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In the fight scene with the T-800 at the Galleria Mall, there is a scene where the T-1000 looks at a bronze-like statue. What does the slight grin on the T-1000's face mean? Machines don't have feelings, so this seems a bit strange to me.

Both samples points to the same scene.

  • I interpret the T-1000's expression as confusion, as though he's thinking "WTF???" It could just be a moment of humor. However, I've seen the movie a dozen times and that moment is confusing to me, too. – BrettFromLA Dec 14 '19 at 20:52
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    I never thought it meant anything. I thought the T-1000 just noticed something that looked like him in this liquid metal form – Alchemist Dec 17 '19 at 0:11
  • D....daddy? Probably not that – GordonBennett Dec 17 '19 at 11:19
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This is simply a scene of irony.

The liquid terminator sees an effigy of itself made by human (the mannequin), while its there with the mission to kill all humans. (Ofc indirectly via time travel magics) This is meant for the viewer, not the terminator.

There is certainly no smirk in that photo. Though maybe there is an internal one.

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Possible explanations:

  1. T-1000 was looking at it in order to check if it was another T-1000 which could help in catching John Connor.

  2. T-1000 was scanning it so it could transform into the bronze statue in the future if it needed it.

  • I love that first suggestion! The second one wouldn't fit into the director's cut of the movie, which shows that the T-1000 has to touch something physically in order to sample or mimic it. Just seeing it isn't enough. (That isn't a requirement in the theatrical release, though.) – BrettFromLA Dec 14 '19 at 20:50
  • @BrettFromLA Well, T-1000 could touch it while looking at it, because we can't see its hand in this scene ) – Ver Nick says Reinstate Monica Dec 15 '19 at 7:41

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