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Terminator Story Wrinkles - 5 Cents
Posted by: Mark Nichols

10 Dec 2008

This simply must be dealt with.


I'm a big fan of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The story starts in 1999, and in the first episode they time travel to 2007. John Connor, the main character, is 15 years old at the time. I can assume this because in one episode between the start of the series and right now (December 2008) he turned 16.


Here's the problem: every thing I've read about this series says it's a continuation of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This movie was made in 1991. In the movie, John Connor has to be at least 13 years old. So he was about 13 in 1991, and 15 in 1999? Did they time travel in between? Was the setting of the movie not really 1991? It'd have to be 1997 for the timeline to be right, but that's impossible since the original Judgment Day was August 29th, 1997. The movie was definitely not set in the same year as Judgment Day.


I defy you to convince me that these two are really continuous stories.


One other issue with Terminator 2... maybe this is brought up elsewhere, but in my minimal searching I haven't seen a post on it. What I've read about the end of Terminator 2 is that the arm, chip, and Terminators were all destroyed, which is correct. The original arm and chip were destroyed that was leading Cyberdyne to eventually develop SkyNet. But people have forgotten that Arnold, while fighting the T-1000, lost an arm in a big gear - the arm was never retrieved or completely destroyed. Unless I'm mistaken, that wrinkle has never been addressed or used in future story lines.


Here's a link to the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV show.

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Category: Movies    

Reader Comments:

He was 12 in Terminator 2, if a statement about "coming after me again" is applied to Terminator 2. This is according to the March 20, 2009 episode. Timeline is still off.
21 Mar 2009
Dead Person
I also think I saw the person that was killed on the sub standing around when the riot started...
21 Mar 2009
Let me also say it's annoying to see a person stand right over a 4,000 degree fire as if it were nothing...
21 Mar 2009
Granted, even with these unexplainable things, the most recent episode rocked, and the series overall seems like it has plenty of life in it.
22 Mar 2009
The most recent episode mentioned that Terminator 2 happened in 1997 (Dyson was killed then in a building explosion). So the movie was really set in 1997? I'd like proof from T2 to corroborate that. That is all.

... still, a great TV show.
28 Mar 2009
the movie could have been in 1997 even if judgement day was scheduled to be in 1997 because they could have done things in 1997 before judgement day that could have delayed judgement day. remember: "the future is uncertain" - reese.
04 Apr 2009
Yahoo article on the Terminator movies.
19 May 2009

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