One of the things that I found a bit confusing about Schwarzenegger and Cameron’s best collaboration- Terminator 2: Judgement Day (second place goes to True Lies) is that in the movie the Terminator tells John that the hunter-killers are sent out with limited learning capibilities so that they don’t “think too much”, then later in movie the Terminator seems to improv a lot and learn quite a bit. So, why is this? In the Special Edition DVD there is a cut scene that shows the machine explaining to John and Sarah how to open him up, pull out his neural-net processor, flip a switch, and put it back in so that he can learn. This scene explained so much to me. Ultimately, it wasn’t that great of a scene, but it did help me understand some plot items later in the film.
Another movie that I like that I think could be very improved with the addition of a scene of my own design: Return of the Jedi. Those Ewoks are the Jar Jar Binks of the original trilogy. Rebels show up on the forest moon of Endor, run into these little fellows which are tribal teddy bears at worst, mini-Wookies at best, and they seem very backwards, coming to worship a protocol droid and owning no technology to speak of at all. Then the Ewoks start slaughtering stormtroopers. That’s right, the Empire brings in speeder bikes, those big walkers, and infantry. None of that is a match against stone tipped spears, logs, and rocks. They’re stupidly cute creatures and they’re having little trouble in battle despite being severely out manned and severely out gunned.
So here’s my added scene- the rebels have commandeered the imperial ship and are taking off of the moon. Cut to Ewoks singing (or whatever stupidly cute thing they do) as they walk through the forest. Camera pans back and they’re dragging a litter piled with dead stormtroopers. They arrive at a pit filled with all of the stormtroopers they’d killed, speeders they’d dropped, and blasters they’d recovered prior to the rebels arrival, all covered with dirt giving the appearance that everything else had been in there for awhile. The Ewoks make short work of dumping the new ones in there. Camera shot from inside the pit up at a Ewok who looks down straight into the camera, and as he’s kicking some dirt in says, “Jubjub,”