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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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Because John is a bastard child of a one-night stand that typically ends with the father dying at the hands of a killer android and the unwed mother raising him alone 9 months later. A child of that situation rarely gets the father's name, in movies or real life. A bastard being: bastard [bas-terd] 1. a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate ...


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Well, the obvious answer is for the drama, but analyzing the terminator's actions using the movie's logic, we can infer the reason behind its behaviour: 1. The terminator was damaged during the crash. We see in the next scene that its right arm is malfunctioning and that its left eyelid is permanently closed. It needs to repair its arm and remove said ...


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That's how surnames and paternity work IRL Let's take a look from the very practical side - a baby is born, is given a name and issued a birth certificate. The mother isn't married, so there isn't an automatic assumption of paternity. In order to list someone as a father of the child, you need either a signed consent from the father, or a court decision ...


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His hair is partly burned off in an explosion. As you can (just about) see when he's chasing down Kyle and Sarah after the shootout in Tech Noir, his hair is long and flowing: Then when Sarah and Kyle get to their car, Kyle shoots at the petrol tank of a car in front of him and blows it up, then The Terminator jumps through the flames and catches fire: In ...


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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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The classic Terminator Paradox (only looking at the first movie) would go as follows: The Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, thus preventing the birth of John Connor and stopping the human rebellion in the future. If it had succeeded, however, then there would be no rebellion in the future (or the rebellion would be crushed easily ...


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John Connor should never have been born as he is only born when he goes back in time. Yet in order to go back in time, John Connor must have been born... Which can't happen unless he goes back in time. You are close but John Connor does not go back in time - Kyle Reese does. It seems paradoxical that John Connor would exist without having sent his dad back ...


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It's his hotel room that we see a few times. The guns are from the gun store he robbed earlier. the Terminator needed a base of operation (pun not intended) while he tracked down Sarah Conner. As sky net only knows what city and a name, the Terminator needs time to track down all of them (the yellow pages ripped out earlier). Just the addresses are not ...


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If you remember at the end of the first Terminator movie, Sarah Connor was recording tapes of everything that happened for John to listen to, and one of the important details was she told him he had to send Reese no questions asked-- which means he had no idea that Reese was his father at least until he could probably deduce from the tapes, even though it's ...


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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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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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Joseph P. Lucky was the art director for T2. George Costello was the art director for T1. However, the man most directly involved with the construction of the Terminator props was Stan Winston, and he is credited as Terminator 2's special makeup producer and T1's special terminator effects creator, at IMDB. “The first Terminator robot was made of a plastic ...


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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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As said before, no in-universe explanation is given and, a machine wouldn't need to information dumped onto a screen. Furthermore, why would a machine need the headup-display in the first place ? Answer : "it wouldn't", information could simply be fed into it's processer. Therefore, why does the terminator have a display ? Simple because, we, as the ...


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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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Possibility #1: You're conflating scenes from two different movies: The original, in which the special effects now seem outdated and unconvincing, and the sequel, in which the special effects still hold up pretty well today. Possibility #2: The scene doesn't exist as you remember it, and ...


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They got help from someone This guy is from future and he might have brought a skynet chip with him else helped creating a one with the name Genisys. As skynet himself sent him in past, so he must have secured his existence too.


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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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The events of Genisys changed everything. In essence, the events of T1, T2 and T3 never occurred. The T-800 Arm that caused Skynet to be created in 1997 was only found due to the events of T1. The events in T2 stopped that from happening by destroying the Cyberdyne lab where the Arm and research was being conducted, along with Miles Dyson (Main researcher, ...


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So travelling forward at the normal rate could only be a good thing No, it would be the opposite. Sarah and Pops only waited because they needed a Future Tech cpu to power their homemade Time Displacement Engine. Waiting longer could risk being injured, or loosing strength, being caught stockpiling weapons, having the TDE being discovered (it's tapping ...


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It seems a paradox in first glance, but it's more of a causal loop. In a causal loop there is only one timeline, and all alterations done to the timeline due to time travel are already included in the timeline. This is basically what happens in the Terminator timeline: John Connor always has been Kyle Reese's son with Sarah Connor The Terminators always ...


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It's established early in the film that the poly-alloy can be used to repair the terminator. When the T1000 finds the "killed" young Arnie T800 you'll notice it drops some of itself into the head wound. This brings the T800 back to functioning again to chase Kyle Reese. So the remains of Pops landing in a tank of polyalloy was more than fortuitous.


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