What If the T-1000 Had Found Miles Dyson First?

I love Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It’s a perfect sequel that goes full speed ahead and leaves little time to wonder about any possible paradoxes or other directions the story could have taken in the second half.

One thing is for sure: The T-1000 is one of the all-time greatest movie villains. He is so laser-focused on finding and killing John Connor that he becomes chillingly compelling in his own way. After the chase scene at the insane asylum, we don’t see him again until he shows up at the burned-out remains of Miles Dyson’s home. Dyson is the creator of Skynet, which will one day start a nuclear war and then attempt to exterminate the surviving members of the human race.

All of this leads me to wonder what would have happened if the T-1000 had gotten to Miles Dyson’s house before Sarah Connor? After all, the Terminator says that the T-1000 knows everything he knows, so he could have anticipated their plan to strike at the heart of Skynet to prevent the war of the machines.

I envision three scenarios of what would have happened:

1. He Lays a Trap for the Connors

Perhaps the T-1000 sends Miles Dyson away and impersonates him. All he has to do is touch a person and he can perfectly imitate them. He’s already shown his proclivity for doing that throughout the film. In fact, one of his earlier plans was to kill Sarah Connor and take her place in order to catch John off guard. When that plan goes awry, his next best option is doing something similar with Dyson, except that he wouldn’t want to kill him when his own existence rests on Dyson’s shoulders.

The T-1000 is a menacing villain.Wouldn’t that have been an interesting twist? Sarah shows up at Dyson’s house hoping to assassinate him, only to discover to her horror that her bullets just pierce metal, not flesh. And then she’s in a world of trouble as he transforms back into his cop uniform and wags his finger at her.

2. He Holds the Dyson Family Hostage

Miles Dyson is forced at gunpoint to complete his mission of inventing Skynet.If the T-1000 can’t kill John Connor and win the war on Skynet’s behalf, the least he can do is ensure Skynet’s existence in the future. And knowing so much about Dyson’s psychology, he would understand what a family man he is. He might just break down Dyson’s door and demand he continue his work or else his family pays the price. He might even give him the last key bits of information he needs to speed up the process of Judgment Day rather than waiting for history to play out naturally. This could actually be part of his mission because it would mean John and Sarah won’t be prepared for the nuclear war because they think it’s still a few years off.

In the end, it would be up to John, Sarah, and the Terminator to wage an attack on the Dysons’ home to rescue them from the T-1000 and prevent the war.

3. He Acts as Miles Dyson’s Protector

This is the most interesting possibility. It shifts the T-1000’s position from an unstoppable killer into an unlikely protector. Halfway through the film, it would subvert our expectations once more, just as the reveal of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as the good guy did at the start of the film. What if Sarah had shown up at Dyson’s house, ready to go in for the kill and instead of a well-timed toy car saving Dyson from certain death at the hands of a sniper’s bullet, the T-1000’s hand stopped the bullet inches from Dyson’s head?

Miles Dyson would be horrified to learn his position as he's protected by the T-1000.Now we’ve got a really bizarre situation on our hands. The Terminator is protecting John Connor from the T-1000 while the T-1000 is protecting Miles Dyson from Sarah Connor. The future of the machines and the human race are in the hands of a couple of murder machines. This could lead to some incredible drama as Dyson figures out his role in the nuclear holocaust of humanity and then attempts to kill himself to prevent it. Then the T-1000 would have to protect him from himself in addition to outside threats.

No Fate

I admit that if the T-1000 had taken this course of action, he wouldn’t have been so singularly focused as he is in the actual film and that may have made him less memorable as such a brutal monster. But perhaps another dimension to his character could have worked well. We’ll never know, but it’s fun to speculate. After all, there’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

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About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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2 Responses to What If the T-1000 Had Found Miles Dyson First?

  1. I love that third scenario; it would make us ask the question just who was the bad guy here. It would also have been one heck of a plot twist for the movie.

    But i think it would have also meant that they couldn’t do the big gun battle at the office, which could be why the movie didn’t go this way.

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