If you’re not a Terminator fan – here’s a rundown.
Terminator:
A cyborg and a man are sent back in time. The cyborg’s goal is to kill Sarah Connor, because she gives birth to the leader of the human resistance, and he’s a big pain in the butt for Skynet. The man, Kyle Reese, is sent back to protect her, and ultimately father the leader of the human resistance. Kyle dies, and so does the terminator. Sarah survives and moves to Mexico.
T2:
Sarah has been put into a mental institution because she ‘believes’ the war of the machines and has acted out in retaliation to prevent Judgment Day. Two terminators are sent back, one which is a lot like the previous terminator and one that’s made of liquid metal. The “old” terminator is sent to protect a young John Connor. The other one is sent to kill everyone basically. It’s found that the parts left over from the first terminator are used to reverse engineer technology that actually speeds up the timeline of Judgment Day. Good terminator makes us cry a little as he takes a molten lava swim with the parts. And Miles Dyson doesn’t invent a vacuum cleaner, but he does have a good death scene.
T3:
Two more terminators, another good one in the form of Arnold, and a bad one in the form of a hot chick who is something between the liquid metal one and something else. This time Arnie bot is sent to protect Claire Danes, not Connor, because the Terminatrix (yeah, they called it that) is trying to wipe out Connor’s Lieutenants. At the end, we get a Southern Fried Arnold, beginnings of Skynet, and a nuclear holocaust. And plotholes.
T:Salvation
Lots of terminators, no time travel. A cyborg who doesn’t know he’s a cyborg (story is sort of reverse Pinocchio). John Connor starts heading up a pocket of resistance. We get to see a young Kyle Reese, and Claire Danes turned into Ron Howard’s daughter. At the end, the helicopter somehow manages to escape the EMP blast set off by the nuclear explosion. Oh, and they CGI’d Arnold’s face onto a body double. It’s better that way. Have you seen the Governator’s body recently?
I don’t know what I’d call my Terminator movie, but here’s what would happen.
John Connor realizes that he and Skynet are forever intertwined. They both created each other and both cannot exist without each other. Destroying one after they’ve become established does no good – meaning that even if Skynet killed Connor after Judgment Day, it wouldn’t matter, and the same goes for Connor destroying Skynet. It could happen, but it really has no bearing on the prior events. Humanity suffers a huge loss, and Skynet never gains complete control.
Since Connor realizes this, he also realizes that he can do something that Skynet never could or never would do – and that’s sacrifice himself (itself, in the case of Skynet) in order to protect humanity (world control, in the case of Skynet). Connor obviously can’t kill himself, because once he’s born, there’s really no stopping the events of Judgment Day. Nor can we erase seeing Arnold in star shades.
So what does Connor do?
He sends back the original bad terminator to kill his mom. Skynet ups it one and sends back Kyle Reese.
I know what you’re thinking – wait, Kyle said that he was sent back by none other than John FRIGGEN Connor in the first place.
I got that covered. In Salvation, Connor infiltrates one of the terminator factories. While there, Skynet could easily do scans and create a terminator based on Connor, knowing that it wouldn’t pass muster in any other role than a brief moment with Reese to send him back in time.
But Toby, if the terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah, wouldn’t John have a really good idea where his mom was at the time? Ask yourself that question – did you know your parents’ address before you were born? Add to it that he’s born a bastard and most likely born in Mexico, and things really get fuzzy. It’s probably not a memory that Connor really has stored away. So he does what he can – send Arnold back to a general area with the general knowledge of where Sarah would be.
Kyle, however, being a human and vaguely familiar with how humans work (maybe even prior to Judgment Day), can use simple detective work and find where Sarah is and then work on it from there.
Skynet knows this, and probably doesn’t know any more than that. My reasoning is that when Judgment Day happened, Skynet basically rendered exabytes of data useless. Skynet wouldn’t need to keep the data, because in its bloated mainframes, it believes that it only needs the data that it has, or will obtain in the future. Sort of like a moving sale, where your goal is to get rid of everything that you can and then trash the rest.
Since John doesn’t disappear BTTF Style, he figures things didn’t go well in 1984. So what does he do? He sends back the T-1000. Skynet does a quick reprogram and boom, Arnold is the good guy.
Again, no disappearing.
Now John is getting frustrated, because he can’t seem to end it. He can’t render himself non-existent. Now he’s grasping at straws. So what does he do? Finds a Terminatrix and sends her back to off his Lieutenants and kill Claire Danes. Again, it didn’t work and we still have to see Arnold in star shades.
I haven’t written this movie yet, but if I did, I think I’d get it going this way –
We open up just a few months following T:S. John is trying to figure out a way to stop everything. He’s thinking long and hard, and as the birth of his child comes, he remembers what it was like growing up with his nutso mom. That’s when he gets it. He knows that in order to stop everything (maybe in a, “No matter what I do, I can’t stop it. I couldn’t do it when Robert Patrick was chasing me, and I couldn’t do it when that hot chick was hunting down my future wife who hated me for stealing her stuff or whatever happened in that crappy part of my life” moment)
Uh… yeah, he realizes in some moment that his existence is what spurred on the creation of Skynet and therefore ended humanity as we knew it. Or as he knew it. We’re not really in the movie. In fact, I doubt there was much movie making post-Judgment Day.
I should mention that these thoughts run through his head just as soon as his intelligence officer says that there is rumor that Skynet is building a time machine. Of course this intelligence is on the brink of death because he/she narrowly escaped from the T-750s or whatever. The dying breath is a rough estimate of where the rumored “Flying J” is. I call it the Flying J because that’s what I think it would be like. The Terminators pull up to a pump, and then get crappy service at the counter, and then boom. Off to 1955 to off Marty’s parents and ensure that Biff becomes a billionaire.
So in an homage to those movies in the past where the hero hatches a plan and whispers it into everyone’s ear, we get a montage of whoever takes Bale’s place talking to Ron Howard’s daughter and her crying her eyes out because they’ve got an infant there and she’s all hormonal and doesn’t want to disappear like McFly. In my head, he tells her that she won’t disappear. Sure, that kid will, but at that point it won’t matter because she’ll have whatever great life she was leading when she was a veterinarian.
Then was see John lead a small band to infiltrate another factory, the one where that dying person said it’d be. Along the way, there would be Kyle asking why they’re doing this, and exactly why they got killer robots and not zombies for the apocalypse. John keeps him calm and lets him know there’s a great chance that he can loose his virginity and mumbles “in 1984″…. Of course Kyle asks what’s 1984, and then John says, “a book by George Orwell. It’s like our lives but without the killer robots.”
They infiltrate the facility only to find that the princess is in another castle. But that’s because they nicknamed the time travel thing “Princess” and the facility was called the Castle. Someone will then mention how things are looking Up. Up. Down… you get the idea.
So off to another facility, but not before having to destroy a whole bunch of Arnolds. You know, it’s easy to do that in the 2030s, but not so much in the 1980s, 90s, or 2000s. Interesting.
Then they get into the right castle and find the princess. But John runs off ahead, to ‘recon.’ Which is code for send back a Terminator. Skynet, having been toying with cyborg tech since 1984 takes the opportunity to send T-JC-420 in to trick Kyle into going back into time. Of course, the John Connor cyborg has no idea and says things like “records are popular, Pokemon is big, and Seinfield gets huge laughs.” Kyle agrees because he’s curious what pokemon are.
And the movie leaves off with Real John Connor facing Cyborg John Connor. They may fight, but I think they’d become best pals and hang out and play pool at the flying j.
So that’s how my terminator movie would work. Probably more serious with lots of action and drama, and a lot less references to pop culture.

If you’re not a Terminator fan – here’s a rundown.
Terminator:A cyborg and a man are sent back in time. The cyborg’s goal is to kill Sarah Connor, because she gives birth to the leader of the human resistance, and he’s a big pain in the butt for Skynet. The man, Kyle Reese, is sent back to protect her, and ultimately father the leader of the human resistance. Kyle dies, and so does the terminator. Sarah survives and moves to Mexico.
T2:Sarah has been put into a mental institution because she ‘believes’ the war of the machines and has acted out in retaliation to prevent Judgment Day. Two terminators are sent back, one which is a lot like the previous terminator and one that’s made of liquid metal. The “old” terminator is sent to protect a young John Connor. The other one is sent to kill everyone basically. It’s found that the parts left over from the first terminator are used to reverse engineer technology that actually speeds up the timeline of Judgment Day. Good terminator makes us cry a little as he takes a molten lava swim with the parts. And Miles Dyson doesn’t invent a vacuum cleaner, but he does have a good death scene.
T3:Two more terminators, another good one in the form of Arnold, and a bad one in the form of a hot chick who is something between the liquid metal one and something else. This time Arnie bot is sent to protect Claire Danes, not Connor, because the Terminatrix (yeah, they called it that) is trying to wipe out Connor’s Lieutenants. At the end, we get a Southern Fried Arnold, beginnings of Skynet, and a nuclear holocaust. And plotholes.
T:SalvationLots of terminators, no time travel. A cyborg who doesn’t know he’s a cyborg (story is sort of reverse Pinocchio). John Connor starts heading up a pocket of resistance. We get to see a young Kyle Reese, and Claire Danes turned into Ron Howard’s daughter. At the end, the helicopter somehow manages to escape the EMP blast set off by the nuclear explosion. Oh, and they CGI’d Arnold’s face onto a body double. It’s better that way. Have you seen the Governator’s body recently?
I don’t know what I’d call my Terminator movie, but here’s what would happen.John Connor realizes that he and Skynet are forever intertwined. They both created each other and both cannot exist without each other. Destroying one after they’ve become established does no good – meaning that even if Skynet killed Connor after Judgment Day, it wouldn’t matter, and the same goes for Connor destroying Skynet. It could happen, but it really has no bearing on the prior events. Humanity suffers a huge loss, and Skynet never gains complete control.
Since Connor realizes this, he also realizes that he can do something that Skynet never could or never would do – and that’s sacrifice himself (itself, in the case of Skynet) in order to protect humanity (world control, in the case of Skynet). Connor obviously can’t kill himself, because once he’s born, there’s really no stopping the events of Judgment Day. Nor can we erase seeing Arnold in star shades.
So what does Connor do?
He sends back the original bad terminator to kill his mom. Skynet ups it one and sends back Kyle Reese.
I know what you’re thinking – wait, Kyle said that he was sent back by none other than John FRIGGEN Connor in the first place.
I got that covered. In Salvation, Connor infiltrates one of the terminator factories. While there, Skynet could easily do scans and create a terminator based on Connor, knowing that it wouldn’t pass muster in any other role than a brief moment with Reese to send him back in time.
But Toby, if the terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah, wouldn’t John have a really good idea where his mom was at the time? Ask yourself that question – did you know your parents’ address before you were born? Add to it that he’s born a bastard and most likely born in Mexico, and things really get fuzzy. It’s probably not a memory that Connor really has stored away. So he does what he can – send Arnold back to a general area with the general knowledge of where Sarah would be.
Kyle, however, being a human and vaguely familiar with how humans work (maybe even prior to Judgment Day), can use simple detective work and find where Sarah is and then work on it from there.
Skynet knows this, and probably doesn’t know any more than that. My reasoning is that when Judgment Day happened, Skynet basically rendered exabytes of data useless. Skynet wouldn’t need to keep the data, because in its bloated mainframes, it believes that it only needs the data that it has, or will obtain in the future. Sort of like a moving sale, where your goal is to get rid of everything that you can and then trash the rest.
Since John doesn’t disappear BTTF Style, he figures things didn’t go well in 1984. So what does he do? He sends back the T-1000. Skynet does a quick reprogram and boom, Arnold is the good guy.
Again, no disappearing.
Now John is getting frustrated, because he can’t seem to end it. He can’t render himself non-existent. Now he’s grasping at straws. So what does he do? Finds a Terminatrix and sends her back to off his Lieutenants and kill Claire Danes. Again, it didn’t work and we still have to see Arnold in star shades.
I haven’t written this movie yet, but if I did, I think I’d get it going this way -We open up just a few months following T:S. John is trying to figure out a way to stop everything. He’s thinking long and hard, and as the birth of his child comes, he remembers what it was like growing up with his nutso mom. That’s when he gets it. He knows that in order to stop everything (maybe in a, “No matter what I do, I can’t stop it. I couldn’t do it when Robert Patrick was chasing me, and I couldn’t do it when that hot chick was hunting down my future wife who hated me for stealing her stuff or whatever happened in that crappy part of my life” moment)
Uh… yeah, he realizes in some moment that his existence is what spurred on the creation of Skynet and therefore ended humanity as we knew it. Or as he knew it. We’re not really in the movie. In fact, I doubt there was much movie making post-Judgment Day.
I should mention that these thoughts run through his head just as soon as his intelligence officer says that there is rumor that Skynet is building a time machine. Of course this intelligence is on the brink of death because he/she narrowly escaped from the T-750s or whatever. The dying breath is a rough estimate of where the rumored “Flying J” is. I call it the Flying J because that’s what I think it would be like. The Terminators pull up to a pump, and then get crappy service at the counter, and then boom. Off to 1955 to off Marty’s parents and ensure that Biff becomes a billionaire.
So in an homage to those movies in the past where the hero hatches a plan and whispers it into everyone’s ear, we get a montage of whoever takes Bale’s place talking to Ron Howard’s daughter and her crying her eyes out because they’ve got an infant there and she’s all hormonal and doesn’t want to disappear like McFly. In my head, he tells her that she won’t disappear. Sure, that kid will, but at that point it won’t matter because she’ll have whatever great life she was leading when she was a veterinarian.
Then was see John lead a small band to infiltrate another factory, the one where that dying person said it’d be. Along the way, there would be Kyle asking why they’re doing this, and exactly why they got killer robots and not zombies for the apocalypse. John keeps him calm and lets him know there’s a great chance that he can loose his virginity and mumbles “in 1984″…. Of course Kyle asks what’s 1984, and then John says, “a book by George Orwell. It’s like our lives but without the killer robots.”
They infiltrate the facility only to find that the princess is in another castle. But that’s because they nicknamed the time travel thing “Princess” and the facility was called the Castle. Someone will then mention how things are looking Up. Up. Down… you get the idea.
So off to another facility, but not before having to destroy a whole bunch of Arnolds. You know, it’s easy to do that in the 2030s, but not so much in the 1980s, 90s, or 2000s. Interesting.
Then they get into the right castle and find the princess. But John runs off ahead, to ‘recon.’ Which is code for send back a Terminator. Skynet, having been toying with cyborg tech since 1984 takes the opportunity to send T-JC-420 in to trick Kyle into going back into time. Of course, the John Connor cyborg has no idea and says things like “records are popular, Pokemon is big, and Seinfield gets huge laughs.” Kyle agrees because he’s curious what pokemon are.
And the movie leaves off with Real John Connor facing Cyborg John Connor. They may fight, but I think they’d become best pals and hang out and play pool at the flying j.
So that’s how my terminator movie would work. Probably more serious with lots of action and drama, and a lot less references to pop culture.

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