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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator: Revolution (Part 2) Terminator
"Revolution" Part 2
Terminator: Revolution #2 (Dynamite)
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Lui Antonio
Cover A: Richard Isanove, Cover B: Nigel Raynor
2009

 

New Orleans, 1996, finds two John Connors fighting for survival.

 

Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Wiki

 

Notes from the Terminator chronology

 

This mini-series takes place largely about 6 years after the events of Infinity.

 

Didja Know?

 

This mini-series is a follow-up to Infinity and features the T-Infinity Terminator that appeared in that earlier story.

 

The header of the mini-series reads, "Continuing the T2 saga..." even though it takes place after the event of T3: Rise of the Machines.

 

Didja Notice?

 

Cover B of this issue depicts a couple of resistance members walking through the rubble of New York City, judging by the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. But no part of this issue takes place in that city. I guess it's just a symbolic cover of the state of the world after Skynet's rise.

 

1996: As the issue begins, John has been inadvertently chronoported (during his encounter with the T-Infinity in 2015) to the Birmingham Zoo on May 5, 1996. He arrives naked even though he was clothed in 2015, since the time displacement does not allow inorganic matter to pass through unless it's covered with flesh. This shows that chronoporting with clothing will not necessarily hurt the traveler, but the clothing will simply not complete the journey with them.

 

1996: Soon after arriving in 1996, John is depicted wearing clothes, but it's not explained exactly how he got them. The right sleeve of his shirt does have a "ZOO" patch on it, so he must have found (or otherwise commandeered) a uniform at the Birmingham Zoo.

 

1996: John finds out the current date from a copy of the Birmingham News. This was an actual daily newspaper at the time this story was written, but is now a thrice-weekly newspaper.

 

1996: Upon learning the current date, the older John thinks on how his current timeline self would be 12 years old at this point. Actually, he would only be 11, having been born on February 28, 1985.

 

1996: In panel 6 of page 1, John is seen running past a man in a jacket that reads "Ed Powers" on the back. This is likely a reference to Ed Power Productions, an American pornographic film company. In fact, the man depicted appears to be Ed Powers himself, a director, producer, and actor in pornographic films.

 

1996: In the last panel of page 1, older John seems to be aware that young John is on the run from a swarm of Terminators at this time, suggesting it is already a part of his memory.

 

1996: On page 2, panel 3, young John runs past an alleyway poster that reads "Religious Cancer" (the same poster is seen inside the Last Resort on page 5). This may be a reference to the song of that title by the industrial metal band Nailbomb from their 1993 album Point Blank, published by Roadrunner Records (there was a reference to Roadrunner Records in the previous issue).

 

1996: On page 3, panel 5, young John runs through a musical instrument store, in a flight from the Terminators. A couple of signs on the store windows have Filipino writing on them: Sulit, Luma Nog, and Lumang Tunog. These words mean (approximately) sulit=worth it, Lumang Tunog="old voice", and Luma Nog is the brand name of a manufacturer of guitars and other stringed instruments in the Philippines.

 

1996: After running through the musical instrument store, young John runs into a bar/restaurant called the Last Resort. Although there is no franchise in the New Orleans area, this may be referring to Dick's Last Resort, an American restaurant/bar chain known for its deliberately rude/obnoxious serving staff (the San Diego franchise is near the San Diego Convention Center, home of the annual San Diego Comic-Con).

 

1996: On page 5, posters for Skychurch and Eraserheads are seen inside the Last Resort. Eraserheads is a Filipino rock band. "Skychurch" may be a reference to Electric Skychurch, an acid trance band from L.A.

 

1996: Otis is depicted wearing a t-shirt that has Pugad Baboy printed on it and he is carrying a box with a Lakas Tama logo and stylized horse head on it. Pugad Baboy is the name of a Filipino comic strip by Pol Medina, Jr., originally published in newspapers from 1988-2013 and now appearing as a webcomic at website Rappler. The box carried by Otis looks like a beer case, with possibly bottle tops sticking out at the top; the horse logo and words Lakas Tama suggest it is a case of Red Horse Extra Strong beer from the Philippines. Lakas Tama more-or-less means "extra strength". (The Red Horse beer seems to be confirmed when John pushes a stack of cases on top of a Terminator on page 17 and beer bottles with the Red Horse logo spill out.)

 

1996: Does anyone know the significance of Otis' tattoo? If you do, write me at the address at the top of the page.

Otis' tattoo 

 

1996: On page 6, Otis tells John, "This is the Big Easy!" "The Big Easy" is a nickname for New Orleans.

 

1996: On page 6, old John catches a ride with a preacher to New Orleans on the I-59, passing the Pearl River. The Pearl River is a river that runs through Mississippi and Louisiana. Interstate 59 actually does cross the river at the town of Pearl River, LA.

 

2033: This issue introduces the Dire Wolf, a canine-based Terminator model. It is named for an extinct species of wolf which lived from 1.8 million to 10,000 years ago. "Revolution" Part 3 shows it is about the size of an aerial Hunter-Killer, much larger than its prehistoric namesake.

 

1996: Sarah is seen to work as a waitress at a restaurant called Le Bayou. There is an actual oyster bar in New Orleans by that name, but this is probably not intended to be that restaurant. The place in this issue seems more like a diner.

 

1996: The fallen police officer on page 10 has an NOPD patch on his uniform sleeve in the design of a star with a crescent around it. This is the emblem of the NOPD except the actual emblem has New Orleans Police written above it, not NOPD as seen here. The crescent shape (and another nickname for New Orleans, "the Crescent City") comes from the way the Mississippi River forms a sort of crescent around the city as it winds its way down to the gulf.

 

1996: The NOPD police car seen on page 11 is similar to the actual look of their cruisers in the real world, but do not have the NOPD and emblem on the hood as depicted here.

 

1996: On page 11, several store fronts are seen: Diamonds R 4-Ever, Druids Keep, and Arts and Crafts. These appear to be fictitious establishments in New Orleans, though, as stated in "Revolution" Part 1, Druids Keep was an actual comic book store in artist Lui Antonio's native Philippines. The Diamonds R 4-Ever store is probably a play on the slogan of the DeBeers diamond cartel, "A Diamond is Forever".

 

1996: The rifle Otis pulls from behind the bar on page 12 is a shotgun of some type. The older John seems to have taken possession of it on page 18, after Otis has been killed a Terminator.

 

1996: The older John was seen to still be en route to New Orleans with the preacher at the I-59's Pearl River crossing after young John had arrived at the Last Resort to sell a laptop to Otis, with the Terminators on his tail. According to Google Maps, New Orleans is still about a 40 minute drive from Pearl River, yet older John arrives seemingly only a few minutes later to rescue young John!

 

1996: After taking down a Terminator to rescue young John, old John says to the boy, "Come with me if--no, never mind. You know how it works by now." Obviously, he was about to say "Come with me if you want to live," which was first heard in The Terminator and has been repeated in many Terminator stories since.

 

1996: The hoodie worn by older John has what appears to be the FF logo of the heavy metal band Fear Factory on it. It's not explained how he obtained the hoodie.

 

1996: On page 21, a storefront for a place called Pasaway is seen. Pasaway is a slang term used in the Philippines to mean something like "stubborn" or "naughty".

 

1996: The close-up of the two Johns in the final panel of page 21 appears to just be a magnification of the previous panel.

 

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