Reviewing the Terminator franchise as a whole.
Just this past January, Paramount removed the next Terminator sequel from their studio release schedule, in the aftermath of a very poor box office return for 2015′s Terminator: Genesis and following weak home entertainment sales for the title. Here is just a quick rundown of the most recent movies and the review of the franchise as a whole.
The Terminator series is an American science fiction franchise created by James Cameron and co-writer Gale Anne Hurd. It encompasses a series of films, comics, novels, and additional media concerning battles between Skynet’s synthetic intelligent machine network, and John Connor’s Resistance forces and the rest of the human race. Skynet’s most well-known products in its genocidal goals are the various terminator models, such as the T-800, who was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger from the first film, and similar units he also portrayed in the later films.
In the franchise, Judgment Day (which was a reference to the biblical Day of Judgment) is referred to as the date on which Skynet becomes self-aware, decides to exterminate mankind, and launches a nuclear attack on Russia, who in retaliation launches a nuclear attack on the United States. Due to the element of time travel and the consequent ability to change the future, several dates are given for Judgment Day during the franchise.
The Terminator franchise, mostly James Cameron’s original films, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, has had a significant impact on popular culture. The other three installments didn’t fare well in the same glory. Overall the franchise is an interesting sci-fi series, one that I wish would be explained further into the world of John Conner and the resistance. I guess in order for the newer audience to fully grasp the series is to really just reboot the whole series from scratch by remaking the first film with a modern-day setting.
What do you think of The Terminator franchise?
Should they still continue or just let it meet its judgment day once and for all?