August 08, 2003
The latest Terminator was not "blue enough" in the opinion of my friend most expert in Terminator lore. I agree. The missing Cameron-factor had an effect on more than the cinematography. This third outing managed to transform the memory of two tightly-plotted first films into the prospect of an eternal franchise (even if Stephen King liked it). The time-twists in the Terminator series meant writers could throw us a bone in T3 ("Judgment Day was always inevitable") to explain to us why a third film was necessary given the ending of the second. The time-factor also opens up a range of fan options vis a vis the canonical/non-canonical status of supplementary Terminator-universe offerings, such as a parallel series of books, or even a somewhat disappointing T3 itself.
There was plenty to look at and think about regardless. Take the details on this limited edition T3 Indian Chief. The air-cleaner alone makes the Flea's chains rattle with excitement. It is a nice, synergistic addition to the Terminator universe. Marketing stunts can detract from the mythological weight of films fans take more seriously than the studios who own them.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 8, 2003 05:08 AM
At first, I was very confused as to how they could possibly have had a third movie. From all accounts, all of the future tech was destroyed and therefore there would be no judgement day.
However, upon further review of the second movie, I noticed that, in fact, there was some future tech remaining. The T100's arm got wedged in a gear and he was forced to tear it off to keep going. I don't believe this piece was ever recovered and *ding* you've got a sequel for no good reason.
I haven't seen the third one but I am very interested.
Posted by: Chaos Overlord at August 8, 2003 11:41 AM