Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Terminator: notes

I was watching the original Terminator last evening while sewing. And I hadn't meant to take notes...but you know me, English major. And interested in Terminator. Therefore things just happened.

Here are a few things I noted down, some of which may be interesting to explore later.

SPOILERS
  • Every time I see Kyle die I'm like "Dangit, why does he have to keep dying..." But thinking about it, in some ways it may be like the typical story where the protector/teacher has to die for someone else to come into their own. (Think Star Wars, and Luke's teachers.) Kyle showed Sarah how to survive, then she had to go out and face the world alone. (Actually I'm not sure if this is a good/accurate comparison, but it's basically what came to mind last night and may deserve some thought.)
  • There's an interesting contrast between Sarah and Ginger -- Sarah is the innocent one, and Ginger is the outgoing world-wise one. This particularly struck me when the two finished getting ready for their dates, and Sarah was dressed rather conservatively while Ginger was outright sexy. More to it of course, especially in the novelization, but that can be explored another time.
  • "Machines need love too." This is what Ginger says in the voice recording. I wonder if this attitude is what got people into trouble with Skynet in the first place...?
  • At the police station when Sarah asks Dr. Silberman if Kyle is crazy, the good Dr. clicks his pen before answering. It sounded sort of like someone getting a gun ready to fire...so, he uses his pen to destroy someone, and in a possibly more frightening way than if he just shot them outright.
Sarah and Ginger, preparing for their dates

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