Robots makeovers -- 'Short Circuit' to 'Terminator'
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( Robert Zuckerman / Warner Bros. Pictures / Fox )
BASE MODEL: The Terminator Series 800/Model 101 came back to the past to kill the mother of the leader of a future rebellion. He was stopped. Barely.
UPDATE(S): So popular was the original that he came back as a hero. But other models returned to terrorize John and Sarah Connor. The Terminator Series 1000 ("T2") and the Terminator Series X ("T3") were take-no-prisoners, morphing murderous machines. Then came Cameron Phillips, an unclassified model sent back to protect John ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles").
UPGRADE: The morphing capabilities and liquid metal of the "T2" and "T3" terminators are leaps beyond the original and the Cameron models. In a pure battle sense, they should dominate the older models. But the single-minded programming of the upgrades leaves them more susceptible to trickery, and the older models have shown a remarkable ability to learn and adapt.