And yes, the PR lady is brilliant, possibly the best theme park persona. I love her demise, though that seems to be the one portion where the actresses fail. The very first time I saw this, the actress did a great job, squirming and shaking for her dear life. It was pretty violent for a theme park attraction, reminiscent of some of the greater choking scenes (think Luca Brasi, or half the deaths in The Sopranos). Since then, however, every PR character has just sort of collapsed after being choked for less than five seconds. I want someone who gives an all-out death scene!
Nothing beats sitting in the front and being engulfed in fog after the T-1M explodes. What a rush.
As for the show, I think it is still one of the best theme park attractions running. It is a credit to Universal's "Imagineers" and James Cameron's creative vision that this attraction is still relevant. Not bad for a series (Terminator) that began with a shoe-string budget and a newbie director.
BTW, I am convinced that Cameron sold his soul to the Devil as there is no other explanation for his unparalleled success. Don't get me wrong, he makes high quality movies and I am not too proud to admit I think AVATAR is the STAR WARS of this generation, but come on, his bank account is bigger than the combined gross income of every registered TPI user from California to Florida! Except Robert's of course... that fella is loaded... and not just with Ketel One. ;)
I make no secret on TPI that I have a divided loyalty between the new and the old. Whilst I like change and development I am also distinctly nostalgic and often miss things that have been removed as part of that development.
Terminator 2:3D is a perfect example. Part of me would like to see a few updates to freshen up the show for those of us who have become familiar with it. The other part of me doesn't want to lose the existing show.
The pre-theatre entertainment is second to none. The Cyberdine PR girl is well scripted and always well performed ( when we've been there anyway ). The stunts and effects are breathtaking. And the whole show is spectacularly good.
I think T2;3D will probably win this category.
I'm beginning to wish that Robert considers the addition of a " Lifetime Achievement Award" to the proceedings so that at least one of the older attractions doesn't miss out.