“When Watson’s progeny comes back to kill me from the future,” Rutter said, “I have my escape route planned just in case.”

Jennings said someone suggested his challenge was like the legend of John Henry, the 19th-century laborer who beat a steam drill in a contest but died in the effort. Jennings prefers a comparison to Terminator, where the hero was a little more resilient.

“I had a friend tell me, ‘Remember John Henry, the steel-drivin’ man?’ And I was like … ‘Remember John Connor!’” Jennings said. “We’re gonna take this guy out!”


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