Linda Hamilton AKA Sarah Connor Knows Why Previous Terminator Sequels Sucked
All except for ‘T2: Judgment Day’, of course!
Let me retcon the whole “suck” sentiment, though, by saying that quite honestly I rather enjoyed those sequels — Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys — for what they were. Granted, they never held a candle to the original and its groundbreaking follow-up, yet they all at least had Ahnuld (in one way or another, right?)!
You begin to wonder just how those films flopped, and for sure you can’t imagine that one heroine of the age where action films seemed to reign of the feminine type would think it’s because they never featured her in the role she defined from the very beginning —
But, Yes, Let’s See What One Linda Hamilton Recently Had to Say About the Terminator Films’ Lack of Success
Here’s what she said:
“[Character] is something that I strongly felt was missing with the three since I did ‘Judgment Day’. You had so much action and taking everything and making it that much bigger, but there were no characters that you really cared about. And that obviously has to be the real thread that links my three movies together; you’ve got to have characters you care about or it’s all just a wash.”
Makes sense until you realize that those films did have characters you did care about from the get-go, though.
I mean, you first of all had the character of John Connor come back for Rise of the Machines, portrayed by Nick Stahl. Salvation featured a much older John Connor in Christian Bale. And Genisys got the trifecta with Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese and a surprisingly evil John Connor come back for more judgment.
So how was this not about character? Is Hamilton missing the mark here?