Watch the plot to every 'Terminator' movie in five minutes.

Watch the plot to every 'Terminator' movie in five minutes.
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Let's hope they start doing this for other franchises.

Let's face it: Keeping up with pop culture is hard in this day and age. The second you get familiar with a franchise, some new franchise comes around. Actually, it's probably more accurate to say that some old franchise gets rebooted, but either way, there is too much stuff to consume and not enough time. A lot franchises have books, TV shows, and amusement park rides in addition to feature films. Take the Lord of the Rings trilogy: If you've seen the three films, you've only seen a fraction of what actually went down in Middle Earth. Same goes for Star Wars and Star Trek. I've never even considered attempting to penetrate Dr. Who or the Buffyverse. Sure, it's easy to watch the most modern, audience-friendly incarnation of a property, but if you're a true nerd, you don't want to be one of the happy-go-lucky schmucks that real fans hate; you don't want to be one of those people who thinks they can just be a casual fan. I mean, seriously, that's as crazy as thinking these franchises were meant to bring people together in the first place. Ha!

Luckily, IGN has created a loophole for this conundrum, specifically one for people wishing to get into the Terminator series. They made a five-minute video that clearly summarizes everything that's happened in the franchise to prepare new fans for the upcoming Terminator: Genysis. They even manage to make the time travel plots digestible, which is a very difficult task. Thanks, IGN, for letting me fake my way through the Terminator-verse. I mean Terminator universe. Only stupid new fans calls it the Terminator-verse, duh.

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