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5.4 What is the "crushing foot" motif? (The Terminator)




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This article is from the The Terminator FAQ, by Karsten A. Loepelmann kloepel@connect.ab.ca with numerous contributions by others.

5.4 What is the "crushing foot" motif? (The Terminator)

This refers to the recurring imagery of humanity being crushed by the
machines. First, in the 2029 sequence of T1, there is a closeup of tank
treads
rolling over human skulls. Next, when the Terminator approaches the house of
the first "Sarah Connor," it crushes a small toy truck. Also, after the
Terminator kills Sarah's friend, he walks over her Walkman headphones. In T2,
the title sequence starts with a Terminator endoskeleton crushing a human
skull. The imagery of the Hunter-Killer tank rolling over skulls reoccurs.
The
Terminator crushes one of the roses that falls out of the flower box when it
removes the shotgun at the Galleria (may be a reference to the T2 tie-in
video
by Guns 'n' Roses). The T-1000 treads on the Terminator's sunglasses at
Pescadero State Hospital.

 

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