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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator: Infinity (Part 1) Terminator
"Infinity" Part 1
Terminator: Infinity #1 (Dynamite)
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Nigel Raynor
Cover A: Pat Lee, Cover B: Stjepan Sejic, Cover C: Nigel Raynor


In 2033, Skynet lies all-but-defeated and enacts a last, desperate gamble to correct all errant timelines; in 2009, John Connor finally emerges from the Crystal Peak bunker.


Read the complete story summary of Infinity at the Terminator Wiki


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This mini-series jumps around in time from 2033, where Skynet has been all-but-defeated and sends the T-Infinity prototype temporal Terminator to correct all divergent time paths, to 2009, with John Connor emerging from the Crystal Peak bunker.


Didja Know?


Terminator: Infinity was a 5-issue comic book mini-series published by Dynamite Entertainment. The comic's actual title was Terminator 2: Infinity, even though it takes place after the events of Terminator 3! Also, after Infinity mini-series ended with issue #5, the title continued as simply Terminator 2 for two more issues (6 and 7) with a crossover story with the fellow Dynamite comic Painkiller Jane (see PopApostle's upcoming study of Time to Kill).


Didja Notice?


The inside front cover of each issue of the mini-series has a modified version of the first few sentences of Sarah Connor's introductory monolog from the beginning of Judgment Day.


The story opens with the resistance's seeming victory over Skynet in 2033. This is one year after the brief prologue of Rise of the Machines.


On page 1, Skynet states that its influence over the exo-net has been purged. The term "exo-net" appears to be fictitious, presumably referring to the worldwide computer network, probably including satellites.


The strategic simulation on the bottom of page 1 is a 1984 scene from The Terminator, before the T-Infinity alters it by destroying the T-800.


Notice on page 2 (and throughout the series) that the T-Infinity has a small infinity symbol on its forehead.


On page 3, Skynet determines a second potential time alteration point on August 11, 1995 and a third on May 4, 2004. The importance of these two dates are not reavealed and they have not been presented as significant dates in any other Terminator story.


On page 3, panel 4, several historical figures are seen. The first is a man with a beard; I'm not sure who that is supposed to be, maybe Abraham Lincoln? The second is a spacesuited figure gripping a U.S. flag; this is probably Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), the first man on the Moon, planting the flag there on July 21, 1969. The third face is that of Albert Einstein (1879-1955). The fourth is Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). The fifth is Adolf Hitler (1889-1945). 


The image of the entrance to the Crystal Peak bunker on page 4, panel 4 is similar, but not exact, to the entrance seen in Rise of the Machines. Possibly, this is a different entrance to the bunker.
Crystal Peak Infinity Crystal Peak ROTM


The television camera in the bunker on page 5 appears to have a Penlex brand on it. This is a fictitious brand, possibly inspired by Pentax, though they never made television cameras to my knowledge.


As John is feeling sorry for himself on page 6, panel 2 is a montage of three scenes, one of Sarah and Kyle running from the T-800 in The Terminator, one of young John watching the T-1000 re-form at the steel foundry in Judgment Day, and a previously unrevealed scene of Sarah timing her son as he assembles a gun blindfolded in the desert.


Page 8 indicates that Kate Brewster died inside the Crystal Peak bunker in 2007. The cause of death is never revealed. In the main Rise of the Machines timeline, she survived until at least 2032, when her husband, John Connor, was killed by a Terminator. In most of the alternate timelines arising from Rise of the Machines, she survives her time in the bunker as well. And she is also still living during the Salvation timeline.


Throughout the Crystal Peak scenes, notice that John has made his main living area, including his bunk, in the morgue, presumably to be near Kate, now entombed in one of the morgue's cadaver shelves.


It's not all that obvious unless you look at the art panels carefully, but pages 11-12 seem to indicate that the cooling unit inside Crystal Peak has failed to a point that John is unable to repair it with the parts he has on hand. This is what finally gets him to leave the bunker and face his destiny out in the post-apocalyptic world.


On page 13, John is carrying what appears to be an M-16 rifle and a duffel bag marked USAF. This stands for United States Air Force.


The resistance members and Terminators throughout the mini-series appear to carry previously unseen models of pulse rifles.


At the end of this issue, John is saved by a T-800 calling itself Uncle Bob. This was, of course, the moniker given to the protector T-800 in Judgment Day when John introduced it to Enrique Salceda. However, the current Uncle Bob is a different unit from the one seen previously. Later issues imply that the current Uncle Bob is not a Model 101 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) likeness.


Uncle Bob tells John, "Come with me if you want to live." This line was previously heard in The Terminator (spoken by Kyle Reese to Sarah Connor) and Judgment Day (spoken by the T-800 to Sarah). The same line, and variations of it, also appear in a number of other stories in the various timelines of the Terminator universe.


Uncle Bob is carrying what is identified in "Infinity" Part 2 as an X-90 Phase-Plasma Rifle, designed by CRS (Cyber Research Systems).


Unanswered Questions


What caused Kate's death in the Crystal Peak bunker? 


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