Matt Smith’s “Genisys” Role Explained

As this week’s film release “Terminator Genisys” was planned as the start of a new trilogy within the venerable sci-fi series, the film incorporates some elements and twists that don’t make sense in the context of this film alone. Others seem oddly under serviced.


One of the most visible is the inclusion of former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith who plays the key role of ‘Skynet’ itself in both a physical manifestation and holographic form, albeit for only brief scenes within the film. Speaking with CraveOnline, ‘Genisys’ scribes Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier spoke more about Smith’s character:

“You see in the beginning [Matt Smith] grabs John. He’s not from this timeline. He’s from an alternate universe, in the multiverse. Another of the many universes that exist. That Skynet is not from that timeline… This Skynet has been to this universe, and this universe, and this universe. That’s why he says, ‘I came a very long way to stop you.’ He’s not from here. So he’s watched it. He’s watched it happen a bunch of different times, and each time he’s seen it there is a different result but the same result.”

Kologridis confirms the Matt Smith iteration of Skynet is not the Skynet from th first two “Terminator” films, this one can traverse the Terminator multiverse and has witnessed multiple iterations of the rise of the machines. How this Skynet scored that ability has not been made clear as yet but does suggest the next films in the series could see some reality hopping going on.