Wednesday, April 20, 2011


So I've never seen the Terminator movies. I've seen bits and pieces here and there, but never an entire movie. I've picked up enough to know that the future is destroyed and run by machines, but that a band of humans, led by John Connor, rise up against them. To stop this from happening, the machines send (a) terminator(s) back in time. Excellent.

I can't even recall how many times I've seen parts of The Terminator. Enough times that I actually figured I had seen the whole movie, just not in any linear fashion. Recently, USA has started showing T2 (repeatedly, it seems), and I've seen a few scenes. This past weekend, though, I decided that it was too confusing and that I was just going to watch the entire series - from beginning to end, with the TV show thrown in for good measure. So to Netflix I turned.

As I started watching Terminator "the original" I realized that I hadn't actually seen it before. Then, much to my surprise, I see that Terminator-Arnold is actually the bad guy. 

Mind. Blown. 

Apparently, I've been watching movies 2 and 3 all this time and had never seen even a bit of 1. As such, I thought that Arnie was always a protector terminator. Whoops.


  1. My favorite is T2--something about John's big, bad mama protecting her boy appeals to me and then the surprise of the governator turning into the good terminator is cool. I'm a sucker for movies about kids getting caught up in adult-generated trauma/destruction/violence/apocalypse--and then kicking ass to help save the world. There's actually quite a few movies out there with that plot line.

  2. just fyi, Skynet became self-aware last night April 19th, 2011 8:11pm.

  3. Yeah, the first one is pretty awesome, though the second is my favorite.

    See below for a series of emails from the head of IT at Cyberdyne: