You know that little original ending you’ve seen floating around the internet? The one that was leaked for Terminator Salvation? The one that infuriated everybody so much that they changed it? The one I mentioned here? Well if not, here it is: John Conner dies. They decide his image is too important for the resistance, so his skin was put over the cyborg Marcus’s body.
That’s horrible, right? As a pretty strong outsider of the Terminator fan universe, I can say all in all it’s a bad idea. But that wasn’t the end of it. It went farther, and by ‘farther’ I mean deeper into the pile of shitty ideas, as if finding shittiest idea of all was their goal, and they thought that if they found and used this shitty idea, it would open the secrets of the universe so they could become omniscient beings who were smart enough to know how to produce shitty ideas like a shitty idea sweat shop would.
McG tells Entertainment Weekly:
“Connor dies, okay? He’s dead,” McG continues. “And Marcus offers his physical body, so Connor’s exterior is put on top of his machine body. It looks like Connor, but it’s really Marcus underneath. And all of the characters we care about (Kyle Reese, Connor’s wife Kate, etc.) are brought into the room to see him and they think it’s Connor. And Connor gets up and then there’s a small flicker of red in his eyes and he shoots Kate, he shoots Kyle, he shoots everybody in the room. Fade to black. End of movie. Skynet wins. F— you!”
F— you? F— YOU?!!!! That’s you’re brilliant idea? Holy hell, how were you paid to make this movie? I’m actually furious that this was ever a possibility. Who wrote this, some brainless emo kid who hates his father, cuts his self, and has never seen a Terminator movie?
McG (what a ridiculously stupid name, I’d like to reiterate) calls the ending ‘nihilistic’ and ‘ballsy.’ Sure. It’s also nonsensical and retarded. It would have been fine if they’d ended on a low note, where Skynet had the upper hand, much like The Empire Strikes Back. But you don’t kill you’re main character, and you don’t do anything that defies all credible logic. You don’t do nihilism for the sake of nihilism, throwing everything else out the window for cheap f–king shock value, you inbred f–king foolish moron. The movies are already full of light paradoxes, but killing off the main character’s father before he diddles the main character’s mother is pretty damn hard to pull off with any sense of legitimacy. Mc-I’m-a-shit-head-G recognizes that it would piss, well, everybody off, but in a few years we’d think it was ballsy. Wrong. In a few years we’d be saying, “I could be seeing a Terminator movie right now, if McG wasn’t such a witless bucket of phlegm.”
I cannot imagine if they had done this, nor can I think how mad I would be if this were a franchise I actually cared about.