Six Flags Magic Mountain Terminator ride theme queues guests for the resistance

Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 4:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Riders queuing up to board the new Terminator Salvation wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain this summer will get survival instructions from two of the movie’s stars. While waiting in the queue, riders will be encouraged via video clips featuring Common and Bloodgood to “join the resistance” and help fight the Terminator robots.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:36 PM

Bloodgood: Now that you've joined the resistance, listen close: Soldier Barnes will detail two very important survival skills.

Common: Thanks Blair. OK fighters, I've got two important things to remember. One: don't step in front of the camera while Bale is acting. Two: if you do, get the hell away before he blows his top!

Bloodgood: That's right, Barnes! Now, enjoy your ride!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:15 PM


Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:31 PM

I gotta tell ya, Jeff...seeing "SFMM" and "survival skills" in the same story got brain spinning. You can imaging the comic possibilities, especially given my well known opinion of the chain. lol.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:38 PM

Ah yes. Encouraging SFMM visitors to fight a bit. That's a great idea and exactly what the place needs :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009 5:14 AM

Well it's nice to know they are at least making an attempt at theming with this ride.

BTW, the on-board audio on X2 is flat out kick arse!

Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:28 AM

Bloodgood:Now that the machine have taken over The best place to hide is in a Six Flags Park None of their computers are new enough to be taken over by skynet.

Common:Not to mention their food was so expensive before the end no one could afford to buy it So there are large stockpiles of food.Not good food but it is food.

Bloodgood:Also the only camera's in the park are closed loop ride camera's so skynet can't see you on webcams

Last edited by kevin38, Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:37 AM
Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:44 AM

Martin Valt said:Ah yes. Encouraging SFMM visitors to fight a bit. That's a great idea and exactly what the place needs :)

At least they have the infrastructure for it (a sheriff's substation). :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:07 AM

There's still something wrong with a woodie themed to Terminator.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:24 PM

Just as odd as a woodie themed to a weather phenomenon, or a bird, or a cat, or a greek god.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:35 PM

Or any dark ride themed to a Haunted House where you ride in vahicle of any kind. I mean how crazy is that!? A car through a house!

Who comes up with such unfathomable craziness? ;)

Still not sure how the materials used to build the ride delivery system matters at all. The movie is set in 2018. Is there suddenly nothing made of wood 9 years from now?

Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:41 PM

^Yes Judgment Day was a nuclear holocaust, it killed all plant life on the planet (Nuclear Winter.) Which is why its more absurd here.

I dont know it just seems like some ride names belong as a wooden coaster (Cyclone, Comet, Racer, Roller Coaster, etc) some can work for both, and some sound more like a steel coaster. A name based on a movie with robots sounds more like a steel coaster to most of us.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:15 PM

I would think that in a chaotic, post-apocolyptic world makeshift structures would be made of something readily available and easy to scavenge or salvage. Wood debris would certainly be that material.

Touchdown said:
A name based on a movie with robots sounds more like a steel coaster to most of us.

I just don't get it. That's something I just can't wrap my head around. It makes no sense to me. It seems like such a non-issue.

We do realize that these are complaints about the material the coaster is made out of based on the theme of the ride, right? And that the theme has you going out to face the robots, not be a robot?

What if it were a steel structured woodie from GG instead? Does the exact same layout with a steel structure suddenly make it ok? What if it were an Intamin or B&M with the exact same layout? Suddenly it all makes sense?

I guess I just don't get why it doesn't work for some people.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:23 PM

^Im just saying that from everything Ive seen in the Terminator Universe (the movies, the Universal attraction, the TV show) I can honestly say I haven't seen any wood debris lieing around in the post Judgment Day World. You know wood burns, I just assumed that it all burned when the whole world was nuked.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:50 PM

The opening shot of the Salvation trailer shows large wooden utility poles for as far as the eye can see. Actually plenty of wood/trees in that trailer if you watch it all. :)

All messing aside, I understand the idea of creating a sleek concrete and metal future world. I just don't think it's necessary - especially in the destoryed world portrayed in that trailer - that's set just 9 years from now. In fact, the whole thing has a pretty ragtag look to it. It adds to the idea of the underground resistance fighting the robots.

I can't get hung up on the idea that robots and wood can't coexist or that there's no wood in the future or whatever reason a ride made of wood is supposedly so out of place with the Terminator Salvation theme.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:18 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
I just don't get it. That's something I just can't wrap my head around. It makes no sense to me. It seems like such a non-issue.

That's because you smell and have cooties.

Seriously though, the bulk of science fiction in our culture pairs robots with a completely non-organic environment. It doesn't seem very hard to me that anyone would find this pairing unusual.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:30 PM

So it's that change thing again! Someone is going against the established norm and it's scary. (like VQing, pricing changes, naming a coaster an adjective, etc.)

Got it. Suddenly, it all makes sense.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:30 PM

They should have video of Christian Bale screaming at people in line telling them he wants them off the set. DP on Termintor Salvation: The Ride.

Friday, March 27, 2009 12:54 AM

Sorry, that joke was taken in the first post of the thread.

Friday, March 27, 2009 1:20 AM



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