5 Biggest Questions Terminator: Dark Fate Left Us Wondering About
These are the 5 biggest questions Terminator: Dark Fate left us wondering about.
1. If Sarah Connor trained Dani, why hadn’t grace ever heard of her in the future?
Terminator: Dark Fate ends poignantly with both Sarah and Dani surviving and Connor taking Ramos under her wing to train her to become the future leader of humanity. Thematically, this means Sarah gets a version of her son John back and has someone to impart her lifetime of Terminator-killing knowledge to. Which is one of the reasons Dani in the future becomes an effective leader and enemy of Legion. But since Terminator: Dark Fate turns out to be Dani’s origin story. Why has Sarah Connor been forgotten in the future?
When they met, Grace outright told Sarah she’d never heard of her. This is very strange considering Sarah trained Dani. Considering how close Dani and Grace were presumed to be, why would Dani never tell her about Sarah Connor? The only explanation is that Dani withheld knowledge about Sarah to not disrupt how events are meant to play out in the past when she sends Grace back in time to protect her younger self. But does that also mean Dani didn’t tell anyone else in the resistance about Sarah Connor? If not. Why then would Grace be the only one in Terminator: Dark Fate‘s 2042 future who’s never heard of Sarah?
2. What does the designation ‘Rev-9’ mean?
Terminator: Dark Fate never explains why the Rev-9 is called ‘Rev-9’. Skynet’s Terminators had simple and logical designations: the T-800 was a Series 800 Terminator, the T-1000 was a Series 1000 Terminator, and so forth. The Rev-9 is basically the T-X (Kristanna Loken) from Terminator 3 with the extra feature of being able to split its liquid metal mimetic polyalloy and its metal endoskeleton so they can operate independently. But none of that explains the designation ‘Rev-9’. Were there 8 previous Revs? And why is it still called a Terminator?
3. If Legion is different, why does it also make time-traveling terminators?
One of Terminator: Dark Fate‘s twists is that while the Connors prevented the future controlled by Skynet. A machine-caused apocalypse happened anyway. Only this time, the Artificial Intelligence that destroyed humanity is called Legion and was originally designed for cyber warfare. And yet, even though it’s a different A.I.. Legion still built cyborg Terminators to hunt the human resistance and those Terminators resemble the ones Skynet built. Further, Legion also employs the same gambit of sending Terminators back in time to hunt its enemies in the past.
While this speaks to the theme of inevitability introduced to the franchise in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It’s strange that Legion is a different machine resorting to the exact same tactics as Skynet. Why not create a biological weapon instead to wipe out its human enemies? (The answer, of course, is that would mean these stop being Terminator movies).
4. Who is the Major?
After Carl joins up with Sarah, Grace, and Dani, they turn to an old ally of Connor’s for help: Major Dean (Fraser James). Dean provided the heroes with an EMP device to take out the Rev-9, although it ended up getting damaged and was useless. Major Dean was also a casualty of the Rev-9 attacking, which unfortunately resulted in fans learning very little about this new character as Terminator: Dark Fate rushed into its climactic action sequences.
It makes sense that Sarah has more allies in the world; T2 established that she lived a paramilitary lifestyle and raised John among ex-soldiers as they trained for their future fighting cyborgs. Sarah turned to her friend Enrique (Cástulo Guerra) in T2 and she obviously has more friends who provided her with weapons and shelter over the past 22 years. It’s just a shame that in Terminator: Dark Fate. Major Dean was introduced and disposed of so abruptly instead of becoming a character that fans could root for like T2’s Miles Bennet Dyson (Joe Morton).
5. Why doesn’t Carl’s Dog bark at him?
Dogs being able to detect Terminators (and hating the cyborgs) have been depicted throughout the franchise. This continued in Dark Fate when Dani’s dog Taco barked when the Rev-9 came to her apartment and spoke to her dad. Who it then murdered and took the place of. Though it was kept off-screen, presumably the Rev-9 also killed Taco. (In a Terminator 2 deleted scene, the T-1000 killed John Connor’s barking dog.) But somehow, Carl has the only dog in a Terminator movie who doesn’t bark at a cyborg. It’s not clear how Carl managed to win his dog over but Dark Fate boasts the first instance of a dog being a Terminator’s best friend.