Expanded Universes

I need to get this off my chance. I’ve been confronted by people who chew me out about things regarding expanded universes in franchises like Aliens and Terminator and Star Wars. People giving me crap about how what’s canon and what’s not, like how Disney threw out the original expanded universe or your theory is wrong because the novelization says this. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that expanded universes are never canon. The next movie will always retcon it. Studios don’t research every piece of medium of their franchise and say “we can’t do this totally awesome thing, because it contradicts this book that very little people have read” it doesn’t work that way.

I mean case and point, the Aliens comic books that were released after Aliens showed the further adventures of Newt, Hicks, and Ripley, which inspired my stories. But Alien3 came out said that Newt and Hicks died, and they reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie and Hicks became Wilks. Cheap. See, they didn’t research those comics and say “we can’t kill off Ripley, Newt, and Hicks because it contradicts these comic books.” See, they have never cared and never will, which is why expanded universes have never mattered and never will.

Not to say they’re bad stories, they’re all great stories, but you shouldn’t write them as canon, because once the next movie comes out, they’re gonna pretend they never happened.

One guy I knew threw a shit fit because Robert Rodriguez said he drew no inspiration from the Predator comic books when he produced Predators. Excuse him for only wanting to go by the movie, the only thing he felt anyone should draw inspiration from.

Continuity is subjective these days. Some people don’t like the new canon that Disney has established when they bought Star Wars. But guess what, I don’t care. I never read those books, I only go by the movies. I have a system, I only go by Good and Official. Expanded Universes can be Good, but they’re not movies, so they’re not Official. Only the movies are Official, but if they’re not Good, then I don’t consider them canon. Like Alien and Aliens, they’re Good and Official, Alien3 is a movie so it’s Official, but it sucks, so it’s not canon in my opinion.

And novelizations aren’t canon, they’re the reverse of movies based on books. They don’t sync with each other, if they’re not in sync, then how do you consider them in the same continuity. This just so irritates me about people bitch at me about things regarding continuity. I only go by the good movies, nothing else.

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Terminator Ideas

Lately I’ve been contemplating on how Terminator Salvation could’ve been improved. I mean, the story was conceived on the idea of protecting Kyle Reese in the future instead of protecting Sarah or John Connor in the past. But then it tried to be like Total Recall, about a spy who didn’t know he was a spy to bring down the Resistance.

One idea I had thought of was that, maybe Marcus could’ve have been advanced Terminator sent by John to find Kyle Reese, because Reese wouldn’t trust a Terminator, and Connor made him more humans to help find Kyle Reese. I said that before. But I was kinda wondering about another idea.

I had thought of this idea from a Batman cartoon and a Justice League (animated series) comic book, where an infiltrator: one a robot one a shapeshifting alien had been programmed so well at impersonating this person that they bought their own cover. In the Batman cartoon, it was a robot who was built to bring the end of the human race, like Skynet, but he was built so much like Batman that he thought he was Batman. And in the Justice League comic book, a shapeshifting alien had impersonated Martian Manhunter that he thought he was the Martian.

So I had thought of this idea for a Terminator, who was programmed to infiltrate the Resistance, but he did so well, that he thought he was human and just can’t grasp the concept that he’s not human. Like he’s under the impression that his mind was put in a robot’s body, even though there are inconsistencies in his memory, like his first kiss, his favorite song, or his last good meal. I mean, that must be really messed up. It’s like a Total Recall meets Blade Runner. It’s just a great concept. When he realizes why he was created, he has a chance to pull the trigger, but doesn’t because again, he’s been built so well to pass for a good man, he became one.

I mean, again, I like the concept that Salvation was conceived around the idea of protecting Kyle Reese. But I also like the idea that Marcus was a spy who didn’t know he was a spy in order to kill John Connor. But I don’t think you can do both, also how do you do it without it sounding convoluted. That’s what happened with Salvation. Again, how could Salvation could’ve been fixed? Again, how could it be made more like Total Recall, because Total Recall’s plan of a spy who didn’t know he was a spy was thought out. At least from my point of view. I mean, better thought out than Salvation, again, why Skynet didn’t just kill Kyle Reese just doesn’t work.

T-1000 Terminator Time Travel Theory

Here’s an interesting thing I started thinking about. See, us Terminator fans know that, the time displacement machine in the movies can only send back organic material, which is why humans and Terminators have to go back in time naked or can’t bring weapons. And the reason why Terminators can go back in time, is because their living tissue is real human flesh that it shields his metal endoskeleton. So theoretically, a Terminator could smuggle a gun under his skin.

But here’s the debate. See, people wonder how Terminators like T-1000 or a T-X, which are either made of mimetic polly alloy (liquid metal) or have mimetic polly alloy sheathing can travel back in time if they’re not living human tissue. Same with the T-3000 in Genisys, which is made of machine phased matter.

There are two theories on how this is possible:

Theory 1: Some people think that the mimetic polly alloy or machine phased matter is so good at imitating human tissue that the time displacement machine can’t tell the difference. Though in Genisys, the reason the T-3000 got ripped apart in the time displacement machine was because the Terminator burned off most of his machine phased matter that he couldn’t create his living tissue sheathing.

Theory 2: Some people, including myself, believe that these type of Terminators actually coat themselves in living human tissue before traveling back in time and that when they arrive, they shed their skin and imitate human clothes. Which is feasible, considering that in T2, we don’t see the T-1000 arrive, we just saw the aftermath to which he kills the cop, leans down, and in the next shot he’s dressed in the cop clothes, as not to reveal he’s a different Terminator from the first. It’s very possible that the T-1000 could’ve shed his skin between those shots. Same with T3, where the T-X arrives, kills the rich woman, and in the next shot she’s driving down the road dressed in her clothes after imitating them. Again, not to reveal what kind of Terminator she is. Between killing the rich woman and driving the car, she could’ve shed her skin. As for the T-3000, we never saw him time travel, he could’ve had human sheathing, probably the reason he got ripped apart in the time displacement machine at the end was because he didn’t have a coating of human skin to protect him which blew him up.

Which do you prefer? Which do you think is more feasible?

Terminator Salvation Kyle Reese Theory

I loved Terminator Salvation, but I even I admit it had a lot of flaws, mostly because of constant rewrites and stuff. But the only thing that really bothered me was that Skynet seemed to know that Kyle Reese was John Connor’s father and was hunting him, yet when he captured him, he didn’t kill him. I mean, Connor said it himself “Kill Kyle Reese, reset the future. No John Connor.” Instead he used Kyle as bait. Skynet is a super advanced tactical computer, yet had such a convoluted plan. But I think I’ve come up with a theory as to why he didn’t kill Kyle Reese and his plan would make sense.

We all know Kyle Reese would go back in time, fall in love with Sarah Connor and father John. But, we also know that the Terminator in the original, figuratively speaking, fathered Skynet, because its remains were used to jumpstart the creation of Skynet. Killing Kyle Reese and preventing him from going back in time probably would’ve caused a paradox which would not only erase Connor’s existence, but Skynet’s as well. A risk that Skynet probably didn’t want to take. It would’ve been easier to kill Connor in the present than killing his future father and risk a paradox.

This might be a stretch, but it’s also possible that Skynet could’ve also planned to turn Kyle into a hybrid Terminator, send him back to 1984 to father John and leave Sarah to believe that her unborn son would lead the human race to victory, but only to ensure both Connor and Skynet’s existence and for Skynet to win the war.

That’s how I think it makes sense and less convoluted.

Terminator Salvation Original Potential

I had read somewhere that the original concept for the story of Terminator Salvation was conceived to follow the pattern of the original Terminator movies, which was to protect someone important, in the 1st it was Sarah Connor, in the 2nd it was John Connor, and the 3rd John Connor and his future wife Kate Brewster. In this case, Kyle Reese and not involving time travel instead protecting him now post-Judgment Day. Now, I can’t find where I read that but I could see the potential in that story.

For staters, Skynet knows shit about Kyle Reese. See, Connor is still not the leader of the Resistance and maybe we keep the signal idea. But Connor wants to find Kyle Reese, but he doesn’t know how to find him. Kate says, “are you sure you wanna do this?” and John says, “we need to find him. He must survive or I will never exist.”

Then we cut to Marcus waking up with no idea where he is or what’s going on. He walks through the post-apocalyptic world and finds Kyle Reese and they team up to try and find the Resistance. They fight off Terminators and HKs until Kyle is captured by the Terminators. Marcus teams up with Blair to find John Connor and rescue Kyle. Marcus saves Blair from the scavengers. They make it to Connor’s base, but Marcus steps on a landmine. Suddenly, Marcus is knocked unconscious. Marcus wakes up with Connor asking him all these questions like, “What are you doing here? Did you locate your objective?” Marcus doesn’t know what’s going on. Marcus realizes that he’s a machine, but still thinks he’s human. Connor says that he programmed Marcus to find Kyle Reese for him, but as a surprise to both Connor and Marcus, neither realized that Marcus didn’t know he wasn’t human. Marcus tell him that Kyle Reese is heading for Skynet.

Connor decides to disassemble him and figure out how to get inside Skynet and rescue Kyle Reese, again, Connor can’t convince Command not to bomb Skynet. Blair breaks Marcus out and Connor goes to stop him. Marcus rescues Connor from the Hydrobot and Connor isn’t sure if he can be trusted since he doesn’t understand Marcus’ program. Marcus says he can get Connor inside Skynet and they team up to rescue him.

Connor is relieved of duty, Connor convinces the the Resistance to stand down, and heads for Skynet. Marcus walks through Skynet. Marcus helps Connor get inside Skynet, when Marcus passes out. Skynet awakens him. Marcus asks who he is, Skynet explains that he’s a prototype infiltrator, built with human memories to make him a better infiltrator and that Connor reprogrammed him. Skynet explains that the signal was a trap and kills Resistance Command. Skynet says that he was perfect to the termination of John Connor. John discovers a T-800 waiting for him. Marcus goes to save Connor and Kyle Reese, and he does.

Now, whether he should be a Terminator Hybrid, I mean, that can work, or Marcus could be a normal Terminator. I could go either way. With the hybrid idea, he has his human memories and he can still gives his heart to save Connor. But the main point is, Skynet is mostly focusing on his signal plan. Skynet realizes his infiltration prototype, reprogrammed by Connor helped him terminate Connor, but it came back to bite him. That’s one idea of how to do it.

 

Terminator Timeline Part 2

SPOILERS AHEAD

This is another theory as to the theory of the timeline of Terminator Genisys. Cause many people doubt the statement by the writers since their explanation is illogical and out of the range of the Terminator series. Some sources even say the movie is actually a reboot, which would offend me. Again, my initial problem with the movie is the fact that Skynet assimilates Connor before he had a chance to send back Uncle Bob, the Terminator in T2, which seems to retcon T2. I have come up with a theory as to how this movie connects with the previous ones. Now it’s safe to assume that this movie retcons Rise of the Machines and Salvation, but how does T2 play into this series? This is my theory, that the future war we see in Genisys is not in fact the war we have seen in the flashbacks of T1 and T2, but a different future established after the Terminator and the Connors destroyed Cyberdyne in T2. It’s a similar future, but not the same. Possible evidence to this theory is that Kyle still had the snapshot of Sarah right before going back in time, when we saw that picture burn in a flashback in T1 way before he traveled back in time. Though this could’ve been a continuity error or if the sources are right about it being a reboot then it doesn’t matter if the picture was still intact. I’m using this element as the evidence that connects the first two movies, cause you’d have to be insane to retcon T2.

 Terminator Genisys Timeline

This is the timeline I have drawn up that connects The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Terminator Genisys. This is the theory I’m sticking to, until the writers confirm this theory or if a sequel to Genisys is made and elaborates it more clearly. Again, maybe it’s just a reboot.

My Theories On Time Travel In Movies

Lately I had been thinking about time travel in movies lately since I saw Terminator Genisys. I wanna take this moment to talk about time travel in movies, which ones I think got it right and ones that I feel are wrong and why they are.

Let’s start with Back to the Future. Great movies, but I feel they got most of it wrong. I buy that someone would fade away like they never exist, but I doubt that Marty would stop fading away because he got his parents together. Because, Marty came from a future where his father was a loser, not an acclaimed writer and wouldn’t there be another Marty in that 1985 living the good life. Also the end when Marty returns to the future he saw himself go back in time, he already caused the change, wouldn’t this new Marty going back in time cause some kind of other change?

Now we have The Time Machine and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Both movies claim that time has a way of “balancing itself out” like if you cause a change, it will happen a different way. Like in Terminator 3, they didn’t stop Judgment Day in T2, but merely postponed it from 1997 to 2003. People argue that that makes sense because if the war doesn’t happen, then Kyle Reese wouldn’t have gone back in time, and John Connor wouldn’t be born. I argue that’s bull, because Kyle Reese came from a future where Judgment Day happened in 1997, not 2003, if he wen’t back in time then he would cause a new timeline. Same with The Time Machine, Guy Pearce went back in time to save his girlfriend from being killed by a mugger, he does, then she gets run over by horses. Because she has to die or he wouldn’t have built the time machine. Again, he built the time machine because she was killed by a mugger, not because she was run over by horses. Which brings up the other problem with the Time Machine, if he went back in time, wouldn’t there be another version of himself, because there wasn’t. Are they saying that his past self at the time he traveled back to teleported into the time machine?

Looper got some things right, but the problem with that is, Bruce Willis went back in time to save his wife from being killed by the Rainmaker, but he ends up creating Rainmaker. That doesn’t work because in the original timeline his future self was killed by his past self. I buy the rest.

I feel Terminator got it right. Terminator established the Predestination Paradox or the Loop Theory. I think of it like a schedule, everything on the schedule will happen, even the time traveler’s presence will be part of the schedule. Kyle Reese and the Terminator traveling back in time were part of the schedule and give birth to John Connor and Skynet. Like, if I went back in time to save Kennedy, something would stop me, like I’d probably get hit by a car because that was part of the schedule.

Terminator 2 also. I believe they can change the future and it wouldn’t effect your existence, like preventing Judgment Day without John Connor erasing like Back to the Future. Here’s a good example from the Terminator TV series. In Sarah Connor Chronicles, Kyle Reese’s brother Derek and his friend Billy Wisher were put in a Skynet war camp where Wisher revealed that his real name is Andy Goode and confessed that he was the creator of Skynet. After escaping the war camp, Connor sent Derek and other Resistance fighters back in time to aid his past self, Sarah, and their Terminator guardian Cameron. While in the past, Derek tracked down Andy Goode and killed him. If he killed him, he couldn’t meet him in the future, and wouldn’t he no longer exist? Also in the series, Derek’s girlfriend Jesse from the future finds a Gray, a human helping Skynet, she claims that he experimented on Derek in the future, but Derek has no memory of this. Derek concluded that he and Jesse were from different timelines due to the changes they keep causing in the present. In conclusion, changing the future causes diverting timelines and it doesn’t change your existence, like you could go back in time and kill your grandfather and you wouldn’t fade away. It just makes sense to me, I just don’t like T3.

Those are my theories of time travel in movies.