posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 02:14 PM
The terminator formula is very close to tapped out- very few franchises will reinvent themselves as often and as successfully as Star Trek, Star Wars,
and Stargate. Terminator just isn't the type to do it; characters traveling backwards in time to engage in the plot create a continuity nightmare for
sequels, which is precisely why terminator movies are so formulaic. The trailer suggests they aren't exactly running away from that challenge.
I think they skin the sheep this time.
Fans will be disappointed that it's not the war that they've been dreaming of since Reese told Sarah about it. They won't dislike the war they get.
I'm guessing there will be a lot of carefully selected imagery intended to give a Desert Storm/Iraqi Freedom feel to it, which will add a little more
evil to our view of the machines and make the battle scenes seem a little more uncertain and exciting. But it's nothing that the more enthusiastic
fans will ever fully embrace as cannonical, and yet almost certainly spends so much effort defending itself from paradoxes that no one but a
terminator fan can watch the movie without having to completely ignore whole scenes.
But maybe it's all an elaborate ploy, just like they did with Batman. You make like three or four really really crappy sequels in a row, so the few
hardcore fans who are still buying tickets are ready to let you burn the village in order to save it.
Then you can go back and make the movie that you should have made in the first place.
If that's what they're trying to do, they may as well follow the Batman model by downgrading villains from Arnie to Jim Carey. Too bad they didn't
get Danny Devito before Arnie to really keep the streak alive. Danny would be one scarry friggin terminator. And he makes perfect since for the first
movie too... he's kinda shaped like a T-1.