Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The pickup, meanwhile, has passed a large vat of red-hot molten metal before crashing into a different part of the GFS. The nitrogen is running all over the place, looking all smoky and atmospheric as the extras clear the set. John, Sarah, and Arnold, all looking pretty beat-up, watch as Officer Robert gets out of the truck and jumps to the ground, getting bathed in liquid nitrogen. There's cracking noises as he walks, and it's apparent that what was once made of "liquid metal" is quickly freezing and is now made of "solid, fairly brittle metal." He falls down as his legs stop working, and shatters when Arnold (saying "Hasta la vista, baby") shoots him with a pistol. If you think that's the end of the movie, I have a poem which I'd like to read to you:
Some say Terminator 2 will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of the way unkillable movie villains always come back after you think you've killed them the first time I hold with those who favor fire. But if it didn't have to perish twice, I think I know enough of futuristic time-traveling robotics To know that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
And, in fact, the molten metal is running all over the place, melting the pieces back down into liquid metal while Arnold says "We don't have much time." They ooze together like blobs of mercury, which is the only metal that comes to mind that's a liquid at room temperature. The Evil Terminator was made of mercury? Couldn't just touching him give you brain damage? Is that how they got the script? The bits run together and John has to help Sarah, who was shot in the leg in the van. Officer Robert is fully reformed by the time the good guys limp off. This time, he's not running, but walking steadily and creepily. Arnold seems to know which way to go, and he leads the humans through various mechanical and technical parts of the GFS, all of which seem to be subject to random showers of sparks. They have to turn back when they almost walk into a big vat of molten metal (that crybaby Sarah says it's "too hot"). Arnold tells the humans to run along; he'll handle Officer Robert himself. Arnold stands ready for Officer Robert with his Exploding Gun and pistol, but there is no Officer Robert to be seen. Until he jumps out of the shadows and throws the shotgun aside. And then it's time for some hot, robot-on-robot action. They throw each other into various big metal objects and there's a neat scene where Officer Robert is thrown face-first into a wall. And instead of turning around, it's faster for him just to morph his back into his front. Then, when Arnold punches him in his face, he turns his head more liquid than normal to capture the hand and forms a new head over to the side. This is where all that "he's made of liquid metal" stuff is paying off.

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles




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