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  • Author's Saving Throw: After Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys were criticised for being rated PG-13, James Cameron made it official that this film would be rated R, like the first two movies.
  • Awesome Music: The trailer's use of a cover of Björk's "Hunter". It would have been easy to just play on audience's sense of nostalgia by re-using the original Terminator theme, but this helps make the film seem more like its own thing, especially since Arnold Schwarzenegger appears in only one shot. It's also dark, somber, and haunting, giving the trailer an air of mystery and alluding to a promise that it won't just be a rehash of the overdone Terminator Twosome plot.
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  • Director Displacement: James Cameron produces, and is merely one of several people who helped write the story, but his name is as big as director Tim Miller's on the first poster and stands above the latter. Moreover, his return to the franchise has been hyped up regardless.
  • Epileptic Trees: The mysterious, geometric-looking scars on Mackenzie Davis' character in the first promo image have been taken by many fans as an indication that she's actually a Terminator and might be the films' equivalent to Cameron. The first trailer seems to confirm this.
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  • Narm: The trailer has one moment where a hammer hits the new Terminator's leg and it makes a very cartoony splat sound.
  • Narm Charm: The title "Dark Fate" sounds like it's just being edgy for the sake of edginess, but if you've been paying close attention to the first two films the words do have significance; the dystopian future that the Terminators come from is known as "The Age of Darkness" and "No Fate" is an arc phrase throughout the second film.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Just the fact that this new terminator looks nowhere near as impressive or as intimidating as its predecessors. It can blend in anywhere at any time without needing to shapeshift and catch someone off guard.
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    • Add in the fact that it can shed its "skin" to be in two places at once...Skynet is apparantly an old dog that's learned some new tricks.
  • Older Than They Think: This isn't the first time the Terminator franchise has shown a cyborg of human origin. The graphic novel Tempest released in 1990 revealed that one of Skynet's earliest attempts at creating cyborgs involved reconstructing injured humans. Terminator Salvation also had Marcus Wright, a death row inmate who signed over his body to be experimented on to Cyberdyne, leading to him being converted into a cyborg as well. T2 Trilogy also featured SkyNet creating genetically-modified humans to turn into cyborg infiltrators, sacrificing some of the regular Terminators' combat power in exchange for being much harder to detect, even for a Resistance that knows what to look for.
  • Squick: Mackenzie Davis' character reveals that she's a cyborg in the same way all the other terminators do: by accumulating a series of gruesome injuries.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Responses to the first trailer have been rather varied and far from unanimously enthusiastic, with it garnering 1/5th of red thumbs on the film's Youtube channel.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Due to the lackluster performance of Terminator Genisys and the divisive nature of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation and James Cameron's intention to revisit its roots, it appears Cameron fully intends to pull this off, with the help of Tim Miller (the director of Deadpool, which was well received by audiences and critics alike). Bringing back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor just helped to seal the deal.

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