I watched a few minutes of Terminator: Salvation on TV this weekend (my review), and it got me thinking about creative control, and George Lucas' legacy.
Then I watched Terminator: Salvation. We can all agree that Cameron is a visionary. Terminator 1 and 2 turned out EXACTLY the way he wanted. Only Arnold returned for Terminator 3. Now Terminator: Salvation is the flip side of the George Lucas coin: a sequel completely unfaithful to the source material. Terminator: Salvation is a competent robots vs. humans post-apocalypse chase movie, but bears zero resemblance to what made the first two Terminator movies great.
OR, maybe Lucas's stale, airless prequels are the best possible outcome? WE WILL NEVER KNOW.