With the release of McG’s Terminator Salvation, we here at Sound on Sight thought it might be a good time to consider the series’ origins and originator. James Cameron makes his return to the big screen later this year with his long-awaited return to sci-fi, Avatar, but twenty-five years ago, he was only known as the director oh Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. That was, of course, until he unleashed The Terminator, a grim sci-fi actioner powered by the uncanny casting of Austrian muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger as an unstoppable, monotonous killing machine. After solidifying his place in the big leagues with The Abyss and Aliens, Cameron returned to the franchise with 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which this time featured Schwarzenegger as a force for good, in a fairly obvious attempt to make the film more palatable to mainstream audiences. It worked, of course, and in 1995 Cameron and Ahnuld reunited for the big-budget action-comedy True Lies. We’ll take a look at all three Schwarzenegger pictures before taking on the rest of the Terminator series in the following episode.
In 1984, director James Cameron created the Terminator franchise. His film of the same name explored a war between humanity and sentient machines, in which victory could only be assured by sending a naked bodybuilder back in time. Seven years later, he returned with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, replacing the original film’s lean, gritty action with the pyrotechnics of a swollen Meatloaf video. When Cameron temporarily retired from making blockbusters to spend his fortune on submarines and delusions of grandeur, director Jonathan Mostow took the reins of the third film in the franchise, introducing a busty female Terminator seemingly inspired by a Maxim-magazine wet dream. And in 2009, Terminator: Salvation hit the big-screen, the first Terminator film not to involve time travel. Tonight, in Part 2 of our Terminator special, Sound on Sight takes a look at Part 3 and 4 of the long running science fiction franchise.