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THE TERMINATOR
Episode Studies
Various timelines spun off from The Terminator
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TIMELINE TT-1
 
    I am using the heading of "Timeline TT-1" for simplicity's sake, but in the context of the Terminator universe, my estimation is that this timeline would have a higher number.
   In this timeline, I assume that one or more timelines existed before, in the first (prime) of which no time travel occurred. Human civilization invented Skynet, or something similar, which gained sentience and a war between machines and humanity began. One side or the other discovered a means of time travel and sent an agent back in time in an attempt to weigh the odds in its favor. This leads to Kyle Reese, in the "prime" or later timeline, being sent back in time, meeting Sarah Connor, and becoming the father of her child, John. John grows up to become the savior of humanity against the machines, but not before Skynet attempts to send a Terminator back in time to kill Sarah before she can give birth to John. Already knowing Kyle Reese to be his father, John is forced to send the young man back in time to protect Sarah and become John's own father.
   For the chronology's purposes, this timeline contains only the story of the 2002 video game Terminator: Dawn of Fate, which takes place during the future war and only references the events of the 1984 film The Terminator, and none of the later stories. Some discrepancies from the film in this story lead me to speculate that it may take place in a timeline prior to the version of the timeline depicted in the film, such as the time travel from the future occurs in 2027, not 2029 as stated in the film, and John Connor seems to order Kyle Reese to go back in time to 1984 to protect Sarah, rather than allowing Kyle to volunteer as is stated in the film. It's possible that the events experienced by Reese in his own time here in Dawn of Fate lead him to make inadvertent changes to the timeline that result in a slightly altered future where the Skynet and resistance time travel began in 2029, leading into the events of The Terminator film as we know them.
 
Terminator: Dawn of Fate The Terminator (Alternate)      
Dawn of Fate The Terminator      
Video game      
In 2027, John Connor, Kyle Reese, and Captain Perry lead the final assault on Skynet. A slightly different version of The Terminator film than one we know would take place here (one in which Kyle came from 2027 instead of 2029).      
 
TIMELINE TT-2
 
   At some point after the Dawn of Fate timeline, the "mainstream" timeline of The Terminator we are familar with takes place. It may not take place immediately after that timeline, despite the timeline numbering used here.
   After the end of "One Shot", the timeline continues through what we know of the future from the movie, The Terminator.
 
 
"All My Futures Past"
Part 1
"All My Futures Past"
Part 2
The Terminator "One Shot"  
Terminator: All My Futures Past #1 (NOW) Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW) Movie Terminator: One Shot
(Dark Horse)
The year is 2029. As the human resistance battles the machine soldiers of Skynet, a lone pilot crash lands and hands off vital information that must be delivered to resistance leader John Connor in Los Angeles...or the war may be lost! John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment. Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior. A fourth Sarah Connor in Los Angeles is tracked by a second Terminator.  

 
TIMELINE TT-3
Timeline TT-3 includes the events of Timeline TT-2 and goes beyond it to include the events of the initial four Dark Horse Comics mini-series published from 1990 through 1992. This does not include the events of the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, as this arc of Dark Horse stories brings an end to the future war with a twist on the birth of Sarah Connor's child before that movie takes place.
  
"All My Futures Past"
Part 1
"All My Futures Past"
Part 2
The Terminator "One Shot" "Tempest"
Part 1
Terminator: All My Futures Past #1 (NOW) Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW) Movie Terminator: One Shot
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #1
(Dark Horse)
The year is 2029. As the human resistance battles the machine soldiers of Skynet, a lone pilot crash lands and hands off vital information that must be delivered to resistance leader John Connor in Los Angeles...or the war may be lost! John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment. Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior. A fourth Sarah Connor in Los Angeles is tracked by a second Terminator. Months after the destruction of Skynet's central complex by John Connor's forces, the remaining machines continue their programmed war against humanity, including the construction of a new time displacement chamber.

"Tempest"
Part 2
Tempest
Part 3
"Tempest"
Part 4
"Secondary Objectives"
Part 1
"Secondary Objectives"
Part 2
Terminator #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #3
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #4
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Secondary Objectives #1
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Secondary Objectives #2
(Dark Horse)
Machines and resistance both make their move on Cyberdyne. The Terminators assist Dr. Hollister with his research for Project Bellerophon...and are surprised at what they find. One Terminator betrays the others. Mary, Astin, and I825.M discover that C890.L is still active and now pursuing its secondary objective...Sarah Connor! Our crew of heroes and villains head south of the border to track down Sarah Connor in Mexico.

"Secondary Objectives"
Part 3
"Secondary Objectives"
Part 4
"The Enemy Within"
Part 1
"The Enemy Within"
Part 2
"The Enemy Within"
Part 3
Terminator: Secondary Objectives #3
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Secondary Objectives #4
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: The Enemy
Within
#1
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: The Enemy Within #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: The Enemy Within #3
(Dark Horse)
Showdown in Mexico City. Terminator vs. Terminator! Our heroes return to southern California to continue their mission of stopping Cyberdyne. Dudley undergoes cybernetic surgery and another team of resistance soldiers makes the leap back from the future. C890.L attempts to track and kill Dudley and Mary; the new resistance group hits town; Astin approaches Hollister with an offer.

Terminator: Endgame (Part 2) Terminator: Endgame (Part 3)  
"The Enemy Within"
Part 4
"End Game"
Part 1
"End Game"
Part 2
"End Game"
Part 3
 
Terminator: The Enemy Within #4
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Endgame #1
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Endgame #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Endgame #3
(Dark Horse)
 
The final showdown with C890.L. Mary and Sloane take care of the final loose end, but new threads materialize. Our heroes and villains close in for a rendezvous with Sarah Connor. Sarah Connor gives birth while a battle against the Machine rages around her.  

TIMELINE TT-4
Timeline TT-4 includes the events of Timeline TT-2 and goes beyond it to include the events of the 1998 and 1999 Dark Horse Terminator comics. This does not include the events of the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, this being a timeline in which Sarah does not encounter her second Terminator, and John his first, until 1998, with Judgment Day having not yet occurred, despite it being past the August 1997 date of Judgment Day given in that sequel film.
  
Terminator: Suicide Run
"All My Futures Past"
Part 1
"All My Futures Past"
Part 2
The Terminator "One Shot" Suicide Run
Terminator: All My Futures Past #1 (NOW) Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW) Movie Terminator: One Shot
(Dark Horse)
Dark Horse Presents #138
The year is 2029. As the human resistance battles the machine soldiers of Skynet, a lone pilot crash lands and hands off vital information that must be delivered to resistance leader John Connor in Los Angeles...or the war may be lost! John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment. Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior. A fourth Sarah Connor in Los Angeles is tracked by a second Terminator. In 2029, a resistance unit seeks to destroy Skynet's vital data control tower.

Terminator: Death Valley (Part 1) Terminator: Death Valley (Part 2) Terminator: Death Valley (Part 3) Terminator: Death Valley (Part 4) Terminator: Death Valley (Part 5)
"Death Valley"
Part 1
"Death Valley"
Part 2
"Death Valley"
Part 3
"Death Valley"
Part 4
"Death Valley"
Part 5
Terminator Special
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #1
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #3
(Dark Horse)
Terminator #4
(Dark Horse)
A bounty hunter is sent to bring a senator's daughter back from her membership in a motorcycle gang. He finds her...and a couple of Terminators in the bargain. Satanic motorcycle gang leader Killerman flees the two Terminators chasing him. Hot pursuit in the desert! The Terminators pursue Killerman and his hostages into the desert. Final showdown in Death Valley between the humans, the Terminators, and KZ-1!

Terminator: The Dark Years Terminator: The Dark Years (Part 2) Terminator: The Dark Years (Part 3) Terminator: The Dark Years (Part 4)  
"The Dark Years"
Part 1
The Dark Years
Part 2
"The Dark Years"
Part 3
The Dark Years
Part 4
 
Terminator: The Dark Years #1
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: The Dark Years #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: The Dark Years #3
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: The Dark Years #4
(Dark Horse)
 
On the eve of Y2K, a Terminator once again hunts Sarah and John Connor; in 2030, vital information on Skynet activity must be delivered to John. When his mother is shot by the Terminator, John has no choice but to rush her to the hospital under an alias; in 2030, Jon Norden and John Connor come to terms. John Connor finds himself at the wrong end of a gun barrel in two time periods. In 2030, the traitor stands revealed; and as 1999 rolls over to 2000, young John faces down his first Terminator.  
TIMELINE TT-5
Timeline TT-5 includes the events of Timeline TT-2 and goes beyond it to include the events of the 2014 Dark Horse Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy and Terminator: Hunter and Killers mini-series.
  
Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy" (Part 1)
"All My Futures Past"
Part 1
"All My Futures Past"
Part 2
The Terminator "One Shot" "Enemy of my Enemy"
Part 1
Terminator: All My Futures Past #1 (NOW) Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW) Movie Terminator: One Shot
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #1 (Dark Horse)
The year is 2029. As the human resistance battles the machine soldiers of Skynet, a lone pilot crash lands and hands off vital information that must be delivered to resistance leader John Connor in Los Angeles...or the war may be lost! John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment. Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior. A fourth Sarah Connor in Los Angeles is tracked by a second Terminator. In 1985, an ex-CIA operative turned mercenary is hired to bring back a young scientist who also happens to be the target of a Terminator sent back in time.

Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy (Part 2) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy (Part 3) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy (Part 4) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy (Part 5) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy (Part 6)
"Enemy of my Enemy"
Part 2
"Enemy of my Enemy"
Part 3
"Enemy of my Enemy"
Part 4
"Enemy of my Enemy"
Part 5
"Enemy of my Enemy"
Part 6
Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #2 (Dark Horse) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #3 (Dark Horse) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #4 (Dark Horse) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #5 (Dark Horse) Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #6 (Dark Horse)
Farrow reacquires her target and tries to get some answers. Farrow and the Terminator find themselves in the awkward position of chasing the same target. Farrow and the Terminator enter into an uneasy alliance to retrieve Dr. Fong from Rothlake. Farrow and the Terminator find themselves at the mercy of Rothlake. Farrow and Fong's showdown with the Terminator!

Terminator: Hunters and Killers (Part 1) Terminator: Hunters and Killers (Part 2) Terminator: Hunters and Killers (Part 3)    
"Hunters and Killers"
Part 1
"Hunters and Killers"
Part 2
"Hunters and Killers"
Part 3
   
Terminator: Hunters and Killers #1 (Dark Horse) Terminator: Hunters and Killers #2 (Dark Horse) Terminator: Hunters and Killers #3 (Dark Horse)    
A Siberian Resistance group faces a new breed of Terminator. The Spetznaz have a plan to fight back against the machines...with a Russian nuclear submarine. MIR's Pavlichenko-TS-300 takes on...everyone!    
 

TIMELINE TT-6
Timeline TT-6 includes the events of Timeline TT-2 and goes beyond it to include the events of the two mini-series Terminator: 2099 and Terminator: 1984 published by Dark Horse Comics in 2010-2011
  
Terminator: 2029 (Part 1)
"All My Futures Past"
Part 1
"All My Futures Past"
Part 2
The Terminator "One Shot" "2099"
Part 1
Terminator: All My Futures Past #1 (NOW) Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW) Movie Terminator: One Shot
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: 2029 #1
(Dark Horse)
The year is 2029. As the human resistance battles the machine soldiers of Skynet, a lone pilot crash lands and hands off vital information that must be delivered to resistance leader John Connor in Los Angeles...or the war may be lost! John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment. Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior. A fourth Sarah Connor in Los Angeles is tracked by a second Terminator. In the year 2029, Kyle Reese's colony is attacked by a new model of Terminator, the T-800!

Terminator: 2029 (Part 2) Terminator: 2029 (Part 3) Terminator: 1984 (Part 1) Terminator: 1984 (Part 2) Terminator: 1984 (Part 3)
"2099"
Part 2
"2099"
Part 3
"1984"
Part 1
"1984"
Part 2
"1984"
Part 3
Terminator: 2029 #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: 2029 #3
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: 1984 #1
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: 1984 #2
(Dark Horse)
Terminator: 1984 #3
(Dark Horse)
A Resistance attack against a Skynet base reveals a startling prisoner inside. Old Man Reese begs Ben for help in altering the past. Ben arrives in 1984 and witnesses Sarah and Kyle's final battle with the Terminator at the factory...and the story continues from there! Ben and Sarah break Kyle Reese out of Cyberdyne prison...where do they go from here? Ben, Sarah, and Kyle's final showdown with the remaining T-800.

TIMELINE TT-7
Timeline TT-7 includes the events of Timeline TT-2 and goes beyond it to include the events of the two comic books series The Terminator and Terminator: The Burning Earth published by NOW Comics in 1988-1990
  
Terminator: Preview
"All My Futures Past"
Part 1
"All My Futures Past"
Part 2
The Terminator "One Shot" "Preview"
Terminator: All My Futures Past #1 (NOW) Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW) Movie Terminator: One Shot
(Dark Horse)
Rust #12
(NOW)
The year is 2029. As the human resistance battles the machine soldiers of Skynet, a lone pilot crash lands and hands off vital information that must be delivered to resistance leader John Connor in Los Angeles...or the war may be lost! John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment. Two enemy soldiers of 2029 are sent back in time to 1984 to murder/protect the mother of humanity's savior. A fourth Sarah Connor in Los Angeles is tracked by a second Terminator. A resistance unit in 2031 Florida faces off against Skynet Terminators and aerial HKs.

Terminator: 2031 Terminator: The Flesh is Weak Terminator: If I Had a Rocket Launcher Terminator: Amahiri Terminator: The Bee Stings
"2031" The Flesh is Weak "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" Amahiri "The Bee Stings"
The Terminator #1 (NOW) The Terminator #2 (NOW) The Terminator#3 (NOW) The Terminator #4 (NOW) The Terminator #5 (NOW)
A resistance unit in 2031 Florida meets a group of humans from a forgotten UN base on the Moon. The Slammers are suspicious of the Moon crew and its Synthetic; meanwhile, another resistance cell enters the fray. The Slammers fight for life in the Terminator assault against their home base. Skynet has a plan to cut down the oxygen supply on Earth by eradicating the Amazon rainforest. Can Yanomami tribesman Shaki lead a rival village into defeating the Terminator?

Terminator: Goin' Back to Miami Terminator: Big, Bad Wolf Terminator: In the Belly of the Beast Terminator: Cocoa Beach (Part 1) Terminator: Cocoa Beach (Part 2)
"Goin' Back to Miami" Big Bad Wolf "In the Belly of the Beast" "Cocoa Beach"
Part 1
"Cocoa Beach"
Part 2
The Terminator #6 (NOW) The Terminator #7 (NOW) The Terminator#8 (NOW) The Terminator #9 (NOW) The Terminator #10 (NOW)
Two Terminators guarding a prisoner in a run-down Everglades cabin attempt to hold off a platoon of human resistance soldiers. Skynet turns man's best friend into a mortal enemy. Terminators discover Sarah's Slammers' new base. The scattered members of Sarah's Slammers attempt to find safety after the disaster at Third Base. The combined forces of Sarah's Slammers and the Horse Soldiers launch an attack on the Kennedy Space Center to stop Skynet's war shuttle.

Terminator: Factories Terminator: Night Convoy Terminator: From the Journals of Timothy Reese, Mexico, 2067 Terminator: Into the Deep Blue Sea Terminator: See Cuba and Die!
"Factories" "Night Convoy" "From the Journals of Timothy Reese, Mexico, 2067" "Into the Deep Blue Sea" "See Cuba and Die!"
The Terminator #11 (NOW) The Terminator #12 (NOW) The Terminator #13 (NOW) The Terminator #14 (NOW) The Terminator #15 (NOW)
DIX-190 meets Skynet in person; Tama leads Konrad and Tim to a baby-making factory run by nuns beneath an amusement park. Konrad and Tim Reese hop aboard the Amazon Express for a fateful rendezvous with John Connor. Take a peak inside Skynet's databank and into the journal of Tim Reese in the year 2067. Several members of Sarah's Slammers are trapped inside a crashed HK at the bottom of the ocean. Sarah's Slammers head to the battle for Cuba aboard the Soviet research sub Sea-Wind.

Terminator: The Battle of Cuba Terminator: Escape to Silver Dollar Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 1) Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 2) Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 3)
"The Battle of Cuba" "Escape to Silver Dollar" "The Burning Earth"
Part 1
"The Burning Earth"
Part 2
"The Burning Earth"
Part 3
The Terminator #16 (NOW) The Terminator #17 (NOW) Terminator: The Burning Earth #1 (NOW) Terminator: The Burning Earth #2 (NOW) Terminator: The Burning Earth #3 (NOW)
Showdown with the Terminators in Cuba! A resistance member tells the tale of her escape from a Terminator death camp. In 2041, the war continues, with John Connor contemplating suicide. John Connor and Skynet each come up with a new plot to end the other. John Connor leads the Resistance to Skynet's front door.

Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 4) Terminator: The Burning Earth (Part 5)      
"The Burning Earth"
Part 4
"The Burning Earth"
Part 5
     
Terminator: The Burning Earth #4 (NOW) Terminator: The Burning Earth #5 (NOW)      
Skynet begins nuking human resistance enclaves while John Connor and his crew assault Skynet's mountain bunker. The final confrontation!