Questions tagged [the-terminator-series]

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Was the T-800 certain it had the right Sarah Connor?

In The Terminator, Reese says Skynet had almost no information on Sarah Connor: Just her name, and the name of the city where she lived. The T-800 arrives in 1984, finds a phone book, and dispatches ...
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Why didn't Skynet upgrade itself through time travel?

After the events of T1 Skynet was built much faster thanks to the severed hand of T-800. After realizing this, why didn't Skynet send more data/material into the past and make itself stronger rather ...
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In T1, was Skynet's actual goal to kill Sarah Connor, or to spawn Skynet itself?

We know that without the union of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, John Connor would not have been born, and we know that without the remnants of the T-800, Skynet would not have been developed. Is it ...
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Why did they have armed prototype robots in a Skynet facility?

One reason why they couldn't stop Skynet (aside from Governator stating it was inevitable), was that all the employees and military in the building, including the General, got killed - mostly by TX-...
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Could Skynet have been avoided with proper software testing? [closed]

After watching the latest iteration of the Terminator series I am struck with two observations: offsite backup is important, and couldn't they have avoided the whole rogue AI with proper testing? As ...
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Who sent the T-800 nicknamed "Pops"?

In Terminator Genisys, who sent "Pops" to protect Sarah Connor? When asked who sent him, the T-800 answers the records have been deleted so he doesn't know, and (I think) Reese speculates that ...
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Why does Skynet take prisoners?

In the Terminator franchise, extermination camps are often mentioned. But from a machine-logic POV, wouldn't it make more sense to just kill all humans on sight, period? Or herd them into small areas ...
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Aging of Schwarzenegger through the Terminator franchise

The people responsible for all the Terminator sequels have never put a lot of effort into hiding the fact Schwarzenegger is no longer the 30-something he was when he made the first film. This is not ...
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Do the time travel mechanics in Terminator Genisys make sense?

As far as I am aware, the Terminator franchise operates on the idea that time travel works by creating alternate timelines when something is sent back in time, allowing the future of the new timeline ...
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How and when does Sarah Connor die?

In the Terminator franchise, they always have to go back in time to find Sarah Connor. But she was born in the 1960s so she would only be in her 60s in the 2020s. This means that she died prematurely. ...
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When does Sarah Connor begin to trust the Terminator?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Sarah starts off being terrified of the Terminator. Then she accepts its presence, primarily because it is useful to her at the time, but she still doesn't want it ...
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How much of a deterrent is deep and wide water to the Terminators depicted in the Terminator Universe?

Is there any canon information regarding how much of a deterrent deep and wide water would be to the infiltration units depicted in the Terminator Universe?
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How do Terminators speak?

It seems obvious that Terminators don't have vocal cords, and their speech is probably generated by some kind of speaker assembly linked to a speech processor. However, every time we see a Terminator ...
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How does Kyle Reese get hooked up with Sarah Connor? [duplicate]

In Terminator Genisys, Kyle Reese goes back in time and we find out that Kyle is Sarah Connor's "mate" and John Connor's father even though Kyle was born 30 or 40 years after Sarah Connor. A similar ...
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How does Sarah Connor know so much?

In Terminator Genisys. John Connor says that everything he knows about Skynet and "the future" came from messages from his mother Sarah. So how did Sarah Connor know so much about Skynet and "the ...
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Can a Terminator feel affection?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day we see the following exchanges of dialogue between John Connor and the T-800: The Terminator: Why do you cry? John Connor: You mean people? The Terminator: Yeah. John ...
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Did the T-850 self terminate?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the T-800 tells Sarah that he "cannot self terminate". I had always assumed that this applied to all Terminators. But as Jason Baker points out in his answer to ...
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How did the T-1000 reactivate the young T-800 by putting the liquid metal into his eye?

In the fight between "Pops" and the young T-800, Sarah Connor shoots the young T-800 in chest. This suggests that, in order to restore the young T-800, parts in the chest area have to be repaired or ...
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What was John Connor's goal in this scene?

In Terminator Genesys, we see :
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Did Skynet send a Terminator to kill Sarah when she was a child?

As per the original timeline, Sarah Connor first encounters the Terminator in her youth (in The Terminator). Later on, she encounters another Terminator, while John Connor is in his youth. But in ...
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How did Skynet accomplish this?

In Terminator: Genisys : But the new being retains all of his memories and all of his personality traits. But how does it make him its ally? Does he succumb to the power he receives and lose ...
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Do Terminators feel pain?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the following exchange takes place: John Connor: Does it hurt when you get shot? T-800: I sense injuries. The data could be called "pain." This isn't much ...
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Is John Connor's age inconsistent in T2 and T3?

According to all the information I can find regarding Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Connor was 10 years old at the time the movie takes place: John makes his first true appearance in Terminator 2:...
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Why didn't Todd become suspicious of the T-1000?

Something has always bothered me about the scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day in which the T-1000 goes to John's house and questions his foster parents about him. T-1000: Are you the legal ...
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How did the police learn that John Connor's foster parents had been killed?

In the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 kills Todd and Janelle, John Connor's foster parents. The killings take place on the evening of the day he, and the T-800, arrived in 1995. In ...
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Who was blamed for the death of John Connor's foster parents?

In Terminator 2, the T-1000 kills both of John Connor's foster parents. Presumably, their bodies were discovered eventually. Officially, who was suspected of killing them?
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What happened to the chunks of Terminator that didn't get crushed?

In T1, Reece blows the lower half of the bare metal Terminator off with a pipe bomb. Pieces as big as a lower leg were visible after the explosion. The second film showcases the uncrushed arm and a ...
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Who created Skynet?

Spoiler alert. So who created Skynet?
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Why did Kyle Reese still tell this to the boy?

In the end of Terminator: Genisys, Why would he do that if they think they
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Who attacked young Sarah Connor?

In Terminator: Genisys, a T-800 is sent back to when Sarah Connor was a child. In the film, we learn that this was trained her and provided her with information on the future. This incident was not ...
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Does the term Genisys have any in-universe meaning?

The title of the movie Terminator: Genisys is obviously using some made-up, fanciful spelling of the word "genesis". Out-of-universe I assume this is just to make it more trademark-able / license-able....
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Did Future John experience the events of Terminator 2?

It is clear that the events of The Terminator film happened as part of the 2029 future timeline shown in the film as John seemed to have foreknowledge on certain events such as Skynet's secret weapon (...
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How does this character travel through time in Terminator: Genisys?

In Terminator: Genisys, we are told that the time machine destroys anything metal.
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How was John Connor damaged in Terminator Genisys?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you want to wait to see the movie first. At the end of Terminator Genisys, The gyroscope thing looked like Also note that
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In The Terminator, is John Connor his own father?

When re-watching The Terminator, I wondered whether it is possible that Kyle Reese is in fact John Connor. The reason for this is that we never get to see John Connor himself, we only see shots of ...
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Which films from the Terminator series are a prerequisite before watching Terminator Genisys?

I'm trying to introduce my girlfriend to the Terminator series before we go to the cinema and see 'Genisys'. We've recently watched both 'Terminator' and 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' and now I have a ...
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Terminator 2: Judgement Day: T-800 John Connor Acquisition

How does the T-800 find John Connor? Unlike the T-1000, in my previous question, there was no address to which he knew where to find him. Of course, we could say that John Connor or if we're going by ...
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John Connor Acquirement by T-1000

Towards the beginning of Terminator 2 Judgement Day, when the T-1000 finds John Connor's address, how does he actually find him? During the year, of which the movie portrayed, there was never any GPS. ...
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Why did the Terminator need sunglasses?

In the original Terminator film, the eponymous villain procures a pair of dark glasses in order to hide his damaged eye socket and red eye. In T2: Judgement Day, the T-800 makes a great show of ...
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How much of the 'liquid metal' would you have to take away from the T-1000 to destroy the terminator?

For example there's this car chase, where a part of the T-1000 stays in the car, but John throws it out and it flows back into the terminator. What would have happened if this part was hidden ...
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Why didn't the T-1000 kill the helicopter pilot?

At the Cyberdyne building, the T-1000 drove through a window in the building in order to commandeer the police helicopter. After entering the helicopter he ordered the pilot to "get out" -- which the ...
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Does the Terminator replace its skin after showing Miles Dyson its hand?

In order to get Miles Dyson to fully comprehend the 'Sarah just tried to murder you' situation and the reasons for doing so, John hands the Terminator a switchblade and instructs him to "Show 'em". ...
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How are the T-1000's programming and memory stored?

Watching Terminator 2 again, I find the statement "The T-1000 can't form complex machines" to be intriguing, mainly in the sense that the T-1000 itself is a complex machine. This got me thinking ...
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How come the damaged hydrogen fuel cells didn't cause an explosion in T1 final fight scene?

I was wondering if there is an explanation why in the final fight scene of T1, there was no explosion? Clearly the hydraulic press completely crushed the terminator unit and this should have ...
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Why wasn't the attempt to unplug Skynet more effective?

Some of the dialogue in T2 hints that Skynet was a network of some kind. Less than a month after it came online, it seems that the US military attempted to turn it off again. The system goes on-...
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Why was Skynet so intent on destroying humanity? [duplicate]

Note: For the purposes of this question, we will limit our discussion to Skynet a lá Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Several other Terminator-related questions have led me to wonder ...
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Could a revised version of Asimov's Three Laws have prevented Skynet from becoming a problem? [closed]

If Skynet's designers had subjected Skynet to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, would it have prevented Skynet from provoking a nuclear war? I know there are several variants of the Three Laws, ...
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What was Skynet's intended purpose?

The question is very simple: Why was Skynet made in the first place? What was it for? Why did people think we needed a Skynet?
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Could Skynet have avoided the war via nonviolent means?

According to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet started a nuclear war because when Skynet became self-aware, the U.S. military panicked and "tried to pull the plug". Skynet didn't want to die, so it ...
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Was Skynet limited in how far into the past it could send back Terminators?

I have always wondered why Skynet only sends back one Terminator at a time, and why it keeps trying to assassinate targets who know they are being targeted. After the first Terminator was sent to ...

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