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Terminator: The Final Battle (Part 4) Terminator
"The Final Battle" Part 4
Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #4 (Dark Horse)
Script: J. Michael Strazynski
Art: Pete Woods
Cover: Pete Woods with Matthew Wilson
March 2014


Dr. Kogan explains Skynet's plan to the serial killer, Parnell.


Read the complete story summary at the Terminator Files forum


Notes from the Terminator chronology


This story takes place during the future war in 2029 in the Salvation timeline.


Didja Notice?


2003: On page 2, the Terminators estimate the man who assisted Parnell after his car crash was 94 kilos in weight and 1.8 meters in height. This converts to about 207 pounds and 5'11" height.


2029: On page 7, Kyle tells John he's studied the photo of Sarah he gave him so he'll recognize her when he makes contact in the past and John comments he never got to meet the dog she had with her. Obviously, this refers to the photo of Sarah taken by a Mexican boy at the end of The Terminator, with her German shepherd dog in the Jeep with her. The novelization of The Terminator reveals the dog's name was Pugsley, Jr., after the pet iguana Sarah lost earlier in that film.


2029: Page 8 reveals that Parnell's new body is built from Skynet's latest tech, a Terminator Ultra-5000.


2029: On page 12, panel 1, the Wikipedia page for "military history" appears as part of the awakening Skynet's study into the world it is born into.


2029: The Nazi swastika appears in the background of page 12, panel 3, indicating types of tactics Skynet has studied.


2029: On the bottom of page 14, the faces of Josef Stalin and Charles Manson appear, as examples of the type of person Skynet was looking for as an infiltrator, people who were good at killing other people because they enjoyed it. Stalin was leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s through 1952 and who imprisoned, exiled, and executed millions of his countrymen. Manson was convicted of conspiracy to commit numerous successful murders with members of his so-called Manson Family cult in 1971 and is still serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison, CA.


In the 2029 scenes, the length of Dr. Kogan's coat changes from page-to-page throughout this issue and the following issues. 


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