Will Setting “Terminator 6” in Mexico City Be Enough To Revitalize the Franchise?

Matthew Loffhagen
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New casting information about the upcoming “Terminator 6” has revealed that the movie is probably going to take place in Mexico City, in a slight departure for the series that has previously rarely left the United States.

According to a casting notice:

“Dani Ramos is a young woman in her early 20s from Mexico City. She was brought up in a working-class neighborhood, is independent and believes strongly in family. She’s more street-smart than book smart and is a woman who always manages to find a ray of light even in the darkest of circumstances.”

Well this certainly does sound a little different – in that, unlike in various other “Terminator” films, this all takes place in Mexico.

Other than that, Dani Ramos sounds suspiciously like Sarah Connor – and also suspiciously like Ellen Ripley, and every other Strong Female Character TM that James Cameron has ever created.

Ooh, she’s more street smart than book smart! What a shake-up to the traditional formula! Because up to this point, all of the protagonists in “Terminator” movies have been MIT scientists, right?

(As an aside, what does James Cameron have against book smart people? The only time he ever made a traditionally educated female character, it was Sigourney Weaver’s character in “Avatar”, and she promptly got killed so that the true hero of the story could be an uneducated bum.)

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The problem that the “Terminator” franchise has had for a while is that the whole endeavor lacks originality. Recreating scenes from the first movie is fun, but when there’s not much else going on, you’re left with “Terminator Genisys”, and nobody wants that.

If people really wanted to see the original “Terminator” or even its sequel again, they can go ahead and watch those movies. We don’t need every sequel to try to revolve around Judgement Day.

What if, for example, Skynet decided to use time travel to go back in time and conquer the Earth before our civilization had developed solid technology? What if we had a movie where pirates fight Terminators, or where medieval knights or samurai or cavemen have to save the Earth from an invading superior army of robots from the future?

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There are so many different settings available for a time travel movie, and yet the “Terminator” franchise seems obsessed with keeping things tied to immediately before or not long after the fall of humanity.

Making “Terminator: South of the Border Edition” isn’t going to breathe as much new life into the franchise as everyone involved hopes it will, even if the guy who directed “Deadpool” is involved.