Episode 30, April 29, 2017: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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We continue the Terminator franchise and debate whether Terminator 2: Judgement Day is the best in the franchise.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 30: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet

II. First Impressions of Terminator 2: Judgement Day

III. Origin & tidbits

- They wanted a sequal shortly after the first one but Cameron didn't feel that the technology was right for the T-1000 at that time. It wasn't until he had completed The Abyss that he felt the technology was there. That coupled with the fact that Hemlock Film Corporation owned the franchise and didn't want to make a sequel. Schwarzenegger talked Mario Kassar of Carolco to bid $5 million for the rights so they could make the sequel.
- It won four Academy Awards and nominated for two others.
- Eddie Furlong was discovered for the part by casting director Mali Finn while visiting the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club in September 1990. Furlong's career would later derail due to cocaine and heroin addiction.
- Cameron considered Billy Idol for the role for the T-1000 but he couldn't do it due to a motorcycle accident. He chose Robert Patrick because of his role in Die Hard 2.
- Schwarzenegger was initially against the concept of the Terminator not being able to kill anyone but eventually warmed up to it.
- Schwarzenegger had Guns N' Roses over for dinner and talked them into using You Could Be Mine for the film.
- Principle photography took 171 days and spanned multiple destinations including the Mojave Dessert, New Mexico, the Santa Monica Place Shopping Mall, and the flood control channels in San Fernando Valley.
- Because it took so long to shoot, Furlong's voice changed and they had to dub his voice during post-production for continuity. The only scene that was pre-change was the, "why we cry" scene since Cameron felt it showed vulnerability.
- The estimated about seventy-percent of the dialogue was done in ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement/Dubbing).
- There were two sets of twins on set, Linda Hamilton's twin sister and the security guard's in the asylum who the T-1000 mimics.
- It was given a huge budget of $102 million (1991 dollars) and did make it's money back, plus some earning $520 million.
- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Stan Winston were responsible for the special effects that broke the mold of CGI effects in film. The film used a combination of CGI and practical effects that helped the film's sustainability.
- Winston studied hours of nuclear footage to get the scene where Linda Hamilton's views the holocaust accurate. In that scene, the baby is actually Linda Hamilton's son.
- Speaking of Linda Hamiltion, she had permanent hearing lost because she forgot to replace her ear plugs prior to filming the elevator scene where Arnold shoots the T-1000 on the roof.
- Hamilton trained three hours a day, six days a week for thirteen weeks for the role. She was on a no-fat diet and lost twelve pounds.
- The biker bar scene in the beginnning was shot across the street from where Rodney King was beaten and filming did take place that evening.
- As we discussed last week, the concept of destroying Cyberdine and the inevitable holocaust were taken from the deleted scenes in The Terminator.

IV. Points to discuss

- Is this movie better than the original? If so, is it the best in the franchise?
- Does it still hold up due to the CGI?

V. How rotten is The Terminator 2: Judgement Day? Terminator 2: Judgement Day was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A+
Brian's Grade: A+
Karina's Grade: A+