People have been gleefully pointing out all day that today, 21 April 2011, is the date of Judgement Day, when Skynet comes online and kills us all. That, of course, is the date given in the TV show “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”.
Judgement Day wasn’t always in 2011. The movie Terminator originally claimed that Judgement Day would come on August 29, 1997. Successive movies and TV shows have happily moved the goalposts.
It occurs to me that Judgement Day is a lot like various Christian sects claiming that Rapture is coming on a given date. They typically climb a mountain and wait for God to take them away, only to have nothing happen. So: is Judgement Day the nerd version of Rapture?
Also, Rapture came on 21 August 2007, in case you weren’t watching: