So for a while now I've been dreading the release of Terminator: Salvation. I mean, T3 was a disaster and from what I hear the TV show is mediocre, so what should I expect from a franchise reboot from the maker of Charlie's Angels.
But judging from the footage screened at Comic-Con (more of an extended trailer than actual movie footage) this looks to be amazing. McG seems to have done his research both of the nerdy tech specifics of the Terminator world, but also explores the same themes and philosophy as the early films.
In Terminator: Salvation, the unset future from the end of T2 comes to fruition, john Connor is bewildered by events in 2018 - things are not happening as his mother said.
Because of the time period, geeks like me will know that the Terminators from previous films will not be present ... instead we will see previously unmentioned bots and the once mentioned T-600s, which are an earlier, bulkier versions of the famous Arnold model.
According to director McG, they wanted the look and feel of this film to be gritter than the first, and to achieve this they are processing the film stock with lots of silver, an amount normally reserved for Black and White film. Also, they based their set design off of Chernobyl and Soviet technology, so it promises to be tough.
Also, and this is speculation, but it sure seems like Skynet makes itself look human ... which is so awesome on a story level and geek level that I can't even contain myself.
And, going by the smirks and sly responses, I'd say we're in for a Arnold cameo as well.