15 Things Terminator: Genisys Got Horribly Wrong
Fans of the Terminator franchise were sadly let down by the latest installment in the series, Terminator: Genisys. What at first looked to be a promising reboot was quickly seen for what it really was when the film premiered at the beginning of July: an ultimately terrible attempt to keep what used to be a decent film series alive and profitable. The movie was plagued with plot holes, contradictions, all manners of illogical paradoxes, and a whole lot of just plain bad ideas. Though plenty of other decent sci-fi movies have had their share of similar problems, Terminator: Genisys was too weighed down by the shear amount of such issues that not even the former Mr. Universe himself could lift the weight. So what exactly went wrong with Terminator: Genisys? Check it out here.
It Replaced A Beloved Series With A Terrible Film
The Terminator was awesome. T2: Judgment Day was fantastic. And while Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines may not have lived up to the standard set by its predecessors, it's still loved by many fans of the series. In a lot of ways, these first three films are seen as the definitive Terminator trilogy. So what about Terminator: Genisys? Well, remember all of your favorite moments from these first three movies? Terminator: Genisys put all of those in a blender and hit "frappe." Thanks, Genisys. Thanks.
Kyle Reese Shouldn't Have Received Just Some "New Memories"
In the film, Reese travels back in time just as he does in the first film, but during the process gains "new memories" from a new, alternate timeline. However, he only gets the really important memories pertaining to how to take down Skynet in this new reality. But that's it...almost nothing else is given to him.
The film tries to play this off and explain it away by saying such things can "theoretically" take place during time travel when it's a point in time that could change the course of history. This explanation just doesn't work, and is just a little too convenient, even for a time travel plot. If Reese is going to gain new memories from a different universe, then shouldn't he gain all memories of the life he's "lived" in this timeline? It just doesn't make sense.
Reese Shouldn't Have Received "New Memories" Period
Time travel as portrayed in movies and TV shows can't get any wonkier than what's presented in Terminator: Genisys. Kyle Reese gains new memories from going back in time, but yet the younger version of himself also gains these memories. Why would traveling in time somehow mean you gain memories from the alternate version of yourself in this alternate timeline? There's really not any logic behind this, it's just a convenient way to move the plot along. I'm sure that many would agree that the film may have been more interesting if Reese and Sarah had to find out about the new threat for themselves instead of gaining that information through memories that have no logical reason to be present in Reese's mind.
Why Don't Terminators Get Ripped Apart By The Time Displacement Equipment?
So the movie revealed why every time someone (or in the case of the Terminators, something) goes into the past, they arrive at their destination stark naked. Apparently, all inorganic matter put into the time machine is ripped apart during the time displacement process. This means that absolutely everything, including weapons and clothing, have to be left behind. Yet an android made entirely of metal save a thin outer layer of living flesh somehow makes it through this process just fine? I don't believe the movie ever gives a reason for this, but it seems a bit unbelievable to think that taking a gun through the time machine means certain death yet taking a two-ton metal android works out okay.
To make it even worse, some terminators are made of mimetic poly alloy (that liquid metal stuff) and don't have any organic material whatsoever in their shiny metal bodies. Yet somehow they make it through alright as well.
Too Many Timelines
When dealing with time travel, things have a tendency to get pretty muddled if you're not careful. Yet Terminator: Genisys seems to have almost gone out of its way to intentionally muddied the waters. There was an original timeline where John Connor grows up without Terminators. There's a timeline where he encounters Terminators on two different occasions before Judgment Day. Finally, there's a timeline in Genisys where things just go absolutely nuts and a Terminator is sent back to Sara Connor's childhood in order to kill her. The studio may have wanted to hit the reset button on the Terminator universe to allow for future storytelling, but in doing so they have just thrown away the areas of the franchise that make it so great.
It Blew It's Big Plot Twist in the Trailer
For all it's faults, Alan Taylor's movie did at least attempt to do shock its viewers. And that may have happened if it wasn't for the marketing people behind Terminator: Genisys opting to reveal the movie's big plot twist in the trailer. In giving away the pivotal twist in a trailer, the studio probably hoped to lure audiences to the theater, but instead all they achieved was to prove what little faith they had in Alan Taylor's movie and ruin a potentially fun theater moment for Terminator fans. Unfortunately, that's not where all the problems ended with Genisys's big twist...
It Turned Our Hero Into the Villain
Everyone knows who John Connor is – the leader of the human resistance that will one day lead mankind to take back the planet from the rule of the machines. Three movies were made about keeping him alive. Now, one movie has been made about killing him off. John is turned into an evil machine by Skynet, and is actually the big bad of Terminator: Genisys. It may be a pretty big plot twist, but it doesn't mean it's a good plot twist. No one wants to see their hero, who they've been rooting for for over three decades, turned into a Terminator. Bad move, Genisys.
This Terminator's Big Bad Was Just a Bad Idea
This time around, the machine Sara and Kyle had to face was a version of John Connor that had every cell in his body copied and recreated by Skynet. So in essence, this Terminator was simply a human with no free will who could also do what the other Terminators are able to do (and a little more). The thing is, there's not really anything all that fun about watching a robot that's able to act absolutely identical to a human being. Skynet must've ran out of good ideas for their Terminators a few films ago. It didn't help that he ended up looking like a cheap version of Marvel's Ultron, either.
Pops Isn't Just Old – He's Obsolete
One of the phrases that's stated time and time again throughout the film is that Arnold Shwarzenegger's Terminator is "old, not obsolete." That's not only because his living tissue has aged and because his robotic hand has developed a twitch in the machine's golden years, but also because he's kind of like a Nokia flip phone in a world of iPhone 6's. The newer T-800 he goes up against is the most advanced that has ever been created. So, realistically, it's kind of like a pre-historic javelin going up against a light saber...but in the movie (spoiler) the javelin wins. Still, we did love the scenes in which 'Old Arnie' and 'New Arnie' went blow for blow.
Shwarzenegger's Terminator Is A Bit Too Emotional
One of the cool things about the Terminator in the 2nd and 3rd films is how certain characters grow emotionally attached to a machine without emotions. It can somewhat be taught how to interact socially, but at the end of the day it's a robot and acts like a robot. Sadly, Swarzenegger's Terminator in Genisys, named Pops, acts a bit too much like an emotional being to fit the mold of his other incarnations. Again, no one likes a robot that acts identical to a human, and Sharzenegger's Terminator gets dangerously close to crossing that line in certain scenes.
John Connor Could Have Just Killed Sara and Reese Early On
There's a point in the film when Sara and Reese both believe that John Connor is exactly who Reese left behind in the future (and not the evil robotic creation of Skynet that he really is). It would have been the perfect time for Connor's Terminator to take them out, but I'm guessing the screenwriters weren't ready for the film to end just yet. They try to play it off like he may have been gathering information, but let's get real. If you're a highly-intelligent Terminator and you want to stop Sara and Reese, what's the logical thing to do when that picture perfect opportunity presents itself?
Pops' Upgrade Wasn't Logical
So there's this scene near the end of the film where Pops is thrown into a vat of that mimetic poly alloy stuff. It's pretty clear that he's supposed to be a goner, but instead the liquid metal alloy reactivates Pops and gives him the ability to shape shift like the other Terminators in the film. Why is the mimetic poly alloy magically able to reactivate Terminators and then give older models (who aren't made of the stuff) the ability to shape shift without any obvious instruction or programming? Your guess is as good as mine.
John Connor Can't Logically Exist Now
Ever wonder why you have brothers and sisters and not just carbon copies of yourself? Probably not, because you understand at least some basic biology. As Kyle and Sarah now exist in an alternate timeline, the chances of them getting John Connor as a result of their sexual activity is virtually zero. Perhaps there won't be any John Connor in this new timeline – but if that's true, this is a timeline we don't want any part of.
Self Contradicting Messages About Fate
The concept of fate is talked about a lot in the Terminator franchise. For instance, Judgment Day always happens. You can try to prevent it all you want, you can even accomplish to temporarily prevent the event from taking place, but somehow and someway Judgment Day always happens. This is even shown in Genisys, with the Genisys project being the new Skynet, initiating Judgment Day in 2017. Yet time and time again in the movie you hear characters say "the future is not set." In fact, that's the words the movie ended on. So which is it, Genisys?
Why Didn't Skynet Get John Earlier?
Before the film premiered, there was a lot of buzz about who Matt Smith could possibly be playing in Genisys. It turns out he plays the embodiment of a supposedly all-knowing system of machines who wasn't smart enough to take out John Connor as early as possible. Instead, Skynet takes John Connor and turns him into the new Terminator right at the moment he sends Kyle Reese into the past. Is there really any good reason this couldn't have been done, I don't know, like 15 seconds beforehand? It would have saved us all from seeing a really terrible movie. And thus we see how evil Skynet truly is.