The first official trailer for Terminator: Genysis, the fifth in the franchise, was released today. The two-minute trailer showed plenty of explosions, T-800’s, a T-1000, Sarah Conner, and more explosions. That being said, we had some thoughts.
Jon: So, the Terminator: Genisys trailer just dropped and I am totally, totally digging the shit out of it. I dug the recreated scene of Reese appearing in the past and running through the store. I liked the spin on who’s actually protecting whom from what. I loved the over-the-top action sequences. And of course, there’s Ahnold. I’m an Arnold fan.
However, with any movie, especially one with the Terminator’s history, there is going to be talk about what history the movie negates and what is no longer relevant. Personally, I don’t care about any of that. I’ve liked all of the Terminator movies. Yes, I even liked Rise of the Machines. Next summer (why does the release date have to be so far away?) I will watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is; awesome action sci-fi. I’m not going to worry about what is or is not continuity or what is possible.
The only thing I did not appreciate was future John Connor telling Reese that he will end the war and later in the trailer Sarah telling him they will prevent Judgment Day from ever happening. I think, but I could be wrong, they did that before in one of the other Terminator movies. Whether they did or didn’t is beside the point. Ultimately, if the movie is a hit, we will see more Terminators. So, please, don’t pander to me and say Judgment Day will be stopped this time.
Mike: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of time travel. I liked it when the X-Men used it in Days of Future Past and negated the Last Stand. Hell, I sat down and analyzed the various ways to do it.
But Terminator: Genysis has me scratching my head. Based on the trailer, John Conner that we know sends Reese back in time. That happened in the first Terminator. But everything after that is completely different? How in the hell is that even possible?
It’s major plot hole. A plot hole so damn big, it’s a distraction from the rest of the story. By going back and rewriting Sarah and John Conner’s backstory, Genisys is saying “Everything you saw and liked from the previous four movies didn’t happen. Sorry. You wasted your time.”
Sarah Conner running for her life in the factor at the end of the first movie? Didn’t happen. John Connor running from the T-1000? Yeah, that didn’t happen either. None of it. Ziltch. Zero. Nada. None of it
I know, I know. I’m assuming a lot based on a two-minute movie trailer, but that’s all I think about when I see it. The explosions are cool, but big booms and loud crashes won’t distract me from a plot hole so big I’m calling it the Terminator Paradox.
What are your thoughts? Excited about the next Terminator 3? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.