Gabriel Luna is an Excellent Choice to Play a New Terminator

Matthew Loffhagen
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I admit that I’m pretty dubious about “Terminator 6”.

Yes, the pictures of Linda Hamilton as a warrior Sarah Connor look incredible. I’m just worried that the focus of the movie will be too heavily pointed toward recreating nostalgia.

“Terminator Genisys” looked equally cool from early footage and photos. I’m just not quite ready to trust one of these movies again.

One thing that does help my optimism for this movie is the inclusion of Gabriel Luna. The actor tweeted out recently, confirming his involvement in the film.

Luna will be playing a Terminator, and I honestly can’t think of a better fit for a traditional murderbot. Luna’s performance as Ghost Rider in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” prove that stoic, indestructible fighters are very much in his wheelhouse.

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Yet even as I think with excitement of seeing Luna as a Terminator, I can’t help but feel like we’ve been here before.

Yes, Luna very much fits the bill as one of these robots. The problem is, he’s a very safe choice.

Terminators are always cut from this cloth. Sometimes the formula gets mixed up at the Terminator in question is a robot or a John Connor, but inevitably, we always end up in the same situation.

Quick, everyone run away from the indestructible, unfeeling murder machine.

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Yes, I understand that this is the “Terminator” movie structure. I just kind of wish we could get something a little less predictable.

I’ve always thought that Terminators are inherently terrible at their jobs. From a practical perspective, they’re always getting crushed, blown up, melted, or reprogrammed.

From an infiltration perspective, though, they’re even worse. When an Arnold Schwarzenegger wanders around, glowering at everything that moves, it’s very obvious that he’s someone to be avoided.

Subtle, T-800. Subtle.

I’d like to see slightly sneakier Terminators. We’ve had a little of this in various movies and TV shows, but the idea of robots that actually infiltrate and assimilate into society seems too far of a stretch for this franchise.

James Cameron has spoken about how he wants this new movie to tackle more modern fears about technology. I’d like to see robots that are a little less clunky and awkward.

This would be a great window through which to explore the rise of AI in the real world. How we’ll all be replaced by computers within the next few decades.

This isn’t to say that I don’t trust Gabriel Luna to put in a nuanced performance. I’m just aware that his casting feels very traditional. It feels like someone saw “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and thought he’d be perfect at doing a cliché Terminator impression.

Here’s hoping there’s something new and fun in this movie. Otherwise, “Terminator 6” will end up feeling just as tired as “Genisys”.