If you were at all into the Terminator movies, then you know that Judgment Day -- the day Skynet launched their war on humans -- is (was) today, April 21, 2011. According to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, last Tuesday night (April 19) at precisely 8:11 p.m., Skynet, the giant computer network that eventually destroys life as we know it, first gained consciousness.
And today, on Thursday, April 21, Skynet and its army of mechanical robots began destroying humanity. With only a couple hours left in the day, it seems kind of unlikely, right?
Never one to miss an opportunity, Terminator director James Cameron used the occasion to send a message via Twitter that is highly appropriate for both Judgment and Earth Day:
Skynet was supposed to go operational tonight. Instead of machines taking over, we have the very real threat of global warming.
At any rate, don't be too creeped out. Judgment Day has been moved around quite a bit in Terminator history. In the original 1984 Terminator movie, Skynet went operational on August 4, 1997, and first strikes back 25 days later on Judgment Day, August 29, 1997.
By the time Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out in 2003, Judgment Day was moved to July 24, 2004.
So, yeah, it's a little creepy with its proximity to 2012 and all the strange apocalyptic happenings like birds falling out of the sky, strange weather patterns, earthquakes, etc., but realistically, it was a movie. And a TV show.
If we were going to freak out over every sci-fi movie, we would be pretty bored by now. After all, how scary were 2001 or 1984, both years with very ominous lead-ups (George Orwell's 1984 and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey)?
Sci-fi is fiction, it's true. But it does remind me that I want to see all those movies again. Any guesses as to when the next "Judgment Day" will be?
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