Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
I am not a determinist.
What does that mean? I don't believe in fate, and if we fuck up, there exists a parallel universe where we got it right. We're not destined to do anything.
I'm not a huge fan of Terminator 3, but not because it's a bad movie (it isn't). It lacks the magic (not to mention the everpresent blue hue) of a James Cameron movie, but it chugs along with the can-do energy we expect of Jonathan Mostow (U-571, Breakdown).
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Warner Bros. is already working on a TV counterpart for their sci-fi franchise, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and now they've kick-started the film series again with a three-picture cycle called Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, which is set to hit theaters in summer 2009. (Will the sequels be called Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins 2 and 3? Who knows?)
But back to the whole determinism thing: Terminator 3 really sticks in my craw because it jettisons the philosophy of the second movie, where we could control our fate no matter what, and instead falls back on the brute laziness of deterministic thinking, which holds that Judgment Day was destined to happen, no matter what.
Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer
Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet, CC2KOnline.com, Offscreen, and Geekscape.net. He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.