7 Totally Lame Movie Sequel Plot Twists

Entertainment Weekly’s big new cover story on the upcoming Terminator: Genisys (yes, that’s actually spelling it, this is not a gag) has got fans of the series plenty riled up — and for good reason. It seems that the geniuses behind the flick have gone and screwed up the story’s mythology in a pretty major way, creating an epic “ret-con”/continuity issue that would be shocking, were it not so common among sequels to beloved movies. You’ll find the spoiler after the jump, along with a few other examples of sequels that asked us to swallow some pretty strange reveals.

Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

Sarah Connor was raised by a Terminator (Terminator: Genisys)

The Terminator series has become such a well-beaten dead horse by now — between the Salvation semi-reboot, the already-forgotten Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, and various other iterations — that the whole notion of canon seems borderline irrelevant. And it’s not like earlier sequels haven’t flirted with ret-con before (see the debate over “the future is not set” and the first film). But it’s still sort of insane that this is actually a thing they’re doing in the new Terminator (spoilers, etc.):

Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator — an older T-800 she calls “Pops” — who is programmed to guard rather than to kill.

“Pops”? “Pops”? Gotta hand ‘em this much: they found a plot reset that’s about as stupid as that title spelling of “genesis.”