Looking at the set photos for “Terminator 6”, I’m not sure what to think.
It’s hard to deny the obvious visual similarities. Mackenzie Davis’ character looks at awful lot like Sarah Connor.
It’s possible that I’m imagining things. Maybe my brain is simply looking for excuses to tie these movies together.
Set photos of one woman in a tank top don’t necessarily mean that “Terminator 6” is going to, beat for beat, copy the earlier movies in the formula.
Besides, Davis’ hair is super short! That’s different, right?
I think I’m concerned because James Cameron has made it very clear that “Terminator 6” is going to return to old ideas.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Cameron claimed:
“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2’. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”
A continuation of the good “Terminator” movies is fine, so long as we’re not stuck simply watching the same tropes play out over and over.
This franchise needs a bit of a kick from some fresh ideas, and these early set photos hardly look like they’re breaking the mold in terms of visual iconography.
Simply put: “Terminator 6” has an important character that looks an awful lot like an important character from “Terminator 2”.
Whenever movies have tried this trick in the past, it’s tended to backfire.
I’m specifically thinking about “Alien Covenant”, and Katherine Waterston’s character who might as well have been named New Ripley.
She too sports short hair in the movie. Perhaps this is how Hollywood attempts to revamp classic female characters for a modern audience.
I imagine I’m going to be hard to please with “Terminator 6” no matter what happens. Even the directing talent of Tim Miller isn’t enough to win me over without hard evidence that this movie is worthwhile.
Ultimately, “Terminator Genisys” seems to have broken something within me. I may never love another giant Austrian murder robot again.
I think what I’m basically trying to say is, bring back Summer Glau.