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The Rise of the New Trailer

Some things are inevitable. You can rest easy that each year there will be more movie sequels and that a lot of these movies will be have trailers debuting during the Super Bowl. This year we'll be no exception. Already announced to be featured among this year's Super Bowl commercials are: Jurassic World, Ted 2, Divergent 2, SpongeBob 2, and one trailer that has already found its way online - Terminator 5: Genisys.

If you're looking for more details about just what exactly is happening in the new Terminator movie, you might be a little disappointed. It's a brief one that puts more of an emphasis on Arnold Schwarzenegger's return than anything else. So what is going on in Terminator 5?

The Past Is Not Set

Is Arnold's T-800 going to be fighting himself? Is the action supposed to take place at the same time as the first film - in some alternate reality caused by all the endless time traveling? By showing grey haired Arnold saying, "I've been waiting for you..." followed by his younger self emerging as he did in the first Terminator, it is certainly implying something this strange.

Arnold's Terminator is all about aging gracefully.
Arnold's Terminator is all about aging gracefully.

Did good Arnold get sent back long before the events of the first film to protect Sarah Connor as a child? In a way, that would make a loopy sort of sense for these films. While the focus has always been on protecting John Connor, but really his mom would need just the same amount of protection.

But then again, this is all a very slippery slope. You would need to protect John Connor's great-great grandparents as well - so when does it end? The official plot description says the Kyle Reese of the first film is being sent back in time and finds himself in a different time line. Does that mean he'll have to get Sarah Connor pregnant again? (Talk about performance anxiety...) So many questions! Can someone get Doc Brown to write this all down on a chalkboard for me?

I don't think Terminator 5 is Doc Brown approved.
I don't think Terminator 5 is Doc Brown approved.

Judgement Day

What I never get tired of is the T-1000's liquid metal maneuvers. The chopping his own bladed arm off and throwing it move remains one the coolest things I've seen from these trailers. It's taking something from the first two movies and improving upon it rather than making it more confusing, which there needs to me more of in this franchise.

Smooth move, T-1000.
Smooth move, T-1000.

While I remain and continue to get more confused by this movie - I also remian hopeful. I think the director Alan Taylor has a really good track record so far. His work on Game of Thrones and the improvements he made to [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462) give me a good amount of confidence for this Terminator. Hey, it's got to be a step up from the last two, right? What do you think?


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