Love it or hate it, the Terminator franchise, not unlike like the Terminators themselves, refuses to die. Despite two less-than-satisfying sequels fans never asked for (and a failed television series that, again, nobody asked for), we will soon be getting a soft reboot to the franchise with the upcoming Terminator: Genisys. Emilia Clarke (of Game Of Thrones fame) will be taking on the role of Sarah Conner, and Jason Clarke (no relation) will be playing John Conner.
Entertainment Weekly reported on brand new details regarding the Terminator: Genysis‘ plot, which begins an awful lot like the first Terminator: with Reese being sent to the past to save Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Conner from getting killed by a Terminator. However, when he gets there, he doesn’t find the Sarah Conner we are all familiar with.
“Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator — an older T-800 she calls ‘Pops’ — who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.”
The differences from the original Terminator don’t stop there. The Terminator: Genisys version of Sarah Conner has been told, from a young age, everything that is destined to happen to her in her lifetime. Naturally, in a fit of human rebellion, she refuses to accept her future and sets out to change it and control her own destiny. This is definitely more than a little different from the series canon we know and love from the fantastic first two Terminator films, and hopefully enough to reinvigorate this floundering franchise.
However, is the Terminator franchise even able to compete in today’s modern standards? Time travel films are a well-worn genre and there are certain things one can expect with a setup such as this. Worst of all, has this franchise turned in on itself one too many times already? The guys over at Hitfix seem to think so. With Terminator and Terminator 2, James Cameron had completed the story he had set out to tell. Is it really in the best interest in the franchise to keep on with these same characters over and over again?
Despite the three planned films that are planned for this set of Terminator films, Genisys will definitely be a testing ground for the series’ longevity and we’ll see once and for all if the Terminator franchise is here to stay.