From Peter Jackson to Halo Infinite – A Rumination on the Prometheans

When 343 Industries inherited the mantle of the Halo franchise and decided to continue the story of the Master Chief and Cortana, the universe asked a question.

The answer arrived in the form of metal and madness, bearing the name ‘Promethean.’

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Doctor Who, Deep Breath – Review & Analysis

Eight months… It’s not a particularly long hiatus for a television show (ahem, hello Sherlock!), but I have to say that it was a particularly bloody painful one to endure. As far as New Who goes, the wait between Eccleston and Tennant was six months, the wait between Tennant and Smith was only four, and now […]

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The Reclaimer Saga, the Ark, and Ragnarok

Consider this something of an addendum to my comprehensive post on the Ark Theory. With some of the recent revelations surrounding the recently announced Halo 5: Guardians, including a new piece of concept art and comments from both Bonnie Ross and Frank O’Connor, it seems that we won’t be getting a solid answer on the […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Epilogue

The finish line is in sight now, as the story of Halo 4’s campaign draws to a close. The Ur-Didact has been defeated, the Composer destroyed, and Cortana has sent John back home as she herself bows out of the narrative with her head held high. It’s the end of a very significant chapter in the […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Midnight

And so, here we are at last. The climactic conclusion to Halo 4’s campaign, and the penultimate post of this analysis which is likewise drawing to a close. The Ur-Didact has recovered the Composer and used it on Ivanoff Station to assimilate everybody present, leaving John the only human survivor following the Librarian awakening his […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Shutdown

I can give you over forty thousand reasons why I know this game is awesome. I know it because the story’s thematic resonance is disproportionate to its suggested size, I know it because its character arcs are more emotional than that of the common shooter. But for all that, I’ll never actually know just how […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Reclaimer

So here we are, at the half-way point of this little project. So far, we’ve covered what has primarily been the build-up in the narrative, the setting of the stage for that point in the plot where the stakes get raised higher than ever and the direction of the story becomes clear. Reclaimer is that […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Infinity

Onto act two of Halo 4’s story which serves as the rising action in the plot, introducing us to and developing a series of critical thematic elements surrounding humanity, our history, and setting the stage for the rest of the Reclaimer Saga by continuing to build on the concept of the Mantle which is, as […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Forerunner

Onto the third mission of the campaign, titled Forerunner. This marks the end of the first of Halo 4’s three acts in the story,  the set-up where we’re introduced to the characters, their relationships, the world they live in, the disruption of the status quo, and so on. The end of the first act typically […]

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