... the first film sort of slaughters the plot to Men In Black 3. In the third one, our heroes need to deploy the ArcNet Shield in orbit, hence the film's climax atop the Saturn V rocket. Although this makes for fine cinema with an emotional ending, it kind of ignores how the MIB already had access to spaceships in 1969.
For example, remember these guys?
Oh, like we're supposed to remember every spaceship we see!?
In the first Men In Black, we learn the 1964 World's Fair was a cover-up for UFOs, hence its suspicious location in Queens. Not only do these flying saucers still work, we see them work in the first movie. All Agents J and K had to do in Men In Black 3 was drive to Flushing Meadows, and boom -- problem solved.
Actually, J and K may not have even had to deploy it themselves. New York was loaded with aliens in 1969, among them the alien they received the ArcNet from. Why not ask one of them to deploy the shield on their way home that evening? The point is, gunfighting their way to the top of the worst spaceship on the planet was a dumb but awesome idea. And honestly, if you're fixing a timeline, "dumb but awesome" is probably the combination we're most comfortable with.
Terminator Salvation - Skynet's Pointlessly Elaborate Plan To Kill John Connor v4.01b
In the 2009 movie, which you may recall not being very good, Skynet sends yet another cyborg after John Connor, this time without any time travel. It's a pretty complicated scheme since the secret cyborg isn't aware he's a cyborg, and his plan starts with a random explosion that reveals his secret to everyone. So he's a robot, but a nice one, which leads to the idea of using him in a plan to sneak into Skynet. It's important to know that after Terminator 2, all Terminator plots were written by putting books into a food processor until it starts a fire, then asking firefighters to write a film as they put out the blaze.
With their pee.
In this particular Terminator movie, the cyborg unwittingly leads Connor into a trap, which was Skynet's plan all along. Luckily, that seemed to be the end of the plan, so Connor manages to get out by fighting a terminator and leaving.
What Would Have Made More Sense:
Almost anything, but seriously, didn't Skynet capture this guy earlier in the movie?
"Wait, where are you going with this?"
For those who were lucky enough to miss this movie, that's Kyle Reese, Connor's father (by way of time semination). Skynet knew he was Connor's dad since we see Reese was the No. 1 target on their list. And to be clear, he was on the same list as Connor and other members of the resistance being killed, which means this was absolutely not a "keep alive" list. So why did they?
They captured the father of the leader of the humans; they don't bother to robokill him or roboterrogate him. They simply throw him in a cellar. Maybe there was some step of the bizarre plan where they lured Connor into their base and tricked him into kissing his own dad, but we never got to see it. It was merely pointless stupidity. Or maybe they knew, depending on which rules of time travel you go by, that killing Reese would retroactively erase the first and second Terminator from the universe, which was an act of evil even robots are not capable of.
"It would violate all three laws of robotics and franchise building."
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