Monday, February 25, 2013

T2: notes

This evening I watched Terminator: Judgment Day with mom. During the movie I sort of geeked out and took notes, mostly in relation to character development of one of the Terminators. I'm going to stick the notes here, and of course they contain spoilers...for the third movie as well as this one.

I'll differentiate between the two Terminators by referring to their model numbers, T-800 and T-1000. And yeah, I found myself referring to them as "he" instead of perhaps the more proper "it."

BTW, this evening was the first time I saw the extended version. It does more for explaining character development of T-800 than what I'd seen before.
  • T-1000 seems to only show emotions during interaction with humans, and tones it down when he isn't looking for cooperation.
  • In the first chase scene, how did T-1000 catch up to John? It's funny how the truck just suddenly came over the side of the bridge.
  • T-800 figured out the real request behind John's question of if he had any quarters -- rather than saying "no" he figured out how to get some quarters for John.
  • T-800 showed no emotion on his face when imitating John on the phone.
  • T-800 may have shown his first signs of emotion in the form of irritation when John said he had to rescue Sarah. I was going to dismiss this as my imagination, but my mom also commented on it.
  • John insisted that T-800 swear he "won't" kill people, and T-800 turned into "will not"...not sure if this is significant, but it's interesting.
  • T-1000 apparently has to slow down some to recover from injuries.
  • T-800 thought that crying was something wrong with the eyes. Odd, considering the files he should have about human behavior.
  • After the switch was reset for T-800 his facial expression looked a little off after. I'd have to see the movie again though before commenting more on it.
  • "It's in your nature to destroy yourselves." Dangit, why does T-800 have to say something that seems so accurate about humans?
  • John stresses to T-800 that he needs to learn and understand about emotions. Maybe this shapes T-800's behavior?
  •  Why doesn't Sarah kill Tyson??
  •  "The history of things to come." Just a cool line from Sarah.
  • T-800 tells John that war could be prevented if Tyson's work is destroyed, but in T3 the T-850 model Terminator tells an older John that it could only have been delayed.
  • "We were in uncharted territory now, making up history as we went along." Just another cool line from Sarah.
  • We get shown how T-800 sees things often enough, but never how T-1000 sees things. For that matter, we don't see them through the T-X's eyes in T3 either. Why not?
  • Why did John need to get fancy with getting the key when they go to blow things up? Couldn't T-800 have just broken in and gotten what was needed? Or did it require more finesse than that?
  • T-800 refers to T-1000 as "him" rather than "it."
  • T-1000 shows some expression (horror?) at being frozen. We see more apparent emotion(s) at his final death/termination.
  • T-800 is able to reroute his power source, even after it was apparently shut down and no longer functioning. The T-850 does something similar in T3.
  • "I need a vacation." Said by T-800 after terminating the T-1000. I think humans may have been a bad influence on him. Bwahaha.
  • T-800 apologizes to John for the necessity of himself being destroyed. He also tells John that he understands why humans cry...this leads to TONS of questions.
  • T-800 goes through with allowing Sarah to terminate him despite John's orders not to do so. I thought T-800 had to follow John's orders? What's up with this?
  • Sarah says that T-800 learned the value of human life. But did he (it)?
I realize that other fans have probably nitpicked all of these things by now. Since I'm probably repeating things others have already said or exclaimed over I feel a little odd writing this, but oh well. This seems like the best place for my notes and questions.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I have recently been introduced to the joys of the Terminator movies. I've watched the first three, and this is one of those cases where I'm demanding of the universe, "Why didn't I find these when I was younger???"

I'll admit that at first it was mostly the hot Kyle Reese that I was fascinated by (fortunately my boyfriend has been very understanding), but after watching the second one my attention has shifted (mostly) to the character development of the Terminators.

It feels odd to call it "character development" when they're cyborgs. But, what else would I call it?

There are lots of little details I could comment on, but instead I'm going to list some questions here. Not all of which relate directly to the cyborgs, although most of them do. And of course, these questions include some spoilers for the plot.

1) When Sarah goes to kill Miles Dyson, why doesn't she? Why can't she do it?

2) How is it that there seems to be a transfer of knowledge from the nice Terminator in Judgment Day and the nice one in Rise of the Machines? I'm basing this on the fact that young John Connor taught a Terminator where to find car keys, and then in the next movie the Terminator knew exactly where to go. How did this happen?

3) Not a question, but a comment: the Terminator does have a pretty good sense of style.

4) The nice Terminator in T2 seems to become more human, and in the end he says that he knows why humans cry. But...does he really? It's fascinating to watch him (it) act more human as the movie progresses, and it almost seems that he's becoming human. But is it just blending in, or is it something else?

This last question is the one that I'm most interested in.

If you want to share your thoughts on any of these questions, I'd be happy to hear. Just please, no spoilers on the fourth movie or anything else.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Harry Dresden: growth?

I finished the fifth Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher last night.

With each book I wonder how in the world Butcher is going to top what just happened to Harry. But Butcher is great at coming up with new ways to torment Harry, so amazingly he does keep outdoing himself.

For the last book or so I've been speculating that part of Harry outdoing himself each time will probably include some personal growth in the magical abilities department.

minor spoilers

In the first couple books Harry was able to handle anything that came his way. Sure, he almost got killed a few times, but in the end he was always clearly better than anything or anyone else that he faced.

Then we started to see others who are his equal, or perhaps betters that he defeated by luck/ingenuity...and in Summer Knight we found out that there are a bunch of wizards who are not only more powerful and more skilled than Harry, but who also speak Latin better. (And they're dressed better than him.) Then things gets worse in Death Masks when someone else has to come Harry's aid to save him from something that he was pretty helpless against.

Even though Harry emerges triumphant in the end of Death Masks, he's still weaker than some of those he's gone up against. Weak enough that he's had to stand aside and watch others rescue him at times. And although that's awesome (it wouldn't be good for Harry's ego to always be the best) I don't see someone always being there to rescue him when needed, especially since he keeps going up against worse and worse monsters.

Hence, my prediction that he's going to have to learn some more, become more skilled and perhaps more powerful as the books progress.

I realize there are currently 10 (11?) more of the Dresden Files books out. So no one tell me if I'm right. I'll find out by reading them, then probably revisit this post and see if I was right. :)

Death Masks book cover

By the way, I've already seen other forms of growth in the books. (And no I'm not talking about the sex scenes!) But that's a subject for another post.


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