We Watched "Terminator: Dark Fate" And Spotted 14 Interesting Details
There's the obligatory "I'll be back" – but did you catch the rest? Warning: contains spoilers.
This is super obvious, but Sarah Connor saying “I’ll be back” is obviously a nod to the Terminator’s iconic line.
And, of course, so is Carl saying “I won’t be back”.
Meanwhile, Grace saying “Come with me or you’ll be dead in 30 seconds!” feels like a slightly more subtle nod to another iconic line – “Come with me if you want to live”.
Sarah telling Dani that if they go to the cops for help they’ll end up with “100 dead cops” calls back to the first movie.
Grace channels Sarah and John Connor’s mantra “there’s no fate but what we make for ourselves”, while Dani puts her own twist on it by saying “what matters are the choices we make now”.
The Rev-9 of Dark Fate shares some similarities with the T-1000 of Terminator 2, down to the way it transforms into Dani’s father – echoing how the T-1000 transformed into John’s foster mother.
When the Rev-9 crashes the family barbecue, “Guitars, Cadillacs” by Dwight Yoakam is playing. This is the same song playing when the T-800 enters the bar in Terminator 2.
Carl’s business phone number is a nod to the date from the first Terminator movie.
Carl hesitating over the sunglasses is a reference to the Terminator’s classic look.
Carl’s injuries, though, very much mimic what has happened to Terminators in the past.
Grace and Carl’s sacrifice echoes Kyle Reese’s in the first movie, the T-800’s in the second movie and the T-850’s in the third movie (even though it’s no longer canon).
Carl’s death in particular pays homage to the Terminator’s end in Terminator 2.
Dani watching young Grace through the park fence is a visual nod to Sarah’s nightmare vision of Judgement Day in Terminator 2.
Finally, Sarah and Dani driving off in a jeep pays homage to the way a pregnant Sarah does in the first movie.
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