Arnold The Cartoon?!
It was all planned. Amidst the barrage of remakes, sequels or TV adaptions of His movies, we had faith. We were rewarded with His first onscreen appearance since 2004. It was a cameo in a movie stacked with action stars, but His quick scene was the moment people talked about. When His governorship ended, and we all hoped He return to His rightful place atop Mt. Olympus, throwing lightning bolts at movie theaters around the world.
Then it happened: Arnold the cartoon. Judging from the trailer, it is clear that this series is intended for children, betraying his true audience of, basically, all adult males. For the targeted 10-year-olds, they will only remember him from 2004’s Around the World in 80 Days (if they saw it), and 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. There is the possibility that some precocious scampers found Arnold’s filmography and idolize him, but how many kids were inspired by Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation?
If Arnold wants to return, he needs to shed his Magic School Bus reincarnation and target the audience that grew up watching Terminator, Predator, and True Lies in theaters. Focusing on the premise alone, the show doesn’t make any sense. It is called the Governator, but the main character isn’t some vigilante governor that takes care off business on his off days. He is a former governor that fights crime. That’s like calling Batman “The CEOppressor,” or Spider-Man “The Reporder.” Their former careers are not the focus: they only provide explanation or complications. Arnold isn’t a governor in the series, so where’s the drama?
While Arnold can’t do the things that his cartoon avatar can, his next live-action appearance will still be viewed as ambrosia.