In the last episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, Catherine Weaver protected Sarah Connor, John Connor & James Ellison by stopping an explosion fire with her expanded body.

Catherine Weaver stopping explosion - Get Down

How could a T-1001 model do that when in the same series it was shown that bullets were making temporary holes in her body? How does this Claytronics mechanism work?

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    "stopping an explosion fire" Do you have a screen-shot? To stop an explosion proceeding along an enclosed space (e.g a corridor, air-duct or tunnel) would be almost impossible, but to deflect one around key objects in an open space is much easier. Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 18:30
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    An explosion is a broad pressure wave of expanding gases propagating through the air, while a bullet imparts kinetic energy in a very focused point. This makes the bullet better at penetrating, while the blast wave by itself simply tends to shove and throw things about (unless it is laden with shrapnel, that is).
    – gnovice
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 18:45
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    "..if the object is strong enough" While true, it is also relatively meaningless. Tissue paper would not be strong enough, a party balloon would not be strong enough, a soap bubble would not be strong enough, ..but a thin sheet of tin might be strong enough. Do you have a screen-shot? Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 18:50
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    @AndrewThompson Got the screenshot from Wikia... added to question..
    – user931
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 19:02
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    Yeah, that deflection actually looks pretty plausible to me. It is mostly a fire-ball rather than a traditional 'bang' explosion. Note the fire does seem to be curling over the top a bit, so it is not as though the T-1000 was actually completely 'containing' the blast. +1 for the image. Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 19:06

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We never saw Weaver stop anything that looked like an explosion, i.e. something involving a detonation and shock wave. She shielded the Connors and Ellison from a mild fuel deflagration and debris from some kind of drone crashing through the window. She then said "Run!" and the humans dashed out into the hallway. Only then did we hear a series of larger concussions that might have been explosions, but the humans had put some distance between themselves and the inferno by then.

  • You're turning down the screenshot by hand. Right?
    – user931
    Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 21:55
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    I rewatched the episode. That was no explosion.
    – Kyle Jones
    Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 1:42

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