Terminator Salvation Machinima Series: Season 1
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Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series (DVD)
In the year 2016, Resistance fighter Blair Williams embarks on a deadly mission to search for a threat that is weakening humanity's defense against the self-aware artificial intelligence called Skynet and its lethal Terminators.]]>
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I would give it a C- for a grade for the story. :( Slow, boring in places... and it is hard to do that with an action film. The graphics are really not so good. Machima is NOT ready for Movie making in my opinion. The technology isn't there yet. So, graphic images fall flat.
Still, it is fun to see more of the classic Terminator series! (even if there was no real story, and less visual interest.
The super-sexy Moon Bloodgood lends her vocals to again play Resistance fighter Blair Williams, who in the live action film was either woefully underused or a mere afterthought. Here, she's fleshed out a bit and she takes on the kickasss action heroine role so prevalent in the Terminator franchise. Blair Williams is someone who remembers what life was like before Judgment Day, yet is still young and vibrant enough to adapt to her lethal post-apocalyptic environment and learn how to fight. In six episodes, we see her grit and resourcefulness and just how full of fight she is. I'm not clear on the exact timeline of this story. I've heard of this being touted as a prequel to TERMINATOR SALVATION, but I've also heard that this is actually set after TERMINATOR SALVATION but before the video game. Whatever the case, the story takes place in a ravaged Los Angeles sometime in 2016, with Blair Williams tasked with ferreting out the Ghost, an elusive entity which had been disrupting the Resistance's communication system.
Die-hard fans may want to get this DVD to complete their collection, but others can probably make do without. Although there are tons of frantic chases and firefights with the Machines, the story itself isn't really that compelling and I don't think it at all enriches the Terminator mythos. But it's made even less relevant by the faulty animation. Not too surprisingly the look of the thing did make me feel as if I were in the middle of a video game. Thing is, the graphics don't really achieve, let alone maintain, a high level of quality. You know it's rough when the animators don't even try real hard to sync the lip movements of the characters with their dialogue.
Bonus stuff on the DVD offers the Making Of TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE MACHINIMA SERIES featurette (which is an extensive breaking down of the machinima technology) and a Character Profile on Blair Williams which includes interviews with Moon Bloodgood who, I'll say it again, is super-sexy. 2.5 stars out of 5 for this one.
With both Terminator Salvation the movie and video game getting poor reviews we can only hope an SDK will get released so fans like myself can continue creating content like this in order to keep the franchise alive and well. Hopefully there will be two more movies after Terminator Salvation and hopefully a game will be created long in advance of the next film to increase its quality levels.
All-in-all with the price drop since my initial review to now this series feels watchable and actually entertaining. Like I said though hopefully a game SDK gets released so fans everywhere will be able to create their own content with movies and 3D assets to keep the Terminator franchise alive and kicking.
All in all I was happy with this though it could definitely use improvements with stronger story elements and such. We'll see if another series gets released or if we'll get an SDK and potentially see a lot more of this stuff from a lot more people.