Moving on fro my last post about an in-the-works sequel to a science fiction movie beginning with T, I figured it was high time I got around to writing about two released sequels to science fiction movies beginning with T, namely Terminator Salvation and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. One would think the similarities between the two would end with the fact that both deal with robots, yet they have something else in common: Both spend a significant amount of time paying homage to an existing body of fiction.
There’s a rule in fiction: Show, don’t tell. If something’s going on, show it happening; don’t have someone in the fiction talk about it.
On Tuesday night, the first season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles came to an explosive end. Apparently, this was due to the US writers’ strike, but it left the show on a very neat cliffhanger to be picked up next season (and although it’s never a sure thing until it hits the screens, signs seem pretty good that T:SCC will be picked up for Season 2).
The capstone of a very intense final episode, though, wasn’t the bright last couple of shots, but the major fight scene near the end. Except, it wasn’t a fight scene.
It’s 2003, eleven years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. August 29th, 1997, the prophesied date of the machines’ nuclear revolt against humanity, came and went without incident, but John Connor (Nick Stahl) hasn’t let go of the fear that Judgment Day might still happen. He’s living as a drifter, leaving no public record of his existence; because of this, he must resort to breaking into the veterinary hospital of Kate Brewster (Claire Danes) in order to get painkillers and perform some self-surgery after a motorcycle accident. When Kate arrives to deal with a customer’s early-morning emergency, she discovers and overcomes Connor, locking him in a dog cage.
Meanwhile, a naked young woman (Kristanna Loken) materialises in Beverly Hills. She commences a murderous mission, gunning down a group of young adults whose only apparent connection is the same high school – and Kate Brewster is on the list. It is only the explosive intervention of the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) that saves the lives of both Connor and Brewster from this new feminine assassin, the T-X. But the third Model 101 cyborg from the future also has an expanded mission: Not only must John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, be protected, but the survival of Kate Brewster is also vital to the future of humanity…