SPOILER ALERT! Yes, I know I'm a little late to the party. But being a long time terminator and Terminator 2 fan I finally had the opportunism to see this as part of the 10 cent movie sale the windows store was having for cyber Monday and 10 cents is about all this Franchise ruining movie is worth in my opinion. After watching Genisys last night, I was very disappointed but not in the way I thought I would be. Terminator three was a so-so storyline, salvation departed from the main plot line. Installments three and four seemed like the production teams knew they couldn't match the scale and success of Terminator 2. Terminator 3 & 4 got some things right. The idea of John Connor and his soon to future wife being attacked before they could launch a resistance makes sense as a plot but Terminator Three failed to come together mostly for reasons dealing with sub plots and removal of familiar characters. (One of many issues being Linda Hamilton's Character Died) , The characters that remained in the story had difficulty carrying the plot through. The acting in Terminator 3 was subpar, although the actor who plays John becomes somewhat more believable by the end.
My analysis of the plot lines as of the fifth movie: simplified
• The Terminator: (1984) Keep Sarah Connor Alive.
• Terminator 2: (1991) Keep John Connor Alive.
• Terminator 3: (2003) Keep Johns Connor's future wife alive through Judgement Day (John Connor is part of the mission but not the prime directive)
• Terminator Salvation: (2009) Shows the progression of the war against the machines and the pending extinction of humanity. (The ideas eventually used in Genisys have their origin here.
• Terminator Genisys: (2015) Wars almost over, Humans will win, let's turn the main protagonist (character) which we have spent four movies and about 30 years protecting, lets create a paradox where everything starts all over again with John Connor as the bad guy, The mission becomes save Kyle Reese, who actually died in the first movie. Thereby making the previous four movies obsolete and irrelevant.
• Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: (2008-2009) TV show aired on Fox takes place after the second movie. Aired for two seasons, Fox didn't keep it long enough to let terminator fans get into. (The terminator was a woman, as in Terminator 3). The characters continue to make sure that Judgement day never occurs while living with a Terminator. John and Sarah are fugitives living on the run with new identities after the events of Terminator Judgement Day. Personally I would have loved a movie continuation of the TV show. http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/02/5-reasons-terminator-the-sarah-connor-chronicles-was-awesome
So the movie starts in the future explaining the past of Kyle Reese's character more which was nice. Soon after the movie begins humanity wins the war with John Connors help of course. Skynet unwilling to except defeat send a Terminator back to 1984, Kyle Reese volunteers to go into the past and protect Sarah. These events coincide with the original storyline. (We know from previous movies Kyle Loves Sarah and Volunteers to protect her)
Let the Paradox begin: Kill John Save the World.
John Connor is attacked by Skynet as Kyle is being sent through time. Kyle Reese see this but cannot do anything to stop it as he is being ripped through time. He has a vision of a different past, one where he is a child and receives the Genisys Computer System as a birthday gift. He is told that Genisys is Skynet. He can stop Skynet before it's ever born. When Kyle arrives in 1984 Sarah saves him and a T-800 Sarah calls pops has killed the &-800 that comes to kill Sarah in the first Terminator. (In this reality skynet failing to kill John decided to go after Sarah when she was a child. The Terminator raises her the same way she originally raised John Connor from the original timeline.
Paradox: John Connor:
As I said John Connor is caught by Skynet as Kyle Reese is being dent to 1984 to help Sarah. Skynet is able to replicate living cells and take over humans’ bodies as they have been able to do with machines since terminator 3. John is presumably captured by skynet and turned into a new creation similar to Terminator Salvation.
John Connor now aligned with Skynet is sent back in time to 2015 to ensure the release of Skynet now called Genisys in 2017 where the majority of the movie takes place. Pops, Sarah and Kyle Reese must now kill John Connor in order to stop Skynet. Skynet is built at Cyberdyne by Danny Dyson, Yes that Danny Dyson the young son of Miles Dyson who is shown in Terminator 2. (You may remember Danny saves his father and John even asks Danny to show him his room while the Terminator talks to his Dad.
In the Genisys Timeline the events of Terminator 2 never happened, including primarily the destruction of the Terminator Program and Cyberdyne System Corporation which is now a gigantic company with unlimited resources.
The Good Stuff: The return of Arnold and the explanation of his aging and even the new actors who played Kyle Reese (played by: Jai Courtney) and Sarah Connor (played by Emilia Clarke) were actually quite good considering that the original cast probably couldn't play their originals roles anymore.
The Main problem with time paradox movies is that they affect the movies that came before them. Again making Terminator 2 irrelevant and the most important character of the whole series, John Connor a bad guy and killing him off when they couldn't find a better storyline. You don't turn the good guy into a bad guy and kill him after for movies of trying to ensure his survival and success. That’s just bad writing. Disgraceful movie. Kinda upset that I ever watched it.