Trivia / Terminator
Works in this series with their own Trivia pages:
The film series in general
- Billing Displacement: The Terminator is never the main character in a way, but Arnold Schwarzenegger always gets top billing.
- Channel Hop: Each movie has gone through this (see The Production Curse as to why).
- First movie: Hemdale (theatrical distribution by Orion)
- Second movie: Carolco (TriStar distribution)
- Third movie: C2, a Carolco Spiritual Successor. (Warner Bros. distribution in the US, Columbia worldwide)
- Fourth movie: Halcyon (same distribution as the 3rd film)
- Fifth movie: Annapurna Pictures/Skydance Productions (Paramount distribution)
- This also leads to the first two being released in home video by a plethora of companies.
- James Cameron was contractually obligated to give T2 to Orion to option, but the filmmaker's asking price was so high that the studio had no choice but to pass. It is a fact that Cameron, Schwarzenegger, and producer Gale Anne Hurd despised Orion's treatment on the first film (although it was a hit), that the high asking price has been perceived to have been deliberate so they wouldn't have to work with the studio again. If the situation was different, Orion might have released both films.
- Defictionalization: Of a very scary sort. The British Ministry of Defence actually operates a satellite network used to coordinate unmanned vehicles - including "Hunter Killer drones" - called SkyNet.
- The US Air Force has a unit readiness tracking system called, I shit you not, SkyNet. During exercises, announcements come over the loudspeakers for group commanders to "update numbers in SkyNet".
- There is a company called Cyberdyne that is working on exoskeletons. Based in Japan. The version it's getting the most attention for is called the HAL 5. Anyone else see the three problems with this?
- Yeah, none of their projects involve AI. Although, apparently the Cyberdyne name isn't meant to be a reference (They work in Cybernetics, and dyne is a suffix meaning power. Doesn't explain the HAL 5's name, though)
- If parts of T4 gave you nightmares then just skip this link. At least there's no... teeth
- News 4 in Tucson, Arizona has a weather, traffic, and safety observation network called Skynet:  They have billboards for it all over the city and it's a bit unsettling. (Especially when in the Sarah Connor chronicles series the Los Angles traffic system was originally destined to be the "nervous system" of Skynet.)
- Development Hell: All installments past the second. Leading to both Sequel Gap and Channel Hop.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Linda Hamilton got ripped for the second movie, to emphasize the levels in badass that Sarah Connor took.
- Arnold also had to get back into bodybuilder-level shape to play the T-850 in the third one.
- The Other Darrin: John Connor has been portrayed by numerous actors; with 7 actors playing him in 4 movies and a TV show. Sarah Connor was recast for the T:SCC series as well, with Lena Heady taking the iconic role from Linda Hamilton and ironically sharing the same initials.
- T4 also has a new Kate Brewster and Kyle Reese; understandable and necessary in the latter case, since he's several years younger than in the original film.
- Then came Genisys, which recasts Kyle, John and Sarah.
- The Production Curse: More legally cursed than anything. See the Channel Hop trope above? That occurred because the production companies (and a couple of the distributors) kept folding before the next sequel could be made. We'll see if Skydance can stay in business long enough to get a Genisys sequel out the door.
- Reality Subtext: Remember the orderly that Sarah brutalizes during her breakout? The one who beat her so she could be restrained? The actor kept pulling that blow too much, and Linda Hamilton badly bruised her knees on the hard floor with each take. She took out her frustration on the poor guy. Also Enforced Method Acting.
- Sequel Gap: 7, 12, 6, and another 6 years between installments. If one wants to count T2 3-D as a formal entry, it becomes an eerily regular 7, 5, 7, 6, 6. So, see you in 2020?
- Star-Making Role: Arnold Schwarzenegger had already made Conan the Barbarian (1982), but this propelled him even further into stardom (marking even his first Billed Above the Title role).
- The Wiki Rule: The Terminator Wiki
- Word of Saint Paul: The novelizations of the first two films were written by a close personal friend of James Cameron, who had also contributed rough ideas to the concept. Some of the details revealed in the novels are confirmed true in later films, in creator interviews, or in other works—for example, the series of Terminator that is after Sarah. It is never called a T-800 in any film, but the novel refers to it as a Series 800.