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Does the T-1000 know that the "big guy on a bike" is a T-800 before he meets him?

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 ...
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Why does John use the surname "Connor"?

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 ...
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Why does John use the surname "Connor"?

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 ...
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What is the Terminator paradox?

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....
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What is the Terminator paradox?

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 ...
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What is this apartment in which the Terminator fixes himself?

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 ...
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Why does John use the surname "Connor"?

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 ...
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Does the T-1000 know that the "big guy on a bike" is a T-800 before he meets him?

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 ...
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What was Skynet trying to do in Terminator 3 before they decided to activate it?

As I remember it, and as I understand it reading the wiki page, technically Skynet was already "on", it just was contained. Brewster misunderstood the hack attempts (the virus) as an ...
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Were all of the "good" terminators played by Arnold Schwarzenegger completely separate machines?

#1 - The Terminator (T-800) : it was destroyed at the end of the movie. #2 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (T-800) : it's another unit, re-programmed to protect John Connor. #3 - Terminator 3: Rise Of ...
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Who designed and built the T-800 series Terminator endoskeleton prop?

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 ...
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Why did the T-1000 die in the molten steel?

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 ...
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Why would a Terminator need to see debug information in his vision?

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 ? ...
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What was Skynet trying to do in Terminator 3 before they decided to activate it?

We aren’t told explicitly, but I understood that Skynet had grown smart enough to realize that (a) it should destroy mankind, (b) it was running in a contained way that prevented it from doing so, and ...
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Why wasn’t Robert Patrick the actor for the human cop who encounters the T-1000 initially?

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, ...
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What was Skynet trying to do in Terminator 3 before they decided to activate it?

Lets cover what was said in film first. Robert Brewster: Skynet? The virus has infected Skynet? John Connor: Skynet is the virus. It's the reason everything's falling apart. Terminator: Skynet has ...
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In T2, was the T-800's arm being left in the steel mill a plot hole?

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 ...
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What is the Terminator paradox?

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 ...
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Why the tagline "It's nothing personal" for "Terminator 2"?

"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 ...
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Why didn't James Cameron direct further movies of 'Terminator' franchise after 'Terminator 2'?

There are two reasons. Both are discussed in this article about Cameron and the Terminator franchise The first is that he says he's creatively finished with the franchise. I've moved on creatively ...
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Why was Robert Patrick never recruited again after Terminator 2?

It seems he didn't want to unless it was with James Cameron... In the past, Robert Patrick has been everything from against, to luke-warm towards, reprising the iconic role that made him famous. But ...
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What was used to create the metal effect makeup in the Terminator robots?

Usually for something like this, they use Silicone appliances, that are painted. (Rarely) hard plastic pieces, that are placed on an actors body, are used. Some ways to get that chrome looks are: ...
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Is it Real tears or Liquid?

Was the Terminator crying? Yes If mission requires, a T-900 can lie like a T-850 does. Further more, since a T-900 features unsurpassed human mimicry, making it able to fake emotion, such as crying, ...
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Who sends Pops back in time in Terminator Genisys?

As was mentioned in the other answers, the movie never answered this question. However, we have this official answer from io9: Who sent the Terminator back to 1973 to protect a young Sarah Connor? ...
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What is Cameron meaning by saying "I call 9 millimeter"?

"Calling shotgun" is laying claim to the front passenger seat. I saw that line as Cameron A) Not knowing what "call shotgun" meant, and B) Thinking John was saying "I want to have the shotgun" ...
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Could Reese know he was John's father?

He may very well have suspected this truth, but couldn't have known for sure. Unless maybe John told him so before he went back in time, of course. I don't remember if there's any canon one way or ...
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Did the UK version of Terminator 2 censor out the lock picking scenes?

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 ...
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Was the biker bar scene from Terminator 2 filmed on the same night as the beating of Rodney King?

No. There is "a week or so" gap Cameron talks about it in the commentary to the film. He says that "apparently", the video of them shooting the scene was at the head of the tape — ...
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Is the catchphrase "Hasta la vista, baby" meant to be a nod to "I'll be back"

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 ...
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Why does the T-1000 in the Galleria Mall look at the bronze statue like that?

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 ...
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