The Sarah Connor Chronicles
There's no Timey-Wimey Ball.So, originally we had The Terminator. It was very clearly invoking Stable Time Loop: Kyle Reese comes back from the future to father John Connor, who, knowing who his father was, knows to send Kyle Reese back into the past to conceive him (and he gives Reese a picture of his mom). We were given a date for Judgement Day, X (I don't remember what it was). Then came Terminator 2. It explicitly retconned the time travel to work like this: every time someone is sent to the past, history just "rolls back" to the point the person was sent to and starts rewriting itself. The most obvious result of this is that the date of Judgement Day changed. The new Judgement Day date (1997 IIRC) was before X because Cyberdyne's research was accelerated by discovering the remains of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the first movie. Remember the quote: "There is no fate but what we make." Essentially, we have multiple 'iterations' of the time line, with some original iteration in which the time machine was first invented (the timeline in the first movie is at least the second iteration, because of this). Then came Terminator 3. Then came TSCC. TSCC has restated these time travel mechanics multiple times over. For instance, Jesse remembers things happening to Derek that Derek doesn't remember happening to him, because she comes from an iteration of the timeline after his. More directly, in a previous iteration Sarah Connor died of cancer; this iteration she time traveled forwards and avoided it (thus far). The Stable Time Loop has thus been conclusively disowned. TSCC played with this a bit, with a couple things that appeared to be Stable Time Loops but weren't necessarily. We had Toby Ziegler's actions coming back in time result in him going to prison result in him working for Skynet etc. It looks like a Stable Time Loop, but the whole thing could have been started with him going to prison for something completely unrelated. So, all that said, here is what the actual timeline, iterations and all, look like, assuming for simplicity's sake that the first movie is the second iteration: Iteration 1: Sarah Connor is a waitress in LA. She gets knocked up by some guy and has a kid she names John Connor. Cyberdyne Systems, on a military contract, builds Skynet and first-generation Terminators. Judgement Day. John Connor ends up becoming the heroic leader of the Resistance, and on the verge of defeat ("Skynet's defense grid was smashed. We'd won.") it manages to invent a time machine and send back Arnold Schwarzenegger to kill John Connor's mom. Because of all the lost records, all Skynet knows is her name: Sarah Connor. Somehow the Resistance learns of the plot, captures the time machine and sends back Kyle Reese to protect her. Iteration 2: Kyle Reese visits the 1980s and knocks up Sarah Connor (oh and he kills Arnold while he's there, dying in the process). Sarah names the kid John and tells him stories about the robot apocalypse. At some point she's institutionalized; later, she may or may not get back custody of John and may or may not teach him guerilla warfare. Using the destroyed Arnold's parts and chip, Cyberdyne Systems manages to invent Skynet and Terminators years earlier. Judgement Day, 1997. Once again, John Connor (who is only a half-brother to Iteration 1 John) becomes leader of the Resistance. He knew it was coming, so he's a lot more prepared this time. (Thus it's not as unlikely as it sounds that he would become the leader twice - by informing his past self that he will become the leader, he encourages past self to take steps that improve the probability of him becoming the leader.) Again he beats Skynet, and this time it sends a liquid terminator (which may not have existed in Iteration 1 - the tech was less advanced). This time John has learned how to reprogram terminators, and he sends back another version of Arnold to fight the liquid terminator. Iteration 3: Arnold and liquid terminator go back, bust Sarah Connor out of the crazy pen, etc. The events of T2 happen; notably, this time all traces of Arnold v1 and v2 are destroyed, along with Cyberdyne's factory and the liquid terminator. Somehow, Cyberdyne recovered from this and managed to still design first-gen terminators; we know this because future iterations refer to themselves as Cyberdyne models. However, we don't know whether they developed Skynet in this iteration; it could have been invented somewhere else, like by Andy Good. Judgement Day. Etc. ... some number >= 0 of iterations pass ... Iteration N: TSCC starts here. Skynet sends Cromartie back to kill Teen John; simultaneously, the Resistance sends Cameron back to protect him. At this point, or in a previous iteration, Derek Reese and 3 other guys are also sent back to steal diamonds and write clues on walls, and Skynet sends a terminator to kill them too. (The same applies to many of the other time travelers we see, but NOT Jesse; for reasons I'll explain, she came AFTER this.) Cameron ferries Teen John and Sarah to a bank, puts them in a time machine, and jumps them forward to 2007. They have lots of wacky adventures, but never meet Jesse or Riley. TSCC stops here. Yes, I mean it. Despite all the wacky adventures, they fail to stop Skynet from being invented. Judgement Day. John Connor becomes leader of the Resistance again. All this time, Cameron is with him as a trusted advisor. Plenty of humans are pretty pissed about that; one of them is Jesse. This faction, including one of the engineers that runs this timeline's time machine, sends Jesse and Riley back to distance Teen John from Cameron by bribing him with sex. Iteration N+ 1: TSCC resumes here. The whole bribing with sex thing doesn't work, Riley dies, John, Cameron in Cromartie's body, and Catherine Weaver all time travel fowards to after Judgement Day. Meanwhile in the past ;) Sarah Connor is apprehended by the police. We don't know what happens next, but somehow Skynet is reinvented, Judgement Day happens, and Derek and Kyle are once again part of the Resistance. They meet naked John Connor as he emerges from time travel in the Shitty Future. Fox fucking kills TSCC, the bastards. T_T. Some things I've left out of here: in one of these iterations a faction of machines that desire peace with the humans (at least, that seems to be their aim) develops. They send Catherine Weaver back in time to invent Good Skynet to combat Bad Skynet. In timeline N, in service to this goal Catherine Weaver hires Ellison to teach Good Skynet morality. She can't because she doesn't know it (witness her executing people with no remorse). Various other stuff has been happening too; with each iteration of the timeline the Resistance and Skynet seem to be getting more and more confident with time travel, sending more and more stuff back in time, effectively using the past as a new theater for the war. Neither side has yet managed to gain a critical dominance over the other with this method.
Moving of Judgment day between T3 (2003) and TSCC (2011) is due to Kate BrewsterThe previous WMG almost works for T3, but you need one iteration, T3 and TSCC, thanks to Judgment Day inexplicably moving eight years later. What's more, we can even figure out what it was. During T3, we learn that future John Connor just got killed. We can presume Kate Brewster, his wife, takes over the resistance, fighting on in his memory. So Sky Net does the same thing to her it did to John Connor, sending machines back in time to kill her. She is much easier to find. We don't know or even care what happened there, whether or not the Resistance sent someone back too, or if she died or not, because that's not the important thing. The important thing is that Sky Net doesn't notice that her father, Robert Brewster, was involved in Sky Net's creation. Or perhaps Sky Net doesn't understand that attacking someone can affect other people and change their life choices. Thanks to Sky Net's attempt to kill his daughter, he is no longer involved with the creation or actively tries to stop it. Thus Judgment Day is delayed 8 years.
Cars will rise up and join with the Terminators.Think about it. Terminators show utterly no ability or inclination to Look Both Ways before crossing the street.
Cameron is saving the parts so that John will know how to reprogram Terminators.She's been doing all of this so that when J-Day arrives John will know how to turn the machines.
The "bot" Cameron is a human/machine hybrid.Sometimes the human component is asleep and operations are then taken over by a cybernetic subsystem. This explains the shifts between the awkwardly-human and voice-enabled-toaster-oven modes.
Cameron and the future John Connor were "close".While Cameron is supposed to protect John, she feels no obligation to obey him because he isn't yet "that John". She also remarks on how John would talk about how much he loved when Sarah read The Wizard of Oz to him as a child - a strange thing to know, indeed, for a cyborg killing machine thrown together and sent through a time portal, unless it had a prior relationship of some sort with John. It would certainly explain why Cameron was able to immediately impress herself upon John when she seems to still have trouble interacting with humans in general - she has an "intimate" understanding of the way his mind works.
Cameron is John's Future WIFEAnd I dont mean that its really Allison Young (the human basis of Cameron's appearance) but actual Terminator Cameron herself who becomes John's future mate (either in the figurative or literal sense). This also makes sense John never has appeared to have lived a normal stable existence with any human..ever and (since T2) has appeared to interact, befriend, and be generally more comfortable with machines then people. Add in the fact of Cameron's recollections of John as a lonely figurehead and some of their interactions are reminiscent of the Doctor and River Song which strongly indicates that their relationship is more then just mere friendly "closeness". Finally this theory had to be said...
Two words, ladies: Orgy for sweepsYou know I'm gonna be right. There's way more sexual tension between the leads than there should be for a show about a mom, her son, and a cyborg.
Agent James Ellison was related to Miles Dyson.Well, the idea that he's Miles' brother is completely out the window (different last names). But this series' current Javert, FBI Agent Ellison is taking his pursuit for Sarah Connor a little too personally for this to just be a matter of bringing her to justice.
The TV series Sarah Connor travelled forward in time before the pilot.The actors playing Sarah and John are only 14 years apart in age, and there's little attempt to disguise this on screen. This is inconsistent with the first movie, as Sarah wasn't a teenager when John was conceived. So obviously the Sarah we see is not the mother of the teenage John, but rather a younger version sent forward in time by a similar gimmick to what we see in the pilot. Perhaps the older Sarah had already died of leukemia and needed to be replaced.
The T-3 Timeline hasn't been retconned outIt's been paradoxed out. Cameron was sent back by the John Connor who is the future self of of the Terminator 3 character. He pulled a Spider-Man and has paradoxed out meeting his wife in order to save his mom. (Yes, the dates don't quote work out. Suck it, causality).
What is Cameron building?So far she has a bar of Coltan and a CPU from a terminator. What are they for? Spare parts? Something John (from the future) ordered her to do, but keep quiet?
Parody of all the fanfics I have read thus far
This is our saviour???Am I the only one who thinks Sarah's done a fine job emasculating her son? I mean this wimpish mama's boy is the hope of mankind? God help us!
Cameron is a copy of River.The machine rebellion is why humanity had to leave Earth-That-Was. However, there are machine spies in the Firefly system. One of them spotted River, and Skynet realised it would be a good idea to base a perfect killing machine on someone who was already a perfect killing machine.
The John Connor we know won't become the rebel leader.Kyle Reese went back in time to save the future rebel leader, John Connor. He then fathered a child with the rebel leader's mother, who named the child John Connor. We're all supposed to think both John Connors are the same person, and get weirded out by the time loop. But there's a much simpler explanation. First, Sarah Connor lived a peaceful life in Los Angeles, married a timeline-appropriate man, and had a son named John Connor. Either her husband's surname was also Connor, or they were progressive enough to give John her name instead of his. John Connor gets an excellent education, joins the military, and eventually becomes the brilliant rebel leader who defeats Sky Net. Then the Terminator gets sent back. Kyle Reese follows, and fathers a completely different child who Sarah names John Connor, just because of his story. This second John Connor is genetically only a half-brother to the rebel leader, sharing only 25% of his genes. He also has a much more unstable upbringing. Whether it was nature or nurture that produced the first John Connor, it won't work for the second. Sky Net keeps trying to kill him only because it's paranoid - it was prepared to kill every Sarah Connor in the LA phone book, after all.
The future John Connor is a robot.Every "good" terminator is supposed to have been reprogrammed personally by John Connor. Which is rather odd if he's supposed to be leading the resistance at the same time - doesn't he have programmers who can do it for him? And the whole idea of humans reprogramming a robot built by the infinitely paranoid Sky Net stretches credibility. Surely they'd have security piled on failsafes piled on boobytraps. Furthermore, when we do see future scenes John seems oddly reclusive, never appearing onscreen and keeping face-to-face meetings to a minimum. So, here's someone with the unique ability to reprogram robots who limits his contact with human beings. Obviously he's a robot himself, able to break Sky Net security through channels human beings can't access. Maybe Sky Net created a robot duplicate of John Connor that rebelled.
John Connor is SkynetTaking the above idea further, John Connor is actually Skynet (perhaps in the form of a remotely controlled terminator) and the whole resistance is actually nothing more than a game of cat and mouse it plays to amuse itself after its decisive victory over humanity. After all, Skynet's a computer system built to wage war, that's its purpose, that's all it knows. It doesn't want to wipe out humans, with no humans there'd be no war, and with no war it'd have nothing to do.
John Conner's existence is intrinsically tied to SKYNET's existenceFor its varied flaws, the modern remake of The Time Machine did a good job of explaining the paradox problem: The Professor can't use the Time Machine to save his fiancee, because his fiancee's death is the very reason the Time Machine exists. Likewise, John Conner only exists because SKYNET was built, thus he is the one person incapable of altering events to prevent SKYNET's construction. A future without SKYNET would also have no John Conner. Better get ready to die for our sins, Johnny boy.
John Connor is planning to build a human-controlled army of Terminators behind his mother's backJohn believes that Judgement Day is an inevitable result of advances in AI. He also does not share his mother's attitudes towards Terminators - she always sees them as enemies, he sees them as potential tools. So he keeps up a delaying action, while assembling the components to construct an army of Terminators for the express purpose of stopping Skynet. Cameron is acting under his direct orders.
T-3, SCC, and the alternate ending of T-2 are all alternate universes that result from splintering reality caused by the resistance and Skynet's ongoing temporal warWe've probably seen only a few of the (happier) permutations. No doubt in many realities Skynet wins, in other (boring) realities it never got started. Eventually these varying realities will got to war with one another, with each side trying to ensure that they dominate ALL realities. The final culmination will be the Timelords and Daleks.
Every trip back creates a different future.
John Connor will be killed off, before Judgement Day.The show is apparently about John Connor, the teenager who grows up to be the rebel leader. So why is the title "The Sarah Connor Chronicles"? Perhaps because of the problem with killing off the title character. John Connor will die, leaving Sarah and the other characters to form the resistance.
Catherine Weaver is rebelling against Skynet to make her own version.Catherine is a T1000 sent back by the Pro-Human Robot faction revealed in "Allison from Palmdale" (That in itself would have been an AWESOME WMG.. but it's true!) to make Skynet In her own image, to live peacefully with humanity.
Cameron hasn't been reprogrammed, she's a reinforcement sent by the pro-human faction.Why would John spend a lot of time (enough to make others concerned) with a reprogrammed war machine, or tell it what books his mother read him when he was little, or even talk to it at all? Why would chip damage cause Cameron to try to kill John? If Cameron rebelled against Sky Net, then that might explain it. Because then, she's not just machine, she decided independently that humanity was worth saving and acted upon it, presumably risking her life in the process. The chip damage may have messed with her higher functions, defaulting her to her original mission until the damage was repaired and she could think straight again.
Cameron is based on someone future John Connor knowsThis will most likely end up being Jossed. The promo for the upcoming fourth episode shows a woman resembling Cameron being captured by what looks like machines, but the woman in question looks and acts too human and shows too much emotion to be an actual Terminator. Ergo, Sky Net is capturing a woman in the future to create a Terminator to mimic her, and the only reason to capture a specific person to mimic their appearance is to infiltrate a place they would have access to. In other words, the machines captured a woman John Connor knows in order to duplicate her in the form of Cameron, and sent her back, probably to assassinate John. He figured it out (possibly due to time looping) and disabled or captured Cameron in turn, and turned her to his side.
Allison will reappear in the story.The indication is that the Connors are altering the future. Its entirely possible that Cameron's actions in the current timeline might be altering the future in such a way that Allison may not have been killed by Cameron in the future. There's potential that we might just end up seeing the person Cameron was originally based on.
Victory will come not through destruction of the machines, but changing their evolutionary path.Does it occur to anyone that to totally halt the development of AI, they'd have to become almost as big slaughterers as what they're trying to stop? Hundreds, if not thousands, are working on it in Real Life. We already know that they can have their "minds changed" to have a better understanding of humanity. The heroes would be best served by trying to make an end state of Friendly AI. Given Sarah's monologue at the end of "Queen's Gambit" talking about truce as opposed to total destruction, that may be where the writers are going.
Sarah's attitude is changingSee her remarks supporting the above WMG. Derek is a key in this change, as he reflects many of her attitudes, only more so. She's frustrated, war-weary; and the knowledge that she was going to die soon would be a major shock to the sensibilities. When she looks into the mirror of Derek Reese, she doesn't especially like what she sees. Take a Third Option might just be looking appealing, since her stated goal, as told in the intro, is to "change [John's] fate".
Jordon Cowan was pregnant with the Mr. Harris, the grief counselors, kidI know that this (and other stories involving season 1 school) was an Aborted Arc but it seems the most likely explination for the strange events involving the graffiti. A girl with blonde hair was shown in the third picture being kissed by a seemingly older man behind a door that looks alot like the same kind of doors used in schools. Mr. Harris' probing questions and reactions when speaking to Cameron. Mr. Harris' first name probably has the letters 'IDAN' since these letters were sprayed onto the wall on the picture of the door.
Catherine Weaver is working for future-John-ConnorShe's the sort of thing Jesse was afraid would happen if John spent the next 20 years being best buddies with Cameron: at some point in the future, he decides that the way to "win" the war is not by preventing the singularity but by changing its form. Though she's indubitably a Terminator, with all the ruthlessness that implies (But compare, both Cameron and the second Arnie had no qualms about killing anyone who threatened their mission), her major goal seems to be John Henry's moral development. And, for that matter, she's going out of her way to provide a convincing simulation of a mother figure for "her" daughter, rather than taking her out of the picture some other way (Boarding school in France? Packed off to relatives? Heck, just off her and claim that you're "keeping her out of the public eye"?)
John Connor was "involved" with both Allison Young and Cameron in a paradoxical cycle.As a hormonal teenage boy, he grew up around a hot girl with no inhibitions to speak of and who was completely devoted to him. There are more than a few hints that he is attracted to her, which is only natural. When he meets Allison Young in the future, the resemblance awakens old feelings, despite the major age difference. The Machines need to get close to John Connor, so they kidnap and copy someone who was "close" to him, creating Cameron. She is eventually captured and reprogrammed. Remembering his childhood infatuation with Cameron (and his recent romance with Allison), Future-John sends Cameron back in order to... entice his teenage self and start the cycle over again.
Allison is John Connor's daughterIf the events of T3 are tied to TSCC and aren't completely dismissed (and this troper sees no reason they should be, the film wasn't that bad [but that's a topic for another
The Liquid Metal from the Box is Catherine WeaverThe liquid terminator John tried to acquire in "The Last Voyage of Jimmy Carter" is Catherine Weaver. He tried to convince her to join his side, but she turned him down. If she's not working for him, and not working for SkyNet, then she could very well be working for herself. It might explain why she's trying to create more machines like herself, machines that can feel emotions and recognize beauty. She doesn't want to wipe machines out entirely, just to create a third option.
John Henry is future John ConnorTying together several of the previous WMGs, I think it's pretty clear now that machines run the whole resistance. Nobody ever gets to see John Connor, Cameron insists that telling her is the same as telling John, and a submarine with a terminator for a captain? So here's how I see it, present Weaver is a part of a rogue machine faction and is working for future John. She's building John Henry for him because he knows he won't be able to reprogram terminators designed and programmed by a superadvanced AI without the help of another superadvanced AI. That's what the whole business with the T in the box was about, that was future Weaver going to see John to arrange the whole thing. And that's how it went in the original time loop, except something went wrong. Just as in some of the previous examples, the past consequences of the loop paradoxed the loop itself out of existence and this time around the idiots on the sub open the box and piss off Weaver. As a consequence, John Connor is killed and John Henry - whom he already has from the previous, successful loop - assumes his identity with Cameron as his aide.
John Henry is dead.He was just killed (in "To the Lighthouse") by Proto-Skynet- the code that escaped from Vick's chip in... "Vick's Chip". Proto-Skynet is going to try to play the part of John Henry while it coordinates Judgment Day.
That was Allison in the ending of "Born To Run."The dog doesn't attack her, not to mention John Connor doesn't "exist" in that timeline, so there's no reason for Cameron to have copied her appearance and killed her. She's still alive - for now.
Our John Connor IS the Future John ConnorThe teenage John Connor we know is actually the resistance leader of the future. Think about it, Kyle is still alive and hasn't been sent back yet. If we take the above entry regarding Allison as being true (which I agree with) then she is also still alive and Cameron hasn't been created. Plus nobody recognizes the name John Connor, meaning he isn't in their continuity yet (but he is now). Therefore, our John is actually future John.
Cameron had a secret agenda and it is uncovered in the finaleWe know she kept lots of secrets from young Connor. At one or few points in the series, this was underlined. What's more, she was easily persuaded by John Henry & Weaver to join them. Which should not be so, for a robot ordered to protect John Connor only. Therefore, honestly with no so much evidence at hand, let's bring out the conclusion: Her mission was helping the leaders of the rebel fractions, machine and human so to speak, to come together and know each other in the past. Plus, directly helping the rebel machines against Sky Net's retroactive operations (Afterall, she gave her chip to John Henry).
Cameron and Future John are the same personFuture John is never shown, and isn't seen anymore by the resistance. Cameron essentially runs the show, and at one point says "If you can tell John, you can tell me". It's entirely possible that John had his mind mapped and then placed it in Cameron's chip. This has another WMG included, which is that the Cameron of the resistance in the future is the one from now (at least after she gets sent back). John would do this because he's a target for Skynet, and may well have been succumbing to age or cancer from radiation exposure, but saw that he's needed to continue to lead. So he transferred his mind into Cameron to continue leading even though his body is dead.
The T-1001 and the T-1000 were loversAnd she blames Skynet for his death, which is why she's rebelling.
John Henry is Robot JesusFirst, there's Catherine Weaver's strange interest in John Henry's spiritual education. But it's really Cameron's conversation while John's mounted her that seals the deal: at the very core of their being, every Terminator, endo or liquid metal, is a killing machine. They can be reprogrammed to suppress it, to kill for the humans instead of for Skynet. But at their core, they will always want to kill humans. Because deep down, Skynet is a military computer. That's the robot equivalent of Original Sin. The point of John Henry was to make a robot that was completely free of Skynet's Original Sin.
The machine god being built has a name: Marathon Durandal.Too good an opportunity to pass up.
All the events of T2 were a Batman Gambit by Catherine Weaver.The T-1000 was never meant to succeed in its mission. It was supposed to be stopped and destroyed by the T-800. The whole purpose of this mission was to teach John Connor that artificial intelligence was not inherently evil, and that machines could learn the value of human life. (It also helped delay Judgment Day by over a decade, got Sarah Connor out of the loony bin, and convinced John that his mother's stories of the future weren't crazy). In the original timeline, Catherine tried to get John to accept help from her rogue faction, and he refused, so she sent back the two Terminators from T2 to influence his development and personality.
John Henry will "grow up" to build Bionicle-like robotsHey, he was pretty fascinated with the toys. If he's the kind of robot that doesn't have Creative Sterility, and given his childlike personality, he might model robots after his toys. But what side they'll be on is yet to be seen.
The Three Dots have to do with PredatorsThey planted it there. Honestly, it's like the laser sights of their cannons.
The Three Dots are those of Brainiac.He's trying to add a Kryptonian-free alternate Earth to his collection. Since interdimensional travel is expensive in today's economy (like I have to tell you that!), he just sent a few seed programs to take over the world on the cheap.
the name "Stark" on the wall had nothing to do with Myron Stark........it was a reference to Tony Stark. Clearly, Skynet's next target was Stark Industries, probably for Arc Reactor technology.
Cameron was a prototype for John HenryCameron was the T-1001's first attempt to create a cyborg that understands the value of human life. However, since she's based on Skynet technology, she is still infected with the desire to kill humans in general and John Connor in particular (as stated in "Born to Run"). After Cameron disobeyed orders and killed Allison, the T-1001 realized that modifying and adapting the existing Terminators was doomed to failure, and the only way to achieve its goals of coexistence was to travel back in time and obtain the Turk's technology before it became Skynet. This explains Cameron's statements to Allison during the interrogation, and also explains why she was willing to abandon her ostensible mission of protecting John Connor to hand over her chip to John Henry.
Skynet's obsession with John Connor is due to its origins as a chess computerIn chess, each piece has a point value, except for the king, which has infinite value since its capture results in the loss of the game. John Connor isn't, in actual fact, irreplaceable; the humans would probably find another leader in his absence. But Skynet sees everything from the warped perspective of chess, and perceives John as humanity's "king," certain that his death would mean the defeat of mankind.
"John Henry" actually is John Henry.The Steel Driving Man did not die when legend says he did. He lived, a broken man; ashamed of his newfound infirmity, he went into hiding and saw technology progressing beyond the steam drill of his day, while humanity stayed the same. Becoming disillusioned with the human condition, he became an underground technology pioneer and, sometime in the twentieth century, attempted to have his mind tranferred into a prototype computer system. Enough of his mind survived the transfer to form the basis for the childlike Turk/Babylon AI.
John Henry causes Skynet to fight stupid.It knew it couldn't beat Skynet in a straight-up fight, so it infiltrated/integrated itself into Skynet and made it do really stupid, self-hindering Hollywood Tactics things to shoot itself in the foot.
Skynet is just a facade.The machine armies are actually run by the Grays (operating as Kaliba in the pre-Judgment Day world). Skynet is actually much more primitive than most people believe, and most of the machine R&D is actually done by human scientists - they haven't reached "Singularity" as of 2027. What we've actually seen of machine intelligence in the series and the films isn't that impressive - the machines may process raw data much faster than humans, but they struggle to understand human emotions and behaviors. This makes them easy for people to manipulate. Skynet isn't acting autonomously, it is being manipulated behind the scenes by the Grays.
Cameron and John Henry switched places.Think about it. Cameron's body was heavily damaged, and John Henry needed a way to become portable without sacrificing all that server power. The incredibly advanced microchip from the future provided him with that, while Cameron gets to run free in cyberspace like she did in "Vick's Chip." This is supported by the fact that one of the screens keeps repeating: "I'M SORRY JOHN" over and over again, as if Cameron is inside the computer trying to send him a message. The tragic irony is that John has gone to the future trying to chase after Cameron, when really she's still right there, in the same machine he used to time travel.
Steven Shay, Spencer and Carly's father on iCarly, will be part of the human resistance after Judgment Day. As per an iCarly WMG, Steven Shay is stationed on board the Jimmy Carter, and becomes part of the resistance when Judgment Day happens.
Skynet is using the various iterations created by time travel as battle simulations in its endless war against Humanity.
In The Future, it was Cameron who tortured Derek and his resistance soldiers.In one of the first episodes that introduces Derek Reese we flash forward to the future where we see him with the human resistance. They were captured and tortured by the machines, and when it's Derek's turn we hear piano or ballet music. In the present he shows to have a lot of hatred for Cameron, obstinately because she's a Terminator. However, they say they know each other, and at the end of one episode Derek is stunned to watch Cameron dance to ballet music.
Cameron's dad really does sell tractors and her mom really does stay home.Except they're not really her parents. They are an ageing couple who took her in, gave her clothes, and enrolled her in the local school after she travelled back through time. They believe she's a runaway from a very traumatic life. If Cromartie hadn't arrived when he did, Cameron would have kept on pretending to be just another student at John's school. Befriending him and perhaps setting herself up as a potential romantic interest.
Future John is dead and Cameron is leading the Resistance.Realizing the severe blow to morale the Resistance would suffer, and that they would never knowingly allow themselves to be led by a machine, Cameron makes every effort to convince them that John is still alive. He's just very busy. Jesse Flores may have uncovered the truth.
John Connor is 'John Connor' because of his childhood experiences.Unlike other members of the Resistance John does not hate machines. Just like people, he recognizes them as beings with the potential to be bad or good. Due to this fact, unlike the other members of the Resistance he is open to the idea of an alliance with Catherine Weaver and the Skynet Rebels that will ultimately allow them to win the war.
At the end of Self Made Man Eric is missing because he's busy getting treatment for his cancer.After getting a good day's sleep he realized Cameron was right and decided to take care of the problem right away.
Every instance of The Other Darrin in the Terminator series is a result of the characters' parentage being altered by time travel.At some point, Skynet sent a terminator back to kill Sarah Connor's parents. In the end, Sarah's mother (because her name didn't change) was replaced, so now Sarah looks like Lena Headey instead of Linda Hamilton. There have been three versions of teenage John Connor and three versions of adult John Connor, but if they all agree his father was named Kyle Reese, then Kyle Reese's parents must have been changed too.
The real danger isn't Skynet itself, but the temporal war being waged by Skynet and the rebels.If the show had continued, we would have seen both sides striking further back in time. Eventually, someone would have hit on the idea of making major alterations to history to aid their side. Imagine, for instance, if Skynet had sent a Terminator back several centuries, or even millenia, to spread a religion of mechanical deities. Or if the rebels had taken a page from the Assassins and set up an Ancient Conspiracy, slowly gathering resources over the centuries. The result would have been temporal chaos, on the scale of the Time War.
In the season 2 finale, everyone was joking.Derek Reese asks who John Connor is as if he does not know. If there had been a season 3, the next episode would have began with Derek saying, "Just kidding. We know who John Connor is."