Posts Tagged ‘Terminator’

Terminator Genisys: Wizards of Oz & Exiles in Time

Terminator Genisys, like its namesake (Book of Genesis), takes us back to the very beginning of The Terminator franchise. Though not as original or awe-inspiring as the first two movies, Genisys rekindles some of the adventure and fun time-travel benders of the franchise. Re-created scenes from the first 1984 movie are spliced seamlessly with new vignettes, featuring an older – and funnier – Ahhnold Schwarzenegger, duking it out with his younger self. In fact, Genisys references scenes from the first two movies so closely that it’s worth your while to watch the three back to back to get the full value of the film (but feel free to skip Terminators 3 & 4!)

John Connor and Kyle Reese fight Skynet in 2029. Image Source: IMDb.com. Copyright: Paramount Pictures.

John Connor and Kyle Reese fight Skynet in 2029. Image Source: IMDb.com. Copyright: Paramount Pictures.

Unlike the prior four movies, Genesys gives us a glimpse of the “real” John Connor. Not the boy of Judgment Day, the adolescent of Rise of the Machines, or the forgettable “I don’t want to be a hero” of Salvation – but the one who started it all. The hero behind humanity’s fight and the idol of Kyle Reese. When we finally see John Connor, however, he is not the man we think he is. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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The Game of Thrones Science Fiction Superheroines

Season 5 of Game of Thrones has ended. George R.R. Martin is still working furiously on his next book (we hope). In this GOT twilight zone, let’s stave off our inevitable withdrawal symptoms with a look at some of our favorite Game of Thrones actresses, shall we? These leading ladies are well-versed in fantastical power plays and feature prominently in some upcoming and classic science fiction flicks.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen/ Sarah Connor (Terminator Genisys)

Emilia Clarke as Daenarys 'Mother of Dragons' and as Sarah Connor, mother of John Connor. Copyright HBO and Paramount.

Emilia Clarke as Daenarys ‘Mother of Dragons’ and as Sarah Connor, mother of John Connor. Top image: HBO, via IMDb. Bottom image: Paramount, via IMDb.

The future of humanity is at stake. Superstrong non-human beings (that just can’t seem to die and come back in terrifying numbers) threaten all people in their path. In this milieu, Emilia Clarke must balance her role as mother and caregiver to her child(ren) and as keeper and guardian to her offspring’s awesome and frightening powers. During the entire series, we are uncertain as to whether the Mother of Dragons/ Mother of John Connor will produce a child that will cause the death or salvation of humanity. (more…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – June 9, 2015

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Today in Sci-Fi History – Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles Last Episode

Movie poster for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Image Source: entertainmentwallpaper.com

Movie poster for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Image Source: entertainmentwallpaper.com

‘Born to run’, aired April 10 (2009), was the last episode of the two-season robot and time-travel series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This TV series focused on the relationship between Sarah and John Connor, following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Amidst rising tensions caused by nascent AIs, time-traveling freedom fighters, and the growing capabilities of John Connor – Sarah Connor must learn to accept her son as the potential savior (and destroyer) of humanity, while still fiercely protecting him as her only child.

What I love about this series is the chaotic time-travel madness, which plays out as a backdrop to the main narrative between Sarah and John Connor.  As each successive freedom fighter or AI travels backwards in time, the future is inexplicably altered – such that each time traveler carries the social baggage of a different world. Yet, even in all these branching visions of the future, John Connor’s actions have a pivotal effect on the lives of so many others – making him a pawn in everyone’s schemes. Like Kiera in Continuum or Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys, the main characters must grapple with the notion that they can never return home to ‘their time’ (physically or psychologically) and yet grapple with the opposing fear that elements of the future are predestined.

 

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