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    "Terminator Genisys" Is Like Staying Too Long At The Apocalyptic Party

    There are pluses and minuses to a franchise with a built-in reset button. SPOILERS WITHIN!

    These days, franchises never die — they just reboot. So in some ways, the Terminator series, now five installments strong, is the perfect franchise, with a built-in reset button. The movies don't move forward, just looping forever in time as humanity tries to stop Skynet and Skynet tries to eradicate humanity. But in the new Terminator Genisys, now in theaters, the characters feel like they're forever circling the same spot, getting recast and remixed but never actually getting anywhere.

    Here are five ways the film feels like staying too long at the apocalyptic party.

    When we learn that Terminators can get old.

    When John Connor writes off continuity.

    When we meet our third, fourth, and fifth sets of Sarahs, Johns, and Kyles.

    When J.K. Simmons shows up in that throwaway role.

    When Skynet turns out not to be destroyed after all.