It may come as a bit of a shock that the Terminator franchise has declined in recent years, but no one can say they didn’t see it coming. After all, the most recent movie in the series was not only poorly received by critics worldwide but also performed poorly at the box office. To his credit, the makers have been thinking of ways to introduce new life into the franchise and also put an end to its commercial failure for some time now and we’re sure he’ll be jotting down some notes about it.
James Cameron’s two original Terminator movies, released in 1984 and 1991, are generally regarded as true classics. They blend the genres of sci-fi and horror rather well, and they hold up brilliantly even decades after they were unleashed, especially when you consider how underwhelming the stop-motion effects of the first movie turned out by modern standards. There have been four other Terminator films since then, but none come close to Cameron’s classics. That being said, as far as the current scenarios are concerned, The Terminator franchise must consider rebooting the classic story as a TV series someday down the line.
Where Did The Terminator Go Wrong
It’s not easy to pinpoint where the Terminator series went wrong, but if films like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation are concerned, it’s safe to say that they didn’t have a plan when it came to the future of the story. By cutting John Connor’s mum Sarah Connor out of T3 and creating a weird time-warp in Salvation, it left viewers with characters they can’t believe in. Additionally, putting John Connor into nerdy glasses took away that one thing they had going for them. So there really was no point in watching those two particular films.
In Terminator: Salvation, John Connor shows more of his hero side than his villainous side. However, he is still the character portrayed as a messiah by many. While it’s hard to say without truly understanding if their vision of him was changed at all, in the end, fans notice that there are changing points where Connors could make this movie far better than it ended up being. In fact, while some admit they enjoyed his use on-screen, others would have preferred to see more plot similarity between Christian Bale and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in contrast to just having another sequel featuring Connors taking care of some other mission.
Why The Terminator Reboot Failed
Both of the Terminator reboots alienated fans and critics, but two very distinct issues plagued each movie. The reasons why Terminator: Genesis failed to generate interest included an overwhelming amount of plot details combined with a cast that was not allowed to shine. The most convoluted script combined with upstaging by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aging ‘T-800’ model hurt the movie in addition to poor decision-making on behalf of the people who chose the story elements. The tone set in these rebooted films was exactly the same as they had been in previous installments. It is vital that when rebooted franchises are done so new ideas can be explored while reflecting upon past ones at the same time.
Terminator Franchise Should Be Rebooted As A TV Series
With disappointing box office results, Dark Fate disastrously failed in the theaters. It might as well be made into a television show for one of the biggest streaming services out there. This is a good way to keep fans of the franchise in mind without continuing to bring up past Terminator films and bringing something new to the table because everyone knows that nostalgia isn’t what people want anymore since it’s not working for Terminator anymore.
A new cast should be introduced which will add different sides to the franchise with an entirely new look on an artistic side of things. It has been unsuccessful so far with all of its reboots but getting away from James Cameron’s involvement is for sure necessary since he already has his own plans about this new story concerning Sarah Connor’s life after T2. There are yet so many ideas that can be done and fans are indeed very much excited to see what they have in store.