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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator: Goin' Back to Miami "Goin' Back to Miami"
Terminator #6 (NOW Comics)
Written by Jack Herman
Illustrated by Thomas Tenney
Inked by Jim Brozman
Cover by Corey Wilkinson
March 1989 (the issue is mistakenly dated 1988 in the indicia)

 

Two Terminators guarding a prisoner in a run-down Everglades cabin attempt to hold off a platoon of human resistance soldiers.

 

Story Summary

 

In a run-down Everglades cabin, two Terminators guard a Resistance prisoner named Deffard. But a human Resistance platoon is attacking from outside, determined to either save or kill the prisoner in order to prevent his knowledge from falling into the hands of Skynet. After an assault that results in the loss of several men, the troop leader decides they must kill Deffard after all and a grenade is tossed into the small cabin. It goes off and the troops move in to confirm the kill, but find the cabin empty. The Terminators and their prisoner have hidden themselves in a small compartment under the floorboards. Just then, another Terminator zooms into the battle zone on an airboat, making short work of the remaining humans.

 

The third Terminator tells the first two to head to the pre-arranged zone where an HK will pick them up. The third Terminator stays behind at the cabin to interrogate Deffard for information. He gets what he wants, the current location of Sarah's Slammers, and takes off again in the airboat, with Deffard tied and held prisoner aboard.

 

CONTINUED IN TERMINATOR #7

Didja Know?

 

The title of this issue was probably borrowed from the 1965 song of the same name by soul singer Wayne Cochran.

 

Notes from the Terminator chronology

 

This issue takes place six weeks after the events of "If I Had a Rocket Launcher".

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Hansen's 3rd De-Mechanized Infantry Battalion

Deffard R.97143

Schroeder

Dante

Monroe

Taylor

Grippit

Dann

Zucker

Skynet

DIX-190 (not identified until "In the Belly of the Beast")

Tim Reese

Konrad

Commander Leahy
Sarah's Slammers (mentioned only)

 

Didja Notice?

 

The font used for the word "Miami" on the title page of this issue is similar to that used as part of the logo of the hit 1984-1989 TV series Miami Vice.

 

This issue takes place in the Florida Everglades, the tropical wetlands covering the southern tip of the state.

 

The Terminators in this issue (and many subsequent ones) show a wide range of emotions and personalities, unlike the T-800 in The Terminator or in later-produced media from other licensed companies.

 

The brown-haired Terminator helping to guard Deffard in the cabin looks as if he may be wearing a Kiss tank top under his leather jacket. Kiss is a legendary American hard rock band formed in 1973 and still playing today, though not with all the original members.

 

Although there's plenty of violence in this issue, including a Terminator ripping out a guy's heart, there's no swearing. Even the word "hell" is spelled "he--" here!

 

When a lone Terminator shows up on an airboat to reinforce the two guarding Deffard in the cabin, the Resistance troop leader refers to it as the Lone Ranger (proper designation DIX-190, as revealed later in "In the Belly of the Beast"). The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked Texas Ranger of the American old west who has become an American icon.

 

DIX-190 informs the other two Terminators guarding Deffard that the human attack they just survived was made up of survivors of Hansen's Third De-Mechanized Infantry Battalion out of Orlando. A mechanized infantry is one that uses armored personnel carriers and armored combat vehicles. There is no such term as "de-mechanized infantry" in the military, even if it's an infantry not using such armored vehicles. The troops of Hansen's Third are seen on foot the entire time, so it may be that the name of the battalion (actually a Resistance cell) is an ironic one, indicating they do not have access to or fuel for such luxuries as armored carriers.

 

On page 20, Konrad tells Tim that the lunar base has children living there as well and that they even have a Little League team. Little League is a non-profit organization in the United States (with some international chapters...and now, apparently, a lunar one!) for local youth baseball and softball leagues.

 

Tim is wearing an Ace's Comet t-shirt on page 20. This is a reference to Frehley's Comet, a hard rock band fronted by former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley. I'm guessing artist Thomas Tenney must have been a Kiss fan what with the two references in the art this issue.

 

On page 21, DIX-190, who lost the flesh on his left hand during the battle on page 18, cuts the skin off the left hand of one of the fallen humans and pulls it on over his mechanical one like a glove!

 

DIX-190 seeks information from Deffard about Sarah's Slammers, who hit the flesh farm "six weeks ago." This refers to events in "If I Had a Rocket Launcher".

 

Deffard states that Home Base of Sarah's Slammers is (was) located 55 miles due west of Miami.

 

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