The Sarah Connor of the first Terminator movie is a winsome college student and part-time waitress — we get a hint of the leader we know she’ll become in the last 15 minutes of the movie. The Sarah Connor of T2, set a decade later, is leaner (we still fondly recall Linda Hamilton’s exquisitely sculpted arms: our kind of gun show) and meaner: the full realization of the warrior-woman who will ultimately birth John Connor. Unfortunately, she is also an unwilling ward of the Pescadero State Hospital for the Criminally Disordered — we’re not sure what kind of rehabilitative methods are used there, but they surely maintain an excellent gym. We understand what she truly has become in her escape from the supposedly secure penal facility — she pounces and attacks her captors (and sadistic tormentors) with a feral intensity that is as thrilling at is disturbing
INTERESTING FACT: Linda Hamilton has an identical twin sister Leslie, who was featured in scenes involving the “fake” Sarah Connor generated by the T-1000.