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Terminator: 1984 (Part 2) "1984" Part 2
Terminator: 1984 #2 (Dark Horse)
Script: Zack Whedon
Art: Andy MacDonald
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
October 2010

 

Ben and Sarah break Kyle Reese out of Cyberdyne prison...where do they go from here?

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

T-800

Sarah Connor

Ben Oliver

Kyle Reese

Mr. Cort

 

Didja Know?

 

Terminator: 1984 was a 3-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics. It is the sequel to the Terminator: 2029 mini-series.

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 1, the punks appear to be outside of Griffith Observatory when a Terminator arrives from the future. Griffith Observatory is the same location the T-800 that was hunting Sarah Connor arrived in 1984 in The Terminator.

 

The punks on page 1 have a case of Beer 45 with them. This is a play on the real world Colt 45 brand of malt liquor.

 

The rifle Ben takes from the guard at the mountain facility on page 9 appears to be an M16. 

 

On page 12, Ben, Sarah, and Kyle discover a room in the mountain facility where the military is attempting to piece together the remains of the T-800 that was crushed in the press at the factory from the end of The Terminator. This is similar to the discovery of the same T-800's parts in an LAPD portable evidence locker in Timeline TT-3 in "Tempest" Part 3.
T-800 debris T-800 debris
T-800 debris in this issue T-800 debris from "Tempest" Part 3

 

The dialog between Kyle and Sarah on page 14, panel 4 and page 15, panel 1 is similar to that between Sarah and John in Judgment Day, about how it was stupid to risk the life of a person who will be important in the future (Sarah/John) to save the life of someone whose use is past (Kyle/Sarah).

 

On page 20, we see that the only bits of the T-800 that survived the explosion set by Ben are the arm and CPU chip, the same seen later in Judgment Day.

 

On pages 20-23, Ben, Sarah, and Kyle enjoy a meal at a desert diner. But is it really likely the workers at the diner would fail to notice that Kyle is dressed in a prison orange jumpsuit and not say or do anything about it?!

 

On page 22, when Sarah asks who started the Resistance, Kyle tells her she did.

 

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