- Posted by Chris Connors
- On July 3, 2015
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Time travel films can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a logistical nightmare when it comes to cause and effect. Since the act of time travel doesn’t really exist, movies are free to set their own rules. This is hard enough to do when you are making a single film, but when you make a franchise, it can turn into an exercise of plate spinning On one hand you have films that clearly and concisely manage this, like the Back to the Future franchise, and on the other hand you have the Terminator films.
Designer Michael Talley has attempted to diagram all of the Terminator film’s timelines using straws. The use of straws if is inspired by a scene in Rian Johnson’s 2012 film Looper in which Bruce Willis tells his younger self, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, that they would “be here all day, drawing diagrams with straws” if he were to try and explain time travel to him.
So if you have seen Terminator Genysis (our review) and need a little help sorting out how the events transpire, here is Talley’s Terminator Diagram With Straws. Click for a larger view.
And here is a color coded breakdown of the diagram