Terminator 2: Judgement Day Show Notes.

We just posted a podcast episode on Terminator 2: Judgement Day and thought we should share some of our show notes that were compiled by Vince. These notes are an overview of our discussion plus a few extras tossed in that we didn’t talk about. Enjoy and let us know why you think Terminator 2 is a great sequel. 

Movie Info:
Director: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron, William Wisher
Release date: July 3, 1991 

  • wanted to do it sooner but couldn’t get rights/financing until 1990

Budget: 102 Million (10x the budget of the original)

Opening Weekend: 520 Million

Critics Score: 
Rotten Tomatoes
Critic Score: 93%
Audience Score: 94%
IMDB: 8.5

Oscar Nominations

Nominated for 6 and won 4

Nominated

  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film Editing

Won

  • Best makeup and Hairstyle
  • Best sound mixing
  • Best sound editing
  • Best visual effects

Starring

Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor)
Arnold Swartzenager (T-800)
Edward Furlong (John Connor)
Robert Patrick (T-1000)
Joe Morton (Miles Dyson)

Skynet and the resistance:

  • T-800 was built to infiltrate human camps in the future
    • Neural net process (made to learn)
    • Living synthetic flesh
  • T-1000 is a prototype liquid metal and much more efficient killer
    • Appears a little human but is still off-putting in the way he speaks
    • Can change into things/people of equal size but no complex machines
  • Hunter Killers/ Hunter Killer Aerial (Future) 
    • Big and on wheels or flying
  • T-800 explains exactly how Skynet took over
    • 1997 military ai became self-aware
    • Military tried to shut it down
    • Ai launches nukes on Russia 
    • Russia retaliates
    • 3 billion out of 5 billion people die 
    • Skynet creates terminators to clean up the survivors 

Reasons I liked John when I was a kid

  • Had a cool haircut
  • Road a motorcycle
  • Hung out in the arcade all-day
  • Knew how to hack computers
  • Didn’t listen to his parents

Reasons I hate John as an adult

  • Has a stupid haircut
  • Recklessly Rides a motorcycle
  • Hangs out in the arcade all day doing nothing 
  • Knew how to hack computers and steals money
  • Doesn’t listen to his parents

The special effects:

  • Terminators, in the beginning, were fully functioning animatronic models
  • Arnold wore really bright neon shorts so the reactions that people were giving looking down was actually a bit of surprise
  • They flew the helicopter under the bridge, it was so dangerous that the crew refused to film it so Cameron filmed it himself.
  • Built fake Linda Hamilton and mini landscapes for the dream sequence nuclear bomb scene
  • Jumped Arnold’s motorcycle using cables to lower them down
  • Actually Jumped/Crashed the diesel trucks
  • They really did blow up the cyberdine building 

Fun Facts/Easter Eggs

  • Leslie Hamilton was used in Linda Hamiltons double scenes
  • The cop that gets stabbed through the face by his double is a twin
  • Linda Hamilton trained 3 hours a day, 6 days a week with for 13 weeks
  • The minigun is the same one used in Predator
  • Edward Furlong’s voice was changing during the shoot so the majority of his lines had to be re-dubbed
  • Edward Furlong was kinda pulled off the street to star in the movie, he was intimidated by Arnold’s fame so Arnold would play around with him to make him feel more comfortable

Nitpicks

Wish they would have left in the deleted scene where they open up his head and take out his microchip

Final thoughts

The point of the movie is that life is important, even the life of the man that causes judgment day. We can all learn the value of human life, even a robot made to destroy it

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