**SPOILER WARNING** Yes, "Salivation". Because... After months and months of drooling over the franchise's last chance at redemption (now THERE's a title, considering the Marcus story arc), I came away visually stirred, but with a frown and a severe want of spit. The first Terminator movie remains the best-constructed in the series; the most coherent in terms of plot and character motivation. T2 was a triumph of special effects --the first major movie to bring the "wow" of new CG SFX to the masses, although the idea of a second, and far more advanced, terminator being sent back in time was stretching things quite a bit. T3? It was simply a mess. Comes now T4, actually the first of the series with a real shot at real drama ...and the script blows it. It is ruined by gross spoonfeeding. What could have been a gradual revelation on Marcus, is given away in the first few minutes. It's like the moviemakers just couldn't decide whose story to tell, Marcus' or John's, the latter being no new story at all, since it's already part of the franchise legendarium. Which brings us to coherence with respect to said legendarium. If Kyle Reese is so high on Skynet's kill-list, this must be some alternate future where his status as John's father is already known, right? Reese isn't even a full-fledged resistance fighter yet, so why else the priority? So... Skynet had Kyle in custody for quite a stretch, and if they knew he was John's father-to-be, why not kill Kyle outright and negate John's very existence, the whole (paradoxically-flawed) logic to the prior movies? There are other glaring flaws, but I'll be fair and note that many films have been short on logic, yet have delivered bigtime with action-packed visuals. Unfortunately, "visuals" is PRECISELY where my biggest disappintment with T4 lies, particularly with respect to it's final battle. After all the buildup about Skynet's impregnability, about the supposed vulnerability being a well-laid trap, why so easy for the Resistance to fly in evac choppers, with nary an HK in sight? Just a few frames of Resistance aircraft engaging Skynet's defenses, in effect covering the rescue mission's butt, would have served, but what we got was more laziness on the filmmakers' part. The movie resorted instead, solely to copying the 'finale' template (and even the set design) of T and T2. Those first two movies were about human targets confronting a lone terminator sent against them, and so the scale of said finales was appropriate. This time, the scale and context is bigger, it's about humans attacking a Skynet base that is armed to the teeth; but the movie goes BACK to the formula of a single terminator chasing the good guy around some film-noir factory, totally dropping the issue of Skynet's defenses. Even the plot device of T101 fuel-cells being so explosive doesn't fit with the manner in which Sarah Conner dispatched the T101 sent after her, nor how a similar T101 was destroyed in T2; or there would have been a hell of an explosion, killing all the principals. Marcus' story arc ends in pure sap, not for the fact of his choice, but because of how it was scripted and shot. Reminded me of TV soaps where a character is about to undergo brain surgery, and the entire cast is present, standing around, while the concept of a sterile surgical environment is treated as a nuisance, like the audience's intelligence. Just had to get some of this stuff off my chest... as I've been cranky about it since yesterday. If someone out there has an explanation to make me feel better, I'd love to hear it. h.