In the latest headline concerning ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ it has been revealed to the public some of the reasoning/ ideas behind why Arnold Schwarzenegger appears to have aged in the shots taken from the set of the film, despite the fact that he is a robot. Good news is, the best reasoning for the aging seems to have come from the source of the franchise itself, James Cameron. While he was quick to point out that he was not attached to the project in any official capacity, he did say that he offered the following advice to David Ellison, one of the producers of the film:
“I pointed out that the outer covering [of the Terminator] was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.”
Which makes perfect sense, kind of. And from a franchise and a ‘let’s find a way to keep Arnold involved in this film and many more sequels,’ it’s a great idea. If you stop and think about it, the T-800 was not indestructible, and while the organic skin covering would age, the machine itself would also be worn down in time. If a T-800 was trapped in the past, it’s not like he could find proper maintenance for himself, and would definitely show signs of aging.
More interesting is the idea that a Terminator would have lived on in our society in our time and evolved so to speak. What things he would have learned, what lessons he could bring to his fellow robots in the future about how man-kind thinks. Which might be how the series gets re-set, such a robot could irrevocably hurt or help the humans in the coming man vs. machine war. But what I like most about this idea, is that it shows some serious thought went into this latest ‘Terminator’ film, which could mean a film that’s closer in quality to the original. Here’s hoping it lives up to that promise.