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Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy (Part 6) Terminator
"Enemy of my Enemy" Part 6
Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #6
Dark Horse
Script: Dan Jolley
Pencils: Jamal Igle
Inks: Ray Snyder
Cover: Jamal Igle
October 2014


Farrow and Fong's showdown with the Terminator!


Read the recap of the mini-series at the Terminator Files forum


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story takes place in 1985.


Didja Notice?


On page 1, Dr. Fong thanks Farrow, acknowledging she's probably suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Stockholm syndrome (also known as capture-bonding) is a psychological phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and feel empathy for their captor(s).


On page 13, Farrow makes a decision to stop running from the Terminator in order to minimize collateral damage resulting from the chase. She mentions Robert Frost and quotes, "...miles to go before I sleep." Frost (1874-1963) was an American Pulitzer prize-winning poet. Farrow is quoting from his 1922 poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."


On page 15, the sheriff's dispatcher reports shots fired at 346 Holcomb Road, where Farrow is waiting for the Terminator. Since the police vehicle on page 5, panel 2, indicates they are still in the state of New York, this address may be one in the settlement of Port Crane, part of the town of Fenton, though this does not look to be the same neighborhood depicted in the art.


As Dr. Fong is dying from the injury inflicted by the Terminator, she guesses he probably ruptured her pericardium. The pericardium is a sac enclosing the heart and roots of the large vessels that bring blood to and from it.


Unanswered Questions


Why did Stockridge Pharmaceuticals want Dr. Fong kidnapped?


Why was the Terminator sent to kill Dr. Fong? It seems she developed a process for growing artificial skin in a vat and a drug for the treatment of melanoma, things which would conceivably lead to the flesh-covered Terminators of the future. Was it to stop her from developing the virus to necrotize the artificial skin if it should grow out of control like cancer which she mentioned in "Enemy of my Enemy" Part 2?


How did Rothlake know about Terminators? Chief King mentions in "Enemy of my Enemy" Part 5 that they got the word "Terminator" from the "mystery man" before he bled out and that the force of the explosion that killed him is what took the head of the Terminator that died with him. This does not quite sound like the events of The Terminator in 1984, nor does it match to the plots or time periods of other Dark Horse (or other licensor) stories. So it must be an unchronicled story of an unknown human resistance member sent back in time to stop another Terminator.


What are Farrow Greene's plans next? After defeating the Terminator here, but losing Dr. Fong to her injuries, she is seen on the road six weeks later, with a bundle of metal that is presumably the remains of the Terminator she destroyed. Her narrative balloons indicate she intends to uncover the truths about what she's seen that she now knows powerful people are hiding. 


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