Robots may one day rise up and destroy mankind, but if it does happen at least we’ll have a few good robot buddies on our side.
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T-800 from Terminator 2
To millions of fans the Schwarzenegger Terminator model is the protector. The one who puts everything he can behind the purpose of keeping John Connor alive. T2 is a huge movie done on an epic scale, but amidst the fight to stop Judgment Day is a kid reaching out to a machine. The T-800 is John’s protector, but he becomes a friend. Having a neural net processor, a learning machine, in his head helps the T-800 to grow in personality. We know it’s fake, that there’s no real feelings behind what’s happening. And while we witness epic chase after epic battle after amazing special effect throughout the film it always returns to the moments between John and the machine. In a way the sequels have dampened the relationship that evolved in T2, and that’s why I’ll never like them as much as the original 2 films. We’ve since learned how much James Cameron likes classic love stories, and it should have been obvious all along. The T-800 does more than just keep John physically alive, he ensures that the young man is the type of person who can grow up to be humanity’s savior.
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