisys trailer, seems to suggest that a new older Arnie bot went back to the point before the original T100 – in Terminator 1 – and terminated it, setting up a new chain of events.
Events then proceed to follow up with a mismash of the first 4 films and Sarah Connor Chronicles. We have an oriental ‘T1000’ – in police uniform, a bizarrely miscast – Kyle Reese; with ‘action flavour of the month’ – Jai Courtney. Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Doctor Who’s – Matt Smith (perfect for convoluted timelines then?).
If you’re wondering at this point, what the hell the writers may have been sniffing; then you are not alone. The complete bastardisation of the Terminator Franchise seems to be underway with a new trilogy.
The writers obviously believed that this was the only way to continue the story (despite Sarah Connor Chronicles begging for a big screen send off!). Having wrote themselves into a corner, following the lead-up to judgement day – in parts 1,2 & 3. Similarly the intended followup trilogy, which started and ended with the lone Terminator Salvation ; was also seemingly considered a dead-in-the-water plotline.
This is not an alternate universe reboot, like J.J. Abrahms Star Trek either. Nor is it really a fresh take on the original. Unwisely, the writers have gone and acknowledged and then erased the events of the (best) first two films and in doing so; immediately killed any interest in this film from fans old enough to remember the magic of the Cameron films.
It seems the only quest here, is to put 13 year-old bums on cinema seats. 13-year-olds who won’t be rankled by the inconvienient idea of shared Terminator history, or legacy expunged. Expect a PG-13 rating, with plenty of sterile and souless action.