Few movie series raise such organized ire as the Terminator movies, and I think that I have a handle on why. It’s an expectations thing.
- The Terminator? Great horror flick. Great horror flick. Science fiction flavored, of course: but they had a classic horror scenario and Schwarzenegger made for an iconic Monster. So far, so good.
- Which meant that when Terminator 2 – Judgment Day came out, everybody was wearily certain that it was going to suck. Sequels often do, when it comes to horror flicks; all the really good stuff was used in the first movie. However, Cameron decided to do a more straightforward action film and spend insane amounts of money on the latest special effects; in other words, It Did Not Suck.
- Expectations were thus raised even higher… and the next two flicks were, well, meh.
It’s the ‘meh’ that causes the most drama on the Internet, methinks.