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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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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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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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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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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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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#1: You're conflating scenes from two different movies: The original, in which the special effects now seem outdated and unconvincing, and the sequel, in which the special effects still hold up pretty well today.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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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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Hunter Killer is an accepted name for Attack Submarines, the purpose of which are to track (and potentially) sink other ships and submarines, as opposed to missile submarines which have a primary purpose targeting weapons such as nuclear missiles at land. Hunter Killer is a movie about submarines. If anything Terminator is borrowing and repurposing the ...


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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 another on that particular point, and I haven't been keeping up with the more recent movies in the franchise. The events of the first Terminator movie take ...


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The question you're asking is whether or not Skynet knew in advance who John's father was. But the question is only confusing if you assume the answer is "yes." If the answer was "no" then everything makes sense. So, obviously, the answer is "no." Skynet is not omniscient, it doesn't know everything that we, the viewing audience know. When the ...


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It seems to have been a plot contrivance written into the film to extend its length. While the Terminator is indeed an infiltration unit, it’s core mission was to eliminate Sarah Connor to ensure that her son, John Connor, the leader of the human resistance to Skynet in the future is never born. Several times throughout the film, its actions however lead ...


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The Kyle Reese that is shown during the movie (and that ultimately turns out to be John's father) has been sent through time into the past (our present, when the movie is set) by the adult John from the future. But there is yet another version of Kyle Reese existing as a child (or maybe not even born yet) parallel to the movie's action, who later grows into ...


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Memories get altered with age. You might just thought it was cooler before. Just a thought. But watching the video, they vary between beams and blasts. The rapid fire of the tanks also make multiple blasts blend together into beam shapes. At 57s you see a few blasts (with pew pew pew sounds), and at 58s you see a pair of beams (without pew pew sounds). As ...


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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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You can find the information on her wikipedia page: Very little is known about Sarah's life prior to May 12, 1984. The Terminator does not specify her age or birth date, although according to the original script (available on the Special Edition DVD), she was 19 years old. The film was primarily set on May 12–14, 1984; according to the script, her ...


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No in-universe explanation, but... 1) Assuming the first models of Terminators (like the drones from T3: Rise of the Machines) were built/designed - not to mention repaired - by humans (rather than by robots and computers), it would make sense to put some sensor- and debug-information on the video/data-stream. When so the robots started building themselves,...


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No in-universe explanation is ever given, all you'll ever find is speculation. However, remember that machines, while sentient, are still machines. They need code to tell their legs to move. They need code to determine if their actions are correct. So, it still seems logical that they need code to diagnose problems when things go wrong.


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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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I agree with those other two mind-bending answers -- there are multiple parallel timelines going on. In one timeline, Sarah Connor gives birth to John Connor. John grows up, meets Kyle Reese, and sends him back in time. By sending him back in time, that creates a second, parallel timeline. In that timeline, Kyle Reese is a grown man when John sends him ...


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If we take just The Terminator as valid for this, due to changes in timeline, then the answer has to be related to Cameron's offhanded remark: "Somehow, even his accent worked. It had a strange synthesized quality, like they hadn't gotten the voice thing quite worked out." Further more from that article: The Terminator in the first film spoke only 17 ...


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