‘Terminator’ & the Risks of Rewriting Movie History? | Heat Vision

– Hello, friends. Pencils have erasers, and
filmmakers have the retcon, an all-powerful tool that
reminds us that nothing, literally nothing, is sacred in Hollywood. This week on Heat Vision Breakdown, we take a look at the
legacy of retconning, a double-edged sword that can either save or destroy a franchise. And if you don’t like this video, we’ll just erase it next week. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Wait, what
does retcon stand for? – Oh, I’m glad you asked. Retcon stands for retroactive continuity, and it’s going back and changing things that have already been
established in other films. Got it?
– Okay, go ahead. – In 1991, James Cameron walked away from the “Terminator”
franchise with “Judgment Day,” a mic-drop of a movie
that needed no sequels. Judgment Day had been stopped,
the future was saved, hooray. But the franchise went on without Cameron or original star, Linda Hamilton. In something of an F you to Cameron and fans of the franchise, “Terminator 3” argued that
“Judgment Day” was inevitable, you know, the exact opposite
of Cameron’s message throughout the entire franchise, that there’s no fate but what we make. Still, it was an attempt
at a direct sequel as was “Terminator Salvation”,
a film with a daring premise, finally showing us the
future post-Judgment Day, but which sidelined Christian
Bale as John Connor, in favor of convicted
murderer turned robot played by Sam Worthington. You know, basically lying to all of us who bought tickets, you sons of (beep). 2015’s “Genisys” was the
first “Terminator” movie to declare that only T1 and T2 were canon, and yet went on to rewrite
that very canon of that film by setting it in a reality in which Sarah Conner had
been raised by a T-800 who had cared for her
since the age of nine. That’s kinda cool, I guess, right? – [Sarah] I thought you were dead. – No, just upgraded. – Never mind. Now “Dark Fate” has continued the trend, once again pretending that no
movies exist outside of T2. James Cameron is credited
as a screenwriter and helped break the story for a trilogy. He has described it as a
“Terminator” for the 21st century, you know, the century that
Terminators actually come from. It’s not totally clear what
this new movie has to say that wasn’t already said in T1 and T2. Though, Cameron has promised
sequels will delve more into the possibilities
of AI than this film did. Artists have been retconning
works for more than a century. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famously
killed off Sherlock Holmes in 1893, only to later
retcon it a decade later, saying the death had been faked when the author decided he really wanted to keep writing Sherlock Holmes stories. Probably ’cause they were paying money. Hey, maybe Robert Downey
Jr. could take a page out of that playbook with Iron Man. The comic book world has
survived on retcons for years in order to keep things
fresh and entice new readers. Spider-Man is perpetually in his 20s. The Fantastic Four have
eternally always been about 10 years into their adventures. Batman and Superman have
been retconned so many times that, honestly, what even
is the canon at this point? Seriously, I’m asking. Write it down, print it out, and mail it to P.O. Box 3145 (beep). Even major sagas like “Star Wars” aren’t safe from retconning. The prequel films
introduced midichlorians, which offered somewhat of an explanation of where the Force comes
from and what it is, a sort of soft retcon, if you will, of what we learned in
the original trilogy. “The Last Jedi” seemingly retconned that to say, hey, anyone can
have the force I guess, or at least this kid has a magnetic broom. That film also threw out
pretty much everything that “The Force Awakens” set up and made Luke Skywalker go from a guy who was willing to give up his own life under literal torturous electrocution to prove there was still
good in his father, to a dude who would stand
over a sleeping teenager with his lightsaber drawn
because he had a bad dream. Does that count as a retcon? Retconning can be a double-edged sword. Oftentimes, it’s done to wipe
away a less popular direction a series may have headed in, such as how “X-Men: Days of
Future Past” undid the heap of dead mutants piled up
by “X-Men: The Last Stand”. Other times, however, retcons
can undo strong moments from the original film. Take “Spider-Man 3’s”
decision to make Flint Marko, a.k.a. Sandman, the man
who killed Uncle Ben. Done as a ploy to attach
emotional stakes to a new villain, the decision actually cheapens
Peter Parker’s origin story from the original film. Luckily, the rest of
the film allows Parker to maintain his dignity. (upbeat music) TV’s “Terminator: The Sarah
Connor Chronicles” ignored T3 and provided a fascinating long-form way to explore the lives of
Sarah and John Connor outside of the events of the films. The end of T3, which
depicted “Judgment Day”, was another shocker. And even “Salvation” had
some interesting concepts, particularly the alternate ending that would have seen Sam
Worthington’s Machine take over the resistance by
impersonating John Connor. – Oh, hey, and don’t
forget how in “Genisys”, the twist was that John Connor
was actually the Terminator, which by the way was spoiled
in the trailer, I mean. (both sputtering) What? Why? (yells) – So what do you guys
think, are retcons overused? Let us know in the
comments right down there, and don’t forget to subscribe for more episodes of
Heat Vision Breakdown. It’s not a tumor! – [Woman] That’s not the right movie. – No? It’s in there. (laughs) (upbeat music)


  1. 63 old women with wrinkles acting like a 20 yr old male marine????????? women power magic???? after civilization has been built and establish now they want to run things. if I was her I would say get out my face that role is not for me.

  2. They are remaking great franchises for only one reason: to inject feminism and "woke" messaging and to attack white males. PERIOD (I'm not white btw). Fuck Hollywood!


  4. They should just hire talented writers with creativity to make new stories i stead of trying to capitalise on a franchise by reinventing the same story.

  5. I’m confused as to how the terminator robot aged ? I haven’t seen the movie yet but if there is an answer to this quandary please feel free to spoil that part of the story for me 🤔

  6. Get Woke, Go Broke "The still yet to be disproven axiom “get woke, go broke” chalked up another win for itself this weekend with the underwhelming box office performance of the ultra-feminist “Terminator: Dark Fate.”"

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