The Terminator franchise
Let’s get this out of the way: The first linking of Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and Kyle (Michael Biehn) is the best of the bunch – and this is going back nearly 30 years. James Cameron’s start of something that has grown out of all proportion started simple, with Sarah having to use her wits to save a son she doesn’t even know she’s going to have, he being a future hero who will bring down the rule of machines like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bloodthirsty title bot.
The time and place were right: Arnold was hot and still not a global phenomenon (ie, not all that many spoken lines here), and America was finding itself in a period of both high anxiety and the desire for reinvention. From there, things got higher-tech and still OK (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, from 1991, brought in a kinder, gentler Arnold, a morphing Robert Patrick and young buck Edward Furlong), and then it all started falling apart: TV shows, the forgettable Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, theme-park entries, and then the mess that was Christian Bale in 2009’s Terminator Salvation. So, what’s left to hope for? Why, what else: a Terminator reboot, aiming to hit theatres in 2015 – if anyone but the aging and reminiscent cares by then.