Warning: There are massive spoilers for Terminator: Genisys beyond this point. Proceed with caution, and bookmark this page if you haven’t seen the film already. You don’t need time travel to come back to the beginning of this article. Terminator Genisys is the first in a proposed trilogy of films that undoes pretty much everything the franchise has built up since the first film in 1984. Much like J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, or Robert Zemeckis’ Back To The Future: Part II, the idea of tangential timelines is introduced and monkeyed with in the events of Alan Taylor’s new entry into the franchise canon. As any good tangent will do, this has answered old questions and posed new questions in the plan to either defend or conquer humanity. Which means it’s time for a good old fashioned mind bender, as we’re about to ask 5 major questions that take into account the new events and information that Terminator: Genisys have thrown into the time stream.

Prepare for temporal displacement, as we’re about to go back to where it all began, and question everything that happened after.

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1. How Is There A Liquid Metal T-1000 In Alternate 1984?
Background: In the alternate 1984 we saw in Terminator: Genisys, we saw an alternate T-1000 chasing Sarah Connor and Pops when Kyle Reese entered the equation. Not only does the T-1000 take a different appearance in this film, but he now appears a full 7 years before his first appearance in the Terminator Prime timeline – specifically during the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Besides the possible consequences to the space-time continuum, we have to wonder: how are we seeing the T-1000, when we’ve only seen Skynet send it to 1991?

Possible Answer: To the casual observer, the T-1000 wasn’t sent into the mix until 1991, but to Skynet, the decision was probably instantaneous. Assume The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are on the same timeline, the one that has Skynet fixated on killing John Connor. With that plan failing twice, Skynet probably decided to go down a third route: the route to kill Sarah Connor. To do this, it sends the T-1000 to kill her parents, and as we hear about (and sort of see) in Terminator: Genisys, it didn’t work. It’s also implied that throughout the period between 1973 and 1984, Sarah and Pops have been fighting the T-1000, as well as training up to stop Judgment Day. Clearly they’ve fought him enough to know that an acid bath is the only way to be sure it dies, though this opens a new can of worms: just who sent Pops back to 1973?

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