Recent news of director #JamesCameron's possible return to his #Terminator series sent waves through the science fiction community. Since Cameron's departure with the highly acclaimed Terminator 2, further sequels from Terminator 3 to Terminator Genisys have left much to be desired. Rights will revert back to Cameron in 2019, leaving the door open for him to once again take charge of what has become one of the hottest properties in science fiction. With Cameron's potential return, we will hopefully not only see the series return to the aesthetic that made it work so well, but also see some familiar faces apart from series star #ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
I, for one, would like to see actor #MichaelBiehn return to the series.
The original #TheTerminator from 1984 set a new standard for science fiction and suspense, and is (in my opinion) still the best in the series. It told of a young waitress stalked by a killer cyborg known as a Terminator. The Terminator plans to kill Sarah and prevent the birth of her son, so he cannot lead mankind to victory against the machines in the future. Michael Biehn played Kyle Reese, a heroic soldier sent back in time to intercept the Terminator and defend Sarah Conner at all costs. On their adventure, Reese and Sarah fall in love, with Connor and Reese becoming mother and father to the man who would one day save mankind.
Biehn delivered an unusually tragic performance as Reese. Seldom has an action hero been portrayed with such vulnerability, while still proving himself capable as a leading man. Biehn later reprised his role in Terminator 2 in a scene that was cut from the theatrical release but restored later on home video. Reese has since been portrayed by the late Anton Yelchin in Terminator Salvation, Jai Courtney in Terminator Genisys, and Jonathan Jackson in The Sarah Connor Chronicles. With the exception of Yelchin, none of the other actors had that same spark with which Biehn brought the character to life.
Biehn has an extensive library of established classics, such as the Cameron-helmed Aliens and The Abyss, as well as various hits in the '90s like Michael Bay's action epic The Rock, and the gritty western drama Tombstone. Due to problems in his personal life, Biehn took a hiatus from Hollywood before returning to the screen in the cult hit Planet Terror, and found his way to video games when he was cast as the lead in the highly successful Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Though he has mainly appeared in various low budget and independent films, roles like Planet Terror and Blood Dragon prove he can still deliver a great performance with the right material.
Of course, it has been 26 years since Biehn portrayed Reese. Given that time, it would be laughable for him to once again don the iconic green trench coat. Still, there may be a part that Biehn would be perfectly suited for: He should play John Conner.
John Conner's casting has been one of the more interesting aspects of the series. He has been portrayed by talents like Edward Furlong, Nick Stahl, Christian Bale, and Jason Clarke, each with their own skills and shortcomings in the role. To cast Biehn would actually be a stroke of brilliance given that Kyle Reese was John Connor's father. For Biehn to play the son of Reese would be just about the most sensible choice when it comes to casting Connor.
Some could bring up Biehn's current age as a drawback to such a decision. Connor, born in 1984 or '85 would be in his early 40s by the time the machines are defeated in 2027. Biehn, by contrast, is turning 61 this year. Age, however, has proven largely irrelevant when it comes to an actor playing a role convincingly. Sean Connery is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford, yet he played the younger actor's father perfectly in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. Biehn, as he appears now, would be able to pull off 40 with the proper costume design and makeup. Connor is regularly portrayed as having scars — makeup that could have the added affect of shaving a few years off the actor. Still, Biehn has aged decently, and should have no trouble pulling off someone in their early 40s.
What could Biehn bring to the role of Connor? It is hard to say. One of the things that was seldom explored in the films or show is the relationship Connor had with Reese, who looked up to and worshiped the resistance leader. Reese never knew he was John Connor's father. Connor knew the truth because of the tapes given to him by his mother to ensure Reese's sacrifice would be remembered. This is the reason Connor gave Reese the now iconic polaroid of Sarah, knowing full well that Reese would eventually fall in love with her.
This remains one of the most fascinating aspects of the John Connor character, him knowing this young man would eventually have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the future. Connor, like Reese, must have had many quiet moments of contemplation. Surely, he will have listened to his mother's tapes many times, mulling over ways he could prevent the death of Reese and finding none. Moments like this would provide something Biehn showed he was excellent at in the first film: Silence.
During the first 30 minutes of the original movie, Biehn only utters one line of dialogue. Many of the best parts of his performance were played without words, unusual for action heroes. Given this talent, Biehn would be an amazing choice to play John Connor's moments of private conflict knowing that Reese needs to die for humanity to survive.
The relationship between Sarah and Kyle was one of the strongest elements of the original film. The final scene of the 1984 classic showed Sarah recording a message to her son, telling him of what she and Reese shared on their tragic journey:
"Maybe it'll help if you know that, in the few hours we had together, we loved a lifetime's worth."
Those words were about Sarah's love for Reese. What better way to end the series than have Biehn himself finally hear them? For someone who has been as brave a fighter as John Conner, it would be no surprise if he took after his father.
Do you agree that Michael Biehn should return to the Terminator series? Who else would you like to see come back? Let us know in the comments below!