There have been many trilogies over the years. The likes of Star Wars (Original, don’t even mention the prequels), the Lord of the Rings movies and the Hobbit movies just to mention a couple.
In fact you could say that trilogies are almost a mainstay of the movie industry.
What im going to talk today about is what im considering almost the quintessential trilogy even though technically it’s not a trilogy at all.
What im referring to is my Terminator trilogy. “Wait!” you ask, “The Terminator series is 5 movies, not a trilogy!” Yes, you would be right by saying that… and i would like to think wrong at the same time.
Everyone agrees that the original Terminator movie is a classic and that Terminator 2: Judgement Day (especially the Director’s Cut) is brilliant. Most people also agree that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was just a horrible movie and that Terminator: Salvation (Terminator 4) was just ordinary to say the least but was still better than the 3rd installment and Terminator: Genisys (Terminator 5) was pretty damn good.
Now let’s talk about what makes up a good trilogy for me.
- There has to be flow between the movies.
- There has to be call forwards and callbacks.
- Characters have to evolve and possibly change over the series.
- You could almost edit the three movies together to make a single movie and it should almost make perfect sense (except for where different actors play the same characters etc).
- When newer movies of the series mention the older movies or refer to them instead of just reusing old footage, any footage should be re-shot when necessary in an almost exact fashion shot for shot, scene for scene.
For me my Terminator trilogy does that.
For the new release of Terminator: Genisys i sat down and watched the original Terminator then Terminators 2, Terminator 3 and Terminator 4. Then i watched Terminator 5 and came to a startling conclusion.
Not only was Terminator: Genisys rather good… it was close to brilliant, so much better than i was expecting since the previous two had been so bad and ordinary. The other thing i realised is that if you remove Terminator 3 and Terminator 4 and pretend they never happened (gawd i wish we could) then with the addition of Terminator: Genisys we have the making of almost the perfect trilogy.
In the original, Terminator, we have a scene where the Terminator, on his mission visiting the homes of ‘Sarah Connor’ where he runs over a toy truck. The very same truck he is seen to be driving in Terminator 2.
In Terminator: Genisys, we have the scene where Kyle Reese first travels to the past to protect Sarah Connor and the scene/s are almost a complete remake of the first Terminator movie, from the garbage truck where the Terminator first appears to Kyle Reese scavenging clothes from a shop he’s broken into. The only changes are one’s that are needed with regards to the altered storyline that is Terminator: Genisys.
So i give you this challenge. Sit down and watch The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and then Terminator: Genisys in that order and see what you think with my hypothesis that this could be almost the perfect trilogy.
As a side note, i just want to say that just because it’s not technically a trilogy doesn’t mean you can’t MAKE it a trilogy. There’s always room for improvement.
For more interesting trilogies and movies you didn’t know were trilogies check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_series_with_three_entries. For instance i didn’t realise that Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon‘ was part of his ‘Vietnam’ trilogy. The things we learn when looking up other things.
What’s your opinion on what i’ve talked about above?