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Terminator: Genesys Terminator
Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier
Directed by Alan Taylor
Released July 2015


After the Resistance defeats Skynet in 2029, John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Connor...but Kyle finds the situation in 1984 to be very different than expected.


Read the complete movie summary at the Terminator Wiki


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story begins in 2029, in a timeline that includes the events of The Terminator and Judgment Day, but no other currently produced stories (including the third and fourth films of the Terminator franchise, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation). Due to an unrevealed source of knowledge available to Skynet and possibly others, the machine intelligence behaves in a different manner in 2029 than it had in the original Judgment Day timeline, sending a (the?) T-1000 Terminator to 1973 to kill Sarah Connor as a young girl, but she is protected by a T-800 also sent back by an unknown benefactor. This alters the timeline from 1973 onward, resulting in drastically different events in the 1984 of The Terminator and completely eliminating the events of Judgment Day in the timeline.


Didja Know?


Genisys is the fifth movie in the Terminator franchise. It sought to reboot the series and set it up for a new trilogy by sending human and Terminator characters back in time to alter Sarah Connor's life prior to the events depicted in the original film, The Terminator, essentially rebooting the timeline without ignoring the other films in the series. However, this film seems to ignore Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation from the start, with the human Resistance fighters stating that Judgment Day occurred in 1997 (as stated in Terminator 2: Judgment Day) rather than in 2004 as the Connors' actions in Judgment Day delayed Skynet's birth until then (as seen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).


The character of Sarah Connor, previously played by Linda Hamilton in the film series and by Lena Headey in The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, is here played by Emilia Clarke, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the TV series Game of Thrones. She does a good job as a young Hamilton-esque Sarah.


The character of Kyle Reese, previously played by Michael Biehn in The Terminator and Judgment Day, by Anton Yelchin in Salvation, and by Jonathan Jackson in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is here played by Jai Courtney. The child version of Kyle is played by Bryant Prince.


The character of John Connor, who has been played by a different actor in each film and the TV series, is here played by Jason Clarke.


The physical and hologram manifestation of Skynet is played by Matt Smith, best known as the 11th Doctor on the TV series Dr. Who. In Salvation, Skynet's visual representation was played by Helena Bonham Carter.


The "young" Model 101 Terminator (young Arnold Schwarzenegger) was played by bodybuilder Brett Azar, who has a similar build to that of Schwarzenegger at the time The Terminator was filmed (1984).


This film was not as successful at the box office as hoped for by the studio, and fans generally did not respond well to the new timeline established here. Production on any sequels to the film have been in limbo since and it remains unclear if any will be produced.



Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Kyle Reese

Skynet (aka Alex, T-5000)

John Connor

Sarah Connor

Kyle's father (unnamed)

Kyle's mother (unnamed)

Del Ray (garbage truck driver)

Rick, Johnny, and Mark (punks)



Officer/Detective O'Brien

Lt. Matias

Detective Cheung


Danny Dyson 


Didja Notice?


The military Humvee seen at 1:32 on the Blu-ray is an AM General M998 CargoTroop Carrier.


At 1:42 on the Blu-ray, the boy on the airplane appears to be playing a Nintendo Gameboy just before the missiles fly by outside his window.


As the flashback of Skynet's missile launches is showing at 1:53 on the Blu-ray, a bottle of Bud Light is seen on the picnic table.


The building that is demolished in the nuclear explosion at 2:08 on the Blu-ray is the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. The shot was filmed on Columbus Ave. The Viva Pizza restaurant can be seen on the left. Many of the cars in this scene should not be present because they are post-2000 models while the scene is supposed to occur in 1997.


At 2:19 on the Blu-ray, the Golden Gate Bridge is destroyed in the San Francisco detonation. In Salvation, the bridge was still intact.


The ruins seen at 3:28 on the Blu-ray is the Port of San Francisco. It seems that Kyle was born near here.


This film has John Connor meeting Kyle Reese when Kyle was just a young boy. Other timelines have John meeting him when Kyle was at various different ages from child to adult. Here, John refers to Kyle as his right hand, but in the original timeline, Kyle was basically just another soldier, though one John took an interest in (since Kyle would eventually become his father after travelling back to 1984).


The future war scenes introduce a new type of HK, the Spider Tank, similar to HK-Centurions.


Many of the Resistance fighters in the future are seen to be armed with M16 rifles.


John's facial scars are much deeper and more noticeable here than in previous appearances of the character. 


The photo of Sarah Connor that Kyle looks at at 7:26 on the Blu-ray is a reasonable facsimile of the original photo of Linda Hamilton seen in The Terminator. In the earlier film, it was established that Kyle lost the photo when it was accidentally dropped and burned during a battle in the future; in the current film, Kyle still has it just before volunteering for the time mission. Notice that the photo here is slightly scorched on the edges and corners, suggesting that it almost burned but he was able to save it. This further suggests that we are already seeing an alternate timeline from that of the future the Kyle Reese of The Terminator came from.
Sarah photo in Genisys Sarah photo in The Terminator
Sarah photo in Genisys Sarah photo in The Terminator


At 8:09 on the Blu-ray, notice that the POV shot of the Terminator scan vision shows that the remote controlled T-800 driving the truck has a non-functional CPU, which is what tells the Terminator to fire on the driver.



The establishing shot at 11:10 on the Blu-ray is of the Griffith Observatory, the site of the Terminator's arrival in 1984 from 2029 in The Terminator; the Terminator's arrival is restaged here.


The re-creation of the garbage truck scene at Griffith Observatory is pretty comparable to the original scene from The Terminator. The same garbage truck model is used (an International Harvester Cargostar), though some differences can be seen in the hydraulic arm, the rear axle, and the collection bin.


The garbage truck headlight at 11:35 on the Blu-ray is seen to be a Sylvania.


The novelization of The Terminator reveals that the garbage truck driver is named Del Ray.


When the Terminator arrives, the time displacement sphere carves a parabolic pothole in the asphalt, just as seen in Judgment Day; but in The Terminator, no such pothole is made.


The laptop used by the Resistance at 12:51 on the Blu-ray is a VT Miltope brand. VT Miltope makes computers and other electronics for use in rugged circumstances such as military and industrial environments. The laptop is displaying the coordinates of Latitude 34.119322 and Longitude -118.30649, Los Angeles, May 12, 1984; these are approximately the coordinates of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, indicating the screen is showing the last destination programmed into the time displacement equipment. The date of May 12, 1984 is the one stated for the arrival of the Terminator and Kyle Reese in The Terminator.


At 13:55 on the Blu-ray, notice that John has the initials JC on the upper arm of his fatigues.


    Notice that the Skynet-inhabited Terminator (played by Matt Smith) is seen briefly in the crowd of Resistance members as Kyle is walking towards the time displacement platform at 16:19 on the Blu-ray. At 16:45, notice that he is standing behind John in the background, ready to make his move to infect him as soon as Kyle makes the time jump. Though the name is not heard in the movie itself, the character is referred to as Alex in the end credits, presumably that being the human name adopted by Skynet for infiltrating the Resistance. This Skynet body is also referred to as a T-5000 in production materials.

   It would seem that this body must be capable of fooling even dogs into thinking it is human. 


The scars seen on Kyle's body are similar to those seen on him in The Terminator.


Production materials refer to the infected John Connor as a T-3000. Presumably, any human the T-5000 infected would become a T-3000 as well.


The flashback shot at 18:09 on the Blu-ray as Kyle is teleporting back in time must be of him as a boy having just buried the remains of his parents after Judgment Day.

Reese burial


The vehicle seen parked outside the Reese home (pre-destruction) at 18:19 on the Blu-ray appears to be a Jeep Cherokee. It does not appear to be the same burned-out vehicle seen in the background of the burial image above.


In the revamped timeline created by the time travel in this film, Skynet is born from the activation of a public operating system developed by Cyberdyne called Genisys in October 2017 under its lead developer Danny Dyson. Genisys links public, private, corporate, industrial, military, etc. networks and evolves itself into Skynet. This is quite different from the military operating system called Skynet seen in most other stories in the Terminator universe, though it does have some similarities to Skynet's formation in Rise of the Machines. In the original timeline, Skynet's chief developer was Danny's father, Miles Dyson; young Danny was seen briefly in Judgment Day and he has appeared in a few other stories in various Terminator timelines as well.


At 19:02 on the Blu-ray, young Kyle appears to have a Levi's poster hanging in his room.


The three punks that the Terminator tries to get clothing from are named (according to the novelization of The Terminator) Rick (the one using the telescope), the one with the spiked hair is Johnny (nicknamed Kotex), and the third is Mark.


The hairstyles on the three punks confronted by the Terminator at Griffith Observatory are quite a bit different than the styles seen in the original scene in The Terminator.


A side-by-side comparison of the Terminator and Kyle Reese arrival scenes in 1984 can be watched on YouTube.


On the Terminator's POV shot at 21:04 on the Blu-ray, the scan screen indicates that Pop's gun is a Remington 12-guage shotgun (a Remington 1100).


When Pops shoots the Terminator with his shotgun at Griffith Observatory, sparks keep flying off as the shots hit. Since the cyborg is covered with flesh, it seems unlikely that sparks would be produced on impact.


At 21:20 on the Blu-ray, notice that Pops jams the breadth of the shotgun into the Terminator's head, breaking the gun in two in the process, leaving him with half the gun in each hand. He lowers his hands to drop the pieces and raises them again empty to start hitting the Terminator. But we never hear the sound of the two shotgun halves hitting the pavement!


At 21:38 on the Blu-ray, notice that the Hollywood Sign is seen in the background during the Terminator fight. The sign is actually visible from the outside deck of the observatory grounds, but it seems a bit too close in this shot.


The sniper rifle Sarah uses to take down the Terminator at the observatory is a Barrett M82. Notice that it is also propped against the passenger seat of the armored car when Sarah smashes into the discount store at 26:57 on the Blu-ray; Reese grabs and tries to kill Pops with it before he knows Pops is a "friendly" Terminator.


    The shot of the alley at 22:54 on the Blu-ray as the police car pulls up is supposed to be in L.A., but was shot on location in New Orleans, where much of the movie was filmed. A sign for The Green Door, an actual massage parlor on Baronne Street in New Orleans is seen in the background. Another sign for Figueroa Lounge is seen below it, but this was probably placed by the production crew, covering over the actual business name, Cajun Mike's Pub and Grub (I suppose "Cajun" sounded too Orleansy and "Figueroa" was probably meant to suggest Figueroa Blvd. in L.A.).

   The police car seen here has the correct LAPD slogan on it, "To protect and to serve".


A Dumpster at 23:16 on the Blu-ray has "Los Angeles Disposal Services" stenciled on the side. This appears to be a fictitious company.


The pistol Kyle takes from the T-1000 is a Smith & Wesson Model 15.


The T-1000 slashes Kyle across the chest with a knife-arm, drawing a thin bloody scar. But when Kyle removes his shirt later in the movie to make the time jump to 2017, no scar is seen.


The silvery mannequins in the discount store at 25:34 on the Blu-ray are a nod to a similar mannequin seen by the T-1000 in Judgment Day.


As the two police officers are escorting the handcuffed Kyle out of the store, one of them refers to the other as T.J. Hooker. T.J. Hooker was an American cop show starring William Shatner from 1982-1986.


The young, blond cop who faces the T-1000 with Kyle in the discount store is the detective (O'Brien) who later helps him and Sarah in 2017.


The armored vehicle Sarah drives in this film has "Lion" as a company name on the front and sides. As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious armored car company. The armored car itself appears to be an International Harvester S-Series.


When Sarah smashes into the discount store in the armored car, she shouts to Kyle, "Come with me if you wanna live." Kyle originally said that to her in The Terminator. The line has also been repeated by various other characters throughout the stories of the Terminator universe.


The pistol Sarah pulls after crashing into the discount store is a Desert Eagle MK I.


Various signs in the discount store suggest that the store's name is Big Deal, although the outside marquee says Shop and Save. These appear to be a fictitious business name in L.A.


The two parked cars the armored car smashes into as it exits the discount store are a Chevrolet Camaro and a Mercedes-Benz 240.


At 28:16 on the Blu-ray, the defeated T-800 is missing its nose even though we did not see such damage done during the battle at Griffith Observatory. When the T-1000 brings the T-800 back to operation, the nose is suddenly in place again.


The song Sarah listens to on her boom box at 30:18 on the Blu-ray is "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones (1978); the song is heard again later in the film in Sarah and Pops' bunker. The boom box is a Sanyo M7900k.


    When Pops attempts to smile at Kyle at 30:53 on the Blu-ray, notice that a slight electronic whir is heard to emphasize to the audience that it is a fake smile. Realistically, there would be no electronic sound accompanying the movement of the cyborg's flesh. 

    Pops' attempt at a smile was likely inspired by a scene cut from Judgment Day in which young John tries to teach the protector T-800 to smile.


Sarah tells Kyle that Pops doesn't kill anyone, but he leaves a lot of leg wounds. This is a reference to the protector T-800 in Judgment Day, who began shooting security personnel at Pescadero State Mental Institution in the leg after he promises John he will not kill anybody.


Pops uses a Remington 1100 shotgun to shoot the piece of polymimetic metal off the back door of the armored car. Presumably it's not the same shotgun he used earlier against the T-800 since that gun broke in two.


The police car the T-1000 uses to chase the armored car is a 1977 Dodge Monaco. The license plate on the vehicle is E999001. This was the license plate of the police cruiser in seasons 1-3 of the 1968-1975 TV series Adam-12.


When the T-1000 arrives in the police cruiser and attacks the armored car, Kyle fights back with a Colt CAR-15 fitted with an M203A1 grenade launcher; he uses it again when the T-1000 catches up to them at the old power station. Sarah uses a Remington 870 Police Combat shotgun.


As the fallen T-800 re-initializes when the T-1000 reactivates it with a drop of its liquid metal, notice that the triangular Cyberdyne symbol appears on its POV screen. The screen also reads "Running Skysoft kernal", probably a reference to Skynet software.

Skysoft kernal initialization


Sarah wields a Heckler & Koch MP5K during the power station battle with the T-1000.


Sarah tells Kyle that the makeshift time displacement platform she and Pops have built will take down most of the L.A. power grid when they use it.


At 41:38 on the Blu-ray, an Apple Macintosh computer is seen in the background in Sarah's time displacement chamber.


Pops tells Sarah he will not be able to make the time jump with her and Kyle due to the loss of the flesh on his forearm in the acid bath, telling her it will take years for the flesh to grow back.


At 41:55 on the Blu-ray, notice that a schematic diagram of the time displacement platform is on the green screen terminal next to Sarah.


Pops explains that a nexus point is an event in time of such importance that it gives rise to a vastly different future. This is similar to the term "Nexus point" used in the The New John Connor Chronicles novels for some moments in the timeline, such as the year 2029, when Skynet began experimenting with time travel.


At 44:29 on the Blu-ray, Sarah pulls a Browning Hi-Power pistol on Kyle when he tries to stop her from using the time displacement chamber to travel to 1997 to stop Skynet.


During the locker room scene between Sarah and Kyle, Sarah has her hair down (previously in a ponytail) as they are preparing for their time trip and will not be able to wear any clothing, jewelry, etc. for the transport. But when they re-enter the time chamber, her hair is in a ponytail again and she has to remove the band holding it as she and Kyle step up onto the time platform.


At 51:04 on the Blu-ray, we see that Sarah and Kyle have chronoported onto the northbound 101 freeway at the Interstate 80 Bay Bridge Oakland exit. These are actual freeways and exit in San Francisco, though it doesn't quite match the location in Google Maps; the footage was actually shot on a freeway in New Orleans. The scene is very reminiscent of the chronoport into 2008 by Sarah, John, and Cameron in the Pilot episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


The SUV that gets its side sliced off by the chronosphere at 51:15 on the Blu-ray is a Chevrolet Tahoe.


At 51:59 on the Blu-ray, a McDonald's restaurant is seen in the background as Pops' van comes to a stop on the freeway. The van is a 1995 Ford Econoline with California license plate 6049901.


The car that pulls up behind Pops' truck at 52:09 on the Blu-ray is a 1998 Ford Ranger.


Kyle asks Sarah, "How does a 9-year old get her own Terminator?" How does he know she was 9 years old when she met Pops? She hasn't told him the story yet.


Kyle's question above is a callback to 10-year old John's own exclamation in Judgment Day after learning the protector Terminator is programmed to obey his commands, "Cool, my own Terminator!"


Sarah tells Kyle that she met Pops when he saved her from the T-1000 at her parents' cabin in Big Bear in 1973. If she is 9 when they met in 1973, this more-or-less jibes with her being 19 now, in May 1984 (as stated in the novelization of The Terminator). The Big Bear cabin is mentioned as being where Sarah's mom is at when she is killed by the Terminator as it attempts to track down Sarah.


In the flashback scene from Sarah's memories of Pops rescuing her as a child in 1973, he is wearing clothing and sunglasses very similar to what the killer Terminator wore in 1984 in The Terminator. But there's no real reason he should be wearing clothing so similar; it's just another homage to the original film, I guess.


The weapon carried by Pops in the flashback scene where he recues the young Sarah Connor is a Carl Gustav M2 Recoilless Rifle, an anti-tank weapon.


The scene at 55:26 on the Blu-ray shows the address 2020 Gravier. This is a campus of Louisiana State University in New Orleans. In the film, it is marked by signs as San Francisco Metro Hospital, a fictitious hospital.


When Detective O'Brien drives up in front of Lt. Matias and Detective Cheung, Matias sarcastically asks her, "Who called Optimus Prime?" Optimus Prime is a character in the Transformers franchise of toys, cartoons, movies, and comic books. Matias' remark is meant to show his disdain for O'Brien's story of the transforming killer robot (the T-1000) he encountered 30 years ago in 1984.


At 55:49 on the Blu-ray, the screenshot from the freeway camera shows a date of 8/28/2017, 11:40 pm. But earlier, when Kyle was talking Sarah into going to 2017 instead of 1997, his "alternate timeline" memories tell him Skynet went live in October 2017, not August.


The cell phone the young doctor is talking on while he begins to staple closed Sarah's laceration is a Nokia Lumia. Notice that the phone appears to say "Cynet" next to the signal strength indicator; Cyberdyne Networks? It's also very close to "Skynet".


Detective Cheung comments that Kyle Reese was born in 2004. This would make him about 25 years old now, having come from 2029.


At 1:00:11 on the Blu-ray, the hospital room door has a poster for National Hospital Week on it. National Hospital Week is an American yearly celebration of healthcare institutions and the people who work for them, established in 1921.


At 1:01:00 on the Blu-ray, Danny Dyson appears on a KRON-TV talk show to discuss his creation, Genisys. KRON is an actual television station in the San Francisco area.


During the Dyson interview, the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex and the U.S. Space Command Center is shown in stock footage. In most Terminator stories, Skynet's central processing unit is located at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The entity officially known as United States Space Command existed from 1985-2002. The one seen here may be intended as the United States Air Force Space Command, established in 2009.


The news scroll at the bottom of the TV screen during the Dyson interview has an item that states "Cyberdyne stock soars" and "101/80 freeway interchange closed due to accident". The second item refers to the auto accidents caused by Sarah and Kyle's arrival in 2017 a few minutes earlier in the film.


In the interview, Danny Dyson is referred to as the president of Cyberdyne Industries.


The taser pistols John takes from the two cops at 1:01:58 on the Blu-ray and uses against them are Taser X26s made by Taser International.


John mentions being at the Nacogdoches offensive with Kyle during the war against the machines. Nacogdoches is a city in Texas.


A car in the hospital parking structure at 1:05:09 on the Blu-ray has license plate 2BRI564; this same plate has been in other Hollywood productions on different cars, including during the van/helicopter chase in Judgment Day!


At 1:06:11 on the Blu-ray, a 2014 Hyundai Sonata in the parking garage has California license plate 2ABM543. This plate has appeared in numerous Hollywood productions, including the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Heroes.


When Pops shoots John, Sarah pulls a SIG-Sauer P226 pistol on him at 1:06:29 on the Blu-ray. Kyle also wields one in this scene. Detective Cheung also uses one during Pops' escape from the interrogation room later in the film.


As Pops and the T-3000 crash through the hospital waiting room wall at 1:10:01 on the Blu-ray, a man seated in the waiting room is reading a copy of Road & Track magazine. It appears to be the June 2014 issue.


A number of magazines are seen on a stand in the waiting room at 1:10:14 on the Blu-ray; they all appear to be real world magazines.


Pops shoves the T-3000 into a Pepsi vending machine seen in the waiting room at 1:10:22 on the Blu-ray.


The T-3000 is grabbed and pulled at by a magnetic resonance imager in the hospital. The model is a VISIUS Surgical Theatre, made by IMRIS Inc. (Innovative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems). 


The Cyberdyne headquarters is based on those of the Oracle Corporation, whose founder, Larry Ellison, is the father of the film's producers. David Ellison and Megan Ellison.
Cyberdyne headquarters Oracle headquarters
Cyberdyne headquarters Oracle headquarters


The man walking with Danny Dyson and John Connor at Cyberdyne is Miles Dyson, Danny's father, as briefly indicated when John calls him Miles in passing. Here, he is played by Courtney B. Vance, previously played by Joe Morton in Judgment Day.


At 1:17:57 on the Blu-ray, notice there are childhood drawings by Sarah of herself and Pops hanging in the abandoned power station from decades before.


When the T-3000 arrives at Sarah's bunker, she wields an FN Tactical Police Shotgun against it, while Kyle uses a Z-M LR 300ML. Sarah also fires a Milkor Mk 14 Mod 0 grenade launcher at it.


The T-3000 tells Kyle, "I can't be bargained with, can't be reasoned with..." These are lines originally spoken by Kyle in The Terminator, though there is no real reason that John/T-3000 should know them.


When Pops, Sarah, and Kyle board the empty school bus at 1:24:27 on the Blu-ray, Sarah jumps into the driver's seat and Pops says, "Sarah Connor, seat belt," amusingly still acting as her surrogate father.


The school bus our heroes steal is from the Tiburon School District. Tiburon is a town on San Francisco Bay.


Two Harley-Davidson motorcycles are seen at 1:24:35 on the Blu-ray.


The shot of the T-3000 emerging from the flames at 1:24:42 on the Blu-ray is an homage to a similar shot of the T-1000 in Judgment Day.


Pops fires a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun through the roof of the school bus at the T-3000 at 1:25:41 on the Blu-ray. Kyle uses a Glock 17 on the bus.


The eagle emblem seen on the shoulder patches of the San Francisco police officers is the actual emblem of the SFPD.


The police car commandeered by Pops is a 2011 Dodge Charger.


The California Highway Patrol cruisers seen in the bridge chase sequence are 2006 Chevrolet Impalas. A CHP Chevrolet Tahoe SUV is also seen.


At 1:27:08 on the Blu-ray, the gas pedal on the school bus is seen to have been manufactured by Williams Controls.


The SUV the school bus sideswipes at 1:27:17 on the Blu-ray is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.


The car that the bus smashes into headlong at 1:27:39 on the Blu-ray is a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country LXi.


At 1:28:30 on the Blu-ray, a Channel 4 news copter is seen over the Golden Gate Bridge chase. Channel 4 in San Francisco is KRON again.


The scene of the bus plummeting off the bridge as Sarah and Kyle are being held in place by Pops is reminiscent of the scene of the plummeting high-tech "motor home" on Isla Sorna in the Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World.


When Kyle, Sarah, and Pops are getting their mug shots taken at police headquarters, the song clip playing on the soundtrack is 1987's "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle, known in the U.S. as the theme song of the documentary/reality TV series Cops.


The police detective who interrogates Sarah remarks that she had enough weapons to invade the Sudan. Sudan is a country in northeast Africa plagued with decades of intermittent civil war and militia actions since its independence from British rule in 1956.


One of the police investigators refers to Pops as "Lurch". Lurch is the tall, shambling butler character in the Addams Family TV series and movies.


The electronic lock that O'Brien opens at 1:34:00 on the Blu-ray is a Schlage brand.


Pops finds a box of "liquified magnetic shotgun shells" in the police gun room and a "magnetic rifle entry munition" which he comments he read about on is the website of Guns & Ammo magazine. As far as I can tell, the magnetic rifle and shells are fictitious.


As Sarah and the others emerge onto the roof of the police building at 1:34:51 on the Blu-ray, she is carrying an AR-15 Sniper Rifle.


The Coast Guard helicopter commandeered by Kyle, Sarah, and Pops is an Agusta MH-68A Stingray.


The T-3000 fires at Pops and the Coast Guard helicopter with a M4A1 Carbine rifle.


The police helicopter that the T-3000 gives chase in is a Eurocopter AS350 Astar.


Pops fires at a J&G Oil Company Kenworth model tanker truck in order to cause an explosion in front of the T-3000's copter. J&G Oil appears to be a fictitious company.


As Sarah and Kyle enter the Cyberdyne building, Kyle is carrying a Kel-Tec KSG shotgun and Sarah an M4A1 Carbine.


At 1:41:48 on the Blu-ray, Pops smashes an electronic lock next to a door inside the Cyberdyne building, causing the door to open automatically. This is an old science-fiction and action movie trope, that simply smashing an electronic lock will cause the connected door to open.


The scooter young Kyle is working on at the end of the film is a Honda Express. Some kind of Jeep is visible in the garage behind him.


The truck Sarah, Kyle, and Pops use at the end of the film is a 1996 Ford F-350 Crew Cab XLT.


The bulldozer seen at the ruins of the Cyberdyne site during the mid-credits sequence is a Komatsu WA 380-7.


The song that plays over the closing credits is "Fighting Shadows" by Jan Zhang and Big Sean (2015).


Unanswered Questions


What is the source of Sarah and Pops' money? They seemingly own several properties equipped with military-like gun arsenals and an armored car.


Is the T-1000 in this film the same one that was in Judgment Day in the "original" timeline? Since the T-1000 was said to be a prototype in Judgment Day, it would seem likely that this is the same one.


Who sent the T-800 called Pops back to 1972 to protect Sarah Connor? Pops says those files were erased, so even he doesn't know.


What is the glowing sphere in the wreckage of Cyberdyne seen during the end credits sequence? 


Memorable Dialog


you gave us all a future.wav

Skynet has been destroyed.wav

who's the target?.wav

can you see the future?.wav

no more cheating.wav

she's a waitress.wav

there is no fate.wav

I've been waiting for you.wav

it's gotta be an alien.wav

come with me if you wanna live.wav

the 1984 John sent you to, it no longer exists.wav

bite me.wav

you should be able to mate with Kyle Reese in this timeline.wav

story of my life.wav

my files do not deal with love.wav

I wouldn't mind being consulted.wav

leaves a lot of leg wounds.wav

I think you hurt his feelings.wav

programmed by who?.wav

pretty sure.wav

Skynet is Genisys.wav

remembering two timelines.wav

can you stop him talking like that?.wav

a nexus point.wav

once it's uploaded from the servers, then it can't be stopped.wav

time travel makes my head hurt.wav

did you mate?.wav

you know you're not her dad, right?.wav

bite me 2.wav

how does a nine year old get her own Terminator?.wav

except he's not a person.wav

just because you two don't get along.wav

I think I'm doing just fine.wav

who called Optimus Prime?.wav

no fate.wav

it's irrelevant.wav

we will change the future together.wav

stuck in traffic.wav

can he make jokes?.wav

I absolutely will not stop.wav

God damn time-travelling robots.wav

for people who can't do that themselves.wav

I'll be back.wav

there aren't enough bullets in the world to kill me.wav

a relic from a deleted timeline.wav

protect my Sarah.wav


the future is not set.wav 


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