I always like it when the sequels continue the story, so it is fun to watch them all one after the other. However, Dark Fate kind of left me confused. I liked Genisys a lot, it was filled with the complexities of time travel, introduced a time flux, and introduced a new story keeping in mind all the past 4 movies and its key pieces. Dark Fate did not continue that story. If it did, where was Kyle Reese? He was supposed to be with Sarah Connor and John Connor. At the end of Genisys, they showed some part of Skynet was still alive, however, that piece was left unexplained as well. The T-800 in Genisys, also known as ‘pops’ upgrades his system with liquid metal alloy and becomes really cool, however, we didn’t get any explanation about that part either.
I loved the emotions this one brought. The movie was very fast-paced and didn’t waste a single minute on unnecessary footage. The action was amazing and very well executed. I was a little disappointed with the new Terminator, Rev-9, as it was just another Terminator similar to the T-X from 'Rise of Machines', just black in color, and who resembled like a robotic Venom. Grace was a wonderful character, the actor did a fabulous job. The part where she was human however augmented to be able to fight the Rev-9 was awesome. The part where she was able to fight at the same level as the Rev-9 was kind of surprising, however, she had her drawbacks, her body would relapse and would need some time to recover along with a dose of medicines. The part where the Rev-9’s abilities were limited to only make one clone was also well thought out. It didn’t seem like a lost battle. However, two humans and two robots fighting one Terminator seemed kind of evenly matched.
The plot did nothing new, it continued the same old story with tiny changes here and there. The story takes place somewhere else, with new characters. Instead of John, there’s a new leader of the resistance, Daniella Ramos. Instead of Skynet, there’s a new Artificial Intelligence named ‘Legion’. And instead of killing the mom who would bear a son, it’s the girl who becomes the leader of the resistance. The last part was quite empowering for women, however, not as innovative as I wanted it to be.
The T-101 or T-800, or Arnold comes in the second half of the movie, he is the terminator that kills John Connor, and is a Terminator out of time, left without a purpose. It was nice to hear his story, how he figures a way to pass his time. How he embarks on a journey to become human. He gives Sarah a purpose. He adapts and tries to become part of a family. He takes a human name ‘Carl’. And he gives up his life to save Sarah and Daniella, however, this time he does it without programming, this time he does it for John, with free will. And that was incredibly awesome in my opinion. Always a fan of free will and choice.