Ranking The Terminator Films And Shows From Worst To Best

Ranking The Terminator Films And Shows From Worst To Best

The Terminator has spawned an entire entertainment
franchise, one that includes films, TV series, and now-defunct amusement park attractions. But, as with any franchise out there, not
all installments are created equal. Here’s how the films and shows stack up, from
worst to best. The Terminator franchise had already put out
two immensely successful releases by 2003, when Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came
out. It marked the first film without any involvement
from series creator James Cameron. It shows. Rise of the Machines is all style and zero
substance, one of those films that throws everything that worked from its predecessors
at the wall and winds up making a giant mess with it. The chases are bigger, but definitely not
better. Somehow, more explosions happen than in either
previous movie, but they don’t seem to be there for any reason other than someone decided
it was a Terminator movie, and Terminator movies need explosions. Rise of the Machines is basically the same
movie as Judgment Day, only with a female Terminator chasing after John Connor while
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 attempts to protect him. Just prior to the release of 2009’s Terminator
Salvation, Machinima released this tie-in web series. Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series
takes place in 2016, two years prior to the events of Salvation the movie, and it centers
on Blair Williams as she sets out on a mission to hunt down “the Ghost,” a hacker who’s
interfering with Resistance communications. If you can get past the mediocre effects,
The Machinima Series manages to be a pretty entertaining series. It doesn’t add anything or take away from
the franchise, the story doesn’t affect the greater Skynet threat in the long run, but
it gets points for creativity. And out of all the Terminator films, the fact
that Salvation managed to be the one to get its own offshoot web series as a marketing
ploy is pretty daring. Following up Rise of the Machines, Terminator
Salvation tells the bleak, post-Judgment Day story of the Resistance and its fighters. There were hopes that the film would reinvigorate
the franchise, and for a time, it seemed as though it would. Jonathan Nolan, the award-winning writer behind
The Dark Knight, Interstellar, and HBO’s Westworld, had started work on the script but pulled
out due to another commitment. Then there was a writers’ strike. Salvation just couldn’t seem to catch a break. In 2018, star Christian Bale appeared on MTV’s
Happy Sad Confused podcast and touched on his regrets. Bale said: “I said no three times. And it’s a great thorn in my side, because
I wish we could have reinvigorated that. And unfortunately, during production, you
could tell that wasn’t happening. But it’s a great shame.” At least Salvation isn’t another retelling
of the first three films. In this one, John Connor is a fully-fledged
resistance leader, Kyle Reese is a young, pre-time traveling Sarah Connor-romancer,
and the main cyborg doesn’t even know he’s a machine. “Who built you?” “My name is Marcus Wright.” “You think you’re human?” “I am human.” Terminator Genisys Terminator Genisys, the 2015 franchise reboot,
was supposed to be the film that really would bring fans back to the fold. Even James Cameron told Yahoo! Movies that he felt as though Genisys worked
as the true third installment in the Terminator franchise. With a story centered on fractured timelines
and unexpected villains, Genisys really is the best film to come out since Terminator
2. But saying that it’s better than the two films
before it isn’t really saying much at all. The most successful thing about Genisys is
the way it treats its source material. Using a combination of fancy CGI work and
reenactments with body doubles who look just enough like the ’84 actors to get by, Genisys
pays a great deal of fan service to those who loved the original. Where it fails is in trying to weave in new
material. Nearly everything that takes place in the
new 2017 timeline is confusing, but seeing a 1984 Sarah Connor kick ass kind of makes
up for it. For two seasons, The Sarah Connor Chronicles
gave fans hope that the franchise could, in fact, get back on track. Taking place after the events of Terminator
2, the series sees Sarah and a teenage John Connor running from yet another Terminator,
with the help of a cyborg named Cameron. Get it? Cameron? The Sarah Connor Chronicles jumps in time
from 1997 to 2007, effectively erasing Rise of the Machines. Sarah and John are able to exist in a timeline
more in line with Terminator 2. Sarah is still alive and a key figure in the
Resistance. Star Lena Headey manages to pick up where
Linda Hamilton left off in a way that feels more like an homage to the original character
than someone trying to replace her. Just before The Terminator hit theaters in
1984, Orion studio execs refused to screen it for critics, showing little confidence
in it. The lack of love from the studio at the time
stuck with Cameron for over three decades, but looking at the film now, it’s impossible
to imagine how anyone could consider it a failure. And thankfully, audiences at the time felt
the same way. The Terminator launched Cameron’s career as
a director and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s as an actor. It was like nothing that had ever happened
in movies, and it proved that audiences were willing to shell out their hard-earned money
to watch a diner waitress and her time-traveling boyfriend get chased through the streets of
Los Angeles by a cyborg in leather. Cameron told the audience at the fifth annual
Hero Complex Film Festival that the fearlessness it took to make The Terminator came from his
frustration in trying to break into the industry. He said: “I was the anonymous, kind of angry, wannabe
filmmaker. There’s some courage that comes from that,
you say whatever comes into your head…I was kind of like a free voice in the wilderness
in that stage.” Terminator 2: Judgment Day not only builds
upon the world created by its predecessor, but it’s also somehow better than the original
movie. Over ten years after the events of The Terminator,
Sarah Connor has been institutionalized because of her belief in time-traveling killer robots. Her son, John, lives with foster parents. The original T-800 has been reprogrammed as
a protector for John, and the new evil is the T-1000, an updated Terminator with the
added feature of shape-shifting liquid metal. Judgment Day isn’t just a continuation of
the series, it’s something totally new. Sarah is a fighting machine, a far cry from
the scared waitress in The Terminator. The T-800 is no longer a threat, and this
version of the character sets up a multi-movie arc for the original big bad, one that sees
an aging actor continue to reprise the role, in spite of the fact that robots shouldn’t
age. Judgment Day’s T-800 was just so likable,
it didn’t matter. Plus, it gave us some fantastic catchphrases. “Hasta la vista, baby.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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  1. there is no way in hell Terminator 3 is worse than Genysis! T3 isn't actually bad it's just perceived as meh cause it had to follow T2

  2. The problem with terminator to many reboots just like the another reboot if this one doesn't work out they are probably do another reboot

  3. Rise and Salvation are okay movies, but not good movies. Genesis was a mess. The show was bland. At this rate I'm only counting the original, Judgement Day, and maybe this new one as canon.

  4. 1. [94%] The Terminator
    2. [90%] Terminator 2
    3. [66%] Terminator SC Chronicles
    4. [64%] Terminator: Salvation
    5. [42%] Terminator Genisys
    6. [20%] Terminator 3

    Yes, 3 is the worst. And no, T2 is not better than T1.

  5. I'd put 3 over Genisys just because it's sooooo fuuuuucking boooorrrriiiiing. It took 3 days to get through that since I kept getting bored and had to watch something else. Salvation wasn't that good personally but curious why some of you peoples love it

  6. Did you do this for the alien movies 2 🤪 cause loved alien then aliens 2 was from James Cameron and with those other movies 😉 and it's like you say it's hard for a sequel to surpass the original but i think t2 is on the same level as t1 maybe just a bit better 😋

  7. Terminator 2 still puts to shame most modern day action films. The production values are just insane compared to CGI bombs today.

  8. That's very easy:
    Terminator 1 : 9/10
    Terminator 2: 10/10
    Everything else from the entire franchise: 0/10 – to be considered as never created.

  9. Genisys was legit the worst in the franchise. It was eye cancer. I was completely out of this list when you didn't list it as the worst

  10. This chart is based on some kind of interrogation or something? Because it looks so subjective. For me Salvation is the best after first two movies. The only problem in it is that terminators throw people instead of killing them. Genysis is the worst no doubt. It looks like not funny comedy or parody.

  11. Nothing will ever beat the sequel to the original, along with Aliens ….. T2 is one of if not best sequel to any movie franchise , way ahead of its time.💯

  12. Terminator 2
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Cronicles
    Terminator Salvation
    Terminator Rise of the Machines


  13. My opinion 1st to last.
    Rise of the machines

    It was a tough choice between the bottom 2.

  14. All the T were great as the overall story.
    T1- the best horror movie, in the genera of cat and mouse
    T2- best action movie
    T3- they show John as a old man at the end of the war but the T killed John so his wife sent down T to protect her and his husband. The T was sent down to kill his 2nd in command and in war that does make since.
    TS- showed us the war itself
    TG- ok ok that was bad but it show that the robots learned that they both would kill each other—- which is human instant.

  15. Genisys not at the bottom of the list negates this entire video. Genisys, salvation, then rise of the machines are your bottom 3

  16. 6) Terminator: Genesys
    5) Terminator: Salvation
    4) Terminator: Rise Of The Machine
    3) Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles
    2) The Terminator
    1) T2: Judgement Day

  17. Salvation is better than most. I’d actually put it at 3rd best right after T2 & T1. Definitely agree T2 is the best.

  18. 6. Terminator: Salvation
    5. Terminator: Genisys
    4. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
    3. Terminator: Dark Fate
    2. The Terminator
    1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  19. I like rise of the Machines. I didn't think it was that bad. But as far as Terminator salvation and Terminator Genesis go it just got bad.

  20. Sorry, no. Genisys is not only the worst Terminator film, but one of the worst films ever made. T3 and TS are far better than anything that "film" showed us. So, no, this video is a fail.

  21. Finally, a video on Youtube that gives Sarah Connor Chronicles some overdue credit. A Terrific series that ranks just as high as the Cameron films that no Terminator fan saw for some reason.

  22. The terminator is an android and not a cyborg….why do these videos always mixing up android and cyborg…smh…

  23. Terminator 1 was sooo much better than T2.
    Give me a break, a kid who says "you can't kill people" vs Arnie walking into a police station and killing everyone.

  24. Sarah Connor Chronicles is SOOOO underrated and overlooked. It uses the same tone from the first 2 films, unlike the later films that are just comedies with action.

  25. After T2, the only one I liked was Salvation. Why is it so low?

    Rise of the Machines was poor at best, but Genisys is a fucking mess. Come on!

  26. Terminator 3: Rise of the machines does what terminator 2 was trying to avoid, face judment day, in terminator 3 rise of the machines, they retake the race aganist time and fail, masquerading the end of the movie on purpose, none of the movie goers can believe that the world is really ending and that machines won, that's a success, the failure in the movie is not having it's own style in having more difference from T2. This is the opportunity that can make or break terminator dark fate, that is going in the same direction.

  27. 1. Terminator 2
    2. Terminator 1
    3. Terminator Salvation

    4. Terminator 3
    5. Terminator Genisys





    Shit: Terminator Dark Fate

  28. TSCC was fucking awesome. Im glad it was number 3. It started off slow but when it picked up steam i was hooked.

  29. "Genisys is better than Salvation."

    You're fucking high, Salvation was loads more original than Genisys and actually expanded on the future war aspect of the franchise. Genisys is a literal rehash mashup.

  30. 1st T2
    2nd T1
    3rd T:Dark Fate
    4th: T:Salvation
    5th/6thTie: T3 and T:Genisys

    Honestly.. Films other than T1 and T2 are all just non-sense. But i gotta rank so.. yeah..

  31. I actually liked salvation. It wasn't the Godfather but it wasn't really supposed to be. It was decent for what it was.

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