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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 T-1000 try to force Sarah Connor to call her son?

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 ...
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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 the terminator leave the scene of the car crash?

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....
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Terminator Haircut Change

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 ...
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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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Why does T-1000 try to force Sarah Connor to call her son?

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 ...
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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 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 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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How come the events of Terminator didn't change the future, but the events of Terminator 2 did?

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 ...
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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 does T-1000 try to force Sarah Connor to call her son?

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... ...
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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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Why does T-1000 try to force Sarah Connor to call her son?

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 ...
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Original futuristic battle Scenes from the first Terminator movie

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 ...
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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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How does Skynet get created in Terminator Genisys?

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 ...
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From which years are the Terminators sent back?

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 ...
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Why did Kyle and Sarah go to 2017?

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 ...
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