New York (The Verge) — For better and worse, Terminator: Dark Fate is a throwback for the franchise theverge.com/2019/11/1/2094….
The new Terminator: Dark Fate simplifies the series down to basics. As a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it drops most of the series’s continuity and brings Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger back to reprise their 1990s roles. Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, and Natalia Reyes also star in the film.
Every movie or TV episode in the series was a desperate battle for survival, but because of the perceived demand for sequels, that survival never seemed to change anything for anyone — not for the human race, which was still doomed, and not for Skynet, which never learned to mix up its strategies a little in the interest of maybe winning a fight for once.
The franchise has followed the same principle: no matter what the protagonists do to fight the future, Skynet keeps rising, and Terminators keep traveling back in time on murder missions. The first movie made it seem like it was possible to win against a Terminator and against fate. But the relentless pileup of sequels made it clear that the fight was never anything more than an exhausting delaying action, and the best humanity could hope for was to keep a few key personnel alive long enough to ensure humanity would only mostly die off. — Tasha Robinson/@verge