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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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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 ...


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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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It is explained in a deleted scene, although not all might agree on considering it canon, from Terminator 3 Trivia: The "Sgt. Candy" scene, which was included in early prints of the film, explains why all the Terminators look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold's character (Sgt. Candy) has a Southern US accent. When one of the scientists questions it, ...


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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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It neutralises the user codes in the building, there would still be master codes etc. Otherwise how would the police move around in the building, what if there was a fire etc. It is this master code that John cracked. As for the ATM working differerntly: What John appeared to have was a brute force number generator (perhaps with a little optimising AI), ...


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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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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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From the Script: [...] [...] NEUTRALIZED CODES: Miles Dyson says "[The alarm] neutralizes the codes throughout the building". My guess: I think it would make sense that there is some sort of emergency or master code that does not get neutralized, so security (and/or the big boss) can still open doors. So maybe John Connor cracks that ...


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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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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 ...


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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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James Cameron once said: "Somehow, even his accent worked. It had a strange synthesized quality, like they hadn't gotten the voice thing quite worked out." The Sgt. Candy scene (see @Alenanno's answer): In the Making of the Video Game from the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines DVD, it is implied that this scene was filmed to be used as a cut ...


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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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