Don’t try to understand Terminator Genysis

As someone who has thus far enjoyed (partly) James Cameron’s Terminator Film series, I was hugely excited when an interactive poster was released last week.

As you can see, it’s an attempt at meeting halfway between photo and video, although it’s essentially a 15-second video.

Then, they went and released an ACTUAL trailer, with music and acting and such like. How exciting!

We see the acting talent that will bring the film together in some explosive scenes, including the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T800. It also features Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a T800.

Hold on. Was that a typo? A glitch in the Matrix?

Nope, he’s in the film twice! See below for yourself:

 

In this new film, the machines send young Arnie back to kill Sarah Connor (not a very original plan), so John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time… but his mother has already recruited help, and now their plan is to change history for good.

The impossibly beautiful Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones) assumes the role of Sarah Connor, and a chap called Jason Clarke (of no relation to Emilia) takes up John Connor’s role.

Hold up.

ANOTHER John Connor actor? Seriously?!

Edward Furlong (T2), Nick Stahl, (T3) Thomas Dekker, (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) Christian Bale (Terminator: Salvation) and now Jason Clarke? I can already feel continuity fans wincing, but I guess that’s what happens when installments in a franchise are so spaced so far apart.

The gap between Terminator films two and three was 12 years, an enormous amount of time. Frankly, it was not worth the wait, and Judgement Day remains by far the most revered of the series. It seems to me that those behind the new film are well aware of this, and maybe that’s the reason behind the reboot, because the story from the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day is effectively being wiped out. Hurrah! Canonically, T3 and T4 don’t exist any more!

Something about Clarke’s (the female one) appearance in the trailer has shades of Linda Hamilton from Terminator two; whether its the fringe, the way she shouts “NOW, SOLDIER!” or wields a gun, it bodes very well for this movie, slated to be released on July 1, 2015.

So to summarise, after the events of the films that have happened so far, John Connor is the leader of the human resistance, and the machines have sent another machine back in time to kill her.

So, Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to save her, but it looks like Sarah and the T-800 have already dealt with any threats there might have been.

Then, future John somehow shows up, but he’s all scary and melty… and there’s the T-1000 (Liquid metal chap from T2) thrown into the mix as well.

My advice? Don’t try to understand it, just think of it as The Terminator franchise’s equivalent of X-Men: Days of Future Past, in that canon has been changed, and it wipes out the horrific job done by the third installment of both films.

Good luck with that.

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