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Terminator: The Musical?

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rockfenris2005 03:12 pm UTC 05/12/21
In reply to: re: Jim's History musically. - Evan 01:25 pm UTC 05/12/21

Meanwhile the world is left wondering what a Cameron "T3" would have been like (I love the idea I once read on IMDB that Linda Hamilton could play a new Terminator sent back to kill John, and to make him weaker and more vulnerable she resembles his dead mother Sarah. Imagine that and Skynet nuking everyone at the end. I came up with the part where the new Terminator's death would mirror Sarah's nightmare in the second movie. That's how she'd die. She'd get caught outside as the bombs start going off, and instead we see the endoskeleton when the nuke blows off her skin. That bit's sometimes cut out of the TV versions of T2.)

I thought a *lot* about a Terminator musical. I see it like a "My Fair Lady" type of story, Liza Doolittle transforms into a flower seller on the corner of Tottenham Court Road, to a lady who one of the characters even thinks is royalty.

In Terminator, it's about Sarah's transformation from a young uni student, living in a flat with two of her friends, and she works at the local burger joint---"Look at it this way. In a hundred years, who's going to care?" (which btw is my favourite line from the "Terminator" movies and not "I'll be back" or any of the others haha). Suddenly there's this person killing off people with the same name, all in the same area, which starts to freak her out. Only she has no idea what's about to happen which she can barely even come to terms with.

She goes from serving burgers and chips to the mother of the leader of the resistance, the man who leads the world's survivors in the war against Skynet which has destroyed the world, and sent machines back in time to kill his mother before he's even been born.

The transformation is complete, when Sarah finally kills the machine and says "You're terminated, fucker" and she's never the same person again. In that moment, the Sarah that we knew at the start of the story no longer exists.

Meanwhile you've got this time travel love storyline with Kyle Reese, whose life experience up to this point, is basically hell on earth. It's sort of like the premise for the musical "Brigadoon". There's this town that appears once every one hundred years, and they've only got that one day that they spend together. Sarah basically spends a night with Kyle, who's been sent back from the future to protect Sarah, and then he dies. He gets killed by the Terminator.

What I realized though was that the Terminator wouldn't sing. Everyone else would, but not the Terminator. a) the Terminator is a machine. He's not even a he. It's incapable of emoting, therefore you can't turn that into a song. It wouldn't fit with the character, and b) the contrast with the Terminator not singing and everyone around it having a song, would make it more intimidating. All we would get are the famous lines: "Nice night for a walk", "I'll be back", and all of that.

I also worked out where the first act would end, which would be the shootout at the cop station. Not just because it's a big action piece, like the falling of the chandelier in "Phantom" for example, but that's the moment where Sarah accepts, for once and for all, that Kyle's right and that only he can really protect her.

> This is a pretty perfect comparison. By the time they got
> to the Bat sequel they not only had a gigantic budget but
> they also were seasoned pros who knew how to utilize
> technology better. You can tell from listening to Bat II
> and watching Terminator 2 that both Jim’s must have had a
> blast.
> O a side note, I seem to remember that you wrote a
> Terminator musical years ago with the song, “Sarah Conner,
> You’re A Goner.”

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