It’s been a rough road for the Terminator saga over the last decade-plus. The first two installments in the saga number themselves among some of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. The subsequent three chapters though, failed to measure up, putting the future of the once-great franchise in peril. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean it’s beyond saving. Original Terminator director James Cameron recently commented on the saga in an interview with The Daily Beast, and his thoughts ring all too true.
1. The Terminator saga we see today has “lost relevance”
The first two Terminator movies weren’t great simply because they were fun sci-fi stories. They resonated with audiences because they were relevant. Back in the late-’80s/early-’90s, people were genuinely worried about a technological apocalypse where our machines turn on us. That fear doesn’t play the same way for an audience in our own time, and because of that, the franchise has struggled to translate for modern viewers.