The upcoming Terminator: Genisys looks cool and action-packed, with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the older Terminator, new enemies, and an old-Terminator vs. original-Terminator battle. However, one may be confused as to how these events came to be, and how Terminator: Genisys follows in continuity with the original series that began with the 1984 film Terminator.
Terminator: Genisys is the first of the planned trilogy in the reboot of the Terminator franchise. It follows the story of Kyle Reese, as he was sent by John Connor to the past to help protect Sarah Connor. But the 1984 he arrived in was not the one he had expected it to be. Unknown to him, that past has already been alerted, with the Terminator already taken care of, and Sarah allied with an older version of the Terminator T-800 (Schwarzenegger). Now they must face John Connor himself, now a human-cyborg hybrid known as T-3000, who is determined to kill them at all cost.
In the most recent movie clip, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) is show driving with Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), explaining that the 1984 he was sent to “no longer exists”. Upon showing him that the terminator that Kyle is supposed to protect her from had already been taken care ofby none other than the (older) Terminator himself, he attacks him in an attempt to save Sarah.
The clip, though short gave a decent explanation to the question of how Terminator: Genisys would fit in to continuity with all the other previous Terminator films. This is one of the major changes Genisys is set to bring in to the entire franchise, with the other being John Connor previously being a resistance leader to a human-cyborg and is now the main villain, set to kill Sarah, Kyle, and the now ally Terminator.
Terminator: Genisys opens in theatres July 1, 2015.