JOIN THE FIGHT! Help the HACK PACK!

(Nicholas Dye/ Staff Writer)

The guys here at Nowhere California have launched a new campaign that, at the very least, will get us some awesome shirts made, and at best, we might just earn some money that we can put towards our convention expenses and equipment costs.

We have designed an exclusive “HACK PACK” t-shirt and the short goal is to sell 14 shirts which will get them to print. If we can reach a goal of 50 shirts, then we will actually make some money to put towards expanding our horizons at Nowhere California.

 

The campaign can be found at http://www.booster.com/nowhereca and the shirt runs a total of $19.99 with shipping included. They are 100% cotton high quality t-shirts that you can show off at conventions or comic shops. BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MORE!! The first 14 people who purchase shirts will receive ALL of our interviews and content from the upcoming Stan Lee’s Comikaze before the general public does.

We here at Nowhere California don’t usually like to pander but…OKAY OKAY we have never been above pandering to get listeners and now we hope that same shameless groveling will get you to join the HACK PACK and sport our mildly suggestive t-shirt!! Excelsior!!!!

 

 

NowhereCalifornia.com Reaches Its First Year..

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(Joshua Gilmore- Staff Writer)

It started one year ago today, this site was launched and took the concept of Nowhere California to a whole new level.

Nowhere California started in 2011 and it was just another conversation between two friends, but these conversation started taking place in front of a microphone and unleashed on the internet. It was as simple as that, but as Nowhere California evolved, the team grew and new accomplishments were reach.

The episodes started to grow and the team ventured out of the Nowhere city limits, as they dove into the world of conventions and conducting interviews. It was with each accomplishment, the Nowhere California family stuck to their ideals of what they wanted to produce and not to become just another podcast.

It was that mindset that grew into this website and, as we mark our first year on the net, we want to simply say THANK YOU.

Thank you for following the journey of Nowhere California.

Thank you for listening to the original podcast and all of the other podcast that have sprung from this little idea.

Thank you for checking out this site

And thank you for continuing this adventure with us.

Nowhere California Is Returning To The Days Of The Dead..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The Days of the Dead conventions were unleashed onto the world in July of 2011 with Indianapolis, IN serving as the first location. Since that debut event, the Days of the Dead crew have left their bloody marks across the country and have the continuing goal of presenting a convention “for fans, by fans.”

The Days of the Dead convention will be returning to the west coast in April, the guest list keeps building and this year’s event will spill some ink into the bloody mix, as this leg of the Days of Dead will present their first ever tattoo expo.

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CLICK HERE FOR THE DAYS OF THE DEAD OFFICIAL SITE

Days of the Dead was the first convention to give Nowhere California the opportunity to cover an event of this level, something that help build Nowhere California into the entity that it is now. Nowhere California are happy to announce that they will be returning to this year’s convention and covering Days of the Dead with the quality you have grown to expect out of Nowhere California.

In the upcoming weeks, leading to the convention, stay locked into this site and Nowhere California’s facebook page with special looks at the exciting events that are ahead.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – I am definitely awake!

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(Pilot Porter.Staff Writer)

I write this now being a little over 4 days from my completion of a movie, which I have been anticipating for my entire life. That is not a dramatic sentiment meant to define the gravitas of my eagerness, I was born in 1984 and Return of the Jedi was premiered in 1982, so the math adds up. Growing up a Star Wars fan I had always heard of the possibility of a final trilogy, but once the prequels were put on the docket I among many others started believing that our anticipated final trilogy was no more, left to the annals of the Extended Universe. But then on October 30th, 2012 a shirtless little mouse announced, his owners will make our final trilogy.

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They will do it fast, and they will throw a bunch of other stuff in as well, just because we asked nicely. Never let it be said that Walt Disney pictures would not make the most profitable drug dealers in the world, if they turned their attention to organized crime. Most of you reading this have probably been following The Wars for quite some time, so I will spare you the boring history lesson. If you would like to discuss Star Wars history, by all means tweet me, @thedougporter!! Since history discussions will be saved for later, I wanted to write about what The Force Awakens has done for me as a…..it pains me to say this….a lapsed Star Wars fan.

Yes, over the last few years my interest in the fandom of Star Wars has been on a slow, slow, slow, sloth like journey to dormancy. That isn’t to say that the Galaxy far far away had been any less important to me, I have it tattooed on my body…TWICE! I just found myself getting less excited with the “day to day” of the Star Wars fandom. But this movie has AWOKEN (PUN) the fan that waited 5 days outside a theatre for Attack of the Clones.

I think it is fair to say at this point if you’re a fan of Star Wars you have seen this movie at least once, but if you haven’t PLEASE COME BACK AFTER YOU’VE SEEN IT, cause there will be rosebud type spoilers aplenty. I will give you a minute to get out of eye sight before I continue….

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Well I think burying the lead at this point is futile so, WTF HAN IS GONE!?!?!?!?!?! I am still in mourning from this scene. I have cried multiple times in my life, but I have wept 4 times in my life. Han’s death was the latest. Now before you judge me for being a copy of cryingfwife.com I would like you to understand something. I spent quite a lot of time growing up by myself watching movies, because as we all know the outside sucks! I would on average watch one of the original trilogy a day. I consistently ran the marathon once I had gotten a TV in my room, so the characters became my pseudo family. Always there when I needed them, never leaving, never making fun of me, always encouraging. Han Solo was the epitome of the man I was hoping to become in my adult life. Now as an adult, I have realized that Han’s death was meant to affect us on an ever deeper level than just losing a familiar figure head, losing Han was the symbol of losing our childhood. The story of Star Wars has always followed Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and one of the key turning points is The Death of the Mentor. This is the moment that the hero’s innocent, childlike life, is forever changed and puts said hero on the final part of the journey towards heroism.

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Han was our mentor, he was the non-believer who we could relate to while watching Luke takes these steps into the force. Now, JJ Abrams wants us to take our own journey with Rey, how do we do that? Remove our mentor. By removing our mentor we have to take this journey with her, we have no one else to look to, we alone are the deciders of our destiny. Plus, added bonus Kylo Ren has become just more evil than Darth Vader in the eyes of the fandom. Which will make his inevitable fight with Luke that much sweeter….unless JJ wants to completely tie up all loose ends and kill him too. Wouldn’t that be something, eh?

The Ideal Freddy Krueger And Jason Vorhees Marathon..

(Philip Morgan.Staff Writer)

Happy Post Halloween everybody. On this day after, I would like to take the time to talk about my 2 favorite horror movie killers. That would be Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees.

Now any fan of the genre knows about these slasher Legends, I am a real big fan of both. I used to be able to enjoy the Nightmare Franchise and The Friday the 13th Franchise separately, but I haven’t really been able to do that since 2003. At that time all horror fans questions about what a movie starring these 2 horror icons got answered. That answer was Freddy vs Jason and the result was just pure horrific fun. Both icons were well presented in the film and it had something that satisfied fans of both franchises. In my opinion this movie was very well executed and came out at just the right time. I don’t think they could have done these two icons any justice if they tried to pair them up in the 90s. The movie had few scares, but it was real big on laughs.

The story moves along really well, all the way to the point where Freddy and Jason fight. There are 2 pretty good fights between the killers, one in the dream world and Jason actually does a good job of holding his own, until Freddy figures out what Jason’s fears and The tables are turned towards Freddy’s favor. Freddy’s momentum is short lived, until he gets pulled into reality and the trick used to kill him in previous movies, for example Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, is used. Now with Jason being awake and Freddy in the real world it is more of a fair fight, since Freddy’s powers are limited. I say limited because if he was completely powerless he would be either dead or at least just a normal 56 year old man.

If he was just some regular 56 year old, I don’t think he would have been able to perform some of the karate moves he pulled off during the fight with Jason in the real world. So either Freddy retained some of his supernatural powers or Freddy was a Judo expert before he met his original demise. Needless to say after these guys tear each other apart ultimately the fight ends in a draw. Fans argue about details, but I would say the overall fight was a tie. Any normal person could probably enjoy the franchises normally, either watch Jason when they feel like it or Freddy. For me on the other hand I can’t do that. Now that these franchises share continuity I have to watch these movies in a specific way. It would be real simple if Freddy and Jason had the same amount of movies between them, but as of today excluding Freddy Vs Jason, There are 8 Freddy films and 11 Jason films including their respective remakes. Now in all fairness, Freddy is in each one of his movies. Jason is only in 9 of his, so he still beats Freddy by 1. This isn’t overly complicated and there are many ways to get around this, if you happen to be anal like me. Let’s take a look at the movies individually along with their release dates.
JASON’S FILMS-
Friday the 13th May 9 1980
Friday the 13th Part 2 May 1 1981
Friday the 13th Part 3 August 13 1982 (See what they did there)
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter April 13 1984 (They did it again, Final Right.)
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning March 22 1985
Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives August 1 1986
Friday the 13th Part 7 The New Blood May 13 1988 (They did it Again.)
Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhatten July 28 1989
Jason Goes to Hell the Final Friday August 13 1993 (They did it Again, Final Right.)
Jason X April 26 2002
Friday The 13th Remake February 13th 2009 (They couldn’t resist.)

FREDDY’S FILMS-
Nightmare On Elm Street November 16 1984
Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddy’s Revenge November 1 1985
Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors February 27 1987
Nightmare On Elm Street 4 Dream Master August 19 1988
Nightmare On Elm Street 5 Dream Child August 11 1989
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare September 13th 1991 (Hey this isn’t Friday the 13th! Final Right.)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare October 14th 1994
Nightmare on Elm Street Remake April 30th 2010

Now if you want to just go chronologically you can watch the movies like this. This is perfectly reasonable. After all this is the way they came out.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday The 13th Part 3
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 The Dream Warriors
Friday the 13th Part 7
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhatten
Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Child
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
Friday The 13th Remake
Nightmare On Elm Street Remake

Your probably thinking where is Freddy Vs Jason. Okay here is the list with that included.

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday The 13th Part 3
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Friday the 13th Part 6 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 The Dream Warriors
Friday the 13th Part 7
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday the 13th Part 8 Jason Takes Manhattan
Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Child
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
**Freddy Vs Jason**
Friday The 13th Remake
Nightmare On Elm Street Remake

There is another way to do it. If you ignore Friday the 13th Part 1 and Part 5, you eliminate the movies that didn’t include Jason. Unless you count his well-executed jump scare at the end of the first movie. Anyway you exclude those 2 you have 9 Jason Films to 8 Freddy Films and Jason is still beating him by one. We can jump the shark and include the Nightmare on Elm Street Series Freddy’s Nightmares that came out in 1988 and squeeze that in there to take the place of a movie. Even though it is an anthology series with Freddy as the Crypt keeper of the show, there are a few episodes where he is the focus and you would be perfectly even.

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Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th 3
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
Nightmare on Elm Street 3
Friday the 13th 6 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday The 13th Part 7 Jason Lives
Nightmare on Elm Street 5
Friday the 13th Part 8
**Freddy’s Nightmares**
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason X
New Nightmare
Freddy vs Jason
Friday the 13th Remake
Nightmare on Elm Street Remake

There you go 9 Jason’s, 9 Freddy’s, and 1 movie where they both star. That could work, but who really wants to skip movies. Friday the 13th may not have Jason as the killer, but his entire origin is mentioned in that film and you really want to know what’s going on there. Friday the 13th Part 5, even though Jason is not the killer, the movie is fun to watch. There are things that they mention in this movie that makes me feel that this movie doesn’t take place in the same world as the others. For instance someone mentions that there is no possible way that the killer can be Jason because his body was cremated. That completely contradicts what happens in Friday the 13th Part 6, because he is buried and they are digging him up in order to cremate him, then the lightning brings him back to life just like the Frankenstein’s  Monster. I wouldn’t really recommend this method, but I think it is still a fun option.

Now the list below is the way I enjoy the Freddy and Jason Franchises. I do it this way in order to keep things more even. As you can see Jason gets 4 movies, 3 of which where he is the killer before Freddy even gets his first film and I let Freddy go through his first 3 films to even out the playing field so to speak. Then there are 2 Friday the 13th between Nightmare 3 and 4, because Jason is not the killer in number Friday 5 that is a copycat killer. Jason doesn’t officially return until Friday 6, so that makes it a bit even. Then from there it goes Freddy, Jason, Freddy, Jason, Freddy, Jason until each respective franchise ends. Even with the Freddy glove that popped up at the end of Jason Goes to hell, I never really considered it cannon, but just a joke. Freddy makes his return to the silver screen in Wes Craven’s A New Nightmare. This is a different depiction of Freddy, but it is still Freddy. Then Jason returns to his Franchise after a 9 year rest in Jason X or as Josh and I like to call it “Friday the 13th Part 10:Jason Takes The Cosmos”. This Jason gets an upgrade at the end of this film that kind of Mirror Freddy’s alteration in his Film. So both slashers were reinvented in a way. Then I watch the Nightmare Remake. I know that this came out after Friday’s Remake, but Jason just had a turn in Jason X so Freddy’s is up. Then I watch the Friday Remake, then I watch Freddy vs Jason. I feel both franchises should end with these Super Stars of Horror fighting. It’s the cherry on top of both properties. Also, I feel that Freddy needs to end with Robert England. Jackie is okay, but I don’t think he was quite up to the challenge of trying to fill Freddy’s Glove.

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part 3
Friday the 13th Part 4
Nightmare on Elm Street
Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Nightmare on Elm Street 3
Friday the 13th Part 5
Friday the 13th Part 6
Nightmare on Elm Street 4
Friday the 13th Part 7
Nightmare on Elm Street 5
Friday the 13th Part 8
Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
Nightmare On Elm Street Remake
Friday the 13th Remake
Freddy vs Jason

So there you have it folks. That is how I enjoy the Freddy and Jason movies. In the end it doesn’t really matter how these films are viewed what matters is that they are enjoyed. Now go and enjoy the rest of your post Halloween Night.

(Edits By Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The Ideal Terminator Marathon…

(Philip Morgan.Staff Writer)

Hey everybody, Phil here again with another requested blog from Josh. Today, I will be sharing with you how to get the most out of a Terminator Marathon. This isn’t going to be nearly as insane as my Ghostbusters marathon because I am a casual fan of the Terminator franchise. I know the Ghostbusters universe inside and out, but with the Terminator there are a few things that get fuzzy and I am still trying to sift through the haze. The Terminator universe is so rich that, when James Cameron stepped away from the franchise, other film makers and writers took serious liberties with the rules.

Before we can talk about the Terminator franchise, we need to talk briefly about what the Terminator is loosely based on. I am talking about a short story by Harlan Ellison, “Soldier From Tomorrow” published in 1957 and was later turned into an episode of the Outer Limits titled “Soldier”. This short came out in 1964 just 20 years before Terminator. I touch base on this, because when Terminator came out there was a law suit that came up between Ellison, the Production Company Hemdale, and Distributor Orion Pictures that claimed Ellison’s story was plagiarized. They settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, due to enough similarities to the story that The Terminator acknowledges the Outer Limits episode in the ending credits.


Here is a link if you would like to know more about Harlan Ellison’s Soldier Of Tomorrow

Here is a link on the Outer Limits episode.  . Even in this version some liberties were taken that trail a bit from the original story. Nothing major, but I think worth noting.

Now let’s get to the Terminator Franchise. We start of course with the first film “The Terminator”. This is one of the greatest Science Fiction stories of all time. You just can’t go wrong, a killing machine sent from the future to kill the mother of its greatest enemy and a soldier from the future sent back as well to protect her. Even as a footnote that sounds awesome. That is probably why the first film works so well and the Franchise could have just survived with just this one film.

It didn’t take long for a comic of the Terminator to be put out by NOW comics. As I said, writers played around a lot with this series and they were only basing concepts around the mythology of the first film.  They were given a lot of creative freedom on where the stories would go, so the comic played out like an anthology series. Sometimes it would evolve characters from the film, other times it involved random soldiers from the future and what roles they played in the war against the machines.

There are so many comics out there and I can’t possibly tell you where they fall in the universes continuity. There are even stories that involve the universe of Alien and Predator. I would love for James Cameron to direct a movie that had Terminator, Alien, and Predator in the same movie. That is a toy box dream come true there. It is not likely to happen, but that story exists in the world of comics. There are even stories that crossover with Superman and Robocop.

Comics have always been a fun place for Franchises to play together. Here is a list if you would like to know more. List Of Terminator Comic Books

Now back to the movies.

After enjoying Terminator, I like to enjoy “Terminator 2 Judgment Day”. Now, this movie is one of the greatest sequels of all time. This is the kind of sequel that all sequels should aim to be, it takes what made the first film good and perfects it. Arnold Schwarzenegger had become a regular action hero in 1991, so instead of having him return as the antagonist, he returns this time reprogrammed as the protector of a teenage John Conner. Since Arnold was now the good guy, they had to come up with something twice as deadly for him to fight. This film introduces one of the greatest sci fi creations called the T-1000, an advanced prototype terminator. This was an amazing film and, when most people think about the Terminator franchise, I am sure iconic images of this movie pop into their heads.

Now after that wonderful outing I would recommend the “Terminator 2 3D Adventure Across Time” experience at Universal Studios. That’s right I actually include this little marvel in my marathon, it is funny that this attraction is called “Terminator 2 3D Adventure Across Time” and not just “Terminator 3D Adventure Across Time”. That just shows how bad ass Terminator 2 is, it is so awesome that it got a ride. I guess the 3 in 3d could confuse people into thinking that this attraction is supposed to be the 3rd chapter. It does continue the story from number 2, but throws certain rules out the window, like instead of time traveling naked, they just jump through portals to time travel. In the end it is just an attraction and not really a continuation of the Terminator universe. Sadly the Minions ride has taken the place of this attraction, but it originally started in Universal Studios Florida and made its way to Hollywood. I am glad I got to experience it. The story is not cannon, but totally fun. I believe you can catch glimpses of the attraction on Youtube, so I recommend giving it a look.

Next, I like to enjoy “Terminator The Sara Connor Chronicles”. This is a series that picks up from “Terminator 2 Judgment Day”. This series may follow the previous 2 films, but it has its own continuity. John is still a teenager struggling with the burden of being the savior of mankind and he now has a female Terminator to protect him named Cameron. This series only lasted 2 seasons and there was no clear conclusion, since the show ended on a cliffhanger.

Then I like to enjoy the true sequel to “Terminator 2 Judgment Day” and watch “Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines”. Now I personally see nothing wrong with this movie, the same way I enjoy Ghostbusters 2 and a lot of critics didn’t enjoy that movie much. I think the same can be said about Terminator 3, it doesn’t really add anything new to the franchise. It is pretty much more of the same, Arnold returns as protector of John Connor and this time he is fighting a Terminator called the TX. A Deadly Prototype Female Terminator or Terminatrix . She has the same abilities as the T-1000, with the added arsenal of deadly weapons built into her like a Plasma Cannon and Flame Thrower. She is made of liquid metal and she has a Cybernetic Skeleton. Not sure how much of an improvement she is over the T-1000, but hey this film was still fun. I know there are many fans and critics alike that really hate this movie, but I found it very entertaining. I think I accepted this movie, because I knew regardless of what ever hype was going for the third Terminator, it was not going to top “Terminator 2 Judgment Day”.

Now we move to the one film of the franchise that I personally can’t stand, “Terminator Salvation”. One of the main reasons that I am not terribly fond of this movie is the absence of Arnold Schwarzenegger and it just doesn’t feel like a Terminator film without him. The CGI T 101 that attacks John Connor in this film does not count as an appearance, because it doesn’t take long for John to blow the skin off the robot and that ends Arnold’s CG likeness cameo. Arnold’s T-101 appearance is the best part of the movie, as far as I am concerned. Another thing that makes this less of a Terminator movie is that it takes away the future war will be fought in the past elements, by eliminating time travel and directly focusing on the actual “future” war. I understand that Terminator 3 left the series with little choice by saying that Judgment Day was inevitable, with the bombs being launched and John Connor narrating that the goal was not to stop Judgment Day, but to survive it. As much as I enjoyed Terminator 3, I thought that was one of the weakest story elements and it totally took away from the hopeful, but unclear road ahead that Terminator 2 flawlessly delivered. I understand the battle against the machines in the future is the whole point of the franchise, but I like the idea of the possibility of them being able to stop this robot apocalypse. Without that element, I just don’t care what happens to the characters. We have seen them do everything they can to stop Judgment Day and ultimately fail, but now we are supposed to care how John is going to end this war even though he was unable to stop the war from happening in the first place. I do give the movie credit for trying to do something new, but I don’t think it was the right move. The franchise probably should have been left alone after Terminator 2, but with a property so popular how can any studio not want to cash in.

Now we end the marathon with “Terminator Genysys”. I feel obligated to let you guys know that there are major SPOILERS AHEAD. I figure I should let you guys know since the movie is new and many of you guys probably have not had the chance to see it. This movie starts in the year 2029, before Kyle Reese goes back in time to protect Sara in 1984, Reese steps into the time displacement device and witnesses John being attacked by someone who turns out is the physical embodiment of Skynet. Now that Reese witnesses this before he is transported to 1984, a flood of memories of his childhood without a war enter his mind. Which is very strange since Reese grew up after Judgment Day. Reese arrives in 1984 and we all discover that everything we knew about the Terminator franchise has changed. Yup Terminator went full Star Trek 2009 on us and now we are in an alternate time line. Now, Sara Connor is not the simple waitress from the original movie and is now a trained soldier in the war for the future. She is well aware of who Reese is and why he is there. Also, she already has a protector from the future and her protector is none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold’s Character is called “Pops”, it is quite apparent that he is an aging Terminator that was sent to 1970’s when Sara was a child to protect her from a T-1000 that was already pursuing her. Sara’s parents were killed by the T-1000 and Pops protects her so he can teach her all that she knows in 1984. Who sent Arnold to protect Sara as a child? We are never told, those files were conveniently deleted from Arnold’s memory and whoever sent Arnold back doesn’t want Skynet to know. So as I stated this is a pretty big mystery that is not answered in this movie.  The audience is left to just wonder. Now that the time line has been altered Judgment Day is now set to go off in the year 2016, instead of 1997 like it was set in the earlier films. So Reese and Sara use their own jerry rigged time displacement device to travel to 2016. Pops can’t travel with them since he got his flesh melted off fighting the T-1000 leaving his metal arm exposed. This movie is going back to its time travel roots, which I like and pushing again that nothing mechanical can go through the time device without being torn apart. Sara and Reese travel to 2016, they are arrested once they appear. You can’t just appear out of nowhere and be completely naked in a busy intersection without having to answer some questions.  They get rescued by John Connor, who has somehow made his way to 2016 and Pops shows up shooting John. This shooting reveals, well it was revealed in the trailer too, John is the new dangerous Terminator that Arnold has to fight in this movie.

Now John’s abilities are just like the T-1000. He can mimic anyone that he comes into contact with and he can repair himself when shot. Instead of liquid metal he appears to be composed of nano bots. This means he can disassemble himself and appear real quickly behind an opponent. Also, the Nano bots can separate themselves from John and attack individually. This was a pretty neat concept, because after watching 4 Terminator movies and the TV Series I was getting tired of John being the savior of humanity. I think it was shoved down the audience’s throat more than it was John’s. The fact that John Connor becomes an instrument for Skynet is just awesome and that was a fresh direction to go. John is now in this time to assure Skynet’s existence in the future and he has set up shop in a huge building where some advanced technology, including Liquid Metal, is already well into development. Now, we are back on track to the real goal in the movie. It is not to protect Sara so she can raise the world’s savior. The goal instead is to stop Judgment Day from ever happening. Now that brings us to the climax of the film. Skynet is an App by the name of Genysis, where the subtitle of the film comes from. Genysis is supposed to go online in a matter of minutes, connecting all hand held devices together through satellites and therefore Skynet will have control over everything that is a machine. Judgment day is here and it is up to Reese, Sara and Pops to stop it. They set explosives all over the building to bring everything down, while Pops keeps John Connor busy. Eventually the fight puts both John and Pops in the time displacement device where both are real torn up and have metal exposed. Pops holds John in place and tells Reese to activate the time machine, which will tear both of them apart. So both Terminators are destroyed in the magnetic field of the time machine, Pop’s upper torso falls in a vat of liquid metal before the entire building explodes.

Sara is emotional destroyed by the loss of her cybernetic guardian, but the sadness is short lived and a liquid metal blade breaches the door, as in walks Pops all in one piece. Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger has survived the fight and has now got a liquid metal upgrade. I had no idea that was the way Liquid Metal worked, but okay. After that we are treated to a post credit sequence where it is revealed that Skynet has survived the explosion. This was a pretty good reintroduction to the franchise. I can already hear Josh saying, “Oh come on. Really?”  (Note From Josh-Not Really, reading your thoughts makes me want to see the movie more)   The thing is I liked that Arnold’s Character is completely developed at this point, since we are dealing with an older Terminator and it took the fatherly love that the Terminator from Terminator 2 felt of John and built on this terminator’s love for Sara. The movie is not without serious flaws and I will say that it is nowhere near as good as “Terminator 2 Judgment Day”. There are just too many unanswered questions that, as an audience member, you just feel robbed. You sit there for 2 hours and find out that all you are watching is build up for the next movie. That is what this is, since Paramount had every intention of this movie being the first in a new trilogy. The movie should have been able to stand on its own, but as of right now the story feels incomplete. Unfortunately the movie was beat out by the Magic Mike’s sequel in the box office. That seriously hurt the possibility of another movie since paramount did not see the return they were expecting to get. I was pretty surprised myself, was Magic Mike really that good? Fortunately “Terminator Genysis” received some pretty impressive returns overseas, so we might see those next 2 films. I hope they are able to get those next 2 films done and bring this Terminator story to a satisfactory end.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Till Next Time.

 (Article Edited By Joshua Gilmore)