Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Terminator 6

After the disappointing box office returns of Terminator: Genisys, the rights to the Terminator franchise have reverted back to its creator, James Cameron, who wrote and directed the first two films. Now, Cameron says that he's pushing forward with Terminator 6. And, in order to fix the franchise, he's going back to basics and Terminator 6 will ignore all the movies after Terminator 2, which is smart, because everything since that movie is a complete mess. In Terminator 3, Sarah Connor dies, John Connor becomes some kind of drifter and Judgement Day happens in 2004. Terminator Salvation spins out of Terminator 3 where it shows us the post-apocalyptic world that the adult John Connor lives in and the movie was so bad that my brain had mercy on my and managed to forget most of it. But, then there's that TV show, the Sarah Connor Chronicles which follows a terminally ill Sarah Connor as she protects John from wave after wave of terminators who just can't seem to get the job done. And, of course, Genisys just sucks. Terminator fans are used to retcons, right?

So, Terminator 6 will pick up from Terminator 2, but what can we expect? I wouldn't be surprised if it's a tale about a killer robot driving instructor who goes back in time for some reason and has to make a choose whether his best friend lives or dies (his best friend is a talking pie!). Maybe the film will go back to its roots and just feature an unstoppable killing machine from the future hunting down and attempting to kill Sarah and John. Or maybe the Terminator's target will be Kyle Reese this time and Sarah and John are tasked with protecting baby Kyle. I feel, though, that, at its heart, the original Terminator movie was a horror film. It just needs to be about a deadly game of cat and mouse between the terminator and its target(s). There target doesn't even have to know about the future war against the machines. No need to explain time travel paradoxes or Judgement Day or anything else. No relying on special effects to push the story and no excessive super heroics from our protagonists.

Barring that, I'd like to see Terminator 6 definitively end the franchise altogether. Let's see the final defeat of Skynet and its last ditch attempts to take out the human resistance via time travel. Once the terminator in 6 fails in its mission, that's it. Skynet is gone and the franchise ends on a hopeful note. But, no. We know that won't happen. Why? Well, to paraphrase what Kyle Reese said in the first film: "Listen and understand: Those are movie producers out there. They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until they've milked every last penny out of this franchise".

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