Terminator 2: 10 Important Things You Missed About The T-1000

2022-04-26 08:06:12 By : Mr. John Locke

The T-1000 of Terminator 2 is a machine of little words but there are many things about him that even the most die-hard fan could have missed.

Content Warning: This article contains mentions and images of graphic violence.

James Cameron brought his A-game with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, perfecting everything developed in the original. One thing most can agree is superior is the villain: Robert Patrick as the T-1000 remains one of the most iconic villains in film history.

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While the movies continued to experiment with newer and more advanced Terminator models, nothing seems to top the T-1000 from Terminator 2. He is a machine of little words but there are many aspects brought to the character, some that even the most hardcore of fans might have missed.

When the T-1000 finally catches up with the Connors and Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic T-800, the chase begins again. When the T-1000 pries open the elevator doors, the T-800 fires a shotgun, which makes the T-1000's head explode in half.

It only appears for a fraction of a second, but if paused at the right spot, one can spot the practical dummy's head is already split before the T-800 even fires his shotgun. A fun little editing error that is very easy to miss.

When posing as the security guard in the psychiatric facility, The T-1000 kills the real guard by impaling him through the eye with his finger. Some might ask why the guard doesn't scream in agony since he is not instantly killed by the attack.

There is actually an explanation for this, whether it is intentional or not, as mentioned by WhatCulture.com. The T-1000 is stabbing a part of the brain that enables speech, meaning that the guard couldn't even scream if he wanted to. It would make sense that the T-1000 aimed for this since it is a tactical infiltration unit.

In action films, the main hero and main villain typically have some sort of banter. This helps solidify their rivalry in some way or the villain gives some sort of James Bond villain monologue. That is not the case in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Instead, the T-1000 never says a single word to the T-800. The only time the T-800 says anything to his rival is when he says the famous one-liner: "Hasta la vista, baby." Even then, the T-1000 is already frozen and likely didn't hear it.

A clever detail, also mentioned by WhatCulture.com, was that it took Robert Patrick a lot of training to never blink. Obviously, a cold and calculating machine would never flinch or blink from the concussive sound of gunfire, and in any scene where Robert Patrick is shooting, he is never blinking.

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It's not just shootouts either: in car chases and in his fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, he is never blinking. When he is spotted blinking is actually in the scenes where he poses as a normal human police officer.

In the giant climax of Terminator 2, there are a lot of things happening, showcasing that it is a much bigger spectacle than the first Terminator. The T-1000 chases the heroes in a helicopter and there is a detail during this scene that is very easy to miss.

If one looks carefully, the T-1000 has one pair of arms firing and reloading his weapon. Down below, a third arm can be seen flying the helicopter, showing his ability to multitask via his shapeshifting abilities.

After freezing and shattering the T-1000, it begins to reform, thanks to the heat of the steel mill. One might be inclined to think that the pieces of liquid metal forming a puddle are all done through digital VFX. After all, Terminator 2 does feature some of the most revolutionary CGI for its time.

The truth is that it is a rather ingenious yet affordable practical effect. According to Cracked.com, the filmmakers used mercury, a real liquid metal, and a powerful blow dryer to make the puddle push apart and separate. Through the power of reversing footage, it created the effect of a regenerating T-1000.

A small but admirable touch is the fact that Robert Patrick never sweats during the steel mill finale. How is this possible? Well, none of the steel mill's interior was actually hot. Instead, to keep the actors safe, the molten steel was all done through clever lighting and proper attention to detail.

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The mill was actually quite cold, forcing Linda Hamilton (in one of her best roles) and Edward Furlong to be sprayed to give the illusion of sweat, as reported by Cinemablend. This is a similar technique done to the cast of Pitch Black since they filmed in the Australian winter.

When switched to hunter-killer mode, the T-1000 ditches every human act and moves in a rather haunting yet elegant way. This is another bit of detail added by director James Cameron and Robert Patrick. The T-1000 is not robotic and slow like the T-800. Instead, he's nimble and moves fluidly.

WhatCulture.com mentions that Robert Patrick was inspired by the head movements of an eagle, putting this into the way the T-1000 turns and stalks, meanwhile his body movements were inspired by the gracefulness of sharks.

Some fans might not know this but there is a director's cut of Terminator 2. It features a lot of scenes that many feel never should have been cut out in the first place. For example, this cut shows why the T-1000 seems so much easier to fight in the steel mill.

The rapid freezing and melting process seem to cause a malfunction and the T-1000 starts merging with the scenery, blending into whatever he touches, and has a harder time controlling his form. This is why it struggles to regenerate from the grenade explosion.

The T-1000 is a being made of liquid metal, so that means that it's not like other Terminators. This is shown through the subtle yet present bits of emotion that Robert Patrick will display every now and then. For example, the T-1000 pauses at the first mention of a T-800. Why? In the scene in which the T-1000 is frozen, it seems to marvel in shock at the fact that he lost an arm.

This continues into the finale when he seems confused by his malfunctions in the steel mill. The biggest show of emotion is when the T-800 fires a grenade into his chest: he gives a look of fear. Finally, when the T-1000 is being destroyed by the molten steel, it is screaming in fear and pain. This hints that that T-1000 is operating on more than programming: it's possibly a machine-made being that had chosen to side with SkyNet.

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Melody MacReady is a writer and transwoman (she/her), passionate about all things pop culture-related. From movies to shows to games to comic books, there is not much that she does not enjoy or appreciate. Melody is also an aspiring film writer and director as well as a voice actor as a hobby. This spark for content creation came from her childhood, growing up with media of all kinds which inspired her to write short stories, write comics, and begin writing about them on the internet. Melody's biggest inspiration came from first seeing Zack Snyder's Watchmen in 2009; the film combined with her knowledge of how scenes were done via behind-the-scenes featurettes prior to the film's release made her fall in love with filmmaking. Not only does she write for ScreenRant, The Gamer, Comic Book Resources, and GameRant but she runs her own personal blog, discussing many things pop culture-related.