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"All My Futures Past" Part 2
Terminator: All My Futures Past #2 (NOW)
Script: Chuck Dixon
Illustrations: Lenin Delsol
Cover by Hannibal
September 1990

 

John Connor sends Kyle Reese's unit to stop Skynet's time travel experiment.

 

Story Summary

 

Kyle Reese's unit fights its way into Skynet's time displacement complex, just in time to witness a T-800 being sent back in time. They try to destroy the device before the time displacement can occur, but it's too late; the machine is destroyed, but not before the T-800 vanishes in time. The remaining computer components reveal that the Terminator was sent to 1984 and Reese realizes its mission is to kill Sarah Connor before the birth of her son, John.

 

Human prisoners recovered from Skynet by Connor's group reveal that a prototype time machine is only a half-klick away and John sends Reese to it, with a message for Sarah. Reese is sent back to 1984 to stop the Terminator, while the remaining resistance fights on to wipe out the machines and regain control of Earth for humanity.

 

Didja Notice?

 

Lanny, in his narration, remarks that the machines are nearly defeated, the armies of men closing in on the last of them. This is roughly what Reese later tells Sarah in 1984 in The Terminator.

 

On page 4, Lanny wonders if Skynet would go so far back in time as to make sure no man was ever born. Of course, if Skynet did that, Skynet itself would never be born seeing as how it was created by humans.

 

On page 6, Reese implies that the time displacement unit is three levels below ground in the L.A. Skynet complex they've infiltrated.

 

In "All My Futures Past" Part 1, the humans sometimes refer to Skynet and its machines as "gearjammers". Here, the term is seen to occasionally be shortened up to "jammers". 

 

In this story, we get a glimpse of Skynet's time displacement platform (we may be seeing the biaxial node as described in the novelization of The Terminator, page 170). It looks a bit different here (left) than in "One Shot" (right). On page 10, we witness the T-800 being sent back in time to 1984, as revealed in The Terminator.

 

The monitor screen on page 12 reveals that the T-800 was sent back in time to October 1984. But, the movie The Terminator states that the time travelers have arrived in May 1984. If The Terminator were to take place in October of that year, then John Connors' birth would be nine months later, July 1985. However, Judgment Day confirms that the killer T-800 (and Reese) were sent back to May 12, 1984 and that John was born February 28, 1985.

 

On page 12, panel 4, Sarah Connor's first name is misspelled "Sara".

 

On page 13, John tells Reese they've freed some of Skynet's human prisoners and one of them told him that humans were used to test the time machine. What happened to those test subjects? What time were they sent to? Did they survive the experience?

 

After telling his trooper assistant not to send aid to Reese at the prototype time displacement platform, that Reese needs to do this on his own, he says to himself, "If I'm wrong, if she was wrong...well, we'll never know about it, will we?" By "she" he is referring, of course, to his mother, Sarah Connor, who told him at some point what had happened in 1984 and what his destiny was to be.

 

As Mathers programs the time displacement machine to send Reese back to 1984, he tells him he should arrive just after the Terminator and half a klick to the northwest of it. A klick is military slang for "kilometer". But, in The Terminator, the T-800 arrives at Griffith Observatory and Reese at about 7th Street and Broadway, about 8 kilometers southwest as the crow flies!

 

No one ever explains to Reese that the time travel subject must be organic and naked in order to make the trip back in time, yet he strips before stepping onto the platform. Sure, he saw the T-800 make the trip unclothed, but how does he know all that information about the time travel process which he later explains to Sarah in The Terminator?

 

Reese tells Mathers he's got his reasons for being the one to go back in time to 1984 to stop the Terminator. He doesn't elaborate further here, but in The Terminator, we learn that he was in love with Sarah Connor from the stories he'd heard of her and the photo of her given to him by John. 

 

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