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Terminator: Judgment Impaired "Judgment Impaired"
T2: Cybernetic Dawn #3
Writer: Dan Abnett
Story by: Dan Abnett, Mark Paniccia, and Gerry Kline
Penciler: Rod Whigham
Inker: Jack Snider
Cover by Rod Whigham and Chuck Maiden
January 1996


Sarah and John face off against another T-800 as the present war escalates.


Story Summary


With Mossberg's help, Sarah's crew escapes the T-800's ambush and eventually disables the Terminator completely at a construction site, removing the microchip, but forced to leave the robotic body behind, which is found by the feds.


Mossberg informs Sarah of the NetWork Developments location in Simi Valley and she decides to go there, thinking they may now be the company that brings Skynet to life after the destruction of Cyberdyne's research.




Didja Notice?


On the cover, notice that Sarah's face is visible in the side-view mirror as she drives the forklift against the Terminator.


On page 7, Sarah and her crew lead the pursuing T-800 onto a construction site run by Evans Construction. This is probably intended as a fictional contractor by the writer, but there are a number of independent Evans Construction businesses in California and throughout the U.S.


The scene of Sarah driving a forklift against the Terminator may be a bit of an homage to James Cameron's 1986 film Aliens, in which Sigourney Weaver's character of Ripley fights an alien queen with a futuristic Caterpillar power loader.


After John removes the T-800's CPU on page 14, Danny asks him where he learned to do that and John responds, "My uncle showed me how." This is a reference to the alias John applied to the T-800 who was assigned to protect him in Judgment Day, "Uncle Bob". (The moniker of "Uncle Bob" is later taken up by another Terminator assigned to help John become the leader of the resistance in 2009 in the Infinity mini-series.)


Although it's barely legible, the coffee mug carried by Karyn's co-worker at NetWork Developments on page 15 appears to have an X and the phrase "Trust No One" on it. This is a reference to the 1993-2002 TV series The X-Files which had as one of its taglines, "Trust no one." In fact, on page 16, panel 1, a man who looks quite like the X-Files character known as the Smoking Man is seen...he's even lighting a cigarette as the battered body of the latest T-800 is carted up for study!


On page 17, Sarah and her crew are laying low at a Motel 9. There are a number of independent motels using that name across the country, no doubt inspired by the U.S. and Canada motel chain Motel 6.


On page 17, panel 1, notice that one of the cars parked outside the motel has the license plate MST 3K. this seems to be the same plate as the one on Sarah and John's stolen sedan back in "Lost & Found", even though that car was left at the Salcedas' property in that issue! As stated in the earlier study, This is probably a reference to MST3K, Mystery Science Theater 3000, the 1988-1999 television series that made fun of bad movies.


Page 20 reveals that Mossberg's first name is David.


On the last page of the issue, the graffiti behind the Terminator features what may be references to rock music. "Los Straitjackets" and (partially obscured) "Sisters of Mercy" are rock bands mostly known for their '80-'90s music, though both groups still perform today. "Iggy" may be a reference to Iggy Pop, an active rock musician and singer-songwriter since the 1960s (in fact, at the conclusion of the mini-series ("No Fate") John is wearing an Iggy Pop t-shirt). "Owsley" is a (likely self-) reference to the issue's letterer, Patrick Owsley.


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