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The Terminator FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about the films The Terminator and Terminator 2 Judgment Day, and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time.

This FAQ about the films The Terminator and Terminator 2 Judgment Day, and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time was compiled and written by Karsten A. Loepelmann kloepel@connect.ab.ca with numerous contributions by others.

This FAQList is copyright 1997 by Karsten A. Loepelmann. All rights reserved. Permission is granted for reproduction, distribution, transmission, or storage for noncommercial purposes only, on the condition that the contents are not changed in any way. Permission for any other use or distribution of this FAQList must be obtained from the rights holder, Karsten A. Loepelmann. All trademarks herein are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.
T2(tm) and Terminator(tm) are copyright 1997, and registered trademarks of Carolco Pictures Inc. (U.S. and Canada) and Carolco International Inc. (all other countries).

-0.0 Abbreviations (The Terminator FAQ)
JC == James ...
-0.0 Introduction (The Terminator FAQ)
This Frequently Asked Questions list is based largely on the T2 FAQ compiled ...
-0.1 Internet resources (The Terminator FAQ)
This FAQList is also available in HTML format on the World-Wide Web (WWW). ...
-0.2 Questions that need answering (The Terminator FAQ)
** Does anyone have the novelization of The Terminator for sale?...
-1.1 "The Terminator"
Producer: Gale Anne ...
-1.2 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"
Producer: James ...
-1.2.1 Why were there scenes cut out of T2?
Certain scenes were edited out of the theatrical release of T2. According to ...
-1.2.2 What scenes were added to the T2 Special Edition?
Although some scenes were cut from the theatrical release of T2, many were ...
-1.2.3 What is the missing ending? (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
The alternate ending (known as the Future Coda) is available with the SE ...
-1.2.4 Other cut scenes (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
The Annotated Screenplay also contains six omitted sequences that were not ...
-1.3 "Terminator 2: 3-D" (aka "T2 3-D: Battle Across Time")
T2: 3-D is a sequel (of sorts) to T2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda ...
-2.1 The Terminator (Original motion picture soundtracks)
The Terminator Original Soundtrack. DCC Compact Classics ...
-2.2 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (Original motion picture soundtracks)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Varese ...
-2.2.1 What songs in the movie are not on the T2 soundtrack?
There are three songs. One is Guitars, Cadillacs written and performed by ...
-3.1 James Cameron (Filmography)
Titanic (1997) [Director] [Writer]...
-3.2 Arnold Schwarzenegger (Filmography)
As an actor:...
-3.3 Linda Hamilton (Filmography)
Actress filmography:...
-3.4 Robert Patrick (Filmography)
Actor filmography:...
-4.0 Plot questions (The Terminator)
For an *excellent* explanation of many subtle plot points in T2 (including ...
-4.1 What year does T2 take place?
Some dates are made explicit:...
-4.2 Why does it take the T-1000 so long to show up at John's house in Reseda? (The Terminator)
The T-1000 was transported to the Sixth Street Bridge in downtown LA at night ...
-4.3 Why doesn't the security guard at Pescadero State Hospital notice the T-1000 on the floor? (The Terminator)
It is possible that the T-1000 made itself thin enough to avoid ...
-4.4 Does the T-1000 have to touch the object it takes the form of? (The Terminator)
The Terminator told John that the T-1000 could replicate anything it samples ...
-4.5 Why does the T-1000 change back to the policeman at Pescadero State Hospital? (The Terminator)
It may be that it requires more energy to mimic an object than to just keep ...
-4.6 Why does the orderly in Pescadero State Hospital lick Sarah's face? (The Terminator)
According to JC, this situation was presented to dig a deeper hole ...
-4.7 If dogs are used to identify Terminators, why doesn't the dog at the desert hideout bark at the Terminator? (The Terminator)
Several possibilities have been discussed:...
-4.8 Why does Sarah carve the words "NO FATE"? (The Terminator)
Sarah realizes that the future is not predetermined; she can *change* ...
-4.9 Why doesn't Sarah kill Dyson? (The Terminator)
When faced with killing someone, Sarah cannot do it. This scene is meant to ...
-4.10 What parts of the police officer does the T-1000 duplicate? (The Terminator)
It is clear that the T-1000 duplicates the officer's uniform, as evidenced ...
-4.11 Why doesn't the T-1000 try to imitate Dyson and develop Skynet itself? (The Terminator)
The T-1000 has one objective: to kill John Connor, not to preserve its ...
-4.12 Does the T-1000 have a third arm when it is flying the helicopter? (The Terminator)
Yes, if you look carefully when it is reloading after it flies beneath the ...
-4.13 What is that "ripple" that goes through the T-1000? (The Terminator)
The ripple was a consequence of the liquid nitrogen experience--it damaged ...
-4.14 Why does the T-1000 take the shape of Sarah instead of the Terminator? (The Terminator)
The T-1000 could have taken either shape; since the T-1000 took the shape of ...
-4.15 Why does the T-1000 try to get Sarah to call to John? (The Terminator)
Again, discussion has centred on several possible explanations. In order ...
-4.16 If the T-1000 is destroyed when it falls into the molten steel, why wasn't it destroyed when the semi tow-truck blew up? (The Terminator)
Molten steel is a *lot* hotter than a gas explosion; notice that the ...
-4.17 Why doesn't the Terminator "disappear" when John throws the CPU into the molten steel? (The Terminator)
The time travel of the Terminator movies is *not* the same as that of the ...
-4.18 Isn't the Terminator's arm being left behind in the huge gear going to lead to the creation of Skynet anyway? (The Terminator)
It was clear from Dyson that it was the *CPU* that spurred the technology for ...
-4.19 When the T-1000 is on top of the elevator in Pescadero State Hospital, why doesn't it just cut the cables? (The Terminator)
Modern elevators have brakes that prevent them from free-falling to the ...
-4.20 What is the make and model of the Terminator?
Reese (in T1) and Arnold (in T2) both refer to the Terminator as a ...
-4.21 What about [insert continuity glitch here]? (The Terminator)
Several astute people have pointed out minor continuity discrepancies. ...
-5.1 Who was originally cast as the Terminator?
Lance Henriksen (ALIENS, ALIEN^3, Hard Target) was originally cast as ...
-5.2 How many lines did Arnold have in T1? (The Terminator)
Arnold's voice is used in exactly 16 lines, with 17 sentences spoken. ...
-5.3 What is Harlan Ellison's connection to the Terminator movies?
SF author Harlan Ellison filed a lawsuit against T1 director JC, ...
-5.4 What is the "crushing foot" motif? (The Terminator)
This refers to the recurring imagery of humanity being crushed by the ...
-5.5 Is "judgment" spelled correctly? (The Terminator)
Both judgement and judgment are accepted spellings, however, judgment ...
-5.6 How did Linda Hamilton prepare for T2?
She underwent a rigorous weight-training/exercise program six days a week,...
-5.7 Does Linda Hamilton have a twin sister who appeared in T2?
Yes, Linda's sister's name is Leslie Hamilton Gearren; she is a nurse in New ...
-5.8 What hardware/software was used to produce some of the FX in T2?
The systems used were Silicon Graphics IRIS 4D/340VGX RISC-processor ...
-5.9 What machine code is displayed on the Terminator's visual display? (The Terminator)
6502 assembler, specifically Apple 2+ assembly, taken from Nibble (QV), ...
-5.10 What is the literal translation of "Schwarzenegger"? (The Terminator)
According to Arnold on Late Night with David Letterman: black plowman....
-5.11 What does "Hasta la vista" mean? (The Terminator)
See you later. Literal translation is until the sight. Apparently, it'...
-5.12 Did the movies win any Academy Awards? (The Terminator)
T2 won four Oscars:...
-5.13 How much money did T2 make?
T2 grossed over US$490 million worldwide. It recouped its total ...
-5.14 Is there a real Cyberdyne Systems and Skynet? (The Terminator)
Astonishingly, the answer to this question is a simple yes! A net....
-5.15 What is "Benthic Petroleum"? (The Terminator)
The symbol of the gas station that John, Sarah, and the Terminator pull into ...
-5.16 What sunglasses did the Terminator and Sarah wear? (The Terminator)
According to Van Ling, Arnold wore Gargoyles in the first film, and ...
-5.17 Where can I get a video parody of T2? (The Terminator)
Roy Louden has filmed a funny parody of T2. Check out his homepage:...
-5.18 What are some of the weapons used in T2?
When Sarah attempts to kill Dyson, she uses a CAR-15 (aka XM177L2), which ...
-5.18.1 When the Terminator was firing the big machine gun in the Cyberdyne lab, is the bullet belt moving or not?
From :...
-5.19 What kind of motorcycle was used in T2?
Arnold rode a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, designated as model FLSTF....
-5.20 Miscellaneous trivia (The Terminator)
- T2 co-writer William Wisher portrayed the guy taking pictures of ...
-6.0 Time travel questions (The Terminator)
Naturally, any theory of time travel is just that: a theory. For the purposes ...
-6.1 How did the (liquid metal) T-1000 travel to the past? Didn't they destroy the time machine? (The Terminator)
The Terminator was able to go through time because it was surrounded by ...
-6.2 How can Skynet exist if the chip and arm were destroyed? (The Terminator)
According to the classical, single timeline/universe view, it is impossible --...
-6.3 If John gave a speech to Reese in 2029, who gave it to Sarah and conceived John in 1984, and then Sarah told it to John, then who wrote the bloody speech? (The Terminator)
According to classical physics, we have a classic paradox. No one wrote it,...
-6.4 What are some good related SF time-travel stories? (The Terminator)
Larry Niven's short story entitled All the myriad ways (in a collection by ...
-7.0 What Terminator novels and comics are there?
The comic-book license to T1 has been held by two companies at different ...
-7.1 Terminator books
The Terminator by Randall Frakes & Bill Wisher....
-7.2 Now Comics (The Terminator)
The first appearance of a Terminator in the comics was in a preview of ...
-7.3 Dark Horse Comics (The Terminator)
All of the Dark Horse limited series have been collected in trade ...
-7.4 Marvel Comics (The Terminator)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, issues #1-3. Script adapted by Gregory Wright, ...
-7.5 Malibu Comics (The Terminator)
Malibu Comics currently holds the T2 licence, and has produced two ...
-8.1 Arcade Games (Terminator computer/video games)
Look for these games in your local arcade. Unless you're rich, in which ...
-8.2.1 The Terminator (Terminator computer games)
First-person perspective/driving game. You may play the Terminator or Reese. ...
-8.2.2 T2 (Terminator computer games)
Third-person platform/action game with six levels (you play the Terminator):...
-8.2.3 T2: The Arcade Game (Terminator computer games)
First-person action game, based on the arcade game of T2. Has received only ...
-8.2.4 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Chess Wars (Terminator computer games)
Combine the excellence of the Grandmaster Chess game engine with ...
-8.2.5 The Terminator 2029 (Terminator computer games)
Split-screen (first-person combat window/third-person overhead navigation ...
-8.2.6 The Terminator 2029: Operation Scour (Terminator computer games)
Add-on mission disk for T2029. More of the same; 12 new missions. MS-...
-8.2.7 The Terminator: Rampage (Terminator computer games)
First-person combat game, a la DOOM. Very nice graphics and good gameplay....
-8.2.8 The Terminator: Future Shock (Terminator computer games)
A reworked Terminator: Rampage. It's not even *close* to DOOM or Dark Forces. ...
-8.2.9 The Terminator: Skynet (Terminator computer games)
Released in October, 1996. From Bethesda:...
-8.3.1 The Terminator (Terminator Console Games)
Reviewed by Trevor Williams :...
-8.3.2 Terminator 2: The Arcade Game (Terminator Console Games)
Flying Edge's (aka Acclaim's) adaptation of the arcade machine. ...
-8.3.3 Robocop vs. the Terminator (Terminator Console Games)
Acclaim(?)'s loose adaptation of the Dark Horse limited series (see ...
-8.4 Miscellaneous Games (Terminator Console Games)
8.4.1 T2 ...
-8.5 Miscellaneous Software (Terminator Console Games)
T2 Entertainment Utility by Sound Source Interactive:...
-9.0 Will there be a "Terminator 3" movie? (Terminator Console Games)
*** NEWS FLASHES ***...
-9.1 What is the "Terminator 3: Armageddon" script?
Terminator 3: Armageddon is a fan treatment for the final installment ...
-10.0 Credits (The Terminator FAQ)
Some people whose contributions are quoted directly are named in the body ...
-10.1 Bibliography (The Terminator FAQ)
American Cinematographer (August, 1996)...









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