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Terminator: Sand in the Gears (Part 1) Terminator
"Sand in the Gears" Part 1
Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel
#1 (IDW)
Written by Dara Naraghi
Pencil and inks by  Alan Robinson
Cover A by Nick Runge, Retailer Incentive covers by Klaus Scherwinski

January 2009


The resistance prepares to take out a Skynet uranium mine in Niger, Africa.


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This mini-series takes place during the future war in 2018, shortly before the events of Salvation.


Didja Notice?


    One of the retailer incentive covers of this issue features a Terminator wielding a Westinghouse M95A1 Phased Plasma Rifle as previously seen in Judgment Day and Rise of the Machines. It's also seen a time or two in episodes of The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    Notice also that the fallen sign in the bottom left corner is a parody of the Starbucks logo, Starbooks.

Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel #1


The latitude/longitude coordinates given for various cities throughout this issue are, for the most part, accurate. However, the coordinates given for Arlit, Niger actually correspond to Niamey, Niger, a difference of over 1,100 kilometers! It would seem that Arlit is the intended location of the story, as the city is known for its open pit uranium mines, just as seen in the story.


The scenes from various devastated cities around the world on pages 1-4 are of: downtown Los Angeles, CA; the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.; Tiananmen, a monument in Beijing built in 1420 (the torn portrait hanging on the outer wall is of Mao Zedong, founding father of the communist People's Republic of China); the Taj Mahal in Agra, India; St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia; the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia; the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Al Faisaliyah Center and Kingdom Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France; and the Detroit International Riverfront in Detroit, MI.


On page 2, John Connor's broadcast advises that Skynet's aerial HKs are most vulnerable at their VTOL turbofans, recommending a direct hit from an RPG or Stinger missile. VTOL stands for Vertical Take-Off and Landing. An RPG is a Rocket Propelled Grenade. The Stinger missile is the FIM-92 Stinger portable homing surface-to-air missile developed by the U.S. in 1981 and still produced today.


On page 6, Bem tells Elena he was injured in an encounter with a Sidewinder last week. Later in the issue, it is revealed that Sidewinders are small, snake-like HKs that are used by Skynet to trace human activity and report back.


On page 7, Bem teases the French Lysette about her being (or not being) Brigitte Bardot with a medical degree. Brigitte Bardot is a French former model, actress, singer, and current animal rights activist.


On page 9, one of Elena's men uses a map to find a hidden sewer entrance behind an HVAC unit. HVAC is an abbreviation of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning.


In panel 3 of page 12, Bem's bandages are wrapped around the wrong arm! In panel 5, they're back where they belong on the left arm.


On page 14, Oluwa's partner in the desert sand dunes says, "Praise Allah!" "Allah" is the Arabic word for "God".


The narration states the flashback on page 15 takes place "two years ago". That would place it in 2016.


In the flashback sequence, John asks Kate if she's heading back to the M.A.S.H. This stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, a term used by the U.S. Army for it's mobile medical units in theaters of war.


On page 16, a T-600 disguises itself as Chet by wearing his Lions jacket. This is a reference to the Detroit Lions professional football team.


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