Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The name of the movie, now that we've arrived at the opening credits, is Terminator 2: Judgment Day, not "T2". I blame this movie for the outbreak of abbreviated movie titles, like "ID4" for Independence Day and "WWW" for Wild Wild West. Well, I guess I blame Will Smith a little. Once we've exhausted the cinematic possibilities inherent in a screen full of fire, we end up at a parking lot at night. There are lightning and zappy sound effects, heralding the arrival of a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger. He slowly stands up while the orchestra expresses its admiration for his physique, and we see his computer-vision analyzing motorcycles outside a bar. Inside, the pool-playing patrons are startled by Naked Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who wouldn't be? He scowls his way through the bar, analyzing each patron. I know this because the readout on the left side of the screen says "analysis." He finally selects a bearded cigar-smoking guy, who does not respond well to being told "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle." If I could just take a minute here, the cigar-smoking guy was also in Near Dark, where this exact thing happened to him: he was playing pool in a bar, some vampires came in, he mouthed off, and got the thrashing of his life. The last thrashing of his life. Apparently he didn't learn his lesson, because he puts his cigar out on Naked Arnold's chest. Mayhem, inevitably, ensues. Cigar-guy gets his hand broken, someone gets thrown through the window, cigar-guy gets thrown through a different window to land on the hot stove, a guy with a knife gets his arm broken, and the rest of the bar decides to go find a bar that doesn't have Naked Arnold Schwarzenegger in it. Naked Arnold goes to find Cigar Guy, who is unable to cock his pistol with only one hand. Poor Cigar Guy. George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" (which, in 1991, was only "overused", not "horribly overused" like it is today") plays as Arnold walks out of the bar, clad in Presumably-Naked Cigar Guy's leathers. Before he can drive away on Cigar Guy's motorcycle, the bartender shows up with a shotgun. Arnold snatches away the gun and takes the barkeep's sunglasses, for no reason other than general aesthetic coolness. I have to admit, he looks pretty cool. That might be because of the long, loving shots of Arnold Bestride Motorcycle, though. This might be a good time to share with you a theory I have about this movie. You lucky people. When the movie came out, everyone knew that Arnold was playing the good guy this time. All the commercials went on about it. But I don't think you're supposed to know that in the context of the movie itself. The character, who looks just like the evil Terminator from the first movie , has shown up, crippled several bikers, and is now riding a motorcycle at night, with shades on, while "Bad to the Bone" plays. I submit to you that at this point, we are intended to think him the bad guy. I'll have more on this as the plot develops. Assuming it does.

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