I’m pretty sure New Coke didn’t see the kind of backlash that Paramount’s upcoming quasi-reboot Terminator: Genisys has received in the past week. (Oh, okay, since it added that terrible subtitle.) Screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have taken the core franchise story and taken it in a few completely different directions, causing some fans to claim, “I won’t be back,” in their best Arnold Schwarzenegger accent. But now we’ve got our very first look at the aging Schwarzenegger in his trademark leather jacket, holding a gun, and it’s a little easier to forget about all the madness. (Light SPOILERS ahead for those who wish to remain clueless.)
It’s not impossible to forget the madness, though, and it’s worsened by EW‘s behind-the-scenes set visit story, which delves deeper into this updated version of our future. (This is a documentary, right?) Schwarzenegger’s T-800 was at first the subject of speculation over why a robot would look aged—which was explained in a halfway decent way—but now the subject has turned to the parenting skills of the once evil cyborg.
It was recently revealed that Emilia Clarke’s iteration of Sarah Connor will be a rough-and-tumble badass who was raised by Schwarzenegger after a Terminator killed her parents when she was 9. So, the being who was originally sent back in time to kill her was somehow sent back even farther back in time to teach her how to play catch and defend herself from bullies. (Or how to do “the robot” for a school dance.) Here’s how she humorously put it.
Oh, she’s just a normal girl growing up in a world with a Terminator for a dad. What was her first date like? Did he kill many of the dates she brought home?
Check out a new shot of the battle-ready Sarah Connor below, shooting a big gun while not giving the concept of aiming a second thought.
I assume director Alan Taylor and company have at least remained fairly faithful to the budding romance between Sarah Connor and resistance fighter Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), who enters his first big screen love story, albeit one with a “backdrop of the future and the past and all this other shit: endoskeleton, robots.” Hard to get your bone on when the threat of Skynet is upon you.
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at one of the newly designed voyeurs, er, Terminators. It’s impossible not to be afraid of something made out of metal when it has teeth.
Whether Terminator: Genisys will be a box office bonanza or a failure won’t be known until it hits theaters on July 1, 2015. Here’s hoping Matt Smith uses his former time-manipulating talents to turn this into a success.