Terminator: Genisys: Resetting The Future by David S. Cohen (book review).

July 31, 2015 | By | Reply More

Several years back, when I wrote an article here about ‘The Terminator’ time-line, I made one critical observation: When you mess with time, nothing stays the same and things diverge in unexpected ways. If you come from the future, then you have to expect things to diverge in a variety of ways. In many respects, ‘Terminator: Genisys’ is less a remake but role reversal, principally building out from Sarah Connor being the type of person that could breed a future leader from the start than as a waitress.


David S. Cohen’s book, ‘Terminator: Genisys: Resetting The Future’ looks at the making of latest film in the franchise where everything is turned upside down, and not just the coach in the finale. Although I’m going to be careful about spoilers, this feels like another divergent reality and role reversal. As I pointed out Sarah Connor starts off being trained as a warrior by a Terminator and Kyle Reese is more naive and in need of help. You might want to buy this book after watching the film although there is no real plot outline here so you get to admire the effects and how they are achieved. Reading this book, it becomes obvious from the start that the production team don’t want to mess with the original two films, although less is said about their successors. They did ensure that they had all the rights across the board so they were under one banner.

Something that is striking throughout this book is the attention to detail, especially where they use Jim Cameron’s films for the template for 1984 detail. Although it won’t be until it appears on DVD before I see it, the time-hopping looks distinctively like something from ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’. There’s also sufficient detail for all those of you who like costume play, to recreate the costumes and even the weaponry. For those who like scratch-building., you should have enough information to build everything, too. The endo-skeleton of the T-800 has better leg protection but, as pointed out, unlike the original film, they don’t have to rely totally on a chrome finish this time. One has to wonder if Nike will reconsider making more of their 70s Vandal shoes after they made sets again here because I’m sure modern fans would like to own a pair or three. Seeing the sets of Schwarzenegger’s rubber legs here, I can’t help wonder if there isn’t a market out there for them as well.

An interesting thing about the various Terminator models is you have a T-800, T-1000, T-3000 and a T-5000, so what happened to the T-2000 and T-4000 or has Skynet got a taste for odd numbers? There are indications that this is a trilogy, so maybe the answers will be there.

As you can tell, I found this a great making of film book and if the commitment to making it as described here is matched for the end product, then it’s going to make great watching.

GF Willmetts

July 2015

(pub: Insight Editions. 160 page illustrated hardback. Price: £30.00 (UK), $45.00 (US). ISBN: 978-1-60887-550-4)

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