This article is from the The Terminator FAQ, by Karsten A. Loepelmann firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Certain scenes were edited out of the theatrical release of T2. According to
the "Annotated Screenplay", some scenes slowed the pace of the film; others
repeated previously shown information; others were changed for dramatic
effect. Theses scenes include Sarah opening up the Terminator's head and
adjusting the CPU, Sarah's dream sequence with Kyle Reese, and the legendary
extended ending (see section 1.2.3 for more).
In the video accompanying the SE, Cameron explains that the scene with the
T-1000 searching the room was a "classic example of underestimating the
audience." He thought it wasn't necessary to have yet *another* scene
explaining that the T-1000 "molecularly samples" everything it touches.
An interview with JC was shown on the TV special "Secrets Revealed" (hosted
"Well, 'final cut' really doesn't change anything. You still have to do
what's best for the film--and a lot of people have opinions about what's
best for the film. And, as a responsible filmmaker, you have to listen to
"In the opening of the film, we see a playground after a nuclear war, where
all the playground equipment has been burned and blackened. And then the
ending was to show the 'alternate future' that came about as a result of
the efforts of Sarah and John. And then when we put the movie together,
and sat and watched it, it just felt a little too...'sweet.' It's
essentially the movie of the script. But no movie is ever the movie of the
script--the script is what you start with when you start the voyage, and
when you end the voyage, you may be somewhere else.
"So we took the ending off and we went to the dark road, kind of going into
darkness--the uncertain future...and that seemed to work better.
"We did screen it once, with the happier ending--because we had already
raised the question to ourselves: 'Is this *really* the right thing?' And
the audience seemed to concur. So we all looked at each other and went,
'Aha! See? Eh?' So we very quickly whipped together the alternate, which
I'd already had in mind.
"Sometimes, in that pressure-cooker of finishing the picture, the most
instinctive responses are the best. And that's really what happened there;
it was just instinct."