OK... not going to argue over a comedy. I probably won't watch the new version. Besides, if it were perfect, it'd be Red Dwarf
What part of Terminator is 'out of continuity' in your mind when every scene is an ongoing alteration of continuity?
The original movie is a continuity nightmare.... If the machines to not travel back in time, Kyle Reese doesn't go back in time, John Connor doesn't exist and doesn't lead the revolt agagainst the machines and they have no need to go back in time. If Skynet hadn't gone back in time in the first place, it wouldn't have to. So where did the ORIGINAL John Connor come from?
Any scenario that gives you a Connor to fight the machines explains pretty much any random stuff you want to add.... So while trying to keep from any series spoilers (but WILL spoil 3 movies...)
A cyborg from the future comes back in time to kill the mother of the leader of the resistence before she can give birth to a child. The leader of the resistence sends someone back to protect her, and that someone turns out to be the father of said leader.
In an effort to be thorough, the machines send a second, MUCH more advanced machine to kill the leader of the resistence when he is around 11 years old (in case the other one fails- what happens if the other had succeeded?). This has the unforutnae side effect of persuading said child leader to believe his mother where he previoulsy considered her a nutcase. Skynet is making him into the leader that it fears.
The Connor family works to destroy the original creation of Skynet. They believe the coming apocalypse, 'Judgement Day' is averted.
A THIRD robot makes an attempt on the future leader of the resistence, this time in his mid-twenties. This machine is quite different from the one in T2. It would seem to indicate that it is coming from a different future than the one in T2. This time it also targets his key sidekicks (and this is important) with some degree of success. This marks the first time Skynet has actually altered the future in its own favor. The bad machine in T3 also helps facillitate the creation of Skynet.
It is explained in T3 that 'Judgement Day' is inevitable. It is only the date that changes. But now, Skynet has gained an advantage in the future. Presumably, Judgement Day happens earlier as a result of the events in T3.
Now the Skynet in the future has a whole new setup. Enter the TV show...
The TV Show:
Without giving too much away, Skynet and the resistence are now fighting a battle across time. The broad continuity of the movies is out the window. The machines take a shot at the future leader in high school, and he gets another guardian from the future as well. They do something that RADICALLY alters future continuity (and they reference it). It completely supercedes the T3 movie. Those events simply aren't going to happen as depicted anymore. They can't.
Now, if you subscribe to the 'infinte parallel universes' theory some physicists like, then the time travellers aren't going back to THEIR past because you get cause and effect out of order. They go to some spontaneously spawned parallel universe that is just like the point in time they arrive at. Then, they create a whole new version of events in a whole new universe, but THIER original timeline is unaltered. All those people still died aand the war is still going on (or ended as it ended for them).
Put another way...you go back in time and kill your own mother before you are born. How are you around to go back in time to kill her? So instead, you bo gack to an alternate reality and kill the woman who would have been the mother to someone just like you had she lived. Meanwhile, the people where you LEFT are all wondering "what happened to Tarn? He was working on the crazy time machine and then just vanished one day."
Now you go forward to 2008. You could either arrive (depending on your story) in your original 2008 with your mother still alive and well. You the wonder, "what the @#$%! I changed all this!" you could also arrive in the future where 'your' mother died before you were born. You then get the "Its a Wonderful Life" version of the future. There was actually a Superman comic series on this many years ago (but their are physicists who believe in the infinite universes theory).
The short version is that with time travel, you pretty much CAN make up random stuff.
Now the bit about how much Arnie ways in T3 and the deck not giving way...well, that was just the effects guys not minding their p's and q's. The deck thing was pretty minor actually. It was more important that he be too heavy for the EMT guys to lift.
Heck if the machines are coming from a POSSIBLE future (as explainded in the original), how LIKELY does that future have to be before it can manifest a cyborg killer to go after its enemies? The Connors may end up fighting enemies from timelines that do not even involve them.