Terminator: Dark Fate – Dare We Hope for a Return to Glory?

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James Cameron Says “It Follows Tonally in the Footsteps of T1 and T2.”

First — I know the Terminator franchise isn’t really a “space” franchise. I also know that I normally only write about space movies. It’s still goddamn sci-fi gold, and I’m justifying writing about it because of the time-travel factor. I mean, in order to bend time, you also have to bend space, right Einstein? So there. Terminator: Dark Fate is a space movie. Sort of. Second — who cares? It looks friggin’ badass!

Recapturing Glory

Robert Frost said, “Nothing gold can stay.” I’ve seen that bear out now that I’ve lived a few decades. I’ll use a music analogy for a moment here, then we’ll get back to the Terminator.

Let’s take Metallica, for example.  I was aware of them growing up, but I didn’t get into them until I was about 13, which is when most people first start picking their own music. That just happened to be around the time that the Black Album came out. Now, most Metallica enthusiasts will tell you that, while the Black Album was good, it was the beginning of a big departure from the sound that had brought them to that point.  

The next three albums were Load, Reload, and St. Anger.  Critics and I shat on all three. Of course, there were tons of other well-documented problems in the band at the time. Artistically, however, they had fallen into the trap of so many other “franchises” (after all, that’s what a long-running superstar band is). They were making music they thought the masses would like, rather than the music that made them great in the first place.

After three failed albums, the band finally returned to form in 2008 with Death Magnetic. It, along with its follow-up, Hardwired…To Self Destruct are brilliant. They are fast, furious, unapologetic, and themselves again.

Let’s Hope The Same Happens for Terminator: Dark Fate.

Both The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day were brilliant. I’m not going to bash the other films too much for a couple of reasons.  First, I didn’t see them all — only Terminator 3 and Salvation.  But neither of those were terrible. They just weren’t proper Terminator movies. I could say the same for the Metallica albums. It’s not necessarily that they were terrible albums, it’s that they weren’t Metallica albums.

I hope that Terminator: Dark Fate delivers on Cameron’s promises. The fact that the studio tapped Deadpool director Tim Miller is very encouraging.  As is Linda Hamilton’s and John Furlong’s involvement with the project. 


 

Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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  2. “They weren’t proper Terminator movies”

    Hit the nail right on the f@$!ing head.

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