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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Terminator: The Final Battle (Part 5) Terminator
"The Final Battle" Part 5
Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #5 (Dark Horse)
Script: J. Michael Strazynski
Art: Pete Woods
Cover: Pete Woods with Matthew Wilson
April 2014


Parnell instigates slaughter on the battlefield in the name of Skynet while John Connor and his team take control of the time door.


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?


The details of the Resistance attack against Skynet and Kyle Reese's indoctrination to his mission are different here than in past Terminator stories, but then that's nothing new, given all the different timelines we've explored in our studies! The time travel device is also referred to differently here, as the "time door".


Kyle is drawn to look more like the original actor, Michael Biehn, than the one who played him in Salvation, Anton Yelchin.


On page 6, Parnell revels in his mental control of the Terminators on the battlefield, enjoying the killing of his fellow human beings, saying, "...feeling all of it at the same time from a hundred hands, seeing all from a hundred eyes." Actually, he'd be seeing from two hundred eyes!


At Parnell's slaughter scene on the battlefield on page 11, panel 4, notice he has written in blood on chunks of concrete in the background, "Hell is a frame of mind," and "Peek a boo".


The scene of slaughter presented on pages 11 and 12 is reminiscent of the slaughter of London by Kid Miracleman in Miracleman #15.


On page 17, as Simon inputs the stolen codes to activate the time door and is granted access, John says, "Easy money..." This is a phrase he used a couple of times as a boy during the events of Judgment Day.


On page 18, as he's about to step through the time door, Kyle asks John, "Do I die in the first days of the machine war?" John fudges the truth by saying, "Yeah...yeah, you save my mom, and then you die in the very earliest days of the war." Of course, Kyle dies protecting John's mother, Sarah Connor, in 1984 in The Terminator.


In this story, Simon runs the time door so Kyle can make the chronoport to 1984. In past stories in previous timelines, it has been a few other people, from a Resistance tech named Winn to Danny Dyson! Simon also goes on to reprogram the T-800 that will become John's protector in 1994 in Judgment Day.


On page 21, John says, "No fate but what we make..." This is, of course, part of the message he sent back with Kyle for his mother, as described in The Terminator and Judgment Day: "The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."


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