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Terminator, The, Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

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Writeup Rating: 87%
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Film: Terminator, The (1984)
Deceased Character: Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)
Killed with: Industrial Press

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 6th Jul 2005

Kindly submitted by Jack

The Terminator's persistence in getting his woman is to be commended. Following numerous rejections to his homicidal advances, the Terminator resorts to running down Sarah in an articulated lorry.

Unbeknownst to the Terminator though, Reese has thrown a homemade grenade into an exhaust pipe on the trailer. This detonates, blowing the lorry up and the audience watches the Terminator being consumed by the flames.

Some happy, upbeat, end-of-film music plays to lull the audience into thinking that the Terminator has been defeated, but the sudden movement from the flaming wreck makes us all realise that there is more action and special effects to come.

Sarah and Reese run into an industrial building in an attempt to escape, but soon realise nothing will stop the Terminator. Reese sacrifices himself and uses his last grenade to blow the Terminator to pieces; a desperate gambit that only serves to slow the Terminator down, but does not stop it. However, his death is not a complete waste as this does dismember the Terminator and only the torso remains to crawl (slowly) after Sarah.

Still trying to escape the machine, Sarah crawls through a narrow industrial steel press, the Terminator following close behind. She manages to buy some time by closing the grate between herself and the Terminator, trapping it in the steel press.

I know they need to look realistic, but do cyborgs really need perfectly sculpted metal teeth?

As the Terminator reaches through the grate to grab Sarah, she notices the press's control panel, and reaches for it. Despite it being completely out of eyeshot, and there being several buttons, Sarah manages to hit the correct button first time and the machine slowly begins to crush the Terminator. The audience get a final shot of the Terminator's eyes darkening, and we are finally reassured that this time the Terminator is dead.

Despite having never been in this factory before, Sarah knows where the control panel is / Sarah has a crush on the Terminator

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This review has 3 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Ocafi' (reply to this comment)
This "death" has always had a somewhat irking quality to it: the metal alloy used in the construction of the T-101's endoskeleton isn't just some run-of-the-mill aluminum or steel. Couple this with the fact that the skull is rounded and arch-shaped, and ultimately I have a hard time dealing with the fact that this press (albeit one mother of a piece of hydraulics) could ever hope to strangle enough power out of it's piston to effectively crush the cybernetic organism.

But then again, this is a movie. Gotta unplug that brainstem, don't we?
Comment 2 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
Ocafi Wrote:
> I have a
> hard time dealing with the fact that this press
> (albeit one mother of a piece of hydraulics) could
> ever hope to strangle enough power out of it's
> piston to effectively crush the cybernetic
> organism.

Nah, the Terminator is just a machine. It was designed to survive bullets, lasers and moderate explosions, not industrial presses. The head is hollow after all, and the rest of the skeleton needs to move freely - it doesn't even have an armoured exoskeleton.

It would have been more unbelievable for me if it had survived the crusher. As it was, I liked the fact that the tanker crash and explosion caused noticeable and serious damage.

I also liked that Cyberdyne realised they'd taken old fashioned robotics as far as they could and built the successor with a completely new nanotech design. Now that *could* easily survive an industrial press!

On a tangential and pedantic note, I personally don't think the T-800 is a cyborg, despite what they say in the film. To me, a cyborg is a human that has been augmented by technology. The T-800 by comparison is a completely artificial construct. Yes, he has lab grown skin, but it isn't functional*. So, I would class it as an android.


* OK, they have a contrived technological explanation that time travel is only possible for objects enclosed by living tissue - but Cyberdyne could have easily sent Arnie back accompanied by some hippos with advanced laser-rifles hidden in their abdomens!
Comment 3 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Reese is spelt with an 's', not a 'c'!