Terminator Genisys attempts to revitalize the Terminator movie series by taking the franchise’s iconic family (Sarah Connor, her son John Connor, John’s soldier/father Kyle Reese, and a protector Terminator unit) and placing them into entirely new contexts, via a time travel anomaly a la the 2009 Stark Trek reboot or Back to the Future II.

The first trailer for Terminator Genisys showed us a baffling remix of the mythos established in both the original 1984 Terminator and T2, and today, with the release of a TV spot trailer, we get to see more elements of the old films mixed into this new vision from Thor: The Dark World director, Alan Taylor.

New footage seen in the TV trailer includes more of the future war time period, more of the anachronistic events Kyle Reese encounters (like a T-1000 in 1984 or a young militaristic Sarah Connor), and J.K. Simmons now at the forefront of the marketing, following his recent Oscar win.

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Simmons looks to be playing a variation on the cop who doesn’t believe the future war prophecy he’s being told of; it’s a scene that played out in the first Terminator film, when Kyle Reese is interrogated about his doomsday theory by disbelieving cops, with Dr. Peter Silberman (Earl Boen) doubting Kyle’s sanity until the Terminator literally comes busting down the door.

In this “remixed” version it looks like there could be another bloody showdown at a cop station – only this time it’s Sarah as the hardened warrior being interrogated. That’s bringing things a long way from fragile and vulnerable Sarah Connor of T2, who was locked in a mental institution being abused by the orderlies.

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Terminator: Genisys will be in theaters on July 1, 2015.