WTF: The Plotline Of The New Terminator Movie Is Really, Really Bad

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Despite its daunting legacy, The Terminator franchise has lost a lot of steam over the past decade. Rise of the Machines proved enduring, but didn’t hold a candle to the first two films, while Salvation was weighed down by a lack of storytelling and an excess of explosions. It seems that all hopes now lie with Terminator: Genisys, the forthcoming fifth installment of the series, which is slated to hit theatres nationwide next summer.

Or at least, they did, until this past week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly offered up a full synopsis of the film, and left Skynet junkies everywhere scratching their heads. Check it out:

“Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.”

Wait, what? So, Sarah Connor was raised by a cyborg, and has known about them this whole time? How’s that work? And who programmed Arnold to protect her? As io9 points out, this scenario would straight-up negate the storyline of the original Terminator, opening up an ass-ton of plot holes throughout the other films, and on top of that, is outright ridiculous. Why not throw in some vampires for good measure?

Maybe we’re hitting the panic button a little early, but if this truly is the future of The Terminator franchise, director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) has his work cut out for him. If you agree, let us know in the replies.

Terminator: Genisys will be released on July 1, 2015.

Kyle Florence

Kyle Florence is a proud Wisconsinite, a dinosaur enthusiast, and a lover of all things weird and whacky.
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  • Chris Geddes

    I’ve heard this new terminator movie is the start of a trilogy. If so then it’s possible this storyline will work. If not then this movie will flop as there will be far too many holes poked in the originals. The theatrical trailer will either convince me to watch or not to watch.