Well, thank goodness. "The Terminator" has been selected for the National Film Registry and will be preserved forever. Keep your Oscars and your Golden Globes; the film that introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger in his signature role will be safe in climate-controlled Library of Congress vaults long after "Shakespeare in Love" and "Mrs. Miniver" are dust.
But what's the point of storing the first flick in the series for posterity while allowing the sequels to rot? The registry had the good sense in the '90s to keep not just "The Godfather" but "The Godfather: Part II" (and perhaps the equally good sense to let "Godfather: Part III" fend for itself against the elements). So, likewise, shouldn't we try to safeguard "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"? That way, the cyborgs that peruse our archives after our civilization has vanished will learn to utter not simply "I'll be back" but the equally immortal "Hasta la vista, baby."
Plus, they'll learn something of our politics. We've preserved a president (Ronald Reagan in "Knute Rockne All American"), a mayor (Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven") and now a governor. Although it's curious that the Library of Congress so far has not chosen "Predator," and so has missed out on the chance to get two governors (Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura) for the price of one. Nor has it properly considered "This is the Army," starring future U.S. Sen. George Murphy, or "The Hunt for Red October," with future U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson.