Originally Posted by THX-1138
I think the whole "chicken egg syndrome" thing is pretty cool. It adds to the movies. Makes you wonder, is such a never ending circle impossible? Is there really a paradox here at all? Or must it have happened as C Of K said, originating from a parallel universe in which skynet was independently invented?
In any case, the entire terminator series makes no sense whatsoever. There is always the fact that eventually, inevitably, Skynet would have killed John Connor or an ancestor. Skynet has infinite tries. In fact, why can't it just send itself back? Why can't it upload to some solar-powered computer it built and travel to prehistoric times? Even if Skynet didn't have infinite tries or the option to time travel itself, they should have kept sending Terminators farther back in time, to younger and younger Sarahs, so as to not loose the element of surprise.
This is the problem with having the T2 and T3 sequels. In T1, there wasn't infinite do-overs for Skynet. Sending the Terminator back in time the first time was supposed to be their last chance. The machines had lost the war in the future, and the humans had destroyed the time machine after they sent Reese through.
They retconned that in order to make the next two sequels. That's perhaps the main reason why Terminator became completely illogical. Why send only one machine to kill Connors, when you can send unlimited amounts until you finally achieve your goal?