The machines will rise! Welcome to Episode 29 of “Reel Chat” – a podcast that guarantees week in, week out – the “Reel world as we know it.”
On this episode of our “Vintage Vault” retrospective series, huge Terminator fan (and host) Adam Stolfo is joined by co-host Brose Avard and Stuart Wilson to discuss what is probably regarded as one of the biggest let-downs in sequel history. Today “Reel Chat” is looking at “Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines” – chapter 3 in the hugely successful science-fiction franchise that spawned a further 2 big-budget sequels, and a short-lived, slightly underrated, two season television series (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”)
It’s always simple to look at the extreme negatives of a film Terminator fans regard as a sloppy mess that ignores the central tenants of both originals (whilst remaining patently intimidated by their cultural impact), but the guys try to break down exactly what goes wrong here, as well as why a franchise can derail so dramatically once the studios completely lose sight (or a care factor) of what made it’s predecessors so great in the first place.
Discussion and debate on this very subject is a specialty of “Reel Chat” and the guys get their teeth into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “pay-or-play” $29 million dollar contract, why Linda Hamilton didn’t want to return, how much the 2 writers really cared about the franchise, the film’s awful attempts at humour, the lameness and over sexualisation of the female T-X, the film’s poignant and impressive ending, how similar in story structure it is to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and much, much more!
Even if you disliked this film as much as host Adam Stolfo (and feel like skipping this episode), then you’ll be doing yourself a huge injustice.
THE TEAM’S REVIEW SCORES
Adam 1 1/2 out of 5
Brose 1 1/2 out of 5
Andrew Not Yet Seen
Matthew Not Yet Seen
Stuart 2 1/2 out of 5
Michael 1 out of 5