In Terminator Genisys, when Sarah and Kyle go forward in time to 2017, they end up getting arrested by the police and such.

Who they think is John Connor ends up "rescuing" them, only to have it become clear that he's actually working with/for Skynet. The Arnold Terminator, their real friend, then rescues them from him, and they escape.

He (the aforementioned non-Terminator character) then spends the rest of the movie seemingly trying to catch and kill them. It doesn't seem like he is just trying to catch them alive, as he does a lot of stuff in the process that could easily kill them.

So my question is, why didn't he kill them before the Terminator was there, when it was just him and Sarah and Kyle? It seems like he could have easily destroyed them with no problem, but instead he talked to them for a while and lost his chance.

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    Seems a bit counter-intuitive to kill his own parents, as that would cause him to cease to exist? – neverendingqs Jul 23 '16 at 17:10
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    @neverendingqs but that's at odds with what he does for the rest of the film, and what he says in the quote kyle jones posted. I figured that this problem was solved by the "split timelines" thing they talked about briefly, so he was somehow independent of them now. – YungHummmma Jul 23 '16 at 18:48

The machine Connor's motives were made clear by this conversation in the parking garage after Connor's machine nature had been revealed.

REESE: What do you want with us?

CONNOR: I'm offering us a future. Together. A family.

REESE: If we refuse?

CONNOR: Then you die.

They refused and so Connor was trying to kill them from then on, since he knew they were determined to destroy Skynet.

It may seem odd that a machine version of Connor would want to have a family but not if the old John Connor is still part of the man/machine hybrid. Perhaps the only way to not go mad from the hybridizing procedure is to accept it and move forward instead of continuing to fight a battle that is hopelessly lost. Indeed, transhumanism is probably the only endgame where humanity survives in any form after a Singularity type event.

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    This doesn't seem to make sense to me though: why would Skynet want a human "family"? – YungHummmma Jul 23 '16 at 14:32
  • @YungHummmma Misdirection. If Kyle and Sarah had given in to the idea of a "family", then they'd be taken out of the game, all the while leaving Skynet free to not be beaten by future John Connor. – Möoz Dec 8 '16 at 3:51

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