Wary of the Terminator reboot as we are, I have to admit I’m feeling that little heart-jump thing that happens when I get really excited by the first sights or sounds from a film. And this right here — this is all it took:
So — allow me to speculate here — is that a new kind of Terminator material that can disintegrate, and possibly reform in a different way than the T-1000? Or is it perhaps a new type of Terminator breaking apart in time; can it disappear from one moment and reform in another? Because that would be pretty cool — instead of a T-whatever using TDE to pop out here and pop in there, what if Skynet advanced not only a new model, but a new time travel method? It’s almost enough to forgive Genisys its SyFy-ishly silly spelled name (yeah, we get it — SYStem).
And yeah, those first pics we saw were pretty cheesy, but I’d like to hold out hope that Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) can pull us back from the hot mess that was Terminator: Salvation (which I’m pretending never happened).
In that vein, here are 5 things we definitely want to see in this Terminator relaunch:
5. Ah-nold Saying, “I’ll be back.”
It all started with Schwarzenegger, and some iteration of the phrase has continued through each film in the franchise — there’s no stopping now.
4. Badass Sarah Connor.
Ask Lena Headey (shouldn’t be too hard for a co-star and friend); following in Linda Hamilton’s shoes is no easy task. Emilia Clarke really needs to bring her A-game if we’re going to take this thing seriously; I think she can do it.
3. Advanced Time Travel.
As real world time progresses, so must futuristic movie time. Back in the 80s, Terminator bubble travel looked pretty cool; some electrical charge visuals and naked people, and we were all oohing and aahing. In 2015, and at this point in the film franchise, it’d be great to see device-free time travel. Something new and mind-bogglingly cool, like (as I mentioned above) T-models capable of (nanotechnology?) breaking themselves up in one time, and reassembling in another. (I can dream it up, but I can’t explain it.)
2. New Terminator Technology.
From the looks of the motion-poster, this may already be in the bag. Rumor has it that Arnold’s original Terminator was based on a person in young Sarah Connor’s life (or possibly another Terminator?). Either way, because of his organic covering, (SPOILER?) Schwarzenegger’s model has aged. If we’re lucky, Genisys will feature a few different models with different capabilities.
1. A Plot That Makes Sense.
Dear lord, this is the most important one. As proven by McG’s unbelievably terrible Salvation, story matters. You can throw in all the big, hot stars you like, but if Bale, Bonham-Carter, Worthington and Howard can’t even make heads or tails of it, neither will we. (Hint: emotionally motivated Terminators = bad.)
*Fervent wish: I’m not sure I can handle Matt Smith as a Terminator. Can we not do that?
Finally, there’s a fan site that claims to have a description of the Genisys trailer — due to drop this Thursday. Consider whether you mind possibly being trailer-spoiled, and if you don’t, head over.
Terminator Genisys stars Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Courtney B. Vance, Lee Byung-hun, and Dayo Okeniyi, and appears in theaters beginning July 1, 2015.