Terminator 2 and Running Machines
February 7, 2014 11:33 AM Subscribe
In Terminator 2
, there is a scene where the T1000, running in human form, cannot keep up with the car fleeing from it. It struck me at the time (and still bugs me 20 years later, hence this question) that surely "tall biped" could not possibly have been the "top speed" form to take. What would be the ultimate pursuing creature have looked like?
posted by maxwelton to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
(I know this is bean-plating, but it was such an obvious thing it pulled me out of the story at the time. Here we are, 20 years later...)
Ignoring how the liquid metal terminators "can't become elaborate mechanisms" (which is silly, what are creatures but incredibly elaborate machines?) and how they need to "touch something to be able to mimic it" (yet the T1000 arrives with a huge store of knowledge--language(s), deep understanding of human psychology and the ability to operate machinery, to name a few aspects--but not basic information about efficient shapes?) as necessities for the storyline (and effects budget), this still struck me as an odd overwight.
I mean, obviously, a cheetah is faster than a human. Would a giant spider-like creature been faster? Would four legs be optimal? Six? 100? A snake-like creature? A bird? The scene shows the running T1000 able to extend arms into hooks and sink them into the car--which begs the question why would it not be able to simply "flow" itself to the hook locations--would that be possible, given what we know of the "physics" of the silly thing?
I'd really love to hear from people with biological or other expert knowledge what the fastest creature, given a human-sized blob of miracle material to work with, might look like.