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Great interview!! Ok, next time, I’ll be Brian Austin Green ok? Ok, great!
AEM is awesome that he is a fan and also is an “insider” who also creates the art that we enjoy. Love that he stays actively connected with TSCC fans: wish more of the cast and crew did.
AEM states T is basically a love story. I dig the “depth” of the interppersonal relationships, and certainly have been a Sarah Conner fanboy since 1984 (she’s #2 on my all time cool action hero list only behind Bruce Lee) but Terminator also delves into “deep” social and humanitarian commentary issues that I feel get lost in the efforts to focus sooooo much on what is going on inside their heads.
I think this – while it made for great writing (storytelling) made “old school” T fans wondering WTF? as T was *also* a sci fi action drama as well as a love story. So turning it into a slow, dark, introverted soap opera format where the plot doesn’t move forward for a year and a half and we don’t know what the characters are doing – or why – really wasn’t “Terminator” enough: as this franchise generated a billion bucks in sales by being straight forward.
I do think that TSCC got the “winning formula” right with the last six eps, having a good balance of drama, action, and “character development.” We saw how the characters handled things and evolved AS they were actually doing things; not just being sidetracked, distracted, and involved with activities that didn’t seem to pertain to the main story line of what we know (and love) as Terminator.
As much as I enjoyed TSCC, I still wonder why the week in week out eps didn’t really manage the continual, oppressive threat of Skynet with JDay killing 3 billion people at one time all over the world, and Sarah and John being the only people who can stop it. They certainly didn’t operate as a priority at times, which made me wonder if the writers lost contact with that premise.
But there were so many things that were awesome about TSCC: Cameron being the most interesting sci fi TV character since Mr. Spock; Derek, CW…but these were often used as a backdrop to the indiviual stories being told each week, vs. being fully engaged in the overall major plot that James Cameron created.
Basically, even if T is a essentially a love story, what about if 3 billion souls get fried (mainly you & I in urban areas around the world!) then does love matter? I’d have preferred that they put their attention on seeing that they prevented that from happening – or doing what they can to save as many as they can if they can’t – rather than the emo in-fighting that made them sloppy and careless tactically.
Because often the fact that Terminator is ALSO a war story was sometimes hard to find…
awesome, just awesome… thanks
Great interview guys and AEM is just awesome for being so into the show and giving time to the fans like this.
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