In Terminator Genisys. John Connor says that everything he knows about Skynet and "the future" came from messages from his mother Sarah. So how did Sarah Connor know so much about Skynet and "the future"? And why doesn't anyone else know the things that Sarah Connor knew?

Note: I don't think this is a spoiler because you learn all this in the first five minutes of the film.

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    Dammit. I've only seen the first four minutes of the movie. Now everything is spoiled.
    – phantom42
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 22:51

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how did Sarah Connor know so much about Skynet and "the future"?

If you watch the first film, you'll see that

  • she learned everything from Kyle Reese, who was sent back in time to protect her when the first terminator was sent back
  • she made recordings to give to her son, to explain everything to him

In the second film,

  • the Terminator sent back in time to protect John told Sara and John a lot of the history of Skynet. Much of this happens off camera, but is clearly alluded to when Sara asks the Terminator to tell her everything .

why doesn't anyone else know the things that Sarah Connor knew?

Again, in the first film,

  • Reese tried to explain what was going on to the police, but their psychiatrist decided he was crazy and discounted the story.

If you watch the second film, you'll see that

  • Sara tried to tell people about the problem, but was found to be clinically insane by the same psychiatrist, and her information ignored

Additionally, there is no evidence that anyone else was ever told about the future.

  • Great answer. I would add that the T-800 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day also told her (and John) a lot about Skynet. In the Terminator's own words, "I have detailed files". Sarah's response: "Tell me everything." In the first movie, she didn't have much time to talk about it with Kyle, because they were only together for one night, and they spent most of that time running away from the Terminator.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 23:08
  • @WadCheber great point! I'll add that in
    – atk
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 23:10
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    So, what I'm hearing is... things may have been better for humanity if the Resistance had sent somebody back in time to kill the psychiatrist? :)
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 12:49
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    @Omegacron: To be fair, Silberman (the psychiatrist) isn't around when the T-800 destroys the police station. We see him walk out the door, yawning and turning off his beeper, just as the T-800 walks in. At the time, Silberman has no idea how lucky he is; it's because he left that he's still alive in Terminator 2. Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 8:45
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    @T.J.L.: Fun idea, but it would have made no difference. Nobody but Sarah believes Kyle's story -- not the other police, not Sarah's boyfriends, not even John after Sarah is arrested. Most people who saw the Terminator in action are dead, and the only hard evidence has been hidden away by Cyberdyne Systems. (There are a few exceptions, like the kid who is told by Arnie to get out of the truck, but no one is likely to believe him either.) Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 9:06

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