Questions tagged [the-terminator]

A 1984 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. An artificial intelligence losing a brutal war with humanity makes a last ditch effort to win by sending an assassin to the past to prevent the birth of the general responsible for its defeat. Use in conjunction with [the-terminator-series] tag.

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Why does the T-800 blatantly waste bullets?

In The Terminator, the T-800 is stalking Sarah Connor, when he busts into the hotel room where she and Kyle had been staying. He immediately starts to spray bullets, and since Kyle and Sarah are gone, ...
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Wasn't Skynet worried about temporal paradoxes?

Was Skynet aware, at least in the first Terminator film, that it would create a future where Skynet would be created, via the chip in the Terminator? Alternatively, wasn't Skynet worried about ...
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How did Kyle Reese know that Sarah Connor was at the technoir?

The original T-800 heard the call from Sarah to his friend Ginger, and besides Kyle was following Sarah around, but how did he (Reese) find where she was at these disco?
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How does Sarah know which button, of the three, to press on the machine that ends up killing the T-800 at the end?

She had never seen that type of machine before, prior to her climbing into it, across, and to the other side. She then pulls the bars down and without looking at one of the three buttons, she reaches ...
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How does the T-800 find Sarah at the police station?

I use to think that it was because the T-800 ends up calling her, but that was after Reese and Sarah go back to the hotel. The detective mentions that she was waiting for her mom to come from Big Bear....
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How does the T-800 manage to get through in Sarah's dream?

When Reese tells Sarah the story about "his world", the door to the bunker is manned. Then after we see Reese with Sarah's picture, we hear the dogs barking and then all of a sudden the T-800 gets ...
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At the police station, why does Kyle Reese ends up having to punch a door to save Sarah?

At the police station, Kyle Reese punching a door was a bad move on his part, as it could've given them away. Why did he resort to such extreme measures?
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In the police station, why crash a car through the bulletproof glass?

Couldn't the T-800 just punch through the glass, go through, and then assume attacking? In the second movie, this does not stop the T-1000, even though a different model; it just punches through, ...
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How did the T-800 know it was Kyle Reese who turned on the car in the garage?

From the audience's perspective, we assume that the actors knew, through script of when to begin the fight scene. How would the T-800 have known that Kyle Reese was in the car with Sarah? Can ...
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How does Skynet get its supplies to make Terminators?

Throughout the movies, we see that there are tons of models that are manufactured by Skynet and so, one would have to wonder where all this metal material is obtained from. The backstory may be that ...
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Why would the T-800 go back to the hotel just to retrieve Sarah Connor's address book?

You would think the T-800 would stay on pursuit. They make the thing seem so human like in the movie. Machines would never stop to break into a car or go to a hotel. They would just keep pursuing with ...
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Can the T-800 see in night vision?

Apparently, when it was in the cop compound, it was able to turn off the lights and pretty much nail every cop on first shot. Pretty neat that the T-800 series could see in night vision, probably ...
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Where does the Terminator get scissors and a box cutter from?

Scene inside the hotel where he calibrates his forearm and cuts out his eye to expose the Terminator eye sensor. Where did he get these tools from?
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How were the Resistance able to survive in the future, up until Reese's timeline?

Assuming Skynet was starting to update units, (T-800) being the latest in technology, how were they not all equipped with Infrared and thermal imaging CPUs? You would think advanced machines would be ...
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Why does it take the T-800 so long to find a car to transport itself to the gun store?

The Terminator is seen to break into a car as daylight comes about. Thing is, was it up all night at the Observatory and if so, what was it doing? It probably would have had an easier time and earlier ...
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When Kyle Reese is in the store, trying to evade the cops, how do they not hear the clatter of the hanger he puts down?

When Kyle Reese is in the mall, trying to evade the cops, he drops a hanger from the clothes he's stealing. Why didn't the cop/s hear it landing? It makes the scene ...
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Does it hurt to go through time travel?

At the beginning of the movie, we see Kyle Reese come out of the time warp and apparently, he is in a bit of pain. Was he in pain from the fall or is the transportation portal actually painful to go ...
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Why do Terminators say “Get Out” when getting into a vehicle occupied by humans? [closed]

In "The Terminator", we see that the T-800 tells the trucker in training to "Get Out" of the truck. Was this James Cameron's attempt at being comical or did it have deeper meaning? My assumption is ...
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What gives Sarah and Reese's location away in the ending scene at the factory?

Sarah and Reese are in the factory. The Terminator somehow homes in on them, but what factor allowed it to do so? The only giveaway is that the Terminator's pupils dilate and then normalize when ...
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What happened to the T-800 when the cop car crashes into the wall?

At the end of the car chase scene in The Terminator, the titular villain makes an escape and isn't seen until later in the film.
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How did Kyle Reese know that the T-800 was Arnold when his back was turned in the dance club?

This was from the beginning scene of "The Terminator", when Kyle Reese and Sarah first meet.
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How did Kyle Reese know what to buy to make pipe bombs?

After fleeing the police station and checking into the motel, Kyle goes shopping for supplies returning with moth balls, corn syrup etc but how did he know what to buy? I think that in the original ...
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If the Terminator had killed Sarah Connor in 1984, would he have gone on a mass killing spree until he was destroyed? [duplicate]

If the Terminator had completed his mission in 1984 by killing Sarah Connor, is it likely that he would have gone on a mass killing spree until he was destroyed by the police/military? In other words,...
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Could the Terminator find you if you hid your face?

In the beginning of the first movie the Terminator​ starts killing all the 'Sarah Connors' he can find because he has no information on what the real Sarah looks like. Later he breaks into the ...
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Why didn't the Resistance use EMP weapons to destroy the Skynet machines?

They are in the distant future, why didn't they use EMP weapons to destroy the Skynet machines? They could've used some sort of similar mass scale weapon to render the Skynet machines useless?
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Why do the Hunter Killers in the Terminator future fight scenes have spotlights?

The Hunter Killers surely have the ability to see in infrared and have night vision capabilities. Having the spotlights just makes it easier for the Resistance to locate them and take them out.
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Why could only one Terminator be brought back at a time? [duplicate]

In the movie Terminator why was only one Terminator allowed to be brought back at a time?
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T-800 model 101 - The first 800 model ever built?

Lately there is this one thing that has been bugging me, that I can't seem to find a clear answer to. The Schwarzenegger version of T-800 is the model 101, and every model 101 looks like him. Model ...
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Where did the name “T-800” come from?

After watching The Terminator and Terminator 2, I can't find any reference to Schwarzenegger's Terminator being called the "T-800". Yet I distinctly remember in promotional material, computer games, ...
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Did General Brewster believe that “Crystal Peak” is the Skynet core?

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines we see this exchange: BREWSTER: Crystal Peak. You have to get to Crystal Peak. CONNOR: That's the system core? BREWSTER: It's your only chance. So ...
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Who was the girl with Kyle Reese in the Terminator?

When Kyle Reese was in a car hearing the radio near a construction field, he was dreaming about the future. He was running alongside a girl who was hit by a machine, is this woman Star?
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How did Skynet become self-aware?

How did Skynet actually become self-aware? Was it a bug in Skynet's System-core programme, or did the programme simply evolve even beyond the imagination of its programmers?
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How did the Terminator track down (young) Sarah Connor?

In the original Terminator film it was explained that the Terminator "begins systematically killing women named Sarah Connor, whose addresses he finds in the telephone directory" because all records ...
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Why does Skynet need infiltration terminators?

In this future flashback scene from the original Terminator movie, an infiltration unit gets inside the place where humans hide. Why have an infiltration terminator ...
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Why didn't Kyle Reese know what the Terminator looked like in the original movie?

I thought of this question after reading another one. Kyle Reese explains to Sarah Connor why he couldn't just shoot the terminator before it tried to kill her in the original movie. REESE: Pay ...
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Why does every T-800 Terminator sent back look like this?

Why did they all look like this? OK, OK, OK, I realize that the main plot to the story involved Arnold schwarzenegger as the actor so it had to look like this. But my query is that in the first ...
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When was Judgment day in the Terminator Series?

When was Judgement day to happen or suppose to happen in EACH of the Terminator movies? Terminator 1 I don't think we are told yet when Judgment day will be. Terminator 2 Sarah Connor was always ...
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In Terminator Genisys, why doesn't this character kill Sarah and Kyle when he has the chance?

In Terminator Genisys, when Sarah and Kyle go forward in time to 2017, they end up getting arrested by the police and such. He (the aforementioned non-Terminator character) then spends the rest of ...
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In Terminator Genisys, the Terminator says he can't time travel. In the original trilogy, he does. Why?

So in Terminator Genisys, Sarah Connor and the Terminator are debating who's going to go back in time. The Terminator says he can't go, the electromagnetic fields would destroy his skin layer and it ...
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How did the Resistance manage to win the war and destroy Skynet in the future?

Skynet was forced to send a Terminator back in time to prevent John Connor's birth because the Resistance won the Future War and destroyed Skynet. We see the mission that resulted in Skynet's defeat ...
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If Sara Conner was Killed? [closed]

In 1984's Terminator, the titular character comes from the future to kill Sarah Conner before she could give birth to John Conner. My question is what would happen if the Terminator managed to kill ...
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What is the Terminator T-800 model made of?

What kind of metal is the Terminator T-800 model made of? Is it titanium or some other metal?
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Did the meaning of the end of the Sarah Connor Chronicles ever get explained?

The Sarah Connor Chronicles ended on a bit of a unexpected note. Did this ever get explained by the makers of the show? I can see from some related questions that there is no official continuation. ...
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From how many different timelines did SKYNET send Terminators back to kill a Connor?

Back? Back from where? From how many different timelines did SKYNET send a Terminator (or more) back in time in order to kill a Connor in the Terminator film franchise and the Sarah Connor Chronicals ...
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How did the Resistance know to send Kyle Reese back naked?

In Terminator, Kyle Reese says only living tissue can go through the time portal. But he also says that they found the time machine after the T-800 had gone through and had to quickly send someone ...
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Why does the terminator have genitalia?

The title pretty much says it all. At the start of The Terminator we see him fully naked and fully equipped. He doesn't need them, so why does he have them?
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Can there be another “Terminator” sequel? [closed]

Assuming the Genisys time line is only one. How can another Terminator movie be done without being stupid or a re-boot?
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When did Skynet send back the T-1000?

After Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984, the resistance defeated the machines soon after and took control of the time-travel machine. So when did Skynet even have the chance to send back the T-1000?
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How did Skynet obtain human skin and blood to build infiltrating Terminators?

When the Terminator in The Terminator damaged itself it cut the eye tissue revealing the robotic eye and put the human eye cover in a tray. In Terminator 2 when John, Sarah and Terminator were at the ...
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Who or what created the time machine in Terminator

I was looking around whether the time machine (or time displacement equipment as it is called in some sources) was actually built by humans or by skynet and somehow couldn't find an answer. Hence I'...