Sunday, February 24, 2013

Terminator

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.

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