Terminator

I say this everytime but: THE MUSIC.

Ok, now down to business:

A Couple of summers ago, after I hurt my back and was confined to bedrest so I ended up watching four movies and 31 episodes. Twice. Accumulating to about 30 hours. It. Was. Worth. It.

When you get to the second movie you start asking ‘well if that caused this to happen then how come this happened when that happened?’ (I’m trying not to give anything away.) And then if you watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, at the end of season two you’ll be like, WHAT? and then you’ll wish they hadn’t cancelled it, just so you’ll lose the headache.

I had one issue with the franchise (aside from TSCCs cancellation ?) and that issue, my friends, is called Terminator: Salvation. I just don’t think it was necessary. I can’t even remember if it had a story to it aside from fight the war. I don’t know: maybe that’s all it needed.

Last week, a friend of mine asked me which one was my favourite and I honestly couldn’t answer. After some pushing on my friend’s part (i have very insisstant friends) I had to say one: it did start the whole thing anyway, right?

 The Terminator

Director: James Cameron
Year: 1984
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger; Linda Hamilton; Michael Biehn

Set in the 80s, a terminator is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, mother to the future resistance leader John Connor. But as the terminator was sent back so was a reistance soldier: Kyle Reese to protect her.

 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Director: James Cameron
Year: 1991
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger; Linda Hamilton; Edward Furlong; Robert Patrick

Arnie’s Back! Just like he said he would be.

Picking up 12 years after The Terminator, Arnold is back. This time as an ally, but following a more dangerous, improved, cybborg. Sarah Connor is in a mental institute and no one believes her soty, not even her son and 12 year old John Connor is placed in foster care, and, believeing that everything his mother told him to be lies, he acts out, gets into trouble. So now Sarah has to team up with a terminator to protect her son.

 Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines

Director: Jonathan Mastow
Year: 2003
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger; Nick Stahl; Kristanna Loken; Claire Danes

Now we’re in the year 2004 (or 03, I’m not 100% sure). But John’s back, and Arnold (again as an ally) and, yet again, a new terminator. John has a new ally in the form of Kate Brewster and they fight to destroy the terminator and avoid the war between man and machine.

 

Terminator Salvation

Director: McG
Year: 2009
Cast: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

Most of the human race has died in a nuclear explosion and the few survivors are fighting for their lives against the machines. It focuses on the war so there’s a lot of fighting. It was god, if you’re into movies with war and gun-fire and what not. But there wasnt really much back story. There IS a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger though.

 

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronnicles

Year: 2008-2009
Cast: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Richard T Jones, Garrett Dillahunt; Brian Austin Green, Shirley Mason, Leven Rambin, Stephanie Jacobsen

Set after the events of Terminator 2, John Connor and Sarah Connor team up with a terminator, Cameron and join up with numerous allies along the way. And no, there is no Arnold in this.

I love how the actors who play John Connor are always so similar to each other and to Michael Biehn from The Terminator, but I don’t think anyone can ever take the place of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. Summer Glau (as usual) is incredible, and her character of Cameron is very similar to River Tam in Firefly: the both have a childish, lack of understanding to things. Garrett Dillahunt plays a terminator well, his voice and demeanour adding a creepiness to his portrayal (yes as an English student, creepiness is the best I could come up with.) Leven Rambin plays the part of the love interest really well. She’s enigmatic and we want to know more about her, especially around episode 12 and 13. It’s clear she has genuine feelings for John, and it’s been admitted by die hard fans of Cameron and John to feeling sympathy for Riley at some time or other.

Ha, so this post took me about 7ish hours to write after, you know, research and… Yeah I watched 7 hours of Terminator. .

So… Enjoy!

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