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Yes The script confirms that, at the very least, the T-1000 (in the script as "Officer X") has a very good idea as to who the previous visitor was... JANELLE There was a guy here this morning asking about him, too. TODD Yeah, big guy. On a bike. Has that got ...


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The T-1000 had past experience of trying to imitate Janelle (John's foster parent). It tried to pretend it was her when John rang to warn them. But it took the wrong tone with John & he knew something was off. So that attempt failed, and it got to confirm that when it checked the dog's name. That, added to the damage it had sustained, probably ...


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A possible reason is raised in a deleted scene: The T-1000's mimicking skills are compromised after freezing, melting and cohering again. From the IMDB FAQ: The T-1000's decreasing efficacy is explained in a few scenes cut from the theatrical version of the film but are able to be viewed as part of the director's cut or on most versions of the DVD as a ...


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There's nothing that can prove that, it's never shown to us in the movie. Although: He could have figured out: "If I'm here and the resistance sent someone too, this time it might be a captured T-800 adapted to protect John Connor". The script shows that during the interview with Connor's foster parents "He (the T-1000) realizes who the big guy must be." ...


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Dyson is threatening to blow up the building with an improvised dead man's switch. If the police try to disarm him, he's guaranteed to drop the weight and set off the explosives. They have no chance of success in disarming him. He is giving them a chance of getting out of the building by telling them he doesn't know how much longer he can hold the weight. ...


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I stumbled upon this recent question about Terminator 2, in particular about the scene where Miles Dyson dies after having been wounded lethally and trying to buy time for the others by detonating a grenade. He warns the upcoming SWAT team that the grenade will go off shortly and they run away. You are implying in the question that there was a moral line ...


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TL;DR: Terminator 1 appeared to follow the predestination ideology, where going back in time meant that John Connor and Kyle Reese fulfilled their roles, rather than changing anything. Terminator 2 played much more with the idea of both fate and free will. By exercising free will, the future was changed. Of course it can be argued that intent is ...


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TL;DR Due to immense heat and the huge amount of molten metal, he got confused and couldn't find the right parts to join together. Long Version T-1000 was designed as such that if any of his part is separated, a command of finding main and rejoin it together was implemented at molecular level. From this page, The concept of pain had never factored ...


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It can reproduce her voice mechanically, but cannot figure out the proper tone and content to coax her son out of hiding. However, it is apparently intelligent enough to know that it can't do this... and instead attempts to force her to do it. The funny thing is, given what we learn in the movie, I don't believe she has any better idea how to do it than the ...


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I always assumed SWAT didn't die -- that Dyson was able to hold the detonator long enough for SWAT to get to safety. If it's true that the scene-cutting didn't allow enough time elapse for the SWAT escape, I have to think this was an editing decision made for visual effect -- not to indicate that the SWAT guys were killed. Killing SWAT would not add value ...


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A few reasons come to mind: The liquid metal properties are slowly revealed, so it keeps surprising the audience: when he gets shot, mimicking the checkered floor, trying to pass through the gates, etc. It wouldn't be so interesting to reveal this property right away. It makes it easier to identify the character; it could be confusing to have someone else ...


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All answers thus far are in-universe, however I think there is another not-insignificant answer: The scene suited the portrayal of the T-1000 as a sadist, despite his nature making him presumably incapable of such a thing. He's been menacing people for the whole of the movie prior to this scene, and capping it off by forcing Sarah to help him endorses his ...


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Terminator 1: 2029 to 1984 Terminator 2: 2029 to 1994/95 There is slight confusion in year Terminator 2 takes place in, Per IMDB: The first Terminator film takes place in May 1984. According to information provided at the beginning of the movie, it is now 1995, since John was born on 28 February 1985 and is currently 10 years old. If that's the ...


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Yes they did, from whatculture Remember that scene in Terminator 2 where Sarah Connor picks the lock in the mental asylum with paper clips? It was actually for real. Turns out Linda Hamilton was actually a skilled lock picker. Who knew? The scene made it into the UK cinematic cut of T2, but the BBFC was having none of it when it came to the movie'...


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I always assumed it was because the T-1000 was not yet able to emulate Sarah because it had not yet sampled her "by physical contact". This is backed up by the fact that, after having made contact with her, it then does emulate her a few scenes later.


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"It's Nothing Personal", as seen on the poster just above the movie's name: This was possibly meant to indicate the nature of machines. Schwarzenegger, as you may recall, was the "bad" terminator sent to kill Sarah Connor in the first movie. In T2, he was sent as the protector of Sarah's son, John. He was programmed with a mission, and that mission has ...


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This has been answered in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Frakes novel). From IMDb: What about the T-800's lost arm in the steel mill? From the official novel: As the chromed skeleton was dissolved into the same primal stew as the T-1000, Sarah and John watched [the] Terminator sink into the lava, the metal hand going last... At the last second it formed into ...


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Okay so I'm having to answer my own question on the same day I posted it so that this question doesn't get closed as off-topic "opinion-based". I don't like having to do this but I feel I have a solid question here. According to jamescamerononline.com "We've got a story worked out but it hasn't gone beyond the talk stage" - James Cameron on Terminator 2 in ...


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Terminator 2 grossed $204,843,345 in its domestic market and $315,000,000 in foreign markets. (source: BoxOfficeMojo). Terminator 2 is widely regarded as one of the best sci-fi films of all time (source: my knowledge of sci-fi films and fans). With these two facts in mind, I think it's safe to conclude that nothing spoiled the movie. To the contrary, the ...


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Co-writer co-writer William Wisher revealed its origins in a new featurette that was made to promote the 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Wisher reveals that "Hasta La Vista, baby" was just something that he and director James Cameron "used to say to each other when we were talking on the telephone, as we were hanging up... neither one of us ...


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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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The situation that they were in was that he was clearly dying, and struggling to hold the weight up. He was resigned to dying there. Therefore, it is unlikely that they could reason with him before he tripped the explosive either intentionally or not. Hence, they have two choices which are either attempt to take the detonator off him and make the IED safe ...


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The point of the first movie was simply to prevent Skynet from making a change to the past by killing Sarah before John was born. I doubt Skynet realized that Kyle Reese was actually John's father, and that by sending the T-800 back, it was in fact, setting in motion the very events it was attempting to prevent. (Or it may have understood that fact and been ...


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Adding to TL;DR’s response, there’s one piece in the movie which might give away that something’s wrong with the T-1000. After it reassembles from the liquid nitrogen spill, it starts walking towards John, Sarah, and the Terminator. As it’s doing so, it has to get around a waist high metal structure. It tried walking right through, but as its hand makes ...


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Possible explanations: T-1000 was looking at it in order to check if it was another T-1000 which could help in catching John Connor. T-1000 was scanning it so it could transform into the bronze statue in the future if it needed it.


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The T-1000 didn't know it was a Terminator. He emptied the gun clip at him on first encounter. If he already knew, then he'd knew the T-800 was bulletproof and wouldn't bother firing. And no he was shooting for the Terminator as he shielded John, not directly at John. If the T-1000 knew it was a Terminator, he wouldn't have emptied his bullets in vain at a ...


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