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Terminator: Dark Fate and Continuity…

Over at io9.com, Germain Lussier interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding his just released film Terminator: Dark Fate.

Terminator: Dark Fate, Interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth film in the Terminator franchise. It follows the original Terminator, Terminator 2, Terminator 3, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: Genysis.

What’s interesting about this film is that it effectively obliterates the “continuity” established in all Terminator films following the second. In other words, the story presented here ignores -and effectively contradicts/negates- all the stories presented in the other Terminator films that followed T2. In this case, it means even Terminator 3 and Terminator: Genysis, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, are no longer considered part of the Terminator story line present in Dark Fate.

And Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t care that this film ignores those others.

I find that attitude… refreshing.

Even though he was involved in the films and was effectively their star, he’s not so attached to those previous movies to feel that they should somehow be considered cannon. He’s more than willing to work in this latest film without feeling like he should be defending the others.

I suppose it isn’t a terribly big leap to make. Mr. Schwarzenegger is no doubt making a great salary and working on something he likes. He seems long past caring about all these details and more focused on the here and now compared to the past.

But for those who do like the Terminator films which came post T2, I don’t see much of a problem there either. If you like those films, guess what? They’re still there. They haven’t been burned up or erased from your digital libraries (provided you have them there). They can still be enjoyed, should you want to enjoy them.

And with a franchise that involves time travel and alternate realities, what better series than the Terminator to so easily put those films into these alternate realities?


If you don’t know what the header means, its and abbreviation for “too much information”. In other words, if you were to say something in conversation, something very personal and perhaps more than a little embarrassing, someone might respond “TMI, man, TMI!”

One of the more interesting films that are about to be released is the latest Terminator film, Terminator: Dark Fate. The reason there is interest in the film is that for the first time since Terminator 2, actor Linda Hamilton returns to the role she is best remembered for, Sarah Connors. Sarah Connors was the target of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator in the first -and in my humble opinion best of the franchise films. She proved a tough as nails protective mother in the second film, ensuring her son would survive to protect mankind in the future.

There were several Terminator films that followed this one. Terminator 3 featured Arnold Schwarzenegger but not Linda Hamilton. In fact, if memory serves her character had supposedly passed away. Terminator: Salvation featured none of the original movie actors but Linda Hamilton did provide some uncredited voice-work in the film. Terminator: Genysis featured the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator and I felt the explanation for why he looked so much older was pretty clever. Alas, despite a decent first act -and some of the second act- the film truly went off the rails in its finale.

Thing is, every Terminator film past Terminator 2 did not feature director/writer James Cameron’s input and another part of the reason one may feel cautiously optimistic about this latest Terminator is that he’s back as a producer and was involved in the movie’s story.

Anyway, so I’m curious to see if this film will somehow be what most of the other post Terminator 2 sequels couldn’t, ie good, but that’s not why I’m writing about it.

Remember way, way back when I wrote about TMI?

Welp, Cole Delbyck at Huffington Post writes about how…

Linda Hamilton has been celibate for more than 15 years: “I love my alone time.”

Sadly, I can sorta/kinda see how this bit of information made it to the public: On a press/promotion junket, Linda Hamilton is interviewed by many about the movie and what she’s been doing the past few years. While she’s worked in the movie/TV industry pretty consistently, this is the first time in many years she’s returned to a very prominent starring role, and in what is her biggest role of her career.

I can see one of the interviewers asking her what she’s been up to and, gossipy question follows, who are you currently seeing?

And I suppose that’s where the TMI comes in. Ms. Hamilton probably doesn’t care at this stage of her life what is written about her. She’s noted that she purposely moved away from the spotlight because she didn’t feel comfortable there. Perhaps the response -and the too detailed information about her personal life- were calculated to get people talking about her and, therefore, about the film.

Who knows.

Still, and perhaps its the prude lurking in me (and that’s on me), but it seems when the question was asked she could have simply said she’s not seeing anyone currently and left it at that.

Then again, we wouldn’t be talking about her, and Terminator: Dark Fate, would we?