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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"The Enemy Within" Part 1
Terminator: The Enemy Within #1
Dark Horse
Script: Ian Edington
Art: Vince Giarrano
Cover by Simon Bisley
November 1991


Our heroes return to southern California to continue their mission of stopping Cyberdyne.


Read the complete summary of The Enemy Within at the Terminator wiki


Didja Notice?


The inside front cover of this issue contains a summary of events of the movie The Terminator and the two comic book mini-series previous to this one, Tempest and Secondary Objectives. The third paragraph of the summary twice mistakenly identifies Dudley's Terminator name as 1825.M instead of I825.M (the fourth paragraph refers to him correctly).


The final paragraph of the front page summary gives the reader information that is not directly revealed either at the end of Secondary Objectives or in the actual story of this issue, that the trail of Sarah Connor has grown cold and Mary, Astin, and Dudley have returned to Pasadena, California to continue their mission to stop Cyberdyne's Dr. Hollister from inventing the technology that will lead to Skynet. Meanwhile, the damaged C890.L has rebuilt itself from salvaged parts of Z000.M.


The same LAPD police headquarters building seen in "Tempest" Part 3 appears again here on page 8, but, as stated in the earlier study, it does not appear to be Parker Center, which was the LAPD Headquarters from 1954-2009.


Lt. Sloane receives a call from his friend Miles with the FBI ("Endgame" Part 1 reveals that Miles' last name is Lockhurst). The FBI is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which investigates federal crime and provides internal intelligence for the federal government.


Miles must be stationed in Washington D.C., as the Washington Monument is visible outside his office window.


Miles asks Sloane if he remembers the John Doe who was killed at Dr. Hollister's home (in "Tempest" Part 2). "John Doe" is a placeholder name used in the United States and Canada for people, patients, or bodies who are unidentified or who must remain legally anonymous.


The FBI dossier on Sloane reveals his full name as Mark Alexander Sloane, age 32, divorced from Julia Suarez. Address: 420 Turing Heights, Los Angeles. There does not appear to be any such address in Los Angeles in the real world.


On page 10, Sloane says, "Welcome to the Twilight Zone." This is a reference to the classic Twilight Zone TV series of 1959-1964, an anthology of fantasy, horror, science-fiction, and suspense.


Also on page 10, Miles remarks that the unidentified man killed at Dr. Hollister's home had old combat scars on his body, but he was too young to have been in Vietnam. This is, of course, a reference to the United States' involvement in the war between North and South Vietnam.


Miles tells Sloane that an unknown and advanced anti-radiation drug 30 years in advance of anything known, was found in the John Doe's body. Obviously, since we know the John Doe was really Alan, a resistance fighter from the future, the drug must have been used by resistance forces to counteract radiation left over from the nuclear purge by Skynet on Judgment Day.


Dr. Astin's description of endorphins as a natural bodily high is essentially correct. "Endorphin" is a portmanteau of "endogenous morphine", "endogenous" meaning substances that are produced inside a living organism. Endorphins are what cause the so-called "runner's high".


Page 16 reveals that Dudley has set up bogus bank accounts for he and his resistance cohorts to use.


Jealous of his connection with Mary, Astin refers to Dudley as "Chuckles the dwarf" on page 16.


On its return trip from Mexico, C890.L passes through the small town of Utopia, Texas. This is a an actual town (population 227 as of the 2010 census). The narrative here refers to it as "the kind of place that makes Hell look good," but I've not found any evidence that it's such a bad place at all; seems quite charming and quaint.


On page 17, panel 1, the biker on the far left has a partially obscured tattoo that may say "MOM".


The partially obscured t-shirt worn by the leader of the motorcycle gang is probably a Harley-Davidson shirt, judging by the bald eagle image and semi-diamond shape of the logo beneath.


The four-barreled gun used by the biker on page 21, panel 3 is a COP .357 Derringer (COP stands for Compact Off-Duty Police) made by COP Inc. in 1983.


When the three bikers are killed by the hurled saw blades on page 22, why do their motorcycles seem to fly into pieces as well? Lame.


In the logo on the door of Fisk's semi truck, the devil appears to be riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, judging from the shape of the logo on the gas tank. 


Unanswered Questions


Why did C890.L reconstruct itself with metallic horns on its head and numerous spikes on its body? Possibly it was emulating the devil logo on Fisk's semi truck, but the Terminator looks ridiculous. In the letters column of Terminator: The Enemy Within #3, editor Barbara Kesel explains that it was artist Vince Giarrano's idea to have C890.L put the spikes all over its body as extra protection for its rebuilt form and because it makes him look totally cool (uh, no, it doesn't). This particular Terminator also becomes something of a comic book cliché, having the most amazing and physics-defying abilities such as being able to take out three bikers by hurling three buzzsaw blades at once, each hitting a target.


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