Terminator: Dark Fate star Linda Hamilton thinks the last three entries in the series were forgettable. Hamilton is known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in James Cameron’s 1984 action-thriller classic, The Terminator. Now, Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor in the upcoming sixth entry, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters later this year. Hamilton will be reunited with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is known for his role in the series as the T-800, and this will be the first time the two have shared the screen together in over two decades.
While this will be Hamilton’s first physical appearance in the series since Cameron’s 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day, her voice was heard in 2009’s Terminator Salvation. The original film became an instant classic thanks to Schwarzenegger’s performance, Cameron’s direction, and its surprisingly emotional love story. The film has spawned several sequels, but the last three were not as well received compared to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which many consider better than the original. Now, after 2015’s Terminator: Genisys failed to successfully reboot the franchise, the upcoming sixth entry looks to ignore the last three movies and will serve as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Hamilton seems to be in favor of the decision, as she has recently expressed her thoughts toward the last three installments.
Per Variety, Hamilton made it known that she felt the last three Terminator films were forgettable during an interview at CinemaCon. She continued by mentioning that the series went on to focus on too many people, plot points, and leaving out everything audiences loved from the first two movies. She isn’t alone in that sentiment, several fans feel the series becomes complicated and hard to follow after the second film. Many consider Terminator 2: Judgement Day to be a proper follow-up to Cameron’s original, and everything after is lacking in quality. Hamilton stated the following regarding the series and how the upcoming sixth entry hopefully gets it back on track:
“They’re very forgettable, aren’t they? … You start something and you’re invested in the franchise, but somehow the characters that you care about weren’t there. Too many people, too many story points. So I think we’ve done a good job of narrowing down the focus again so it will echo the first two films.”
Hamilton’s sentiments speak to the frustrations several fans have had with the series over the last few years. Luckily, Cameron, Schwarzenegger, and Hamilton are here to finish what they started with the original film. And, while Cameron isn’t directing he did help conceive the story and will serve as a producer. For many fans, Terminator: Dark Fate could be the true Terminator 3, and only time will tell if it will be the long-awaited sequel fans have waited years to witness. The series has been in a tough spot for nearly three decades, and Terminator fans have hoped for Cameron to come back and save the series.
Whether or not the film can successfully reboot the series is yet to be known, but with a release due later this year, fans will soon get to determine if it was worth it. Of course, there are fans of the last three sequels, but it will be exciting to see the core elements of the first two movies back. While no official plot synopsis has been released, or a trailer, updates will become more frequent as the release date for Terminator: Dark Fate nears.