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The Terminator
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time

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Last updated: August 29, 2001

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Table of Contents
(*) indicates that the answer has been modified since the last major revision
of this FAQ (v3.00)

(+) indicates a new question

* 0.0 Introduction
* 0.1 Internet resources
0.2 Questions that need answering

1.0 What are the different movie versions?
* 1.1 _The Terminator_
+ 1.1.1 What is the T1 Special Edition?
+ 1.1.2 What are some other alternate versions?
* 1.2 _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_
* 1.2.1 Why were scenes cut out of T2?
* 1.2.2 What scenes were cut from the T2 theatrical release?
* What is the alternate ending?
+ 1.2.3 What is the T2 Special Edition?
+ 1.2.4 What is the T2 Ultimate Edition?
1.2.5 Other cut scenes
+ 1.2.6 What are some other alternate versions?
* 1.3 _Terminator 2: 3-D_ (aka T2 3-D: Battle Across Time)
+ 1.3.1 How is the Hollywood version of T2: 3-D different from the Florida

2.0 What original motion picture soundtracks are available?
2.1 _The Terminator_
2.2 _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_
* 2.2.1 What songs in the movie are not on the T2 soundtrack?

3.0 What are the filmographies of some of the people involved with T2?
* 3.1 James Cameron
* 3.2 Arnold Schwarzenegger
* 3.3 Linda Hamilton
* 3.4 Robert Patrick
+ 3.5 Edward Furlong

4.0 Plot questions
* 4.1 What year does T2 take place?
* 4.2 Why does it take the T-1000 so long to show up at John's house in
4.3 Why doesn't the security guard at Pescadero State Hospital notice
the T-1000 on the floor?
4.4 Does the T-1000 have to touch the object it takes the form of?
4.5 Why does the T-1000 change back to the policeman at Pescadero State
4.6 Why does the orderly in Pescadero State Hospital lick Sarah's face?
4.7 If dogs are used to identify Terminators, why doesn't the dog at the
desert hideout bark at the Terminator?
4.8 Why does Sarah carve the words "NO FATE"?
4.9 Why doesn't Sarah kill Dyson?
4.10 What parts of the police officer does the T-1000 duplicate?
4.11 Why doesn't the T-1000 try to imitate Dyson and develop Skynet
4.12 Does the T-1000 have a third arm when it is flying the helicopter?
4.13 What is that "ripple" that goes through the T-1000?
4.14 Why does the T-1000 take the shape of Sarah instead of the
4.15 Why does the T-1000 try to get Sarah to call to John?
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?
4.17 Why doesn't the Terminator "disappear" when John throws the CPU into
the molten steel?
4.18 Isn't the Terminator's arm being left behind in the huge gear going
to lead to the creation of Skynet anyway?
4.19 When the T-1000 is on top of the elevator in Pescadero State
Hospital, why doesn't it just cut the cables?
* 4.20 What is the make and model of the Terminator?
4.21 What about [insert continuity glitch here]?

5.0 Trivia
5.1 Who was originally cast as the Terminator?
5.2 How many lines did Arnold have in T1?
* 5.3 What is Harlan Ellison's connection to the Terminator movies?
* 5.4 What is the "crushing foot" motif?
5.5 Is "judgment" spelled correctly?
5.6 How did Linda Hamilton prepare for T2?
5.7 Does Linda Hamilton have a twin sister who appeared in T2?
5.8 What hardware/software was used to produce some of the FX in T2?
5.9 What machine code is displayed on the Terminator's visual display?
5.10 What is the literal translation of "Schwarzenegger"?
* 5.11 What does "Hasta la vista" mean?
5.12 Did the movies win any Academy Awards?
5.13 How much money did T2 make?
* 5.14 Is there a real Cyberdyne Systems and Skynet?
5.15 What is "Benthic Petroleum"?
5.16 What sunglasses did the Terminator and Sarah wear?
* 5.17 Where can I get Terminator parodies?
* 5.18 What are some of the weapons used in T2?
5.18.1 When the Terminator was firing the big machine gun in the
Cyberdyne lab, is the bullet belt moving or not?
5.19 What kind of motorcycle was used in T2?
5.20 Miscellaneous trivia

* 6.0 Time travel questions
6.1 How did the (liquid *metal*) T-1000 travel to the past? Didn't they
destroy the time machine?
6.2 How can Skynet exist if the chip and arm were destroyed?
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?
* 6.4 What are some good related SF time-travel stories?

* 7.0 What Terminator books and comics are there?
* 7.1 Terminator books
7.2 Now Comics
* 7.2.1 _The Terminator_
7.2.2 _The Terminator: The Burning Earth_
7.2.3 _The Terminator: All My Futures Past_
7.3 Dark Horse Comics
* 7.3.1 _The Terminator: Tempest_
* 7.3.2 _The Terminator: One Shot_
* 7.3.3 _The Terminator: Secondary Objectives_
* 7.3.4 _The Terminator: The Enemy Within_
* 7.3.5 _The Terminator: Hunters & Killers_
* 7.3.6 _The Terminator: Endgame_
* 7.3.7 _RoboCop Versus The Terminator_
+ 7.3.8 _The Terminator: Death Valley_
+ 7.3.9 _The Terminator: Suicide Run_
+ 7.3.10 _The Terminator: The Dark Years_
+ 7.3.11 _Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future_
+ 7.3.12 _Aliens vs. Predator vs. The Terminator_
7.4 Marvel Comics
* 7.5 Malibu Comics
7.5.1 _T2: Cybernetic Dawn_ (aka "Present War")
7.5.2 _T2: Nuclear Twilight_ (aka "Future War")

8.0 What Terminator computer/video games are there?
8.1 Arcade games
* 8.1.1 T2: The Arcade Game
* 8.1.2 T2 Pinball
* 8.2 Computer games
* 8.2.1 The Terminator
* 8.2.2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
* 8.2.3 T2: The Arcade Game
* 8.2.4 T2: Judgment Day Chess Wars
* 8.2.5 The Terminator 2029
* The Terminator 2029: Operation Scour
* 8.2.6 The Terminator: Rampage
* 8.2.7 The Terminator: Future Shock
* 8.2.8 The Terminator: Skynet
* 8.3 Console games
* 8.3.1 The Terminator
* 8.3.2 Terminator 2: The Arcade Game
+ 8.3.3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
* 8.3.4 Robocop vs. the Terminator
* 8.4 Handheld games
+ 8.4.1 Gameboy
* 8.4.2 T2 LCD

* 9.0 Will there be more _Terminator_ movies?
* 9.1 What is the _Terminator 3: Armageddon_ script?

* 10.0 Credits
* 10.1 Bibliography


JC == James Cameron
LD == laserdisc
T1SE == _The Terminator_ Special Edition
T2SE == _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ Special Edition
T2UE == _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ Ultimate Edition
T1 == _The Terminator_ film
T2 == _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ film
T2: 3-D == Terminator 2: 3-D attraction at Universal Studios theme parks
T-1000 == the "liquid metal" Terminator in T2
T-800 or Terminator == Arnold's character (look for the context to define
the movie/Terminator to which this refers); see section 4.20 for more.

0.0 Introduction
This Frequently Asked Questions list is based largely on the T2 FAQ compiled
by Doug Fierro, last dated 11/10/91. (Doug's email address is dead--Doug, are
you out there?) That's why I numbered the initial release of this FAQ version
2.0. Due to constant demand for information on the Terminator films, the FAQ
has been resurrected. Contributions/discussion are welcome! The preferred
forum for discussion is news:rec.arts.sf.movies

In the section on time travel, there are probably no absolute right or wrong
answers--except as far as real-world physics can be applied to the virtual
world of the Terminator films. I'm *not* looking for alternate ideas about
time travel, thank you very much. I'm just trying to explain the logic
underlying what happens in the Terminator films. *Everyone* has an opinion
(read: theory) about time travel. Try reading news:alt.sci.time-travel and
you'll see...!

If you want to contribute something and start out by writing, "I know someone
who knows this guy who met JC's gardener once, and *she* says that JC says
that..." Well, I probably won't read much further than that. If you cite a
reference to info that you provide, your credibility will be that much
greater. (I'm not anally retentive. It's just that this is supposed to be an
information file, not a *mis*information file. ;-)

If you want to make sure I get your input, send me email:

This FAQ has recently undergone a massive overhaul, for a number of reasons.
There is information on the new T1 and T2 DVDs, the new T3 and T4 films, and a
ton of stuff about the _T2: 3-D_ experience (yes, I've been there and yes,
it's a lot of fun!) at Universal Studios Orlando <>, Universal
Studios Hollywood <>, and
Universal Studios Japan <>.

* * *
I humbly note that this FAQ has been awarded a Magellan "3-Star" rating by the
McKinley Group, who produce the Magellan Internet Guide, an index of over 2
million sites and more than 40,000 reviews. See them at
* * *

Also, the Terminator website and this FAQ have been named a "HotSpot" by
GameSpot. Check out GameSpot at <>.

Plug: I am also the FAQ-keeper for the game Star Wars: Dark Forces! See


0.1 Internet resources
This FAQ is also available in HTML format on the World-Wide Web (WWW). The URL
is <>.

I am co-maintainer of this Terminator website along with Jesse Harris Nice
<>. If you're a Terminator fan, this site is highly recommended
(if I do say so myself)! It has sounds, pictures, movies, scripts, and links
to Terminator info. A mirror may be found at <>. Ross
Chandler <> originated this Terminator website, and gave
the FAQ a home in the beginning (thanks, Ross!).

I am the editor of the Open Directory Project's <> Terminator
series directory: <>.

Here are some other Terminator-related sites you may wish to visit:
- Terminator Allude: <>
- Terminator: 2029: <>
- Håkon Hjelstuen's Terminator website:
- Open Directory Project's list of Terminator websites:
- Yahoo!'s list of Terminator websites:
- Various pictures and sounds:

0.2 Questions that need answering
** Does anyone have the novelization of _The Terminator_ for sale?

** Do you have any info on _T2 3-D: Battle Across Time?_ (I am especially
looking for pictures, sounds, and magazine articles that are not in the
references (section 10.1).)

** Does anyone have a complete list of all the Terminator action figures?

1.0 What are the different movie versions?
1.1 _The Terminator_
Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
Cinematography: Adam Greenberg
Production design: James Cameron
Art director: George Costello
Editing: Mark Goldblatt
Written by: Gale Anne Hurd and James Cameron
Director: James Cameron
Released in North America: 26 October, 1984.

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database at:

There are two cuts of _The Terminator_. The first is the theatrical release,
in pan- and-scan and letterbox versions, on VHS videocassette, LD, and DVD
(running time is 108 minutes). The second is the T1SE (see section 1.1.1),
released on VHS videocassette and DVD.

1.1.1 What is the T1 Special Edition?
According to DVD Review <>, a special edition DVD is on the
way, due for release on October 2, 2001:

Eagerly awaited, the Special Edition of James Cameron's original
Terminator has once again been delayed. The title was first planned for
release late this year and eventually moved to the first quarter of 2001
and has now been moved for release in the fourth quarter of next year.
The reason for this significant delay are of legal nature. MGM Home
Entertainment has acquired the rights to "Terminator" earlier this year
but there are still contracts in place from the original owners, which
give certain publishers a window to safely sell off existing product
and empty their stocks. MGM Home Entertainment has to honor these
contracts and has as a result delayed the release of the title to make
sure no conflicts with these contracts arise.

DVD Review also had the chance yesterday to take a first look at the
newly restored version of "Terminator" with the brand new 5.1 EX audio
track that will be part of the DVD release, and I can promise you that
you will be absolutely blown away by the richness of both, the image
and the sound!

The new region 1 DVD release has two altered scenes, at the request of
Lightstorm Entertainment, supposedly to fix continuity slips in the original
picture: a scene set in the future when a Terminator enters the rebel compound
has been flipped on its vertical axis; the scene where the Terminator leaves
the motel in L.A. has been cropped/reframed so that his feet are no longer
visible (the original scene showed the Terminator wearing shoes instead of
boots as previously seen).

The region 2 (UK) DVD features the following deleted scenes:
- a brief alternate introduction to Sarah at work
- a longer version of the killing of the first Sarah Connor, showing the
T-800 walking away from the house, not reacting at all to the horrified
- a bunch of brief scenes showing Vukovich and Traxler, amongst them the
scene with Reese getting the gun
- a long scene in which Sarah asks Reese if they can't attack the
Cyberdyne building and ensure that the possible future never occurs.
Reese declines, and Sarah reacts wildly.
- a post-coitus scene showing Sarah tickling Reese
- two removed scenes at the end, showing a technician finding a few parts
of the remains of the T-800, and a longer version of the scene in which
Sarah is placed in the ambulance, showing us that the factory is, in
fact, Cyberdyne.

For more information on the T1SE, see the interview with Van Ling at

1.1.2 What are some other alternate versions?
_The Terminator_ has been broadcast on TV in many countries. Often the film is
edited for length and content. Also, the T1 Special Edition DVD includes
several deleted scenes (see section 1.1.1). For more details on these
alternate versions, see <>.

1.2 _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_
Producer: James Cameron
Cinematography: Adam Greenberg
Production design: Joseph Nemec III
Editing: Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt, and Richard A. Harris
Written by: James Cameron and William Wisher
Director: James Cameron
Released in North America: 3 July, 1991.

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database at:

There are three different cuts of T2:
- theatrical release (running time is 139 minutes)
- Special Edition (running time is 152 minutes)
- Ultimate Edition (running time is 156 minutes)
(For details on these latter two cuts, see sections 1.2.2 and 1.2.3.)

The movie has been released in a variety of media:

- Video CD format on 2 normal CD-ROMs with the video compressed in MPEG-1
format at a resolution of 352x240.

- The Terminator Collection SE LD boxed set (with a hologram on the front)
1) _The Terminator_: letterboxed theatrical release.
2) _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_: letterboxed theatrical release.
3) A VHS tape with two documentaries: _The Making of The Terminator_ and
_The Making of Terminator 2: Judgment Day_, and all of the trailers
for both movies (one for T1 and three for T2).
Running time is 57 minutes.
4) A limited-edition 24-page book containing information/trivia about the
making of the Terminator films as well as storyboards, drawings and
other photographs.

- The Special Edition from Carolco Home Video, put together jointly by
Carolco, Live Home Video, Showtime, Lightstorm Entertainment, and Pioneer.
This set comes in a 1'x1'x1" black box with "SCHWARZENEGGER" and "TERMINATOR
2: JUDGMENT DAY" in big red foil letters, and "SPECIAL EDITION" in blue
lettering. The box contains two VHS cassettes:
1) The SE letterbox version of T2 with all but two scenes added (see
section 1.2.2).
2) The second cassette is the _Special Edition Supplement_. It contains a
discussion of the deleted scenes with all the actors and JC. Following
this 20-minute film are the omitted scenes (the alternate ending and the
T-1000 searching young John Connor's bedroom), three trailers from the
movie, and the trailer for the release of the special edition of the LD.
Running time is approximately 40 minutes.

- A VHS "boxed set" of both films in pan-'n'-scan format in a silver box,
1) _The Terminator_: theatrical release.
2) _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_: theatrical release.

- A VHS "boxed set" of both films in letterbox format in a gold box,
1) _The Terminator_: theatrical release.
2) _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_: Special Edition.
Running time is about 152 minutes (box incorrectly lists a running time
of 139 minutes).

- Lastly, Artisan Entertainment <> has produced
the "Ultimate Edition" DVD, released August 29, 2000. This release contains
all three cuts of T2, plus many extra features. See sections 1.2.2 and 1.2.3.
Also, see the T2 Ultimate Edition DVD website: <>.

1.2.1 Why were scenes cut out of T2?
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. These scenes include Sarah opening up the Terminator's head and
adjusting the CPU, Sarah's dream sequence with Kyle Reese, and the legendary
alternate ending (see sections 1.2.2,, and 1.2.5 for more).

In the video accompanying the T2SE, James 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 by
William Devane!):
"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."

1.2.2 What scenes were cut from the T2 theatrical release?
The following are scenes that were cut from the theatrical release of T2. For
scene numbers, I've followed the convention in the Annotated Screenplay.

(I've reduced this section from full-blown script to mere descriptions for a
few reasons: it took too much space; the SE is widely available; and the
_Annotated Screenplay_ contains full scripts.)

**** CAUTION: Major spoilers ahead! ****

Scene 23: Pescadero
In the hallway of the Pescadero Mental Institution. Dr. Silberman has just
finished showing Sarah Connor to some other doctors. He asks Douglas and
another unnamed attendant to make sure Sarah takes her Thorazine.

Theatrical release:
Cut to T-1000 patrol car pulling up at John's foster parents' home.

Special Edition:
Cut to Silberman walking away. Douglas and partner enter Connor's room.

Dougie and his partner administer Sarah her medication in their own (violent)
--Total time: 1:00

Scene 29: Dream sequence
John Connor relates to his friend Tim how his mom is a loser. They ride off to
spend the money. Cut to Terminator pulling up on his bike.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to Dr. Silberman and Sarah watching an old videotape of Sarah describing a
recurring dream of nuclear Judgment Day.

Special Edition:
Cut to Sarah sitting on her bed in her cell.

Sarah has a fever dream of meeting Kyle, who gives her further inspiration.
She follows him down the hall and finds herself looking into a playground, the
Terminator by her side. Suddenly, a nuclear explosion hits, obliterating
everything, and turning the Terminator into a smoking endoskeleton. Sarah then
wakes up in her cell.
--Total time: 3:21

Scene 54: Max
At the house of John's foster parents, Janelle changes into the T-1000.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to officers showing Sarah pictures taken of Terminator at mall.

Special Edition:
Cut to T-1000 leaving John's foster parents' home. Kills the dog and reads
"MAX" on its collar.
--Total time: 0:30

Scenes 56 and 56A: Room scan
Special Edition/Ultimate Edition:
T-1000 passes the bathroom where Janelle is lying dead in the shower. It
searches John's room, touching everything gently with his fingertips. It
touches a Public Enemy poster, rips it off the wall and finds a box with
"Letters from Mom" written on it. It goes through a bunch of photos in the
--Total time: 1:25

Scenes 87 to 89C: Chip flip
At the abandoned garage. John asks the Terminator whether he can be more

Theatrical Release:
The Terminator tells John that his CPU is a neural net processor.

Special Edition:
Sarah and John "operate" on the Terminator, removing his CPU. Sarah wants to
destroy it, but John asserts himself and stops her. They switch the CPU to
"read-and-write" mode.
--Time of deleted scene: 0:10
--Time of added scenes: 3:32

Scenes 96A to 97: Learning to smile
Sarah, John, and "Uncle Bob" pull the station wagon into a gas station; steam
is coming out of radiator.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to Sarah chewing on a burger, Terminator pouring water into the radiator.

Special Edition:
John tries to teach Terminator how to smile, with mixed results. Cut to Sarah
chewing on a burger.
--Total time of added scenes: 1:17

Scene 99: Dyson at home
Terminator is telling Sarah about Dyson, who developed the Skynet technology.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to station wagon pulling up at Enrique's ranch.

Special Edition:
Miles tells Tarissa about his new processor; she convinces him to spend some
time with their two kids to Raging Waters.
--Total time of added scene: 2:20

Scenes A105 to A106: Salceda's Ranch
Enrique shows Sarah the truck that needs a new starter.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to Arnold pulling dust cover off chain gun.

Special Edition:
Sarah tells Enrique to leave his ranch after they leave.
As the Terminator selects weapons, John tells him about his life growing up.
--Total time of deleted scenes: 0:14
--Total time of added scenes: 1:44

Scene A123: John
John and Terminator are trying to prevent Sarah from killing Dyson.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to toy truck in Dyson's home.

Special Edition:
John tells the Terminator the importance of human feelings.
--Total time: 0:48

Scenes 148A to 148C: Sledgehammer
T-1000 is at Dyson's home, hears that Sarah Conner is at Cyberdyne.

Theatrical Release:
Cut to police cars pulling up at Cyberdyne.

Special Edition:
Miles helps destroy everything in his lab, including smashing the neural net
prototype with an axe.
--Total time: 0:30

Scenes 203A to 203C and 209A: T-1000 bugs
After the T-1000 is shattered by the Terminator, we see that it's beginning
to lose control of its morphing. Its hand takes on black and yellow stripes
when it grabs a black and yellow striped railing, and its feet squish and
morph into the steel floor pattern on each step.

When it morphs into Sarah Connor, John looks down and sees that the
T-1000/Connor's feet have melded into the steel floor right before the real
Connor begins blasting away at it. What is the alternate ending?
The alternate ending (known as the "Future Coda") was cut from the theatrical
release of the film; it was released with the T2SE and T2UE cuts of T2. It is
*not* edited into the T2SE cut, but is shown in a separate segment. The Future
Coda *is* edited into the Ultimate Edition of the film.

JC explains why the Future Coda never made it into the theatrical release:
"But there was a sense that, why tie it up with a bow? If the future
*is* changeable, then the battle is something that has to be fought
continuously. And you can't do it with a single stroke. That it's the
dualism, the dynamic between good and evil that's eternal."

Here is my transcript of the alternate ending, scene 215:

[After the Terminator sinks into the molten steel, Sarah holds John and looks
into the camera.]

Fade to shot of the sun. Begin voiceover as the camera pans down. It
is Washington, DC; the capitol is in the background, as are several
futuristic buildings. Pan down to long shot of a park with a fountain
and a playground.

August 29th, 1997 came and went. Nothing
much happened. Michael Jackson turned
*forty*. There was *no* "judgment day."

Cut to medium shot of a recreational area around the fountain. Pan
down and across children in the playground to a well-dressed older
woman speaking the narration into a small recording device.

People went to work as they always do.
Laughed. Complained. Watched TV. Made
love. I wanted to run through the
street yelling, to grab them all and say,
"Every day from this day on is a *gift*.
Use it well." Instead, I got drunk.
That was thirty years ago. But the dark
future which never came still exists for
me. And it always will--like the traces
of a dream.

Cut to a shot of an adult John Connor, pushing a little girl on a
swing in the playground.

John fights the war differently than it was
foretold. Here, on the battlefield of the
Senate, his weapons are common sense--

Cut to a closeup of Sarah, watching John and the little girl.

--and hope.

Cut to a shot of the little girl running.

Tie me, gramma! Tie me!

Cut to a medium shot of the girl climbing up onto the bench beside
Sarah, who ties her granddaughters' shoe. Cut to a closeup of the
little girl as she looks up at Sarah and giggles. Cut to a medium
shot of the two.

How's that?

Cut to a shot of the girl.

Thank you, gramma.

Cut to a shot of the two; Sarah leans down and gives the girl a kiss.
The girl runs back to the playground. Cut to a shot of the girl
running into John's arms. The two embrace, then John helps her onto a

The luxury of hope was given to me by the
Terminator. Because if a machine can learn
the value of human life--

Cut to a shot of Sarah, smiling, watching the children.

--maybe we can, too.

Fade to black.

1.2.3 What is the T2 Special Edition?
Although some scenes were cut from the theatrical release of T2, many were
restored in the Special Edition ("T2SE"). These scenes are described in
section 1.2.2. Two long scenes were not included in the T2SE, but were
appended to a supplemental tape: One is the alternate ending "Future Coda"
(scene 215; see section, the other is scenes 56/56A. Note that the
placement of added scenes may not necessarily match that of the T2SE. The
running time of the T2SE is 152 minutes.

1.2.4 What is the T2 Ultimate Edition?
The Ultimate Edition ("T2UE") refers to a couple of things. It refers to a cut
of the film that includes the alternate ending "Future Coda" and scenes

T2UE also refers to the T2 Ultimate Edition DVD, which contains the T2UE cut
of the film, as well as the theatrical release and SE cuts. This DVD was
produced by Artisan Entertainment <>, and was
released August 29, 2000. This disc contains all three cuts of the film, but
the T2UE cut is hidden (a so-called "Easter egg").

There are a couple ways of accessing the T2UE:
1. If you can, select "Title 3" with your DVD player. (Scenes 56/56A are
title 3, chapter 24; the Future Coda is title 3, chapter 78.)
2. Or Select "Special Edition" from the main menu. Highlight "Play
Special Edition" and press 82997 on your remote. (You may have to
press [enter] after pressing each number. You'll notice, of course,
that this special code is also the date of Judgment Day!) The words
"The Future Is Not Set" will appear in the right hand portion of the
setup screen and the left eye of the Terminator will light up. Now
you can select "Play Extended Special Edition".

There is a second Easter egg. Insert side B (or disk 2). There are a few
buttons hidden in the main menu. When you first start the DVD, it goes to a
menu which displays the information programs, visual campaigns, and data hub.
If you wait 30 seconds, things may happen randomly on the menu. A button may
appear on the bottom left side of the menu that says Join the Resistance; this
takes you to the same message on the CD-ROM button on side A (or disk 1). The
other thing that may happen is that the same button appears, but with a sound
effect; this takes you to a Swelltone trailer. The other thing that may happen
is the T-1000's head appears in the middle of the screen and says "Get out",
and blends back in with the menu.

The T2UE DVD may come on one (double-sided) DVD-18 (contains 18 Gb), or two
(single-sided) DVD-9s (each contains 9 Gb); there is no difference in content
between the two. The T2UE DVD comes in a brushed metal case. The T2UE DVD
contains all three cuts of T2 in 16:9 widescreen. It is THX certified, with
Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX, and DTS 5.1 ES sound formats.

Aside from the three cuts of T2, the T2UE DVD also includes:
- commentary by cast and crew
- "The Making of T2," "T2: More Than Meets the Eye," and "The Making of
T2: 3-D: Breaking the Screen Barrier" documentaries
- supplmental materials which cover all aspects of production, including
make-up, visual effects, marketing, etc.
- teasers, trailers, screenplay, 700+ storyboards
- DVD-ROM feature allow you to watch the movie and simultaneously view

A website has been set up for the T2UE DVD at <>. This
website includes trailers, information on the T2UE DVD, as well as a
Macromedia Shockwave-based Terminator game.

1.2.5 Other cut scenes
The _Annotated Screenplay_ also contains six omitted sequences that were not
filmed, for various reasons noted below:

Extended Future War Sequence
These scenes show more of the fight against Skynet in the future. This
sequence was deleted due to its prohibitive cost, and because it was deemed
tangential to the story. Most significant are the scenes showing an adult John
Connor sending Kyle Reese to the past.

Sarah's E.C.T. Sequence
This sequence was intended to illustrate the direness of Sarah's situation,
which was adequately established with other scenes. I'm glad these scenes were
cut: electroconvulsive shock therapy is only used as a treatment in *extreme*
cases of depression--which Sarah clearly did not exhibit.

Missile Dream Sequence
In an early draft, Sarah experiences two nuclear nightmares; this is the
second. After falling asleep at Salceda's ranch, Sarah's dream of children
playing in a park turns into a nightmare as underground silos open, and the
missiles inside are launched. These scenes were cut because JC thought that a
single nuclear nightmare was more powerful than two.

Salceda's Death Sequence
Although the scenes in which the T-1000 goes to Salceda's ranch looking for
John were scheduled for the first week of principal photography, they were not
filmed because they were deemed redundant and costly. This sequence is notable
for the scene in which the T-1000's head is blown off, the mouth gulps "like a
gaffed fish," and the head is reabsorbed into the T-1000's body.

Gant Ranch Sequence
Travis Gant is the "crazy ex-Green Beret" John refers to in the film. This
sequence was rewritten and later comprised the Salceda ranch sequences.
(Salceda's first incarnation was as one of Gant's men. The kewlest scene has
Sarah proving to Gant that Terminator really exist, by taking a .45 automatic
and shooting the Terminator in the head--twice! Terminator, unperturbed,
responds to this rather rude treatment by saying, "No problemo."

Dyson's Vision Sequence
Miles Dyson's death was initially intended to be a bit more poetic. He has a
vision of his family and knows that for them to have a chance at survival, he
must destroy his life's work--and himself.

1.2.6 What are some other alternate versions?
_T2_ has been broadcast on TV in many countries. Often the film is edited for
length and content. Also, the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition cuts
include several deleted scenes (see sections 1.2.3 and 1.2.5). For more
details on some of these alternate versions, see

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
Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong, titled _Terminator 2 3-D: Battle
Across Time_. This attraction is Universal Studios Orlando <>,
Universal Studios Hollywood
<>, and Universal Studios
Japan <>.

Producers: Chuck Comisky, Andrew Millstein
Cinematography: Peter Anderson (II) [3-D],
Russell Carpenter [live-action], Russ Lyster [effects]
Production Design: John Muto
Film Editing: David Bartholomew, Shannon Leigh-Olds
Music: Brad Fiedel
Written by: James Cameron, Gary Goddard, & Adam Bezark
(check out his website at <>!)
Directors: John Bruno, James Cameron, & Stan Winston
Cast (in credits order):
Arnold Schwarzenegger [Terminator]
Linda Hamilton [Sarah Connor]
Robert Patrick [T-1000]
Edward Furlong [John Connor]

From _Gamefan_ magazine:
* The 3-D film utilized in the attraction is approximately 10 minutes long
and was directed by _Terminator_ creator and director James Cameron.
* The 10-minute film features all-new footage shot exclusively for the
_Terminator 2 - 3-D_ attraction. Production took place in a deserted
steel mill in Fontana, California, taking over two weeks of all-night
* Computer graphics house Digital Domain, whose special effects work can be
seen in _Jurassic Park_ and _Apollo 13_, created all of the digital
composite imagery in the film.

* Three-dimensional images are projected on three separate screens, in a way
never seen before, surrounding guests with 180 degrees of in-your-face
* Each of the three projection screens located within the attraction
measure 23 feet high by 50 feet long.
* Six fully automated 70mm film projectors are required to create the 3-D
images that will reach off the screen and into the audience.

* The _Terminator 2 - 3-D_ attraction features a state-of-the-art sound
system created by Soundelux that pumps a total of 45,620 Watts through 141
speakers. it is the most technically advanced system in the world and
serves as a showplace for audiophiles across the globe.
* All processing gear for the attraction's audio system are found within one
master computer system. All connections and configurations are made
on-screen utilizing computer software that has never been seen before.
* The audio computer system allows audio engineers to modify and construct
new audio configurations simply by drawing them on a computer screen
instead of the time-consuming re-wiring required by a conventional system.

* Originally, Universal Studios planned to feature in the attraction the
T-800 chrome endoskeletons seen in the _Terminator 2_ motion picture.
However, after consulting with director James Cameron, they discovered that
the T-800s come from the future (around 2029) and therefore could not exist
in the attraction in the present day. As a result, Cameron designed,
exclusively for this attraction, the T-70 robot, a totally new, more
primitive series of the mechanical soldier.

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database at

Or read the _Wired_ magazine interview with JC in issue 4.04 at

The following is a spoiler for T2: 3-D. *DON'T* read it if you don't want to
know what happens!

Summary written by Dave Harling <>:
The audience [is invited] to a presentation of future technology by the
Cyberdyne Corporation; creators of the present T-70s and future creator of
Skynet. Unfortunately, half-way through the presentation, they are
sabotaged (live) by Sarah and John Connor, who inform us of the future
doom Cyberdyne will unknowingly bring to the world. The audience is soon
joined by the T-1000 as well as Arnold's T-800 on stage via motorcycle.
The T-800 grabs John and exits the stage via a 3-D time portal, quickly
pursued by the T-1000. From there it is all 3-D movie magic in which the
T-800 and John Connor must defeat Skynet, which is guarded by the powerful

The Sci-Fi Channel (and, later, The Learning Channel) aired _The Making of
Terminator 2 3D_. Although this program is not available for sale on video,
the Sci-Fi Channel's website has some T2: 3-D info

1.3.1 How is the Hollywood version of T2: 3-D different from the Florida
The story and script are virtually identical. The 3-D film itself is exactly
the same.

The biggest changes are in the building that houses the attraction. While the
USF show building was hidden behind an existing "Hollywood" facade (which
received a minor upgrade for the attraction), the situation at USH was
different. The Hollywood show is built atop a seven-story parking structure,
in an expansion area that once held "Fievel's Playland." An entire new
structure was designed and built from scratch to house the queue, pre-show,
main show, retail and a new restaurant. It's an avant-garde modern design that
represents both the colors and forms of the Terminator movies. The paint
scheme resembles a pixellated computer screen; the pattern was actually
derived from a still frame from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Curving silver
walls rise above the main building, suggesting "morphing" mimetic pollyalloys.
A front wall suggests the original Cyberdyne headquarters, and a big "T2/3D"
logo that juts out of the facade at an angle recalls the T-1000's motorcycle
exploding from the Cyberdyne window.

Interesting structural note: The attraction features a number of elements that
require a "basement" (for lifts, trap doors, robot pits, etc.) In Florida,
this was accomplished by simply digging a little. At USH, however, it's on top
of a parking lot -- so if they dig, they'll hit somebody's Taurus! Instead,
the entire theater is elevated about one-half story above the deck. The
audience walks up a long ramp as they approach the pre-show, until they're six
or seven feet above grade. They ramp down again as they exit the theater.

Now to the attraction itself...

The queue is perhaps the most different: it's housed in a sheltered outdoor
area (as opposed to USF's air-conditioned indoor queue, necessary due to
Florida's heat). Guests can watch the same introductory Cyberdyne video; they
re-shot the elements that simulate guests standing in line. There are also
eight new satirical Cyberdyne "product" posters, featuring Cyberdyne's
horrific new technologies for home, business and military applications. These
include "Cyberdyne DraftBoy," a system for identifying great video game
players during childhood and passing their personal information on to the
Department of Defense for future recruitment; and "Cyberdyne KidCollar," a
voltage child restraint system for the home...

The pre-show is pretty much the same; the audience meets Kimberley Duncan,
who's ickier than ever; and she shows the same corporate video. One scene
featuring former Orlando Magic player, now L.A. Laker star, Shaquille O'Neal,
was re- shot. He's ditched the Orlando blue-and-white uniform, and now sports
Laker gold-and-blue.

The main theater itself is improved in subtle ways. The colors and finishes
are all more refined, more corporate; a "portland cement" finish on the walls
lends lends the room a cold, imposing feel. The lighting has also been
tweaked, with new colors and looks, including a neat "blood-red" look behind
the T-70 robots as they perform their target demonstration. Best of all, the
soundtrack has been completely re-mixed by the amazing folks at Soundelux,
resulting in crisper effects, better dialog legibility, and a much more
exciting dynamic range.

There are other minor changes, but they're mostly behind the scenes. The
projection and effects systems have all been bumped up a generation for better
reliability. Also, the USH show features four T-70 robots instead of USF's

Exiting the theater, there's a much bigger, more "Terminator-like" retail
area. There are two full-sized endoskeletons on display, plus some flying
hunters (from the 3-D movie).

The "CyberGrill" restaurant is a deco/chrome treat. There is some fun video
footage of "antique" robotic and computer systems, set to big band swing
tunes. (No Terminator clips, though.)

Finally, there's AquaZone, an outdoor plaza at the attraction's exit where
kids can play in some wacky futuristic fountains while mom and dad have a
drink and enjoy the view. The music here is a cosmopolitan mix of "watery"
jazz, lounge music and movie soundtracks. (And if you listen carefully, you'll
catch tracks from "Titanic" and "The Abyss"... Cameron's *"water-themed"*

2.0 What original motion picture soundtracks are available?
2.1 _The Terminator_
_The Terminator Original Soundtrack_. DCC Compact Classics
DZS-058. Total playing time is 35:39. Music composed, performed, and produced
by Brad Fiedel (6 tracks). There are 5 additional rock songs from the film
included. If you're into early 1980s synth-pop, you'll love this CD.

_The Terminator--The Definitive Edition_. Edel 0029022EDL. Total playing time
is 72:15. Music composed, performed, and produced by Brad Fiedel (19 tracks).
This CD was supervised and sequenced by Ford A. Thaxton <>, who
posts to This disc contains none of the pop songs;
instead, it has tons of Fiedel's original score. If you're into early 1980s
synth-movie scores, you'll love this CD.

2.2 _Terminator 2: Judgment Day_
_Terminator 2: Judgment Day_, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Varese
Sarabande VSD-5335. Total playing time is 53:45. Music composed and produced
by Brad Fiedel (20 tracks). This CD contains all-orchestral music, with no pop

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
Dwight Yoakam (played in the bar where the Terminator gets his clothes).
Another is "Bad to the Bone" written by George Thorogood, performed by George
Thorogood and the Destroyers (played when the Terminator walks out of the

"You Could be Mine" was written by Izzy Stradlin and W. Axl Rose, and was
performed by Guns N' Roses. According to Randy Chang
<>, this song (along with "Don't Cry") was written
well before the band's first major-label debut _Appetite for Destruction_ was
released in 1987.

"Guitars, Cadillacs" by Dwight Yoakam can be found on _Guitars, Cadillacs,
Etc., Etc._ "You Could Be Mine" by Guns N' Roses appears on _Use Your Illusion
II_. "Bad To the Bone" is on the album _Bad To The Bone_ and also on the
compilation _The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers_.

3.0 What are the filmographies of some of the people involved with T2?
3.1 James Cameron
As a director:
True Lies 2 (2002)
Titanic (1997)
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
True Lies (1994)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Abyss (1989)
Aliens (1986)
The Terminator (1984)
Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)
Xenogenesis (1978)

As a writer:
True Lies 2 (2002)
Terminator 3 (2002) (characters)
"Dark Angel" (2000) (TV, episode "Pilot")
Titanic (1997)
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
Strange Days (1995) (screenplay, story)
True Lies (1994) (screenplay)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Point Break (1991) (uncredited)
The Abyss (1989)
Aliens (1986)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
The Terminator (1984)
Xenogenesis (1978)
Let My People Go (1965)

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database:

3.2 Arnold Schwarzenegger
As an actor:
True Lies 2 (2002) [Harry Tasker]
Terminator 3 (2002) [The Terminator]
Collateral Damage (2001) [Gordon Brewer]
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) [uncredited, voice of White wolf]
The 6th Day (2000) [Adam Gibson]
End of Days (1999) [Jericho Cane]
Batman & Robin (1997) [Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze]
Jingle All the Way (1996) [Howard Langston]
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) [The Terminator]
Eraser (1996) [John Kruger, the Eraser]
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995) (TV) [himself]
Junior (1994) [Dr Alex Hesse]
True Lies (1994) [Harry Tasker]
Dave (1993) [himself]
Last Action Hero (1993) [Jack Slater, himself]
The Last Party (1993) [himself]
Lincoln (TV) (1992) [Voice of John G. Nicolay]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) [The Terminator]
Kindergarten Cop (1990) [John Kimble]
Total Recall (1990) [Douglas Quaid/Hauser]
Red Heat (1988) [Ivan Danko]
Twins (1988) [Julius Benedict]
Predator (1987) [Dutch]
The Running Man (1987) [Ben Richards]
Raw Deal (1986) [Mark Kaminski/Joseph P. Brenner]
Commando (1985) [John Matrix]
Red Sonja (1985) [Kalidor]
Conan the Destroyer (1984) [Conan]
The Terminator (1984) [The Terminator]
Conan the Barbarian (1981) [Conan]
The Jayne Mansfield Story (TV) (1980) [Mickey Hargitay]
Scavenger Hunt (1979)
The Villain (1979) [Handsome Stranger]
Pumping Iron (1977) [himself]
Stay Hungry (1976) [Joe Santo]
The Long Goodbye (1973) [uncredited]
Hercules in New York (1970) [Hercules; note: as "Arnold Strong"]

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database:

or, see Arnold's official (!) website <>.

3.3 Linda Hamilton
Actress filmography:
Bailey's Mistake (2001) (TV) [Liz Donovan]
"A Girl Thing" (2001) (TV miniseries) [Rachel Logan]
Skeletons in the Closet (2000) [Tina Conway]
Sex & Mrs. X (2000) (TV) [Joanna Scott]
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (1999) (TV) [wife]
Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999) (TV) (voice of Dr. Stephanie Lake]
The Color of Courage (1999) (TV) [Anna Sipes]
Unglued (1999) (aka The Secret Life of Girls (1999) [Ruby Sanford]
Point Last Seen (1998) (TV) [Rachel Harrison]
On the Line (1998) (TV) [Jean Martin]
Dante's Peak (1997) [Rachel Nando]
The Shadow Conspiracy (aka The Shadow Program) (1996) [Amanda Givens]
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) [Sarah Connor]
A Mother's Prayer (TV) (1995) [Rosemary Holmstrom]
Separate Lives (1994) [Lauren Porter]
Silent Fall (1994) [Karen Rainer]
Frasier (TV) (1993) [Claire (guest caller)]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) [Sarah Connor]
Mr. Destiny (1990) [Ellen Burrows]
Go to the Light (TV) (1988)
Beauty and the Beast (TV series) (1987) [Catherine Chandler]
Black Moon Rising (1986) [Nina]
Club Med (TV) (1986) [Kate]
King Kong Lives (1986) [Amy Franklin]
Secret Weapons (aka Secrets of the Red Bedroom, aka Sexpionage) (TV) (1985)
[Elena Koslov]
Children of the Corn (1984) [Vicky]
The Stone Boy (1984) [Eva, Crescent Moon Lady]
The Terminator (1984) [Sarah Connor]
Secrets of a Mother and Daughter (TV) (1983) [Susan Decker]
King's Crossing (TV series) (1982) [Lauren]
Country Gold (TV) (1982) [Josie Greenwood]
Tag: The Assassination Game (1982) [Susan Swayze]
Secrets of Midland Heights (TV series) (1980) [Lisa Rogers]
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (TV) (1980)
Reunion (1980) (TV) (1980)

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database:

3.4 Robert Patrick
Actor filmography:
Backflash (2001)
Eye See You (2001)
Texas Rangers (2001)
Spy Kids (2001) [Mr. Lisp]
Angels Don't Sleep Here (2000) [Russell Stark]
Mexico City (2000) [Ambassador Mills]
All the Pretty Horses (2000) [Cole]
Out of These Rooms (2000)
"The X Files" (2000-present) (TV) [Special Agent John Doggett]
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) [Buck]
Shogun Cop (1999) [detective]
A Texas Funeral (1999) [Zach Whit]
Ambushed (1998) [Shannon Herrold]
The Only Thrill (1998) [Tom McHenry]
The Faculty (1998) [Coach Willis]
Perfect Assassins (aka A Breed Apart) (1998) (TV) [Leo Benita]
Renegade Force (1998) [Jake McInroy]
Tactical Assault (1998) [Colonel Lee Banning]
The Vivero Letter (1998) [James Wheeler]
Winter (1998)
CopLand (1997) [Jack Duffy]
Rosewood (1997) [Fanny's lover]
Hacks (aka Sink or Swim) (1997) [Goatee]
Rag and Bone (1997) [Sgt. Daniel Ryan]
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (aka Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures)
(TV) (1996) [Race Bannon]
Asylum (1996) [Nick Tordone]
Striptease (1996) [Darrel Grant]
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) [T-1000]
The Outer Limits (TV) (1995) [Skokes]
Body Language (TV) (1995) [Delbert Radley]
Decoy (1995) [Travis]
Last Gasp (1995) [Leslie Chase]
The Cool Surface (1994) [Jarvis Scott]
Hong Kong '97 (1994) [Reginald Cameron]
Zero Tolerance (1994) [Jeff]
Body Shot (1993) [Mickey Dane]
Double Dragon (aka Double Dragon: The Movie) (1993) [Koga Shuko]
Fire in the Sky (1993) [Mike Rogers]
Last Action Hero (1993) [T-1000 (uncredited)]
Wayne's World (1992) [T-1000 (uncredited)]
Resident Alien (TV) (1991) [himself]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) [T-1000]
Die Hard 2 (1990) [O'Reilly (terrorist)]
Future Hunters (aka Spear of Destiny) (1989) [Slade]
Hollywood Boulevard II (1989)
Killer Instinct (aka Beyond Enemy Lines) (1987) [Johnny Ransom]
Equalizer 2000 (1986) [Deke]
Eye of the Eagle (1986) [Johnny Ransom]

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database:,+Robert

3.5 Edward Furlong
Actor filmography:
Terminator 3 (2002) [John Connor]
I Cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (aka The Knights of the Quest) (2001)
[Simon di Clarendon]
The Andy Dick Show (2001) (TV) [himself]
Animal Factory (2000) [Ron Decker]
Detroit Rock City (1999) [Hawk]
Pecker (1998) [Pecker]
American History X (1998) [Daniel "Danny" Vinyard]
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) [John Connor]
Before and After (1996) [Jacob Ryan]
The Grass Harp (1995) [Collin Fenwick]
Little Odessa (1994) [Reuben Shapira]
Brainscan (1994) [Michael]
A Home of Our Own (1993) [Shayne Lacey]
Pet Sematary II (1992) [Jeff Matthews]
American Heart (1992) [Nick Kelson]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) [John Connor]

For more information, see the Internet Movie Database:

4.0 Plot questions
For an *excellent* explanation of many subtle plot points in T2 (including
numerous omitted scenes), I *highly* recommend the following book for anyone
who is a true T2 fan:
_Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The Book of the Film: An Illustrated Screenplay_
(1991). By James Cameron and William Wisher, annotations by Van Ling.
Applause Theater Book Pub. ISBN: 1557830975.

4.1 What year does T2 take place?
Some dates are made explicit:
- The Future War sequence takes place in 2029.
- Skynet becomes self-aware at 2:14am EDT August 29, 1997 (this is a Friday).
- John Connor's DOB is February 28, 1985, and he is 10 years old in the movie
(these facts are stated in the T2 script).
- According to _The Terminator_ script, Sarah was 19. Sarah is 29 in T2.

Therefore, most of T2 must take place in the summer of 1995. There are some
problems with this conclusion, however.

The Terminator says, "In three years Cyberdyne will become the largest
supplier of military computer systems." Thus we conclude that in *three*
years, Skynet starts the war. But if T2 takes place in 1995, 1995 + 3 = 1998,
not 1997. One explanation is that mid-1995 to August, 1997 is more than two
years, so the Terminator might have just rounded it to three years.

The Terminator also says, "Thirty years from now you reprogrammed me to be
your protector here, in this time." 2029 - 30 = 1999. T2 takes place before
1997, so the Terminator may just be doing more rounding. Jordan Chavez
<> suggests:
It may be that 1997 + 30 = 2027 is the year in which Conner starts
re-programming the terminator, and that it may have taken him two years
to finish it before he was able to send it back through time.

On the way to Dyson's house, John muses to the Terminator that he will send
Kyle into the past "35 years from now." 2029 - 35 = 1994, which is plausible.

There are further errors with dates:

From Paul Duncanson <>:
In T1 Reese accosts a police officer and demands to know the date.
"Twelve. May. Thursday." Wrong! It is established three times that T1
happens in 1984 (title after credits in T1; Sarah's timecard in T1 read
"Pay period ending 5/19/84"; and John's date of birth (2/28/1985) confirm
he was conceived around May 1984). Problem is that May 12, 1984 was a
Saturday. The problem probably occurred because the screenplay was written
in 1983 when May 12 did fall on a Thursday.

If the events depicted in T1 had indeed transpired in 1983, John would have
been born in 1984, he would have been 10 in 1994, it would be 35 years until
2029, and it clearly would be three years until 1997--the dates would work out
perfectly. The basic problem was in establishing that T1 took place in 1984
instead of 1983. That is, T2 is merely being consistent with T1, which
unfortunately causes further mathematical errors.

Last (but not least!), in alternate ending (see section 1.2.3), Sarah refers
to the events of Judgment Day (August 29, 1997). In particular, she says that
Michael Jackson turned forty. However, Michael Jackson turns forty on August
29, 1998. This is either another error, or perhaps a suggestion that Sarah is
in a parallel universe (see section 6.0).

4.2 Why does it take the T-1000 so long to show up at John's house in Reseda?
The T-1000 was transported to the Sixth Street Bridge in downtown LA at night
and had access to a police vehicle and John Connor's address. Yet he only
arrived at John's house in Reseda *after* the Terminator did! It seems like at
least 4-6 hours between the T-1000 arriving and then getting to John's house.
The greater LA area is big, but not that big.

The most likely explanation is that the T-1000 does not know its way around
very well. In the annotated screenplay, it is revealed that the T-1000 has to
ask the little girls the location of the Galleria!

While talking to Dr. Silberman, Reese explains that most records were lost in
the Skynet War (thus the T-800 had to kill every Sarah Connor listed). If city
maps were also lost, the T-1000 would not have an accurate map of LA. The
T-1000 would therefore not know the location of John's house even after
finding it from the police computer.

4.3 Why doesn't the security guard at Pescadero State Hospital notice the
T-1000 on the floor?
It is possible that the T-1000 made itself thin enough to avoid being noticed.
The T-1000 doesn't necessarily need to keep a consistent thickness while it is
on the floor (i.e., it's not a "slab").

4.4 Does the T-1000 have to touch the object it takes the form of?
The Terminator told John that the T-1000 could replicate "anything it samples
by physical contact." It appears that the T-1000 can use a medium to do this
without actually touching the victim's skin. In scene where the T-1000
mimicked the guard at the Pescadero State Hospital, the only contact was when
the guard walked on the floor, where the medium was the soles of the shoes the
guard was wearing.

JC, in the T2SE supplements, explains that the T-1000 has the ability to
sample things that it touches at a "fantastic level." In a scene cut from the
theatrical release, the T-1000, after killing John's foster parents, searches
for clues to John's whereabouts. It touches the walls, and immediately
determines that there is a cache (of tapes and letters from Sarah, as it turns
out) behind a poster in John's room (see section 1.2.2).

4.5 Why does the T-1000 change back to the policeman at Pescadero State
It may be that it requires more energy to mimic an object than to just keep
the default form. When the T-1000 was transported to 1995, it had a default
humanoid form, and that is the one it kept throughout the movie. It did *not*
copy the form the unfortunate officer Austin who discovered it--it only copied
the uniform, apparently.

The T2 Annotated Screenplay (see section 7.1) notes that being a policeman
gives the T-1000 a large degree of leeway, thus is a default; also,
maintaining the same form allows the audience to recognize the character.

4.6 Why does the orderly in Pescadero State Hospital lick Sarah's face?
According to JC, this situation was presented to "dig a deeper hole that Sarah
had to climb out of." A cut scene (see section 1.2.2) showed Dougie (the
licker) and another orderly hitting Sarah before giving her drugs. Thus, Sarah
is justified in beating Dougie later on. Any sexual abuse is only weakly

4.7 If dogs are used to identify Terminators, why doesn't the dog at the
desert hideout bark at the Terminator?
Several possibilities have been discussed:
1) Dogs may have to be "trained" to sniff out Terminators. This implies that
John's dog Max was just barking for the hell of it when the T-1000 kills
John's foster parents. Not very likely.
2) Not all dogs bark at Terminators. Unlikely.
3) The dog at the desert hideout also did not bark at Sarah or John; maybe the
dog didn't bark at "Uncle Bob" because it knew Sarah and John.
Again, unlikely.
4) JC intentionally neglected to have the dog bark, to show that the
Terminator was becoming more human. Quite possible.
5) It's a continuity glitch. Live with it ;-)
6) Lastly, the unfilmed Gant Ranch Sequence in the Annotated Screenplay notes:
The dogs do not dig Terminator at all. They are barking and whining,
slinking around, keeping their distance.
Thus, the reaction of dogs to the Terminator was not forgotten. It is
likely that showing the dogs becoming alarmed with the "kinder, gentler"
Terminator would have confused the audience ("Is he a *good* guy or a *bad*
guy?"). Some people are slow.

4.8 Why does Sarah carve the words "NO FATE"?
Sarah realizes that the future is not predetermined; she can *change* the
future. (Remember Reese's words to her: "The future is not set. There is no
fate but what we make for ourselves.") The words show Sarah's rejection of
determinism; the future is not "carved in stone." The fact that the *words*
are carved is ironic.

4.9 Why doesn't Sarah kill Dyson?
When faced with killing someone, Sarah cannot do it. This scene is meant to
show that she is *not* like the Terminators. She has something they don't
have: feelings. (She also sees Dyson with his *family*--something machines
don't have.) These feelings will not let her kill even one person. Note that
it is not necessary that Dyson dies--there are other ways to alter the future.

4.10 What parts of the police officer does the T-1000 duplicate?
It is clear that the T-1000 duplicates the officer's uniform, as evidenced
after it walks out of the flaming wreckage of the semi.

When the T-1000 goes to Dyson's home, it is listening to reports on a police
radio. Comments during this scene on the extended LD indicate that whereas the
T-1000 "became" the uniform of the policeman, it took the radio so it could
monitor police activity. The T-1000 is *not* listening to the radio on the

The point is made very clear that the T-1000 is also carrying a "real" gun at
Pescadero, when the gun is the only item that gets caught in the bars of the
door. However, when the T-1000 "pours" itself into the helicopter,
*everything* morphs--including its helmet and the accessories on its belt.
Obviously, these items were all replicated by the T-1000 as part of itself.

4.11 Why doesn't the T-1000 try to imitate Dyson and develop Skynet itself?
The T-1000 has one objective: to kill John Connor, not to preserve its own

4.12 Does the T-1000 have a third arm when it is flying the helicopter?
Yes, if you look carefully when it is reloading after it flies beneath the
overpass. Although the T-1000 is supposed to "mimic" shapes it comes in
contact with, this seems to be an acceptable modification of its shape. Note
that in the fight scene at the end of T2, the T-1000 is clearly capable of
modifying its humanoid appearance--not to mention the many other myriad
(partial) transformations, like "knives and stabbing weapons."

4.13 What is that "ripple" that goes through the T-1000?
The "ripple" was a consequence of the liquid nitrogen experience--it damaged
the T-1000 (see the August, 1991 issue of _Cinefex_).

4.14 Why does the T-1000 take the shape of Sarah instead of the Terminator?
The T-1000 could have taken either shape; since the T-1000 took the shape of
the guard at Pescadero, it would seem that the T-1000 could have taken the
Terminator's shape as well, or at least come close to resembling him. It may
have thought it would have had a better chance of getting close to John if it
took the shape of his mother. Don't forget that the T-1000 had no information
on how John's relationship was progressing with the Terminator, so it would
assume that Sarah would have been a better choice.

The Special Edition indicates that this behaviour resulted from the damage
experienced by the T-1000 after being frozen and shattered.

4.15 Why does the T-1000 try to get Sarah to call to John?
Again, discussion has centred on several possible explanations. In order of
1) The theory from the novelization is that the liquid nitrogen
temporarily damaged its vocals.
2) Another possible reason is that the T-1000 had not heard Sarah speak
to obtain a sufficiently suitable sample; therefore, it could not
mimic her voice.
3) Some have suggested that the T-1000 possesses some malevolence. For
example, it wags its finger in the steel mill after Sarah blows a hole
through its head. Thus, it may delight in torturing Sarah both
physically (spike through the shoulder) and emotionally (helping her
destroy her son).
4) It may be that the T-1000 realized that mimicry was unsuccessful on
John before (when it imitated Janelle). Thus, it may have overestimated
John's ability to distinguish actual human voices from a synthesis.
5) Finally, the best reason (noted in the Special Edition) is that this
odd behaviour is also a result of being damaged by the liquid nitrogen
and being shattered. The T2SE shows the T-1000 having difficulty
maintaining a consistent form; perhaps it realized it would be
unsuccessful in mimicking Sarah.

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?
Molten steel is a *lot* hotter than a gas explosion; notice that the truck did
not melt when it blew up. According to the _Handbook of Chemistry and
Physics_, the melting point of iron is 1535 degrees Celcius. A gasoline
explosion burns at only 200-300 degrees C. Also, molten metal holds a lot more
heat energy than burning gasoline.

4.17 Why doesn't the Terminator "disappear" when John throws the CPU into
the molten steel?
The time travel of the Terminator movies is *not* the same as that of the
_Back to the Future_ series. Although no one is sure what would happen if you
created a paradox, it is highly unlikely (and goes against the laws of physics
for our universe) that matter would just disappear into thin air. Time-travel
paradoxes are a lot more complex than that. (See section 6 for more on time

According to the novelization, Judgment Day is avoided; Sarah becomes a
grandmother and John a Senator fighting the Skynet bill in Congress (see
section 1.2.3). Also in the book, the Terminator jumps into the molten pit on
its own--as was called for in an early script draft.

4.18 Isn't the Terminator's arm being left behind in the huge gear going
to lead to the creation of Skynet anyway?
It was clear from Dyson that it was the *CPU* that spurred the technology for
Skynet. In the novelization, Sarah and John took the parts left from the
Terminator and threw them into the molten pit.

4.19 When the T-1000 is on top of the elevator in Pescadero State Hospital,
why doesn't it just cut the cables?
Modern elevators have brakes that prevent them from free-falling to the bottom
of the shaft; some shafts apparently also have "buffers" at the bottom.

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 "Cyberdyne
Systems Model 101". Reese adds "the 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted
them easy. But these are new." Obviously there is more than one variation on
the Model 101. In T2SE, after the chip-toggle scene, the Terminator reboots
and the startup data is shown from his point of view. In the top left corner
of the screen it says "Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101 Version 2.4".
Presumably, the metal endoskeleton is Model 101; the flesh-covered units are
Series 800.

I leave it to Van Ling, former Creative Technical Supervisor of Lightstorm
Entertainment, and annotator of the T2 illustrated screenplay (see section
7.1 for more details), to provide the definitive answer.

From: <> (KiraProd):
Arnold is an 800-series terminator, Model 101.
This means that the infamous endoskeleton covered in living tissue is a
T-800. The fact that the aforementioned living tissue looks like Arnold
makes it Model 101. Therefore, all 800-series Model 101s look like
Arnold. An 800-series Model 102 would look like somebody else, but would
be essentially the same underneath, since it's a T-800.

Just thought I'd clear that up.

Van Ling
Lightstorm Entertainment

Here's some more information on Terminator models, taken from the T2: 3-D

T-70: Cyberdyne Series 70 Autonomous Infantry Unit
Armed combat entered the age of robotics when Cyberdyne created this
first-generation version of the Terminator in the late 1990s, as part of their
program to re-create the work of the late Dr. Miles Bennet Dyson. Featuring a
heavily reinforced steel construction, the T-70 was designed to serve as part
of an automated infantry unit for military applications. Guests will get a
live demonstration of the power of the T-70 Terminators at Universal Studios

T-800: Terminator Series 800:
The Series 800 Terminator is a cybernetic organism: living tissue over a metal
endoskeleton. The Terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a Series
800, model 101. By utilizing living tissue in the Series 800, Skynet improved
upon the Series 600 Terminator which used rubber skin. The Series 800 was much
more difficult for the human resistance to recognize than earlier versions of
the Terminator. Skynet also uses the 800 series as its basic infantry for
ground combat; in these conditions, the endoskeleton operates without any
skin. The T-800 appears in both "Terminator" films and the Terminator 2: 3D
attraction at Universal Studios.

T-1000: Terminator Series 1000
The Series 1000 Terminator is an advanced prototype composed of mimetic
polyalloy. This liquid metal assassin can change shape at will, making itself
into an exact replica of anything it samples by physical contact. The T-1000
can emulate humans... inanimate objects... and a variety of knives and
stabbing weapons. The T-1000 was played by Robert Patrick when it morphed into
the form of a motorcycle police officer. The T-1000 appears in the film
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and the Terminator 2: 3D attraction at Universal

T-1,000,000: Terminator Series 1,000,000 (also known as the T-Meg)
The most lethal Terminator of all was created to guard Skynet¹s central core.
The T-1,000,000 is a massive creature composed of liquid metal with deadly
tentacles poised to attack anyone who dares to enter Skynet. The T-1,000,000
can be seen only in the Terminator 2: 3D attraction at Universal Studios.

4.21 What about [insert continuity glitch here]?
Several astute people have pointed out minor continuity discrepancies. These
are not plot problems, they are simply byproducts of the complex endeavour of
shooting a film. For example, the numbers on the house of the first "Sarah
Connor" don't match the listing in the phone book. Also, in T2, the
Terminator scans the cars in the parking lot, and mislabels a Ford as a

Again, Van Ling has the final word.

From: <> (KiraProd):
Arnold's face was NOT grafted via CG onto Peter Kent's body in the bike
jump into the canal. You are simply looking at Peter Kent wearing Stan
Winston facial prostheses to make him look more like Arnold.

A previous post asked about the windshield continuity problem (the glass
is popped out during the jump, then is back in until T-1000 knocks it out
later). This is an instance of practicality taking precedent over
continuity. Yes, the glass popped in the single take we did of the jump
(an aborted practice take notwithstanding). However, Jim wanted the glass
to remain intact for much of the scene, in order to a) help hide the stunt
driver in most shots, and b) allow for clear closeups of Robert Patrick at
the same time. This is not as mutually exclusive as you may think.
Even Jim Cameron wasn't going to get to say "let's do this $$$$ gag again,
and make make sure the glass doesn't pop this time!" There's a point
where you have to decide whether to blow the bucks on a retake of a gag
that hopefully should not yank you out of the film if the continuity is a
little off, or to plow that money into other, more crucial parts of the
movie, really finesse a cool CG shot, etc. I hope you'll agree we made
the right decision. ;-)


PS: I'm the first guy you here and see in the Cyberdyne lab intro scene,
sitting at a terminal next to the neural net processor.

5.0 Trivia
All questions must be stated in the form of a question. <grin>

5.1 Who was originally cast as the Terminator?
Lance Henriksen (ALIENS, ALIEN^3, Hard Target) was originally cast as the
Terminator (O.J. Simpson was considered for the role as well!); Henriksen was
recast as the cop Vukovich.

From Gale Ann Hurd <>:
FYI, Arnold was *never* cast as the hero. That is a myth that seems to
have become fact as the years have passed. We (Jim Cameron and I) met
Arnold, and the part that Michael Biehn played was never mentioned -- all
of us were in agreement that he should play the title role of the

5.2 How many lines did Arnold have in T1?
Arnold's voice is used in exactly 16 lines, with 17 sentences spoken. The
Terminator has two other lines, one with the voice of a police officer
overdubbed, and one with the voice of Sarah's mother overdubbed. There are
also many lines with the voice of Sarah's mother, and we learn that the
Terminator is actually saying them, but we don't see it onscreen.

5.3 What is Harlan Ellison's connection to the Terminator movies?
SF author Harlan Ellison filed a lawsuit against T1 director JC, claiming that
Cameron plagiarized several of his short stories, namely "Soldier" and "Demon
with a Glass Hand" (and, possibly, "A Boy and his Dog"). The concept of Skynet
could also have been borrowed from an Ellison short story called "I Have No
Mouth and I Must Scream". Newer prints of T1 acknowledge Ellison. For more on
Ellison's influence, see section 6.4.

5.4 What is the "crushing foot" motif?
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.

Mark Reed <> suggested that this motif has its
origins with George Orwell: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a
boot stamping on a human face forever." -- George Orwell, _1984_.

5.5 Is "judgment" spelled correctly?
Both "judgement" and "judgment" are accepted spellings, however, "judgment" is
increasingly preferred.

5.6 How did Linda Hamilton prepare for T2?
She underwent a rigorous weight-training/exercise program six days a week,
and weapons training with a former Israeli commando.

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
Jersey. She was in the scene at the end where the T-1000 took the form of John
Connor's mother. Linda actually played the T-1000 version of herself and her
sister played Sarah Connor coming up behind the T-1000. Linda's sister also
appeared in the scene in which Sarah replaces the Terminator's chip and sees
herself in a mirror (this scene is restored in the Special Edition). Linda
Hamilton played Sarah on the playground during her dream sequence (in fact,
she is holding her real-life son).

(The guard in the mental institute also has a real-life twin brother, who
actually played the T-1000 coming up behind him at the coffee machine. These
twin brothers were also in _Good Morning Vietnam_ and _Gremlins 2: The 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
workstations. The software used was Alias Studio 3.0 and Pixar's Renderman
from ILM. The computer graphics were used, among other things, for the
morphing/liquid metal FX, and for putting the pilot's reflection on the T-1000
in the helicopter.

According to Van Ling, Mac Quadras were used for some CGI work:
4-Ward Productions, who did the nuclear nightmare sequence, brought in
Electric Image to model the Los Angeles skyline and blow it into particles.
In fact, the good folks at EI developed their Mr. Nitro plug-in (now part
of their standard package) for the film.

5.9 What machine code is displayed on the Terminator's visual display?
6502 assembler, specifically Apple 2+ assembly, taken from _Nibble_ (QV), a
computing magazine. Other code visible is written in COBOL.

5.10 What is the literal translation of "Schwarzenegger"?
According to Arnold on _Late Night with David Letterman_: "black plowman."

5.11 What does "Hasta la vista" mean?
"See you later." Literal translation is "until I see you".

5.12 Did the movies win any Academy Awards?
T2 won four Oscars:
Best Make-up: Stan Winston and Jeff Dawn
Best Sound Effects Editing: Gary Rydstrom and Gloria S. Borders
Best Sound: Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, and Lee Orloff
Best Visual Effects: Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren Jr,
and Robert Skotak

T2 editors Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt, and Richard A. Harris were
nominated in the Best Editing category. Adam Greenberg was nominated in the
Best Cinematography category for T2.

5.13 How much money did T2 make?
T2 grossed over US$490 million worldwide. It recouped its total production
costs in its first 12 days of release. In three weeks, it grossed US$123M
--its closest competitor (_Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves_) took six weeks to
reach that mark. For 1991, T2's total US box office gross for 1991 was
US$204.4M; in the UK it took in #18.1M.

5.14 Is there a real Cyberdyne Systems and Skynet?
Astonishingly, the answer to this question is a simple "yes!" A for
"Cyberdyne" will turn up over 10,000 hits! Many of these sites refer to the
Terminator movies, of course--but not all of them. For example,
<> is a multimedia company.

A for "Skynet" will produce over 400,000 references! A disturbingly
large number do *not* refer to the Terminator films. For example,
<> is an ISP.

Another example is the following article, which was carried by Reuters on June
20, 1994:
** VSAT CUSTOMER--AT&T said Allied Van Lines has agreed to
become the first customer of its new [VSAT] satellite hub service.
AT&T said under Allied's five-year, multimillion-dollar contract,
Allied will connect its agents' local area networks to AT&T's
SKYNET hub service for shipment registration, scheduling and
dispatch and to process bills of lading.

Before anyone starts stocking up on plasma rifles, realize that the results of
the above net.searches typically refer to the names of servers or ISPs. And
the other example is clearly not a automated defense network, but rather a
simple communications net. (Or is it...?)

5.15 What is "Benthic Petroleum"?
The symbol of the gas station that John, Sarah, and the Terminator pull into
in T2 is the symbol of Benthic Petroleum, the fictional oil company from JC's
_The Abyss_.

5.16 What sunglasses did the Terminator and Sarah wear?
According to Van Ling, Arnold wore Gargoyles in the first film, and wore
Oakleys <> in T2. Sarah's sunglasses in T2 were made by Matsuda.

5.17 Where can I get Terminator parodies?
Roy Louden has filmed a funny parody of T2 called _Intimidator 3_. For more
details (and to order), check out the web site:

Jonathan Winters has also recorded a parody, called _Jonathan Winters Is
Terminator 3_. It is available at <>.

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
looks similar to an M16A2 carbine. The sound suppresser on the guns is a
Sionics model, first designed in the 1960s, and used by the US on M-16s in

When Sarah enters Dyson's house, she is using a .45 longslide automatic, which
(except for the laser sighting) is the same weapon the original Terminator
used to assassinate the various Sarah Connors. The pistol's Aimpoint laser
sight may represent the advance of technology, which is itself indicative of
the future.

The Terminator's shotgun appears to be a model 1887 Winchester level-action
shotgun (see _Guns & Ammo_, 12/91, p.18). Sarah's shotgun looks like a
Remington 870. The shotgun in T1 is a Franchi SPAS-12.

Some other weapons include: Heckler & Koch MP-5s, and an M-79 grenade

5.18.1 When the Terminator was firing the big machine gun in the Cyberdyne
lab, is the bullet belt moving or not?
From <>:
It appeared that the weapon Arnold had in T2 was a General Electric
minigun, M-134/GAU-2b. It fires a 7.62 mm round from 6 rotating barrels
at peak cyclic rates of up to 6,000 rpm. Barrel rotation is
powered by an electric motor. The "ammo chain" is actually an
enclosed feeder. The bullets are inside of this feeder. That is
why it appears to not move. If you look closely, you'll see a
steady stream of spent cartridges dropping out of the bottom of
the weapon.

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
- T2 co-writer William Wisher portrayed the guy taking pictures of the
Terminator after it smashes through the window at the Galleria; he was
also the policeman who had his car stolen in T1.
- The helicopter pilot whom the T-1000 tells to get out is played by Chuck
Tamburro, T2's aerial coordinator.
- Cyberdyne guard "Moshier" (Mike Muscat) was also Edward Furlong's acting
- The badge on the T1000's uniform reads "Austin," apparently after producer
Stephanie Austin.
- Arnold's ad-libbed line "I need a vacation" comes from another of his
movies, _Kindergarten Cop_ (1990).
- In T2, the Terminator loses its left arm, and hauls itself forward with its
right. The same thing happened to the Terminator in T1.

6.0 Time travel questions
Naturally, any theory of time travel is just that: a theory. For the purposes
of this FAQ, the best we can do is try to apply one or more of these theories,
while still maintaining internal consistency with the info presented in the
films. There are many theories of time travel in science fiction and comics.
However, most discussions of time travel focus on two theories of "real-world"
physics: classic Newtonian and quantum mechanical physics. For a good
introduction to the application of these theories to time travel, see the
article, "The quantum physics of time travel" in the March, 1994 issue of
_Scientific American_.

The classical theory states that there is one existence, and thus a single
timeline. According to this view, changing an event in the past could
theoretically retroactively change history from the time traveler's POV. This
theory is plagued by problems of "temporal paradoxes". For example, what
happens if you go back in time and prevent your parents from meeting?
(According to the movie _Back to the Future_, you will "fade from existence!")

The quantum view is that time travel is possible along distortions in
space-time called closed timelike curves; also, reality exists as a multiverse
of infinite possibilities. Thus, if you travel back in time and prevent your
parents from meeting, there's no paradox. Your parents still meet and conceive
you in the timeline you came from (after all, you must have come from
somewhere!). However, a "version" of you will *not* be born in the timeline
you traveled to.

Brian Christopher Weaver <> writes:
The 'many-universes' interpretation of quantum mechanics solves a lot of
time travel paradoxes. A time traveler can make _any_ change in the past
he/she/it wants to without endangering their existence because they came
from a _different_ universe whose timeline is untouched by their meddling.

Therefore, there really is no paradox in the Terminator movies. The
Terminators and Kyle Reese came from a universe where the war actually
occurred, but by the end of T2 a universe had been created where John and
Sarah Connor lived with no global thermonuclear war. The original timeline
still exists, however, in a parallel universe."

T2 implies that its world is of one existence and a single timeline.
Certainly, it would seem to be futile to send someone back to change the
past in a multi-universe existence--unless one is very altruistic! Consider
this: T2 implied that Judgment Day never occurred due to manipulation of the
past. But it all depends which timeline one looks at:

1995 2029
-----|----------------|--(existence with nuclear war) (A)
\_______________|__(alternate peaceful existence) (B)

Assuming the existence of multiple parallel timelines, if a time traveler
could change an event in 1995 (such as destroying the CPU chip), all that
would result is another existence (B) branching off from 1995. Note that the
nuclear war still happens in existence (A), even if an event in the past is

What can we conclude? Quantum physics *can* explain the events of T1/T2
well. However, it does not make for a good story. Although saving humanity
in a *single* timeline out of an infinity is better than none at all, this
situation would likely not have been accepted by the moviegoing public.
Assuming Judgment Day does *not* occur (as per the "lost ending" of T2), JC
wanted to show that there is "no fate" but what we make of it. This
philosophy is reinforced by the "single-timeline" approach.

So there you have it: good physics and a watered-down story, or a ream of
paradoxes and a strong story.

Of course, everyone wants to know if time travel is possible, so let's go to
NASA and a real physicist:
What would have to be done in order to make time travel possible?

The first answer I thought of is that the laws of physics would have to
change. Now this does not necessarily mean that the universe would have
to change. Our understanding of the universe, and the laws of physics
that we use, are certainly imperfect. And general relativity does seem to
allow some paths through space-time that may indicate a possibility for
time travel, but these are way beyond our ability to test (for example,
orbiting a multi-light-year long, supermassive rotating cylinder). So at
the moment, there is certainly no known way for time travel.

Dr. Eric Christian

For more on time travel, see:
the sci.physics FAQ at <>
Time Travel for Beginners at
Nova Online Time Travel at <>
Dr. Steve Preston's site at
The Time Travel Research Center at <>

6.1 How did the (liquid *metal*) T-1000 travel to the past? Didn't they
destroy the time machine?
The Terminator was able to go through time because it was surrounded by living
tissue. The T-1000 could imitate living tissue, but it is made up of alloy
metals, so it is not technically a biological organism, but neither was the

Some possibilities:
1) Maybe Skynet used a time machine with improved capabilities
(apparently with the letter-boxed laserdisc for T1, you can see a type
of bubble enclosed around Reese before he drops, so this may imply
that the same type of time machine was used in T2).
2) Mimicking living tissue is sufficient. The mimetic polyalloy is
capable of generating a "living field" of some sort.
3) The time machine in T2 is in a separate existence from T1 (refer to
section 6 on time travel).
4) The T-1000 was sent through wrapped-up in flesh. This is the most
likely (but most gory) explanation. In _The Terminator: Tempest_
comic, an advanced plasma weapon is sent through time in the belly of
a man. The same method may be extrapolated for the T-1000.

Regarding the destruction of the time machine, Reese would have been gone
before the machine was destroyed anyway. He wouldn't know for certain
whether it was destroyed or not.

6.2 How can Skynet exist if the chip and arm were destroyed?
According to the classical, single timeline/universe view, it is impossible --
unless Cyberdyne Systems develops Skynet technology *independently* of any
help from the future.

Assuming the existence of a multiverse of timelines, this situation can also
be explained. In the universe in which we see the Terminator technology
destroyed, Skynet will never exist. However, there must exist at least *one*
timeline/universe in which Skynet technology is developed. This may occur
due to: a) Cyberdyne independently creating the technology, or b) Terminator
remains originating from yet *another* timeline are left behind. Thus, the
movies must chronicle *two* different universes: one with the hellish future
dominated by Skynet, the other is the one saved by Sarah and John.

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?
According to classical physics, we have a classic paradox. No one wrote it,
everybody just memorized it. Assuming a multiverse, on the other hand, we
can posit that a future John Connor (whose mother encountered a Reese who
perhaps forgot the speech) *did* write the speech, and gave it to Reese.
Reese traveled back to 1984 in *another* universe, and gave it to Sarah
(which we saw in T1).

6.4 What are some good related SF time-travel stories?
Larry Niven's short story entitled "All the myriad ways" (in a collection by
the same name) explores the every-change-in-history-creates-an-alternate-
universe idea. The story is based on the idea that there are an infinite
number of these universes, branching off at every decision anyone ever makes.
It's an interesting extension of just how irrelavant everything become in one
of these alternate-universe-based view of things.

In that same collection is another story, "On the theory and practice of time
travel" which is a very entertaining look at the whole subject. The book is
highly recommended based not only on its high entertainment value but on its
thought-provoking look at time travel.

Jeff Hart <> notes that Philip K. Dick's short story "Jon's
World" from _The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: We Can
Remember it for You Wholesale_ has strong correlations with T2:

Originally published in 1952, the short story is based on a leader of a
human force fighting for survival in world destroyed after a battle
against the 'claws' described as "complex robots that had been created as
a war weapon. The claws had turned on their makers, designing their own
new types and equipment."

Also featured is a favorite PKD plot line - an alternate reality. In this
case, the character Jon has visions of a world that has not been destroyed
by war. His father Ryan goes back in time to recover the papers used to
create the original claws (intention is to recreate new claws that can be
used to help reclaim the planet) & ends up accidentally killing the
scientist responsible for the basic research. When Ryan returns to his
time, he finds Jon's World - a world without the destruction.

(Incidentially, the short story "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale" is the
basis of another Arnold film, _Total Recall_.)

Isaac Asimov's _The End of Eternity_ has been highly recommended.

Robert A. Heinlein's short story "All you zombies" (in _The Unpleasant
Profession of Jonathon Hoag_) is widely considered to be *the* definitive
time-travel story. Also, see "By His Bootstraps," (in _Adventures in Time and
Space_) written under the pen name of Anson MacDonald.

_The Man Who Folded Himself_ by David Gerrold was mentioned by quite a few
people; Phineas <> describes it as, "quite a trip."

_The Time Ships_ by Stephen Baxter (1995) is notable because it is a sequel to
the seminal time-travel story, H.G. Wells's _The Time Machine_.

_Time Travel_ by Paul J. Nahin (1997), published by Writer's Digest Books,
1507 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207, USA. ISBN: 0-89879-748-9. US$16.99,
paperback, 200 pages.

The inspiration for the Terminator films can be found in some of the early
_Outer Limits_ episodes. These shows are available on VHS video.

"Demon With a Glass Hand" [Writer: Harlan Ellison, Director: Byron Haskin]
When the future Earth is conquered by an alien race, a lone survivor--an
intent, enigmatic man named Trent--finds himself thrown back a thousand
years into our present. Trapped in a delapidated office building, he
holds the fate of mankind in his hand--a mysterious, incomplete glass
hand that is both computer and oracle.

"Soldier" [Writer: Harlan Ellison, Director: Gred Oswald]
Somewhere is Earth's distant future: on a blasted, radioactive
no-man's-land, two soldiers battle in a crossfire of death beams, and a
bizarre time-warp is created. Wrenched out of the future, flung back in
time to today, Qarlo is a killing machine without a war.

"The Man Who was Never Born" [Writer: Anthony Lawrence,
Director: Leonard Horn]
A horribly mutated man from the future returns to the "present" to try
kill the man who created the biological disaster that led to the desolate
future Earth.

7.0 What Terminator books and comics are there?
The comic-book license to T1 has been held by two companies at different
times: first by Now Comics, and later by Dark Horse Comics. These comics
expanded on the canon presented in the T1 movie *only*, not explicitly
incorporating the events of T2. Currently, the T1 license is held by Dark
Horse Comics. The license to T2 was obtained by Marvel Comics, which only
produced an adaptation of the T2 movie. This license is currently held by
Malibu Comics Entertainment Inc., which is owned by Marvel Entertainment.
Malibu produced two interlinking series based on T2. Malibu apparently still
has the licence for T2.

If you're looking for any of these books and comics, you should try a local
used bookstore or comic shop. Otherwise, you might have some luck at an online
auction site like <>, or an online comic shop like Mile
High Comics <>, Things From Another World
<>, or Another <>.

**** CAUTION! Spoilers below, especially in the _RoboCop Versus The
**** Terminator_ and Malibu Comics synopses!

7.1 Terminator books
_The Terminator_ by Randall Frakes & Bill Wisher.
Mass-market paperback, based on the screenplay by James Cameron
with Gale Anne Hurd. Published November, 1985. ISBN 0-553-25317-4

_The Terminator_ by Shaun Hutson.
Published by Star Books ("the paperback division of W.H. Allen & Co. PLC").
UK version. Published 1984.

Peter Hurren <> lists the differences:
- Hutson version is divided into Part One and Part Two
- the first has chapters 1 to 17, with the second having chapters 18 to 30,
plus an epilogue
- the Frakes/Wisher version isn't divided up into chapters - it has Days 1,
2, 3, and 126, with the novel for the second film picking up with Day 126.
- The Frakes/Wisher version is very specific about where action is taking
place, with section headings like 'Downtown Los Angeles 4:12 AM', whereas
the Hutson version is much more general.
- Frakes/Wisher's novel is highly based around characters and what they are
thinking, often giving names to characters who, as far as I know, had no
name in the film, such as the truck driver at the very beginning of the
- Hutson is much more descriptive of atmosphere and places and spends less
time on the thoughts of the characters. Frakes/Wisher spend longer over
scenes and also add in more scenes, such as extra material with Sarah and
Ginger. Part of this may be due to the length of the books - Hutson's has
163 pages whereas the Frakes/Wisher version has 240, with both having
approximately the same amount of material per page.
- in both versions, Arnie's character is referred to only as "Terminator" as
if that is his name, and as far as I can tell, he is never referred to as
"the terminator".
- there are also three quotes in the book (at the beginning; before Part One;
and before Part Two:
"What is happiness? - The feeling that power _increases_ - that a
resistance is overcome..." (Nietzsche)
"...For he whom they feared, awaited them." (Motley Crue)
"Only where life is, there is also will: not will to life but - so I
teach you - will to power..." (Nietzsche)

_The Terminator_ by Sean French.
British Film Institute. Published November, 1996. ISBN 0851705537
(This is an essay about the movie, not a novelization.)

_Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ by Randall Frakes.
Mass-market paperback, based on the screenplay by James Cameron & William
Wisher. Published July, 1991. ISBN 0-553-29169-6

_Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The Book of the Film: An Illustrated Screenplay_
by James Cameron & William Wisher, annotations by Van Ling. Applause Theater
Book Pub. Published 1991. ISBN 1-557-83097-5

_The Making of Terminator 2_ by Don Shay & Jody Duncan.
Bantam Books. Published July, 1991. ISBN 0-553-35346-2

_The Official Terminator 2: Judgment Day Movie Magazine_
Starlog Communications International. Published July, 1991. ISBN 9992237813

_Terminator 2: Judgement Day_ (Mighty Chronicles) by Jeff Campbell, Brandon
McKinney (Illustrator); James Cameron, William Wisher. (children's book)
Chronicle Books. Published October, 1998. ISBN 0811822087

_T2: Infiltrator_ by S.M. Stirling. HarperCollins Books. Published April,
2001. ISBN 0380977915. Also available in downloadable Microsoft Reader and
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader formats.

From the website:

Sarah Connor and her son, John, know the grim tomorrow that awaits their
species if the Cyberdyne Corporation gets their Skynet system on-line.
Targeted for annihilation because of their future destinies, the Connors
have already survived two separate attempts on their lives by advanced
Terminator killing machines. But enough T-800 detritus remains from their
last life-and- death struggle to enable Cyberdyne to recover. The nightmare
is back on track. And the most fearsome and relentless cyborg weapon of all
has been dispatched through time to ensure Skynet's victory: a machine so
like its human prey that detection is virtually impossible.

Considered a dangerous terrorist by the U.S. government and hiding out in
Paraguay, Sarah sees another T-800 similar to the cybernetic killer from
whom she once narrowly escaped. But while his form and features will
eventually be duplicated on many Terminator units, former counter terrorism
operative Dieter von Rossback is very much a man, irresistibly drawn to the
puzzling, beautiful, deadly serious Sarah Connor and her brilliant teenage
son. And once Sarah reveals her dark history and awakens him to the
impending possible extermination of all human life, Dieter is drawn to her
revolution as well.

But the machine masters of the near future have ensured that they will not
be thwarted again. A new breed of enforcer, on designed to effortlessly
infiltrate the ranks of the enemy, has been firmly entrenched in the
uppermost level of Cyberdyne Corporation. With a vengeance-seeking FBI
agent on a tight leash and the inexhaustible resources of Cyberdyne to
support the hunt for the Connors and their allies, the 1-950 Infiltrator
is relentless, programmed to pursue Skynet's goal until all targets are
dead. But unlike its technological predecessors, the Infiltrator
understands how humans think and feel...and she truly enjoys the blood and
the chase. Exploding out of the long shadows cast by Terminator 2:
Judgement Day -- the cinematic action masterwork that rocked the world-
T2: Infiltrator marks a bold new beginning in the stunning apocalyptic
epic that has already become a legend.

7.2 Now Comics
The first appearance of a Terminator in the comics was in a preview of the
first Now Comics series, which appeared in _Rust_ #12, August 1988.

7.2.1 _The Terminator_
Issues #1-17 (1988-1990). This series has been criticized for its stylized,
"cartoony" art. "It's after the first Terminator film, set in the future with
the focus on John Conner's [sic] battle with Skynet. This movie tie-in doesn't
follow the film's direction at all, and as a comic has a lame story with so-so
art." [from _Hero Illustrated_ #6]

This Now comics series is noteworthy because the Terminators were depicted as
killing humans so that they could wear their skins (!). There was also a
"Terminator Town", whose residents included Terminator endoskeletons wearing a
baker's outfit and a policeman's uniform, complete with billy club and traffic
whistle (!!). Also appearing was Kyle Reese's little brother.

7.2.2 _The Terminator: The Burning Earth_
Issues #1-5 (1990). Written by Ron Fortier, fully painted art by Alex Ross
(of _Marvels_ fame). In 2041, John Connor and the human resistance race to
stop Skynet from using its nuclear stockpile to finally annihilate the human

7.2.3 _The Terminator: All My Futures Past_
Issues #1-2 (1990). Written by Chuck Dixon, fully painted art by Diego and
Delsol. This story takes place in 2029, and chronicles the departure of the
Terminator and Reese to 1984.

7.3 Dark Horse Comics
Most of the Dark Horse limited series have been collected in trade paperback
(TPB) editions, available from Dark Horse Comics <>.

7.3.1 _The Terminator: Tempest_
Issues #1-4 (1990). Written by John Arcudi, art by Chris Warner & Paul Guinan.
Collected in a TPB; cover painted by John Bolton. A group of humans, led by
Colonel Mary Randall, travel back in time to stop Cyberdyne Systems
Corporation from developing Skynet technology. The only things standing in
their way are four Terminators, including a half-human/half- Terminator cyborg
sent back in time by Skynet.

7.3.2 _The Terminator: One Shot_
One issue (1991). Written by James Robinson, fully painted art by Matt
Wagner. Has a pop-up page in the middle. Tells the story of a female
Terminator sent to kill the *fourth* "Sarah Connor" living in Los Angeles,
and the person sent back in time to stop the Terminator.

7.3.3 _The Terminator: Secondary Objectives_
Issues #1-4 (1991). Written by James Robinson, art by Paul Gulacy & Karl
Kesel. Collected in a TPB; cover by Paul Gulacy. Terminators from the
_Tempest_ series are still around, but they'll have to go through Colonel
Randall (the surviving time-displaced human resistance soldier from
_Tempest_), a Cyberdyne technician, and a cyborg from the future to fulfill
their secondary objective: kill Sarah Connor.

7.3.4 _The Terminator: The Enemy Within_
Issues #1-4 (1991-1992). Written by Ian Edginton, art by Vince Giarrano,
painted covers by Simon Bisley. Collected in a TPB; cover by Simon Bisley. The
human/Terminator cyborg "Dudley" struggles to reassert his humanity over his
machine side, as questions about the Cyberdyne technician's loyalty arise.
Meanwhile, four human reinforcements from the future and inquisitive LAPD
Detective Sloane join Mary Randall in a showdown with the remaining

7.3.5 _The Terminator: Hunters & Killers_
Issues #1-3 (1992). Written by Toren Smith, Adam Warren, & Chris Warner, art
by Bill Jaaska, Dan Panosian, & Jeff Albrecht, painted covers by John Taylor
Dismukes. Collected in a TPB; cover by Walt Simonson. Chronicles the efforts
of a team of Russian Special Forces resistance fighters in 2029 as they race a
group of Terminators sent by Skynet and its Russian arm, Mir, to obtain a
submarine stocked with nuclear missiles.

7.3.6 _The Terminator: Endgame_
Issues #1-3 (1992). Written by James Robinson, art by Jackson Guice & John
Beatty, painted covers by John Higgins. Collected in a TPB; cover by John
Bolton. Dudley informs Colonel Randall that yet another new Terminator has
been sent to kill Sarah Connor and her baby. Randall again seeks the aid of
Detective Sloane, who is tracking the serial killer "Catfish." In the hospital
in which Sarah is giving birth, Randall, Sloane, Catfish, and the Terminator
all meet in a surprising final confrontation.

7.3.7 _RoboCop Versus The Terminator_
Issues #1-4 (1992). Written by Frank Miller, art by Walter Simonson. Collected
in a TPB; cover by Walt Simonson (includes the three cardstock standees which
were published in three issues of this series). In the future, the catalyst
for Skynet's sentience is discovered to be the cyborg Alex Murphy: RoboCop. A
lone female soldier travels back in time to Detroit -- and destroys RoboCop!
As changes in the timestream sweep to the future, Skynet sends Terminators to
the past, which *prevent* the soldier from killing RoboCop, who then destroys
the Terminators. Knowing his destiny, RoboCop destroys himself. Again, changes
sweep forward in time, and Skynet sends back Terminators that once again
prevent the destruction of RoboCop, and force him to merge with Skynet.

The years pass and Murphy exists only as a virus in Skynet, waiting until he
can create himself a new form. This new RoboCop prevents the soldier from
traveling to the past. He replicates himself hundreds of times and takes on
the Terminators and Skynet, then travels back in time and destroys Skynet
before it becomes sentient. And changes sweep along the timestream...

7.3.8 _The Terminator: Death Valley_
Special #1. (1998) Written by Alan Grant, art by Guy Davis, cover by Geof
Darrow. Two Terminators (one male, one female) are sent back in time by Skynet
to find John and Sarah Connor, but get mixed up with a biker gang in the
desert. Guess what happens?

Issues #1-4. (1998) Written by Alan Grant, art by Steve Pugh. Picks up where
the special leaves off, as the two Terminators start their quest for the
Connors. But the Terminators didn't calculate the possibility of someone else
finding the boy first -- someone with a killer's past and a score to settle.

Read the online feature from the Dark Horse Comics website at:

7.3.9 _The Terminator: Suicide Run_
Story appeared in _Dark Horse Presents_ #138 (October, 1998). Written by Alan
Grant, art by Frank Teran. In the bleak future controlled by Skynet and the
Terminators, a group of desperate human warriors fight back with everything
they've got.

7.3.10 _The Terminator: The Dark Years_
Issues #1-4 (1999). Written by Alan Grant, art by Mel Rubi, and Bob Wiacek,
covers by Jae Lee. In the first Terminator movie, Lt. Kyle Reese tells Sarah
Connor of his life growing up in the post-nuclear ruins of the future. He
called it "the Dark Years." The future hasn't changed much for those few
humans still fighting with their leader, John Connor, against Skynet's
Terminator army. While a new cyborg is sent back to 1999 to eliminate John
Connor, the Connor of the future discovers a new Terminator experiment that,
if unchecked, may finally tip the scales against humanity.

7.3.11 _Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future_
Issues #1-4 (2000). Written by Alan Grant, art by Steve Pugh and Mike Perkins
(inks on issues #1 and #4), painted covers by Steve Pugh. Co-published with DC
Comics. Collected in a TPB; painted cover by Steve Pugh. Terminators are
hunting for young John Connor in Metropolis. But Skynet didn't plan on the Man
of Steel coming to the rescue...or did it? As the battle to save mankind rages
in the Metropolis of the present and the future, will the combined might of
Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and Steel be enough to stop the deadly killing
machines--and their new ally, the Cyborg- Superman--from terminating John
Connor? And will Lex Luthor lend a helping hand...or does he have something
more sinister in mind for the Terminators?

Read the online feature from the Dark Horse Comics website at:

7.3.12 _Aliens vs. Predator vs. The Terminator_
Issues #1-4 (2000). Written by Mark Schultz, art by Mel Rubi and Christopher
Ivy, covers by Dwayne Turner. Collected in a TPB; painted cover by John
Foster. In the year 2032, John Connor and his resistance forces wage war
against Skynet, a soulless super-computer bent on exterminating mankind.
Sensing ultimate defeat, Skynet goes into hiding. Centuries later, it is
awakened by stealth Terminators posing as human scientists. Now an even
deadlier Skynet is using the science of the far future to create invincible
Terminators by gene-splicing their human tissue with the DNA of the deadliest
creatures in the galaxy -- Aliens! Earth's only chance lies in the hands of a
legendary heroine named Ellen Ripley and an uneasy alliance with another
deadly non-terrestrial race, the man-stalking super- hunters known only as
Predators! The Predators understand that Skynet threatens all life in the
universe, and so they wade in on the side of humanity...but can these feral
killers be trusted?

Read the online feature from the Dark Horse Comics website at:

7.4 Marvel Comics
_Terminator 2: Judgment Day_, issues #1-3. Script adapted by Gregory Wright,
art by Klaus Janson. As with any adaptation, lots of things have been cut out.
This series is notable for its inclusion of scenes that were removed from the
film, like Sarah adjusting the chip in the Terminator's head (see section
1.2.2). Art is mediocre; this series is only for die-hard, completist
fans--like me! ;-) Reprinted in a squarebound, b&w magazine.

The following was posted to Usenet by comics pro Eval Skolnick:
Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.misc
Subject: Re: Terminator ( was Re: Licensed comics (was Re: Transformers))
From: (EvanSkol)
Date: 30 Apr 1996 23:11:17 -0400

Dave Good ( wrote:
>Marvel also held on to the Terminator license once for a while and did
>absolutely NOTHING with it.

Not really true. Speaking as the guy who was hired to write the Marvel
TERMINATOR 2 series back when the T2 movie was coming out, I can tell you
we were feverishly working to get the licensing moron at Lightstorm
Productions to approve our stories. We had a way-cool concept (if I say so
myself) for the ongoing series that had everyone at Marvel excited.

But this guy thought the series should've been more like the Saturday
morning Terminator cartoon show they were developing at the time (I kid
you not), which can be summed up by "A boy and his pet Terminator". We
refused to do such a juvenile, asinine series, and we found ourselves
stalemated. Ultimately, I found myself out of a writing job, and Marvel
found that the potentially valuable license they had paid good money for
had been squandered.

A very frustrating experience, let me tell you...
-- Evan Skolnick

7.5 Malibu Comics
Malibu Comics has produced two series that tied together in the flip-book _T2:
Cybernetic Dawn_ #0/_T2: Nuclear Twilight_ #0. These series are notable for
including several scenes described in the _T2 Annotated Screenplay_ that were
left out of T2. (In some cases, the renderings look suspiciously similar to
the storyboards.)

7.5.1 _T2: Cybernetic Dawn_ (aka "Present War")
Issues #1-4 and #0 (1995/1996). Written by Dan Abnett, art by Rod Whigham &
Jack Snider and Gordon Purcell, covers by Rob Prior and Rod Whigham & Chuck
Maiden and Joel Naprstek. Picks up where T2 left off. Sarah and John go to
Salceda's ranch, but Enrique has been killed by the T-1000. Meanwhile, the
T-800's arm is recovered from the steel mill by two FBI agents, Vincent Spasky
and Karyn Stern, who are in league with NetWork Developments. Sarah and John
help Tarissa Dyson and her children escape from the Feds, who are trying to
learn more about Miles' project. In the chase, one LAPD officer is killed by a

Sarah and LAPD officer Mossberg kill the T-800 at a construction site. To find
out their plans, Sarah surrenders to the feds. Stern shows Sarah dozens of
(nonfunctional) endoskeletons, and then reveals herself to be a T-1000!
Meanwhile, Mossberg, John, and the Dyson kids fight off *another* Terminator,
which Mossberg destroys with a shoulder-launched missile. Sarah destroys the
T-1000 by dousing it with a corrosive solvent; the ensuing conflagration
levels NetWork Developments. John and Sarah meet up and realize that Judgment
Day is inevitable, and they all must prepare for it...

7.5.2 _T2: Nuclear Twilight_ (aka "Future War")
Issues #1-4 and #0 (1995/1996). Written by Mark Paniccia, art by Gary Erskine,
covers by Rob Prior and Gary Erskine & Joel Naprstek. Takes place after
Judgment Day. An adult John Connor leads the human resistance; Danny Dyson is
secretly analyzing Skynet's source code. Skynet suffers a power dip as the
first T-800 goes back in time to hunt Sarah Connor. Risking his life, Kyle
Reese succeeds in capturing an endoskeleton that is rendered catatonic during
the power dip. Griff, a member of Reese's team, is captured by Skynet and
duplicated by a T-1000, while another T-1000 prepares for chronoportation to

Dyson uploads a virus to the T-800 which is designed to paralyze Skynet. A
team of resistance fighters takes the endoskeleton to infiltrate Skynet's
Cheyenne Mountain complex. As Skynet is crippled, John Connor leads a team to
the Time Displacement Equipment, and sends Reese back in time. In the complex,
John and Danny program a T-800 to be sent back to 1994 to protect John; its
mission begins immediately, as it saves the (adult) John Connor by terminating
several hostile T-800s. Just when it appears that humanity has triumphed over
the machines, the other T-1000 (still mimicking Griff) enters Dyson's quarters
and downloads the crucial Skynet source code...

8.0 What Terminator computer/video games are there?
8.1 Arcade games
Look for these games in your local arcade. Unless you're rich, in which case
you can go out and buy them.

8.1.1 T2: The Arcade Game
From Williams/Midway/Sente. One or two players wield guns and play "converted"
T-800s who shoot through a variety of scenes from the movie--fight with the
humans against the Terminators, raid Skynet's time-travelling complex, shoot
the cops while the Connors blow up Cyberdyne, freeze the T-1000, and blow it
away. Challenging, with lovely graphics and sound (when you drop in a coin,
Arnold says, "Excellent!").

The game is emulated by MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
<>), which has ports for DOS, Windows, Mac, Unix, OS/2, Amiga,
BeOS, and more. If you own the game, you may download the ROM from

8.1.2 T2 Pinball
From MTM 'Matt the Mentat' Walsh <>:
I worked at Williams/Bally/Midway - the official licensee of T2 - when the
games were being developed.

T2 Pinball Trivia:
Note that the T-1000 only appears in one corner of the game's playfield
artwork, and he appears as the normal, Mr. Patrick mode. This is not
because Williams didn't know the script (we got to read it) it was because
the game was supposed to come out before the movie and they insisted we
did not give away the surprise that Arnold was the good Terminator and
there was a liquid guy who was the bad one.

There is a special game ROM chip for the pinball. If you put it in, an
interesting thing happens if you have the game set for free play. If you
get into the Database mode, the game lists 10 'Possible Choices' of things
you receive, from 'Extra Ball' to '10,000 pts' to 'ZILCH'. This is
supposed to be just like the scene in T1 where Arnold picks from 'possible
responses' in the hotel. If you have the special chip, instead of 'Zilch'
the game has 'F*** You A** Hole' and if chosen the words get big on the
screen and Arnold says the phrase out loud. Only a handful of collectors
got these chips and have sworn to never release these to general game

For more information, see The Internet Pinball Database:

8.2 Computer games
OK, if you're not so rich, you can still play Terminator games on your
computer. I've added my own ratings, having played most of the games listed
below. All of the games below are considered to be abandonware
<>, and may be
downloaded from Home of the Underdogs <>.

8.2.1 The Terminator
Developed and published by Bethesda Softworks (1991). First-person
perspective/driving game. You may play the Terminator or Reese. Your objective
(kill Sarah/destroy the Terminator) depends on which character you choose to
play. Average graphics and mediocre gameplay. MS-DOS systems.
Graphics: 65% Sound: 65%
Gameplay: 50% Longevity: 30%
Overall: 50%

8.2.2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Developed and published by Ocean (1992). Third-person platform/action game
with six levels (you play the Terminator):

1) Initial fight in the Galleria (side view):
Fighting the T-1000, you have three moves at your disposal (high kick, low
kick, and punch).
2) Motorbike chase (top view):
You're on a motorcycle and the T-1000 is chasing you in a semi through an
obstacle course. You have to avoid junk that's lying on the road and
maintain your speed so that the semi doesn't hit you.
3) T2 arm puzzle:
Sliding tile puzzle. You have to "fix" the Terminator's forearm by sliding
the squares around to unscramble the picture.
4) Helicopter chase:
Same as the motorcycle chase, except you're in a truck and the T-1000 is
in a helicopter.
5) T2 face puzzle:
Same as the arm puzzle, except with the Terminator's face
6) Final battle:
Same as the first level, except it's in the steel factory.

At the end of each level is brief animation from the movie. MS-DOS, Amiga,
Atari ST, and C64/C128 systems.

8.2.3 T2: The Arcade Game
Developed by Hi-Tech Expressions, published by Ocean (1993). First-person
action game, based on the arcade game of T2. Has received only poor reviews,
apparently due to its extreme level of difficulty. MS-DOS systems.
Graphics: 61% Sound: 72%
Gameplay: 45% Longevity: 10%
Overall: 50%

8.2.4 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Chess Wars
Developed and published by Capstone (1993). "Combine the excellence of the
Grandmaster Chess game engine with the high-action science fiction drama of
the Terminator, and you get T2 Chess Wars. While the animation is lacking in
some places, the overall quality of the game's engine makes up for any
shortcomings." [from _CD-ROM Entertainment_] MPC (MS-DOS CD-ROM) systems.

8.2.5 The Terminator 2029
Developed and published by Bethesda Softworks (1992). Split-screen (first-
person combat window/third-person overhead navigation window) action game. You
play an armoured member of the human resistance. You must complete 19
different missions. Nice graphics, but gameplay is awkward and difficult. MS-
DOS systems.
Graphics: 85% Sound: 85%
Gameplay: 65% Longevity: 70%
Overall: 75%

To download a demo, see <>.

NOTE: This game is also available as "T2029 Deluxe MPC CD-ROM," which includes
T2029 and the Operation Scour add-on. MPC systems. The Terminator 2029: Operation Scour
Developed and published by Bethesda Softworks. Add-on mission disk for T2029.
More of the same; 12 new missions. MS-DOS systems.

8.2.6 The Terminator: Rampage
Developed and published by Bethesda Softworks (1992). First-person combat
game, a la DOOM. Very nice graphics and good gameplay. Plagued by speed
problems, however. MS-DOS systems.
Graphics: 80% Sound: 80%
Gameplay: 65% Longevity: 60%
Overall: 75%

For more information and a playable demo, see

8.2.7 The Terminator: Future Shock
Developed and published by Bethesda Softworks (1993). A reworked Terminator:
Rampage. It's not even *close* to DOOM or Dark Forces. Requires Pentium-class
or above systems. MPC CD-ROM/MS-DOS systems. From Bethesda's hype:
[Features] Bethesda's Xngine--a full 3D, first-person, real-time engine
with real-time light sources, full texturing, 3D landscaping, and Phong
shading. Multiple levels of action--walk across rolling landscape, explore
ruined buildings, infiltrate Terminator outposts, drive a car through
downtown LA (Editorial comment: Woo! What thrills!), and even fly an HK
fighter! More than 20 different 3D-textured enemies to face. A huge variety
of awesome weaponry and equipment.

Graphics: 80% Sound: 85%
Gameplay: 70% Longevity: 70%
Overall: 75%

For more information and a playable demo, see

8.2.8 The Terminator: Skynet
From Bethesda Softworks (1996):
Return to the apocalyptic world that is The Terminator(TM). Terminator fans
have bombarded us with all sorts of requests and suggestions for another
sequel (Editorial comment: no, not *another* one--a *better* one) with all
new features, and we had no choice but to comply! SkyNET delivers all new
single player missions and the most explosive multi-player combat ever to
grace a screen. Now take on the cyborg enemies in SVGA graphics with all
new options and weapons. Lob pipe bombs over walls to bombard your enemies,
or use the motion tracker and play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

In single-player mode, you must locate a nuclear weapon. In multiplayer mode,
you can choose the character you wish to play. Other features:
- Customizable battlefields for multiplayer action via network/modem
- Only one copy required to play a multi-player game
- SVGA 640x480 resolution support
- Full 3D texture mapped environment with 6 degrees of player freedom
- Realistic light sourcing
- All new weapons bring you up to 17 total weapons at your disposal
- Fully configurable controls, with complete joystick support
- Supports the Virtual I/O and Forte VFX1 HMDs with head tracking

For more information and a playable demo, see

8.3 Console games
The games below may be run with one of the many console emulators (NES, SNES,
Sega Game Gear and Master System, and Sega Genesis, and Game Boy). For more
information, please see Arcade @Home console emulators page
<>. When it comes to finding ROMs, you're on
your own.

8.3.1 The Terminator
Reviewed by Trevor Williams <>:
The Terminator is a shoot-'em-up platform game for NES, Super Nintendo,
Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, and Sega Megadrive (Genesis).

The game follows the movie closely, but adds original levels. (The first
level, for instance, has Kyle Reese infiltrating the Terminators' time
machine base). The graphics are horrible, even on Super Nintendo.
Sometimes flicker occurs, slowing the game. The Nintendo graphics resemble
that of a Commodore 64, while the SNES graphics look like that of a subpar
Nintendo game. The sound is okay, but on the Sega Master System, it is

This game is very hard. Most of the time, you have to attack the
Terminator and then run for it. Then attack and run. Attack and run.
Very repetitive. And you have a very limited supply of health. At least
on the Game Gear version, one hit means you're dead. The game is
frustrating. With drab graphics and the repetitiousness, it can become a
bore quickly.

Graphics: 61% Sound: 72%
Gameplay: 45% Longevity: 10%
Overall: 50% (I am being nice)

8.3.2 Terminator 2: The Arcade Game
Flying Edge's (aka Acclaim's) adaptation of the arcade machine. Support for
the Menacer video-game gun (Genesis) and the Super Scope (Super Nintendo
"gun") are provided. The interface is just moving a T-800's weapon sight
arounds the screen and firing one of a number of weapons. The first few levels
are set in the future war: on a future battlefield, in a human hideout,
driving to Skynet, and the infiltration and destruction of Skynet. The levels
which take place in the present are Cyberdyne, the highway pursuit and the
steel mill. Both are good conversions, though the Nintendo game has been toned
down a bit to avoid being too offensive to sensitive parents. SNES and Genesis

8.3.3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Side-scroller where you play the T-800, going through eight scenes from the
movie: truckstop, John's house, mall, Pescadero, Enrique's, Dyson's house,
Cyberdyne, and the steel mill. Between are driving sequences, where you steer
the T-800 to the next level. In each side-viewed level you must complete
certain objectives before you can exit the level. (A subplot of the game
requires you to collect objects sent into the past by Skynet to test the time
travel equipmnet.)

The graphics are below average and there are only two different soundtracks
during the game. Side-scrolling levels are additive and fun, but the driving
sequences between the mission levels are annoyingly difficult. SNES and
Genesis systems.

8.3.4 Robocop vs. the Terminator
Virgin's loose adaptation of the Dark Horse limited series (see section
7.3.7). In both games, you play Robocop, who shoots through a motley crew of
punks and endoskeletons in the near future, then travels to the Terminator's
future for more fighting with Skynet's forces. The SNES and Genesis versions
differ somewhat in graphics, sound, and level, with only the basic idea the
same between them. Rather generic side-scrolling platform action, though with
good sound and graphics. SNES and Genesis systems.

8.4 Handheld games
8.4.1 Gameboy
The games Terminator 2: The Arcade Game, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day were
created for the Nintendo Gameboy by LJN, Ltd.

8.4.2 T2 LCD
The T2 handheld LCD "video game" by Acclaim has "arcade-style continue mode,
roll-over scoring and dual channel super-sound FX as you take on the T-1000 at
the steel mill as Earth's fate hangs in the balance" [from the T2 Official
Movie Magazine]

9.0 Will there be more _Terminator_ movies?
_Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines_
The script by Tedi Sarafian has been completed. Arnold is on board,
although James Cameron is not. Release date set for summer, 2002. For more
info, see: <>.

_Terminator 4_:
The script by David Wilson is not yet completed. For more info, see:

For more information , keep an eye on Harry Jay Knowles' website <www.aint-it->, or Corona's Coming Attractions
<>, or Counting Down

9.1 What is the _Terminator 3: Armageddon_ script?
_Terminator 3: Armageddon_ is a fan treatment for the final installment to the
Terminator series written by Daniel L. Perez
<>, an independent freelance screenwriter who
has tried to get this script through the Hollywood system to no avail.
Therefore the author has decided on his own choice for an Entertainment
Industry: the Internet.

He describes the story thusly: "A new T-1000 as well as a new Terminator (sent
to make sure the T-1000 doesn't malfunction) are sent to the year 2000 on a
new mission to destroy Sarah and John Connor on a mission which will alter
history as they know it"

Check out the _T3: Armageddon_ script:

10.0 Credits
Some people whose contributions are quoted directly are named in the body of
this document. Here are some others who have helped me make this document
what it is (sorry if I left anyone out!):
- A huge credit must go to Doug Fierro (formerly at <>)
who compiled the T2 FAQ, upon which this document is heavily based.
- Jesse Harris Nice <> took over the Terminator website,
and has displayed *much* patience in dealing with me. Thanks, Jesse!
- Ross Chandler <>, in addition to first converting this
FAQ to HTML and maintaining the T2 WWW home page, contributed answers to
many questions. His contribution to this FAQ is much appreciated.

- Manny Bagnas <>
- Stephen Chan <>
- Jordan Chavez <>
- Kent Corbit <>
- Cyber Predator <>
- Francisco X. DeJesus <>
- Paul Duncanson <>
- <>
- Gabriel Gambetta <>
- Joe Gordon <>
- Byron W. Graham <>
- Jeff Hart <>
- Darryll S H Hobson <>
- Catherine Humowiecki <>
- Robert A. Jung <>
- Carl Liss <>
- Robert Marks <>
- Mark Martinez <>
- Terence O'Driscoll <>
- Mark Odell <>
- Sanjay Rajput <>
- Mark Reed <>
- Mike Sands <>
- Nancy Slakoff <>
- Greg Smith <>
- Paul Smith <>
- <>
- Eduardo Ubide <>
- Aman Verjee <>
- Brian Christopher Weaver <>

10.1 Bibliography
_American Cinematographer_ (August, 1996)
_CD-ROM Entertainment_ (May, 1994), I(1).
_Cinefex_, #21. The Terminator.
_Cinefex_, #47. Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
_Cinefex_, #68. T2-3D.
_Cinescape_, vol. 2, #6 (March, 1996). Eminent Domain.
_Computer Graphics World_ (July 1996). He's Back!
_CyberSurfer_, #7 (October, 1996). Hollywood Bytes.
_Gamefan_, vol. 4, #3. E-Fan: T2 The Ride Continues...
_PC Gamer_, vol. 3, #10 (October, 1996).
_The Terminator_ (1985). By Randall Frakes & Bill Wisher (based on the
screenplay by James Cameron with Gale Anne Hurd). ISBN 0-553-25317-4
_Terminator 2: Judgment Day_ (1991). By Randall Frakes (based on the
screenplay by James Cameron & William Wisher) ISBN 0-553-29169-6
_Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The Book of the Film: An Illustrated Screenplay_
(1991). By James Cameron and William Wisher, annotations by Van Ling.
Applause Theater Book Pub. ISBN: 1-557-83097-5
_The Making of Terminator 2: Judgment Day_. (1991). By Don Shea & Jody
Duncan. Bantam Books: New York. ISBN: 0-553-35346-2
_The Official Terminator 2: Judgment Day Movie Magazine_ (1991). Starlog
Communications International.
_Sci-Fi Entertainment_ vol. 3, #2 (August, 1996). Masters of Fantasy: James
Cameron Makes It Happen.
_Scientific American_ (March, 1994). The quantum physics of time travel. By
D. Deutsch, & M. Lockwood. Vol. 270(3), 68-74.
_Starlog_, #230 (Sept. 1996). Our daily Terminations.
_Starlog Yearbook_, vol. 10 (Sept, 1992). Heart of Steel [interview with
Arnold Schwarzenegger]. Starlog Communications International.
_Wired_ 4.04 (April, 1996) Cameron angle.

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