The Terminator Commentary

Posted in Uncategorized by maxhegel on May 29th, 2011

Max and Mike are joined by Dave for this crossover with the James Cameron Fan Podcast.

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  • your own teeth

    I haven’t seen the Terminator films properly for many years, but as a teenager I preferred the first film. Not only because of my preference for single state timeline films, either. I think the first film is better at doing the “nightmare chase” - there’s no doubt that the terminator is doing all it can to get to Sarah Connor - it keeps coming and there isn’t a moment where it’s so ridiculously powerful that it has to compromise its efforts to let the people get away.

    In Terminator 2, there were a number of moments where I felt the T1000 kind of pulled its punches. Like he’d walk towards John Connor when the kid was running, then he’d start running after him once he’d got onto his bike. There are loads of other things that make the second film *different* though, so it’s not just a remake of the first film. But what the first film does well and the second film repeats, the first film does better. If you want a straightforward, unstoppable-force film, that’s the first one.

    Plus I absolutely loved the stop motion effects in the first film. Like that big scary ED-209 in the first Robocop film - there’s something magical and terrifying in the very movement that stop motion brings. All the CGI in the world can’t take the place of that.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm
  • Kamdan

    The police did know that the order the Sarah Connors killed was how they were listed in the phone book. Why do you think they were trying to get a hold of Sarah?

    Jul 7, 2011 at 9:43 am
  • maxhegel

    Thanks for listening. I understand that the police knew the order that the victim’s were listed in the phone book. My problem has always been that while yes, the phone book thing is true, a much more obvious pattern to the killings is that all of the victims were named Sarah Connor. That’s why they’d get a hold of her, not because of the phone book thing.

    They’re basically saying that since Sarah A. Connor and Sarah B. Connor have been killed, Sarah C. Connor better watch out. But if Sarah B. Connor and Sarah C. Connor had been killed, who would have more to worry about? Sarah A. Connor or Scott Connor? I’m gonna say Sarah A. Connor.

    I just don’t understand why the phone book thing is even brought up. Yes it’s true, but it’s not the first thing that would come to mind.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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