WonderCon 2009 – Terminator Salvation Panel

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McG (pronounced like McGeee) came on stage and was pretty energetic and it helped spark the crowed to an even higher level of anticipation.  He was pretty liberal with his language, so I won’t be translating literally.  As someone sitting next to me said, wow, he cusses a lot.  I looked over at them and said no sh**!   The rest of the panel included Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Common and Bryce Dallas Howard.

During his initial few minutes, McG touched on how James Cameron didn’t bless his efforts but that the movie was headed in interesting directions. He also touched on the passing of Stan Winston and said he wants to dedicate the film to him.  That was met with a resounding room full of applause.

At one point, he said Christian Bale never comes to these (bleep)ing things, so he pulled out his cell phone and made a call.  No on answered.  We got a voice mail with a girls voice, so McG asked us to demonstrate to the phone how we feel about this new Terminator movie.  My ears are still ringing folks.

McG said that one of his techniques for filming is to get the cast to start doing some of the hardest, physically demanding scenes up front.  The demands on set help bring the cast together for the rest of the shoot.  It develops a shared sense of experience and he feels it translates on-screen.

wondercon terminator 2 WonderCon 2009   Terminator Salvation PanelAt one point Anton Yelchin talks about how he hopes this film will honor the legacy of the two films out there.  LOL.  There was some knowing laughter from the audience and McG added at some point that the Terminator franchise was a great idea that lost its way and we’ve come along to restore order.  Yea, there’s no lost love for the 3rd one, that’s for sure.

Other snippets from the panel included:

  • The Connors coming down from the mountains after so many years to help society fight the machines.
  • With the rising of Skynet, all of humanity comes together against the common enemy.
  • Mention of the obvious undertone of female empowerment and how Mrs. Connor is 2nd in command.
  • McG notes how Skynet is gathering people up for their stem cells for the human tissue replication process.

We got to see 3 vids.  The brand new, never before seen preview trailer that will be accompanying Watchmen when it comes out next week, and two scenes that were still in the raw format of what the editing crew would see.  That alone was pretty cool, but then I got lost in the two scenes and almost forgot about some of the cartoonish bots, safety cables attached to the actors and other odd looking spots because they were that cool.

The movie trailer was pretty cool.

There are new parts we haven’t seen before.  Combined with the 2 scenes we saw, the movie was already depressing me with the sense of a post-apocalyptic feel.  That’s how good these snippets were.

One scene from the trailer shows a badly injured character by the name of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington).  This is where the story takes one heck of a twist.






Wright still thinks he’s human and has no idea he’s now a machine until Connor shows him.  But Wright wants revenge for what’s been done to him and we see the introduction of friendly terminators as the trailer closes with Marcus standing enshrouded in the dark, saying “I’m the only hope you have”.

Yeah, intense.

The first clip they showed us came from a gas station scene.  A young Kyle Reese and Marcus Wright stop to look for food here and encounter other people, and then they are suddenly attacked by a harvester machine which is grabbing people and stuffing them in a Hunter-Killer machine.

As Reese and everyone escapes, we get to see our first look at the moto-terminators.  Motorcycle bots.  Eesh.

The second clip happens over a water scene where Connor (Bale) is forced to crash his helicopter into the water.  Water teaming with hydro-bots…  3 to 4 foot long water snake robots.  Dang, they’re everywhere.  Connor dispenses most of the snakes with his rifle but one last one comes for him as he runs out of ammo, but Marcus comes out of nowhere and stops it.

It’s a tense stand off as Connor holds his sidearm to him.  Marcus tells him Skynet has Reese.  Connor asks him “What are you?”  He says “I don’t know,” as he backs away into the water.






Words just don’t capture the essence of the scenes.  The despair facing the characters.  I think this is going to work out just fine with a friendly cyborg no one trusts and various other parts of the mythos being brought to light.

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Moon Bloodgood at WonderCon

At one point, I completely missed what was being said for some reason.  I hope you understand. Oh.. that’s right – all this talk of McG “fighting for an R-rating?” It’s to include a topless scene of Moon Bloodgood in the film.

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  1. Hm, fighting for an R rating to have Moon Bloodgood topless… I hope McNuggets wins…

    Anyway, you ended the spoiler only to mention something I assume was the spoiler right after that! WTF? lol :-D

    Well, one thing about all of this, I’m losing more and more respect for Christian Bale. Not only did we hear him go on a 5 minute tantrum, but the fact that he never bothers to visit the fans, to go talk to the fans in these conventions, doesn’t even give a courtesy phone call or record a video of him saying “sorry I can’t be there” blah blah blah like they do for award shows. Seriously, I really hope it’s just a coincidence that he’s just always busy when they have these conventions and it’s not just that’s he’s completely full of himself and doesn’t care about what the fans think other than how much money we’re willing to give him…

    And despite Charlie’s Angels, I’m respecting McFries a little more because he seems to WANT to go out and promote the film directly to the fans every chance he gets and he seems like he speaks from the heart, so at least it seems like he cares and he’s trying, so even if the movie turns out sucky, props to him.

  2. Ken J. I totally agree with you!

  3. Yes Ken, I’ve been wondering those very thoughts myself.

    McG made up for it as did the rest of the cast. It was good ‘ol fashion fun.

  4. Again with the T3 bashing!!! Arg!
    Guys, it is not a terrible picture! Yes, I know, Sgt. Candy & Talk to the hand, I agree but it is a not a poor film!
    Yes, I can also agree that it does not measure up to the Epics that is T1 & T2 BUT there are ideas and motions set in T3 that are great!

    Ken, I know you do not like Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (yes, i wrote the entire thing) BUT, there must be something in that Cyberdine Systems Model 101 heart of yours that can find some greatness in T3?

    “Desire is irrelevant. I am a Machine!” WHUT!!!!

  5. T3 was unnecessary but funny with decent action if somewhat of a retread of T2. It was a good popcorn flick. I don’t think anything happened in that movie that irreversibly damaged the franchise that it had to be ignored by this new Terminator movie. Although I’m fine with this movie ignoring it.

  6. SK47, there was a Terminator 2 reference made in that really horrible movie “The Marine” with Robert Patrick that I enjoyed more than the entire T3 movie…