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The comic above is funny to me probably because I watched the original Terminator the other night. I hadn't seen it for a long time, so I had a good laugh at some of the effects, clothing, and hair.

Mostly the hair.

What I found odd, however, while I was watching it was how much the film had these moments of simply not making sense. Whenever the first bits involving the future appeared--and why Sarah Conner actually believes Reece and his story. It was odd, because I knew how the film worked--all the narrative dots could be easily joined by me. However, what I found strange was that I wasn't really joining the dots through the film itself, but through my knowledge of the film in pop culture, and my own experience of it. At one point, I realised that the film itself could be a huge mess of points without any narrative cohesion in it at all, but I'd been so prepared by society about it that I would have no trouble at all in following it if it was my first time watching the flick.



Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
There is an argument to be made that SkyNet wants to change the past in as small as way possible, to avoid unintended consequences.

But yeah, it doesn't make huge sense, and makes less and less as the series goes on. Still did some great stuff on the way.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
what was the great stuff again?
Oct. 22nd, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Since my life is thus far free of mockery, I will say that the first movie had great action and a truly implacable foe; the second movie is mostly great, at least when Arnie is not on screen; and the TV series has some great ideas, presented pretty well.

Parts of the recent movie looked great, if nothing else, and the less said about T3 the better (though I think the car chase is cool, if only because of the technical challenges involved).

Oh, bugger it.

I have been wondering recently about films (and whatnot) that "don't make sense". Where is the tipping point at which this becomes a problem, and why?