Terry Dale Parks talks about roles in “Terminator Genisys” and “Maze Runner: The Scorch”

Terry Dale Parks has appeared in numerous television series and films. Some of his work includes appearances on “Homeland” and “Prison Break” to “Thor” and “Olympus Has Fallen”. Terry recently just finished work on “Terminator Genisys” and “Maze Runner: The Scorch”. Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Terry recently about his work on the two films as well as some of his other upcoming work.

Adam Lawton: What can you tell us about your work on “Terminator Genisys”?
Terry Dale Parks: That started off kind of funny. I had started out thinking I was going to New Orleans to work as that’s where a lot of the film was shot however at the last minute I ended up going to San Francisco. I do some stunts in the film as well as playing a character. The role I play is actually that of a guy who is in charge of one of the cybernetic research facilities. This was such a great film to work on. The thing Director Alan Taylor wanted to do was to make this film feel like the original James Cameron “Terminator” films. The film is sort of picking up where the originals left off. Having Arnold back in the film and getting to work around him was really a treat for me.

AL: What was your take on the “Terminator” series prior to working on it and how do you feel it fits in with the previous films?
TDP: I grew up with “Terminator” and the first 3 movies are really what I consider to be it for me in the series. Growing up in the 80’s and with that classic “I’ll Be Back” phrase that’s really where I see this new film fitting in. It really goes back to the originals. There’s a lot of heart in this film and it’s not just constant CGI effects. That’s the thing I loved about the original films was that all the characters had these dynamic relationships. Genisys has some great surprises and I think people are really going to like the film.

AL: You also are going to be appearing in “Maze Runner: The Scorch”. What can you tell us about that project?
TDP: I had never really heard about the first film. I ended up going to see the film one day not knowing what to expect and ultimately I found the film to be really interesting. What I loved about it is was how the relationship between the kids in the film developed. As the film went on it felt like they were this little family. So literally the next day after seeing the first film I got a call from my agent asking if I would be interested in reading for the film. I actually read for several different roles when I went in. I ended up landing a role where I am in charge of a facility where the kids are taken. I can’t really say much more than that. “The Scorch” literally picks up where the first film ended and it’s almost like watching your favorite Sci-Fi series and this is the next episode. What I found with working on this project is that the kids in the film have such a great relationship off screen that it seems to carry over to on screen. They are all great kids and it was a real pleasure working with everyone.

AL: You have a pretty extensive television resume as well. Do you find it difficult to transition between television and film roles?
TDP: There are long hours and hard work that go into both.  Sometimes when you are working on a television show you might be working on 4 different scripts which are being shot on a couple different sets all in one day. With a film you’re working on one thing so you are only focusing on certain scenes each day. With the television stuff I have to spend a little bit more time making sure I have everything set and am on the right page so to speak for each shot as like I said before a lot of times were working on multiple episodes at one time.

AL: Since were on the topic of television can you tell us about working on “Astronaut Wives Club”?
TDP: That was such a great and fun cast to be around. The show is going to be a 10 part mini-series on ABC. I think people are going to find this show very appealing as I think it has something that appeals to all demographics. For the guys the astronaut angle I think will be very interesting. At times the show also has a “Desperate Housewives” feel to it as it showcases a lot of the drama that these guys went through. When the ten episodes are up I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t order more. It’s based off of a series of books so there are more options if they choose to continue on with it.

AL: Are there any other projects you have in the works that you would like to mention?
TDP: I did a project with Kyra Sedgwick titled “Big Sky”. That’s should be an interesting film that I think people will like. It’s definitely a thriller and also stars Bella Thorne and Frank Grillo. I am very excited for that to come out.

Film Review “Terminator Genisys”

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 2 hrs 5 mins

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

The year is 2029. Resistance leader John Connor is about to send his trusted lieutenant, Kyle Reese, back to the year 1984. His mission: protect the woman who will one day become John’s mother. Sound familiar?

An amazing twist on an old story, “Terminator Genisys” is a film bursting with action and surprises. Forget everything you think you know about the “Terminator” galaxy because director Taylor and his screenwriters have turned the story upside down. When Reese (Courtney) meets up with Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), he is surprised to find her with a Terminator of her own, who has been protecting her since she was nine. This is just one of the twists that come at you as fast and furious as the explosions on screen.

The cast is top-notch. I thought Courtney was a little over the top when he played Bruce Willis’ son in the last “Die Hard” film but here he brings a well of emotions that constantly rise up. Emilia Clarke is just as tough (and sexy) as Linda Hamilton was in the original films while Jason Clarke shows us a John Connor we never would have expected. And, of course, there is Schwarzenegger. Reprising the role that made him a star, he makes his re-programmed T-800 feel, dare I say it, almost human. He also has a great sense of humor. In the film it is learned that the outer skin on the Terminators is organic and that it ages just like the real thing, so when Arnold shows up with wrinkles and gray hair it’s explained.

The story moves fast, has plenty of action and just enough humor to keep you chuckling. Arnold promised he’d be back and he kept his word in spades!


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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.

Blu-ray Review “The Terminator Anthology”

Directors: James Cameron, McG, Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Eddie Furlong, Nick Stahl, Christian Bale and Sam Worthington
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: R / PG-13 / Not Rated
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Running Time: 472 minutes

The Terminator: 3.5 of 5 stars
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: 4.5 of 5 stars
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: 3 out of 5 stars
Terminator Salvation: 3 of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s amazing when you look back on the “The Terminator” franchise and see that it has been kicking ass since 1984 through 2009, and I am sure we haven’t seen the end. This anthology box set release is a Best Buy Exclusive and is the first time that these four films from the “Terminator” franchise have been released together including “The Terminator (1984)”, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)”, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)” and “Terminator Salvation (2009)”. The five-disc release offers seven cuts, the theatrical editions of each film, plus the THX extended and special editions cuts of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” edits and the R-rated director’s cut of “Terminator Salvation”. This is truly the definitive collection of all four films on Blu-ray…if you don’t own these films already.  If you own this already then this will not be for you since it is basically just a repackage.

If you are looking for any new remasters of this these films, keep waiting for the future foreign releases. ll the films are presented in 1080p transfer, all the same as their previous releases.  “The Terminator” still looks good but not perfect within its 1.85:1 transfer, though it sounds amazing with its uncompressed PCM 5.1 surround track.  “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” still looksstunning and holds up with its 1080p transfer and aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film also blows up surround sound with its DTS-HD MA 6.1 audio track.   “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” disc still has its problem though it does come with a 1080p transfer, it is still sporting its  Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Lastly since “Terminator Salvation” is the newest it looks amazing on Blu-ray with its 1080p transfer and 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 is also easily the best in the franchise behind “T2”.

The following special features included on this release are very impressive. “The Terminator” includes “A Restrospective” documentary, seven deleted scenes and “Creating The Terminator: Visual Effects & Music” featurette”.  T”Terminator 2: Judgment Day” includes over 8 hours of interactive special features including behind-the-scenes video and multimedia galleries, storyboard-script mode, quizzes and games. There are also two commentary tracks including James Cameron and writer William Wisher and 26 cast & crew members. “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” includes an intro from Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as three audio commentaries with the stars and director. There is the HBO First Look, two featurettes; “Dressed to Kill” and “Toys in Action” and also a gag reel. Lastly there is the Making of the Video Game.  “Terminator Salvation” packs a punch within its WB Maximum Mode with Storyboard Comparisons and an Terminator Mythology Timeline.  There is also a documentary called “Re-Forging the Future: Reinventing the Franchise” and lastly a featurette called “The Moto-Terminator: The Relationship Between the Filmmakers and Ducati”.

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Book Review “The Art of Terminator Salvation”

Author: Tara Bennett
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: April 28, 2009

Our Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

In 2009, McG directed the much anticipated fourth installment of the “Terminator” series, “Terminator Salvation”, starring Christian Bale who was red hot off of “Batman Begins”.  The film was overall disappointing.  This book features hundreds of color illustrations, storyboards and production art. The stills used from the film itself are not that exciting and in fact are blurry.  Overall it is not that exciting of a book…just like the movie.

The book is pretty much a visual companion to the film following it from the beginning to the end.  What I was looking for in this book honestly is a bunch of designs for the Terminators.   There is definitely no shortage of that in this book including T-1, T-600, Aerostats, Hunter-Killers, Hydrobots, Transports, Harvesters, Moto-Terminators and even the T-70 ,which is only seen in the video game. Also includes is a bunch of vechiles both resistance and Skynet.  There is some weapons but not a lot and also lacking in character designs.  Like I mentioned earlier, due to the low-res of the production still, if you want to see clearer production photos, go pick up the book “Terminator Salvation: The Movie Companion”.

Overall I call this book a one-timer, flip through it once and that is it.  The only chapter that stands out for me is “Terminator Factory”, since it covers a lot of well…terminators and it also has the best and clearest photos.  Don’t get me wrong though I love staring in the eyes of the terminator robots, but overall this book just doesn’t jump off the page like  other “The Art of” books usually do.