Terminator 2 Deleted Scene:
To this day, Terminator 2 stands as one of the best action movies ever made. James Cameron stuck to practically filming most of its fights & high octane chase sequences. Since everything was shot for real, things obviously felt very real & relatable, except for all the CGI part with Robert Patrick’s T-1000. That’s where the suspension of disbelief came in. People really loved T-1000 as the villain against Arnold’s T-800, Sarah & John Connor. He proved to be extremely formidable, and the heroes really struggled to take him down for good.
Ultimately, the three protagonists did it through team work. Even though it wasn’t intentional, but John Connor became the bait that lured the T-1000 towards molten steel, Sarah came in and put a bunch of holes in the evil Terminator with a shotgun. And when that didn’t work, Arnold’s T-800 came in to land the final blow as he shot the T-1000 with a grenade launcher. The explosion within T-1000’s body had a huge impact and pushed him off the ledge, into molten steel. This was one solid burn from which the T-1000 just couldn’t walk out of.
While this defeat feels extremely simple and not complicated at all, there’s a deleted scene that could’ve explained it much better. When the T-1000 moved towards John Connor, he was morphed into his mother, Sarah Connor. At this moment, the real Sarah came behind him & asked John to move out of the way. If this would’ve happened somewhere half way through the movie, then John wouldn’t have been able to make out the real Sarah. But he was able to do so at the end because the T-1000 was malfunctioning due to extreme heat in the steel mill. His feet melted into the floor and John Connor knew that he had to move.
Right before entering the steel mill, the T-1000 was exposed to liquidnitrogen that frozehim, allowing T-800 to shatter him into a bazillion pieces. But the heat from the steel mill melted the nitrogen and allowed each nano-machine molecule of the T-1000 to reform back into the original face that he had taken when he first arrived back in time.
But this reformation actually came with a malfunction that we didn’t get to see until the very end. The novelization of the film listed extreme temperatures to be T-1000’s primaryweakness. The cold had inflicted damage to the nano-machines within his main machine. And that caused a problem in his morphing abilities. A deleted scene of the movie showed how the T-1000 stuck to different machines as he walked into the steel mill. That is why, his feet melted in the end& stuck to the floor, allowing John Connor to recognize his real mom. The deleted scene probably caused a pacing issue, which is why it was removed. But if it was in the theatrical cut, then it would’ve better explained the ultimate defeat of the formidable T-1000.
It’s sad that the Terminator franchise couldn’t replicate the success of Judgement Day. Even with better CGI, the only thing that the franchise constantly repeated was the story. And now, the franchise is officially dead. For many Terminator fans, the moment T-800 was lowered into molten steel was the final moment of this franchise.
“In this sequel set eleven years after “The Terminator,” young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to civilization’s victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother (Linda Hamilton) go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.”