Have you ever tried to cook enchiladas and bake a coffee cake at the same time? It doesn’t work. You end up with bad dinner and dessert, or even worse–sweet enchilada coffee cake! Well, that’s why I haven’t been writing much on the blog lately, because other, more serious, more “finish or else you lose your job” kind of writing is taking my time.
But I couldn’t let the day pass without some mention. After all, today is the 25th anniversary of May 12, 1984.
You can watch the scene here.
This scene, from James Cameron’s 1984 classic Terminator, has it all: sci-fi technology; butt; humor at the expense of a hobo; time travel; the inference of gay, alley sex; and a killer Casio™ keyboard score right out of a John Carpenter movie. It drips with the 80s.
Hardcore sci-fi/Terminator fans will note that “12th, May, Thursday” in 1984 was really “12th, May, Saturday.” Rumor has it the movie was set to film in 1983–when it was a Thursday–but due to Schwarzeneggar’s contractual obligations to Conan, had to be postponed. They never updated the day in the script. I say, when a naked man steals your gun and points it at you, you are bound to get a few facts wrong during an impromptu quiz. Eh…
After seeing the new Star Trek movie last week, Terminator has been on my mind. In it, Kyle Reese (the naked man you see above) is sent back from the future by a man named John Connor to save Sarah Connor. Sarah is the future mother of John Connor, the leader of the resistance in the war against the machines. In that future, the machines have sent one of their own back to kill her, thereby hoping to extinguish the resistance (by making sure their leader is never born). What we learn in the movie, of course, is that Kyle Reese is the one who gets Sarah Connor pregnant. He is the father of John Connor.
But how could John Connor be alive to send his father back in time so that he would be born if he wasn’t already alive?
Ah! Because time is connected but not dependent. Instead of a Back to the Future space-time continuum, we have a series of dots in time/space where new lines of dots can emerge from the others and not change the course of the ones already in existence. Sound familiar?
So Skynet was sending back a Terminator to 1984 to kill that Sarah Connor so as to kill off the possibility of a John Connor being born in the future that comes from then. Get it? Skynet was so fucking pissed off, it sent a machine back in time to do something that would have no effect whatsoever on its own present reality. It just wanted to fuck it up for another human reality.
Aw, forget it. Just bask in the glow of commemorating an anniversary of something that happened in cinematic fiction.