The first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate is a real bombshell for fans of the classic sci-fi franchise.
Terminator: Dark Fate - Official Teaser Trailer (2019) - Paramount Pictures www.youtube.com
It's been a bumpy road for Terminator fans. The James Cameron-created cyberpunk series started off incredibly strong with The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), which was a rare example of a sequel outshining the original. Both movies were written and directed by Cameron. His lack of involvement in subsequent Terminator projects led to a noticeable drop in quality, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2004) turning out just okay and Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015) both being laughably bad.
But now, James Cameron is back for the latest installment of the franchise, both producing and helping to craft the story, along with Tim Miller (Deadpool) in the director's chair. And best of all, Terminator: Dark Fate will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, meaning that all the subpar sequels no longer matter.
The plots of the original two films follow Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a normal '80s gal who finds herself the target of an unstoppable, self-regenerating killing machine from the future––The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). As it turns out, The Terminator was sent back in time by Skynet, an AI network hellbent on destroying humanity, to wipe out the leader of humanity's last resistance––John Connor, Sarah's not-even-conceived son. Well, The Terminator inevitably fails, and Sarah Connor becomes a warrior in her own right, giving birth to John and attempting to turn the tables on Skynet by destroying the AI technology before it can ever be fully realized. She also befriends a reprogrammed original model (T-800) Terminator, meaning Arnold got to play a good guy in the sequel.
Sarah Connor in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (TriStar Pictures)
Dark Fate picks up more than two decades after the end of Judgment Day. A young woman named Dani Ramos is being hunted by an even newer model of Terminator. Luckily for her, Sarah Connor returns, now a grizzled middle-aged badass with heavy firepower. Along with the help of good guy T-800 Schwarzenegger, Sarah protects (and probably trains) Dani.
Considering how great the original two films were, and the fact that James Cameron, Linda Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are all returning, Terminator: Dark Fate might just be worth getting your hopes up.
Make sure to catch Terminator: Dark Fate in theaters November 1st, 2019.