Two major franchise reboots, one prehistoric, one futuristic. One roared out of the gate, knocking down the turnstiles, the other tripped over its own cybernetic feet. While I enjoyed Terminator Genisys, I loved Jurassic World. Why did JW break records while TG largely disappointed nostalgia seeking nerds like me? Here are some thoughts:
1. JW is dinosaurs attacking people on an isolated island based amusement park. A visceral fight to survive. It’s a simple concept executed again to perfection. (The idea was genius thirty years ago when produced by the late, Michael Crichton.) It sticks closely to the formula: children in peril, park administrator doesn’t appreciate the dangers, everyone must be saved by a brilliant scientist, if at all. It had the same tone, but introduced new characters that were fun and likable.
2. The Terminator franchise is at its best when it is both SciFi and horror. TG was not scary, not even for a moment. By utilizing the same characters from previous movies, the producers’ hands were tied, more so since the movie is a very technical time travel franchise. In my opinion, this is where the story stalls. Why not tell a new Terminator story in the same in the same cinematic universe with new characters? That was sort of tried in Terminator Salvation and Sam Worthington’s character is the best part, but the story felt halfhearted. My suggestion: different terminator, different time period, different target, different objective. What if Professor Charles Xavier was replaced by a T-1000? Would the X-Men ever unite? Wait, did I mess something up?
*Husky Harlequin is the author of the new time travel novel Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave. It’s more than sci/fi; it’s a political statement. Grab a copy and visit another dimension during your lunch break.