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If you haven't watched the Terminator movies then this post won't make any sense to you. I recommend that you watch all five of them and then read this post. I don't understand something about the Terminator movie series. How do the T1000 robots which are made of liquid metal travel through the time machine which requires living flesh to be coating either the human or the robot interior? Surely, liquid metal can't become living flesh? The T1000 is featured in the second and the fifth movie in the series and this issue is never explained. Any ideas? (Yes, I know the movies are works of fiction but even fiction should be consistent.)
The T-1000 is liquid metal; only living human tissue will go through the time machine. The T-800 can go through because the metal endoskeleton is surrounded by human tissue. But the movie leaves some mystery as to what the machine actually is; when in its human form, the T-1000 might actually mimic human flesh. However, since the film really never specifically explains on the situation, it's considered a plot hole. Reese states in the original film that it has something to do with the field generated by a living organism, which is probably bioelectromagnetism, but doesn't elaborate further. That doesn't necessarily mean that only human or animal tissue can travel through time intact. It may mean that anything (machines included) that generates the proper kind of field can time travel. Since the T-1000 is so far advanced, it may generate the right type of field (that Reese was talking about) that earlier models could not without human flesh. Another option is that the T-1000 was outfitted with a simple layer of epidermis just before it was sent back through time. T-800s have a complete, fully functional skin with blood supply to keep the epidermis in shape and to ensure that wounds will heal, in order to keep the Terminator passable as a human. However, all the T-1000 may need is a simple layer of skin without blood vessels or other components of human flesh to get him across time, which he can dispose of after time-travel. Technically, we never really see in what state he arrived, and there was some time, maybe up to half a minute or so, between the electrical disturbances from the time-travel and T-1000's first on-screen appearance, where he kills the police officer. Perhaps he shed the skin in that short time. It is also possible that over time, SkyNet was able to advance the technology of the time machine allowing it to send anything through, whether it has living tissue or not.
Thank you for your enlightening post thundril.
Yr more than welcome, Compo!
Too bad they can't stop the T-800 from ageing each time it travels through time.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' - Isaac Asimov
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