10 Timelines From The Terminator Universe

Time travel can be confusing. Every time someone steps into a time machine, it changes everything. However, that can be convenient for writers piecing together new movies -it explains every continuity goof and every great new idea that would be hard to explain otherwise. io9 lays out ten different timelines that work in one part or another of the Terminator movie series (and TV show).

I’ve mulled it over some more, and I still believe there has to be a timeline where someone other than Kyle Reese is John Connor’s father. When The Terminator was a standalone movie, you could read it either way. Either there’s a circular causality, where Kyle is “always” John Connor’s father, or Kyle’s time travel creates a new branch. But Terminator 2 pretty much establishes that time travel always creates new branches, because there’s no fate but what we make. And the Connors, with their friendly T-800, are able to stop or at least delay Skynet. But of course, your mileage, even backwards and forwards through time, may vary.

Whether they make complete sense or not, reading these may help prepare you for Terminator Salvation.

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4 Responses to 10 Timelines From The Terminator Universe

  1. This is the problem when trying to nail down what will happen in the future. Until WE have time travel and even then, I dont think that anything will change.

    Anyways, this gives us something to ponder and once again keeps the Terminator story alive in each of our hearts to keep it living on.

    This story easily has enough potential to keep running for many sequels in the future if played right…or they just obscure the time lines again.

  2. This is the problem when trying to nail down what will happen in the future. Until WE have time travel and even then, I dont think that anything will change.
    Anyways, this gives us something to ponder and once again keeps the Terminator story alive in each of our hearts to keep it living on.
    This story easily has enough potential to keep running for many sequels in the future if played right…or they just obscure the time lines again.

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