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'Terminator' timeline: The past-future story so far

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THE TERMINATOR (1984)

Mostly takes place in: 1984.

Plot: Future resistance fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back in time to protect leader John Connor's mother (Linda Hamilton ) from the evil cyborg Terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger).

John Connor played by: Doesn't appear, though his conception does.

Terminators featured: T-800, HK (Hunter-Killer) tank & aircraft. The T-800 features living skin and tissue over a metal endoskeleton.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)

Mostly takes place in: 1994, with an expected "Judgment Day" of Aug. 29, 1997.

Plot: Connor sends a reprogrammed Terminator (Arnie) back in time to protect his 10-year-old self from the liquid metal, shape-shifting T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick).

John Connor played by: Newcomer Edward Furlong and very briefly in a future scene by Michael Edwards, who is a model and Priscilla Presley's former live-in boyfriend.

Terminators featured: T-800, T-1000. The T-1000 can change its shape and impersonate people; also make "knives and stabbing weapons" out of its arms.

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)

Mostly takes place in: 2004, the original Judgment Day having been averted.

Plot: Kate Brewster (played by Claire Danes) reprograms the T-850 that killed her husband, John Connor, and sends it back in time to protect them from the T-X.

John Connor played by: Nick Stahl, who also portrayed Yellow Bastard in the film "Sin City."

Terminators featured: HK, T-1, T-850, T-X. The T-850 (again played by Arnie) was basically an upgraded T-800. The T-X, or "Terminatrix" (played by Kristanna Loken), had a liquid metal covering surrounding an endoskeleton with advanced weaponry.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (2008-2009)

Mostly takes place in: 2007. The recently canceled TV show deviates from the timeline and disregards "T3."

Plot: A few years after the events of "T2," Terminators return to the lives of John and Sarah Connor (Lena Headey). A reprogrammed female Terminator named Cameron (a nod to franchise creator James Cameron) is sent back as a protector.

John Connor played by: Thomas Dekker, who will also appear in the upcoming "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake.

Terminators featured: Cameron (played by Summer Glau) is an unknown model but most likely some variation of an 800-series; T-888, T-1001 (played by Shirley Manson).

TERMINATOR SALVATION (2009)

Mostly takes place in: Post-apocalyptic 2018.

Plot: John Connor battles Skynet, tries to save his father (Reese), and make sense of the mysterious Marcus Wright.

John Connor played by: Christian Bale, a guy you may know from a little film called "The Dark Knight."

Terminators featured: T-1, T-600, T-700, T-800, the enormous "Harvester," Hydrobots, HKs, Motorcycle-Terminators and the unique Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), who was converted to a Terminator from his human self — he retained his original brain and heart but also has a metal endoskeleton.

This book offers a poignant and jarring reminder not just of the resilience of the human spirit, but also of its ability to seek solace in the materiality of one's present.

Marcelino Truong launched his autobiographical account of growing up in Saigon during the Vietnam War with the acclaimed graphic novel Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63, originally published in French in 2012 and in English translation in 2016. That book concluded with his family's permanent relocation to London, England, as the chaos and bloodshed back home intensified.

Now Truong continues the tale with Saigon Calling: London 1963-75 (originally published in French in 2015), which follows the experiences of his family after they seek refuge in Europe. It offers a poignant illustration of what life was like for a family of refugees from the war, and from the perspective of young children (granted, Truong's family were a privileged and upper class set of refugees, well-connected with South Vietnamese and European elites). While relatives and friends struggle to survive amid the bombs and street warfare of Vietnam, the displaced narrator and his siblings find their attention consumed by the latest fashion and music trends in London. The book offers a poignant and jarring reminder not just of the resilience of the human spirit, but also of its ability to seek solace in the materiality of one's present.

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From the opening bars of "Suction Prints", we knew we had entered The World of Captain Beefheart and that was exactly where we wanted to be. There it was, that unmistakable fast 'n bulbous sound, the sudden shifts of meter and tempo, the slithery and stinging slide guitar in tandem with propulsive bass, the polyrhythmic drumming giving the music a swing unlike any other rock band.

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From Haircut 100 to his own modern pop stylings, Nick Heyward is loving this new phase of his career, experimenting with genre with the giddy glee of a true pop music nerd.

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Despite the uninspired packaging in this complete series set, Friday Night Lights remains an outstanding TV show; one of the best in the current golden age of television.

There are few series that have earned such universal acclaim as Friday Night Lights (2006-2011). This show unreservedly deserves the praise -- and the well-earned Emmy. Ostensibly about a high school football team in Dillon, Texas—headed by a brand new coach—the series is more about community than sports. Though there's certainly plenty of football-related storylines, the heart of the show is the Taylor family, their personal relationships, and the relationships of those around them.

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Mixing some bland "alternate" and "film" versions of Whitney Houston's six songs included on The Bodyguard with exemplary live cuts, this latest posthumous collection for the singer focuses on pleasing hardcore fans and virtually no one else.

No matter how much it gets talked about, dissected, dismissed, or lionized, it's still damn near impossible to oversell the impact of Whitney Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You".

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