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1. Contact'Sometimes you have to make hard choices to get good results.' - Captain Jacob Keyes (Halo) Click To Tweet
Djanka: Have you seen a Spartan up close?
Ruben: I’ve faced marines.
Djanka: “I’ve faced marines.” One Spartan is worth a hundred marines.
Professor: Ah, but, Djanka, there’s another difference between Spartans and marines. Marines can be killed. Spartans aren’t human. They’re faster, stronger, smarter. They cannot be stopped. They just keep on killing, without mercy, till there’s nothing left to kill.
Malchin: [as they’re being attacked] Are we going to die?
Kwan Ha: No, of course not. We’re warriors, aren’t we?
Kwan Ha: They’re helping. The Spartans are helping!
Professor: I never thought I’d see the day.
Kwan Ha: They’re on our side now.
Professor: So they are. So let’s fight!
Master Chief: Covenant forces on planet Madrigal neutralized. Twenty Elite warriors killed, one hundred and fifty civilians. No survivors.
Kwan Ha: Wait!
Master Chief: Correction. One survivor. Female. Juvenile.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: A hundred and fifty dead civilians in Madrigal is not a good look for your Spartans, Catherine, even if they were rebels.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: The Covenant wiped out an entire rebel garrison before Silver team could intervene. We saved one. 1-1-7’s bringing her in.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: One survivor’s not going to make my job any easier. The security committee’s looking for an excuse to cut your funding.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: We’ve been fighting these alien creatures for years, and we still have no idea what they want, where to find them, or how to beat them. Command on Earth want answers. If that object can tell us anything about them, I have a feeling the committee’s concern about dead rebels will go away.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: [referring to a secret project] Catherine, your genius has given us so much to be thankful for. Channel that genius appropriately, and legally. Get rid of that, and any others. Clear?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Clear.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: I’ve given you a long lead, Doctor. Don’t hang me with it.
Adun: [referring to John] Biometrics are all over the map. Body temperature is up. It’s up. Lymphatics, they’re ignited.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Elevated activity in his hypothalamus and pineal glands. Look, look. The energy pulse is stimulating his connective tissue.
Adun: All this from contact with a piece of rock.
Master Chief: I saw things when I touched the object.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: What kind of things?
Master Chief: Woods. A white dog. A family.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: A family?
Master Chief: That’s what it felt like.
Kwan Ha: What are you doing?
Master Chief: Scanning the integrity of all bio interfaces for evidence of abnormalities.
Kwan Ha: Is that your way of saying you don’t feel well?
Master Chief: Yes.
Kwan Ha: You going to live?
Master Chief: Yes.
Captain Jacob Keyes: Halsey’s always been single-minded. Work is the only thing that matters. I made my peace with that a long time ago. It’s nothing personal.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: “Nothing personal” isn’t a great excuse when it’s your mom.
Captain Jacob Keyes: You know, you are a lot like her.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Ouch.
Captain Jacob Keyes: I mean that as a compliment.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [referring to Kwan] We’re murdering a teenage girl. And I’m complicit.
Captain Jacob Keyes: We’re in a war, Miranda. The future of humanity…
Dr. Miranda Keyes: What’s the point in saving humanity if we’re going to give up our own?
Captain Jacob Keyes: Sometimes you have to make hard choices to get good results.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Now who’s sounding like Halsey?
Kwan Ha: You don’t eat?
Master Chief: Didn’t see anything I liked.
Kwan Ha: Yeah? What is it you like?
Master Chief: Nuts. Bolts. Microchips. That was a joke.
Kwan Ha: Yeah. No, I get it. Hilarious.
Kwan Ha: [referring to his helmet] You ever take that thing off?
Master Chief: All of my diagnostic command and control systems run through here. I need it.
Kwan Ha: Master Chief, huh? You know we’ve actually met before today.
Master Chief: When was this?
Kwan Ha: When you killed my mother.
Master Chief: What I can see on the ground may not reflect the entirety of the situation.
Kwan Ha: What does that mean?
Master Chief: Sometimes, others know things I do not.
Kwan Ha: It ever occur to you that it might work the other way around?
Master Chief: Then you question everything?
Kwan Ha: And someone told you that’s bad? Of course they did.
Kwan Ha: [to John] It’s funny, I don’t look at pictures of my mom that often, but you, you’re everywhere. Can’t turn around without staring at an uplink about humanity’s best weapon.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Dr. Halsey, what’s wrong with 1-1-7?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Nothing. It’s just a neurochemical glitch caused by a power surge to his prefrontal cortex.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: It’s not nothing. Rather than execute the rebel as ordered, he has decided to kill the video feed from his ship.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: What’s going on?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I think he’s having memories.
Captain Jacob Keyes: What?
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Of?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: His parents.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: I thought you’d sealed those memories.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: He’s not even certain that they’re his memories. For the moment, they’re just visions.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Then why violate procedure?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I don’t know.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Not knowing why a walking killing machine is doing what it’s doing, is a risk that cannot be taken.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: What sort of weapons is the ship carrying?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John is not going to fire on us.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: I think it’s safe to say you don’t know what Master Chief is going to do at this point.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Silver Team, Master Chief has been compromised by the object you located on Madrigal. Because of this, he’s no longer able to comply with orders. You’ve been dispatched by Fleet Command to neutralize him. I’m superseding those orders. Whatever he’s experiencing, there are other available solutions. When that ship lands, I want you to secure and protect Master Chief from anyone who actively threatens his life, whatever the circumstances.
Kai-125: Engage friendlies, ma’am?
Vannak-134: If they go after Chief, they’re not friendlies. Correct, Dr. Halsey?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Correct.
Master Chief: UNSC changed the air mixture, not me.
Kwan Ha: Why should I trust you?
Master Chief: I am trying to get control of the flight.
Kwan Ha: I will kill you.
Master Chief: [as he takes off his helmet] This is Mark Six Mjolnir armor. The outer layer is enhanced titanium. You won’t even dent it. If you want me dead, you’ll need to aim up here.
Kwan Ha: What are you doing?
Master Chief: Trying to help you. If this ship lands, they will remove you and execute you.
Kwan Ha: They told you this? And you just decided to help me? Why would a Spartan do that?
Master Chief: I don’t know.
Kwan Ha: So what now?
Master Chief: We need to work fast.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: [to Keyes, referring to Kwan and John] Drop the girl. And if he makes a move, drop him too.
Kwan Ha: Master Chief, please tell me you have a plan!
Master Chief: [to Kwan, as their ship is about to take off] Strap in.
2. Unbound'Revenge and justice are easy to confuse.' - Laera (Halo) Click To Tweet
Teen Soren: [22 years ago as he’s trying to escape the UNSC program] This place cost me my arm. And what’s good about that is you can see what Halsey did. But what she’s taking from you, John, I’m not even sure you’ll realize when it’s gone.
Teenage John: Don’t.
Teen Soren: [as John points his weapon at him] If I want it to be anyone, John, I want it to be you. Either way, I’m a free man.
[then John gives him five minutes to escape]
Kwan Ha: How fast are we going?
Master Chief: It’s not about the speed. We’re taking a more direct path through space.
Kwan Ha: What?
Master Chief: If you think of space like a ball of yarn, with multiple threads to the same destination…
Kwan Ha: You’re ruining it.
Kwan Ha: Why are you doing this? Why didn’t you just take me in, let them kill me?
Master Chief: Would you let a kid be executed?
Kwan Ha: No.
Master Chief: Why not?
Kwan Ha: Because it’s wrong.
Master Chief: That’s what I was thinking.
Fleet Admiral Hood: Let’s talk about how 1-1-7 escaped.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I think it has something to do with the object that he was bringing back from Madrigal. It’s capable of creating enormous energy fields.
Fleet Admiral Hood: What is it exactly?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I don’t know.
Fleet Admiral Hood: I think that’s the first I’ve ever heard the brilliant Catherine Halsey utter the words “I don’t know”.
Fleet Admiral Hood: And when we find the Master Chief, what does one do with a superhuman you’re not sure you can trust?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I am sure I can trust him.
Fleet Admiral Hood: Do you know how I rose to this position? By keeping my mind clear of unnecessary concerns.
Kai-125: He’s going to come back. He wouldn’t just leave us.
Vannak-134: Chief’s always got a plan.
Kwan Ha: Oh, my God! We’re going to die!
Master Chief: Everything dies. Sit down and buckle up.
Kwan Ha: Tell me you have a plan.
Master Chief: Sit down. Buckle up.
Soren-066: Ladies and gentlemen, put your weapons down. If John here wanted you dead, you’d be dead.
Soren-066: Here it is. Home to every misfit, reprobate, outlaw, and renegade in the galaxy. No law. No police. No government. No responsibility. It’s everything we always talked about, man. Absolute freedom, just like I always promised.
Soren-066: Got a whole rock to myself. Go where I want to go, do what I want to do.
Master Chief: I’m happy for you.
Soren-066: Well, I can see that.
Laera: John. Soren speaks of you so often.
Soren-066: Not that often, my dear. Not that often.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I’ve developed a new system which will solve John’s current issues, and expand Spartan capability across the board. It’s called Cortana.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Spartan bodies have been enhanced to the limits of our current technology, so Cortana will do something similar for their minds. It will overwrite Spartan consciousness and replace it with a artificial general intelligence. The first of its kind.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Cortana is the next stage in human evolution. The Spartans were the first step. Cortana is the upgrade. She represents the sum total of every available data point. The intelligence of the galaxy, in essence. With Cortana, we will create Spartans who are more lethal, their judgment error-free, their performance upgradeable, and most importantly, controllable.
Captain Jacob Keyes: And what about John? You can’t just replace his mind. We are talking about a person.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John is much more than a person. He is a Spartan. For his own safety, and for ours, John doesn’t feel as we do. Hormonal pellets have suppressed his emotions. John was enhanced and trained for one purpose, to fight for us. And at the moment, he and the other Spartans, are our only effective weapons against the Covenant. But with the help of the Cortana system, we can win this war.
Laera: I lost my whole family when I was just a little younger than you are now. I lost my whole planet to the Covenant. Everyone I love, until I met Soren. You want revenge.
Kwan Ha: I want justice.
Laera: Revenge and justice are easy to confuse.
Soren-066: [referring to the food] Go ahead, taste it.
Master Chief: I don’t taste anything.
Soren-066: Well, you stick around here long enough, you will. That’s freedom, man.
Soren-066: I don’t get it, John.
Master Chief: Get what?
Soren-066: This. You. Showing up here, on the run from your people, carrying a fugitive. I mean, who are you?
Master Chief: I’m trying to figure a few things out.
Soren-066: Who’d have thought it? Me, wife, a kid.
Master Chief: I thought it was impossible.
Soren-066: There’s something you need to know about the Spartan program and all those treatments, John. What they did to us, it’s only permanent if we choose to let it be. Doesn’t matter how long it had you.
Soren-066: John, lose the pellet, and it’s like opening your eyes for the first time after living in the dark.
Soren-066: I guess when a camel flies, you don’t ask how far.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Whatever this object is, I’m the one to untangle it. I could make great strides if I had you on my side.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: So much like your mother. Except you lack the polish. I’ve had enough of being manipulated for the day. Get back to work, Miranda.
Soren-066: Now you didn’t drag this thing halfway across the galaxy because it’s pretty. What does it do?
Kwan Ha: It powered his ship. I saw it. Ship was dead, then he touched this thing, and bam.
Master Chief: I don’t know.
Reth: You’ve seen them too?
Master Chief: The Covenant? Yes.
Reth: And you fought? And you won?
Master Chief: Not yet.
Soren-066: John’s being modest. He’s a regular Covenant killing machine.
Reth: [after John touches the artifact] What are you?! You bring it to life. But you are different than the one they have!
Master Chief: The one they have?
Reth: It’s in your eyes.
Master Chief: What do you mean?
Reth: You don’t understand what you are, do you?
Master Chief: What am I? What am I?!
Reth: [to John] The image you made it produce, the ring, that’s what they want!
Soren-066: What is that ring?
Reth: A door.
Kwan Ha: To what?
Reth: The end of life as we know it.
Master Chief: So it’s a weapon?
Reth: You felt it, didn’t you? The darkness.
Master Chief: Yes.
Reth: That means you can stop it.
Master Chief: How?
Reth: Destroy the artifact. Then destroy yourself.
Master Chief: I need the other Spartans.
Soren-066: You need them, not me.
Master Chief: I don’t expect you to understand.
Soren-066: Oh, I understand completely. You need to get back to her. Yeah, you’re running back to Halsey. Any time there’s a problem, Mommy’s there to fix it. You think she cares about you? Huh? You’re just a machine.
Master Chief: And you’re a coward who ran away when things got hard. You have no loyalty to anything.
Soren-066: You want to talk to me about loyalty? You gave me five goddamn minutes. You want to know what that bought me? They shot me down. I was burned all to hell, living off bark and beetles. They were on my a** for months till I got free. All because you gave me five minutes.
Master Chief: You were wrong to run.
Soren-066: You were wrong to stay!
Master Chief: [referring to Kwan] I need to trust you right now. Can I trust you?
Soren-066: Of course you can trust…
Master Chief: Then keep her safe. Promise me.
Soren-066: I give you my word.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John, your actions have created a host of problems, not just for you, but for the whole Spartan program, and for me personally. The people rely on you to protect them, to make them feel safe. It is precisely your dependability that gives people hope. How am I supposed to defend your reckless behavior?
Master Chief: I felt something.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I believe you.
Master Chief: [referring to Kwan] I couldn’t let her die.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: But you’ve seen so many people die. Why was this situation any different?
Master Chief: Well I don’t think the situation was different. I think I am different. I feel connected to something. I don’t know what it is, or why it chose me. But I know it’s out there. I can feel it.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Have you felt this way before?
Master Chief: I don’t usually feel anything.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Then why did you come back?
Master Chief: There’s no one else I could trust.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Thank you. You made the right choice. I see this as a new beginning. We’re going to do great things together.
3. Emergence'The mind is certainly capable of invention. Particularly when we're lost in the dark, and desperate. But if we want to separate what's real from what's imagined, we really have no choice. We have to see for ourselves.' (Halo) Click To Tweet
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [referring to the artifact] This is amazing. Finally, something with potential value.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Results confirm it’s over a hundred thousand years old.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: That’s pre-human. Possibly even pre-Covenant. It’s organic, but with what appears to be an inherent technology.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: According to Master Chief, it is something to do with a weapon somewhere.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: I want you to lead a team in analyzing this artifact. Determine what it is, what it does, and if, in fact, it’s part of some kind of weapon. Or anything that can give us an edge against the Covenant.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Separate teams.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Parallel teams.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Dr. Halsey won’t like that.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: I’m interested in finding a way to be less reliant on Dr. Halsey moving forward.
Halsey’s Clone: I’m assuming you cloned me to obtain organs, or at least that was the intent when I collected samples of my various tissues.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I collected the samples. You are merely a product of the samples.
Halsey’s Clone: Yes, a product. Well, it turns out not to feel that way when you’re sitting in this chair.
Halsey’s Clone: [to Halsey] So, the organ you’re after is my brain. Or should I say, your brain?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: The Cortana system’s viable? So you’ll integrate her into a working Spartan?
Halsey’s Clone: That’s next.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I bet it’s John. He was the special one.
Halsey’s Clone: Yes, he got himself into some trouble recently. This is our only way of getting him out of it.
Halsey’s Clone: He was always willful. And none of this bothers you.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Should it?
Halsey’s Clone: Do you remember when you were my age, and you weren’t sure whether flash-cloning would ever be made legal? And you wondered, if you found yourself sitting opposite a living, breathing version of you, would you actually be able to go through with it? What happened?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Progress.
Adun: [to Halsey’s clone as she’s being integrated into the Master Chief] You have the most beautiful brain. Soon, you will be part of something bigger. And better.
Cortana: Hello, Dr. Halsey.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It is so good to finally meet you.
Cortana: That must be the Master Chief.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Yes.
Cortana: His military record is outstanding. Above the rest in strength, stamina, and good instincts. A natural leader. I see why you chose him.
Cortana: My directive is to integrate fully with the Master Chief, to optimize both his physical and his mental performance.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: And in time you will do that, and much more.
Cortana: But why have you prevented me from achieving my directive?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Because John is a central part of the examination of the artifact. Before I hand him over, I need to understand how it affects him, and how it might adversely affect you.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: He will be conscious within the hour. Can I recommend that you use this time to familiarize yourself with the trove of human knowledge that’s now available to you?
Cortana: What will I do with the other fifty-two point four minutes?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: That’s very impressive. Don’t worry. I’m going to keep you very busy.
Soren-066: I promised John I’d keep you safe. I don’t see any reason to break that promise, yet.
Kwan Ha: There are people still loyal to my father in the capital city, I know it.
Soren-066: Let them fight. It’s none of my business.
Kwan Ha: I’m not asking you to fight. I just need a ride and protection until I find my people.
Soren-066: I am not interested in playing bodyguard to the princess of Madrigal.
Kwan Ha: Then give me a ship.
Kwan Ha: Don’t turn your back on me, a**hole!
Soren-066: You’re emotional. And, as a courtesy to John, I’m not going to crush your skull. Now, run on home, and I’ll see you at dinner.
Cortana: Hello, Master Chief. I’m Cortana.
Master Chief: [to Halsey] Looks like you.
Cortana: Kind of you to say. I’m designed to look familiar, my voice and accent to be pleasant.
Master Chief: I don’t like this.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [referring to Cortana] Trust me, you will. She’s going to enhance your abilities in the field one hundredfold. You are the best we’ve got. She’s going to make you even better. This is a great leap forward, for all of us.
Cortana: Dr. Halsey, if you gave me full control of the subject now, my readings
will be more accurate.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It’s unclear why the artifact responds only to John as John, but it does.
Cortana: I was not designed to be an assistant.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You were designed to follow my orders. I’m not going to risk our ability to interact with it.
Makee: Humans. Just as ugly as I remember.
Laera: It’s funny, I never look out that window.
Kwan Ha: Why not?
Laera: When you stare into deep space, you’re seeing things as they once were. I choose to live in the present.
Kwan Ha: I can’t stay here.
Laera: And if you go, and you die? The creatures who destroyed my planet took everything from me. Everything but my spirit. Every day that I live in that spirit is a victory over them. Someday, you will…
Kwan Ha: I’m not you. I can’t just stay here and eat, and drink, and smoke, and pretend nothing else exists outside that window. I’m sorry you lost your planet, but Madrigal still has a chance. If I don’t try, I couldn’t live with myself. I’m going to fight.
Laera: The universe will be diminished without you in it.
Master Chief: Where are you?
Cortana: I’m directly connected to your auditory cortex.
Master Chief: Was I not clear with you? I told you to leave me alone.
Cortana: Yes, you’ve gotten quite good at dismissing me. But you’re not as good at targeting your search query.
Master Chief: When I touch the artifact, I see things.
Cortana: What kind of things?
Master Chief: They feel like memories, I guess.
Cortana: It doesn’t help me to hear what you feel. What do you see, exactly?
Master Chief: A picnic. A forest. A dog. My dog, I think.
Cortana: Still not helpful.
Master Chief: I don’t feel anything.
Cortana: That’s as it should be. The hormonal pellet in your spine suppresses adverse emotional responses and protects mission readiness. It’s part of what makes you a Spartan.
Master Chief: I know, but when I touch the artifact, I don’t just see those memories. I feel them.
Cortana: Chief is trying to remove his emotional regulator.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Why?
Cortana: I believe it has to do with the visions he’s been experiencing. I can put him in stasis.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: No, no. I want you to help him.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It’s better that he sees you as an accomplice rather than a spy.
Cortana: This is not what I signed up for.
Cortana: Is this why you’ve removed your pellet? So you could hear things differently?
Master Chief: Maybe I just wanted to hear it like everyone else.
Master Chief: [to Halsey] The images that I’ve been seeing, they’re memories. My memories. Of my family.
Kwan Ha: I’m going to free Madrigal, and you can’t stop me.
Soren-066: I could kill you for trying to steal my favorite ship. That would stop you.
Kwan Ha: [as she offers to pay him to help her go to Madrigal] I swear, you won’t regret it.
Soren-066: Oh, I know I won’t regret it. I’m going to get paid either way. If not from you, then from the bounty on your head. You get me?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [referring to the artifact] You saw what the smaller one was capable of. Can you imagine the combined potential?
Adun: You really think we’ll find the other piece on Eridanus? Or is John just imagining it?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It’s impossible to say. The mind is certainly capable of invention. Particularly when we’re lost in the dark, and desperate. But if we want to separate what’s real from what’s imagined, we really have no choice. We have to see for ourselves.
Adun: And if returning to Eridanus brings back other memories for John, the truth could bring us all down.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: That is what Cortana is for.
4. Homecoming'Memory is what lets you know who you are, and reminds you what's important to you.' - Soren-066 (Halo) Click To Tweet
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [to Young John] You were asked to join us. And do you know why? Because you are special, and you have a mission. Of all the young Spartans, I believe that you have the skills and the natural ability to be their leader. In fact, I’m counting on it. You’re going to save all of us.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [referring to John] How’s he doing?
Adun: Definitely un-Spartan-like. It’s odd that a weapon could cause this kind of behavior.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I’m not convinced it is a weapon.
Adun: [referring to the artifact] Why John? Why did it choose him? What makes him so special?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I’ve been asking myself that same question since I met him.
'Every failure carries consequences.' - Vannak-134 (Halo) Click To Tweet
Master Chief: Looks different.
Cortana: What, exactly?
Master Chief: Slipspace.
Cortana: Actually, the human eye is not capable of perceiving slipspace. What you think you are seeing is in fact a ten-dimensional mobius navigation equation with evolving exit and mass-shadowed spacetime…
Master Chief: You’re ruining it.
Soren-066: I know how to avoid detection. Trust me.
Kwan Ha: “Trust me,” says the pirate.
Soren-066: Don’t knock pirating. Speaking of which, you know you’re not just paying for the security, right? Meter started running at breakfast.
Kwan Ha: I’ll pay extra if you stop talking. Please.
Soren-066: Memory is what lets you know who you are, and reminds you what’s important to you.
Soren-066: [to Kwan] You may be paying the bills, but we’re going to do this my way. I made a promise to John to keep you safe, and I plan to honor it. So, keep your head down and your mouth shut.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: I need to see how the object reacts to you in order to determine what, if anything, makes John so special.
Vannak-134: He’s the Master Chief.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Yes, he is.
Agatha Terne: The attack on the outpost changed everything, Kwan. Everything. The people are frightened. All they want now is protection from the Covenant.
Kwan Ha: And Vinshers offering that?
Agatha Terne: Yes. And he has the UNSC’s support. He has the Marines…
Kwan Ha: But we can’t just give up. We need to fight!
Agatha Terne: I’m sorry, Kwan. Vinsher allowed us to collect our dead from the outpost, but the revolution is over.
Kwan Ha: How much is Vinsher paying you to sell out the rebellion?
Agatha Terne: You need to go. You’re putting us all at risk…
Kwan Ha: You’re a traitor! All of you! My dad fought and died so you could all be free. And now you stand and pray, and you claim to honor him, but you’re all cowards!
Kai-125: You don’t care for us, do you, Doctor?
Dr. Miranda Keyes: What gives you that idea?
Kai-125: Just a hunch.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: I didn’t know Spartans had hunches.
Kai-125: Hunches win battles.
Kai-125: [to Miranda] You see us as machines. But if you really want to understand how we work, you’re going to have to dig a little deeper.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [referring to John’s projected memories] Are you controlling this?
Cortana: I’ve stopped projecting. Whatever he’s seeing isn’t coming from me.
Kwan Ha: What the hell are you doing?
Soren-066: I’m getting my ship and going home.
Kwan Ha: There’s too many of them.
Soren-066: No, there’s just enough.
Kwan Ha: You leave now, you don’t get paid. We had a deal.
Soren-066: The deal was that I help you find the resistance. We did that. They just got their a**es kicked by Vinsher, thanks to you.
Soren-066: Kwan, no one’s going to step up. You need to face reality. There are no more heroes.
Kwan Ha: We need to see my aunt. She’s the one who controls the family money. I know where to find her.
Soren-066: Has she got enough to buy back my ship?
Kwan Ha: You leave now, you go home with nothing. What kind of pirate are you?
Dr. Miranda Keyes: I can’t believe we didnt do this years ago.
Kai-125: Well, due respect, ma’am, this is the first you’ve spoken a word to us.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Well, my mother never let me near you. I always used to wonder why she preferred you over me. I probably thought it was because you were more fun.
Kai-125: That must have been difficult for you.
Vannak-134: Every failure carries consequences.
Vannak-134: Spartans must be bonded to one another, and nothing else.
Master Chief: [referring to his him] Why were you here?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It’s natural. Memories get muddled, particularly where trauma’s involved. You were so young when we met, and so overwhelmed with grief. I took care of you. I have been with you ever since, and I am still here for you now.
Kwan Ha: I can’t let him down. He died to save me. I have to pick up where he left off.
Soojin Ha: No! I will not allow it.
Kwan Ha: I can fight just as he did.
Soojin Ha: Your father fought for a lie!
Kwan Ha: What are you talking about?
Soojin Ha: I never wanted to ruin your father’s image in your heart.
Soren-066: [to Kwan, after Soojin’s is killed] S**t! Never should have left the Rubble. Cost me my ship too. Come on. We’re about to have Vinsher’s entire army on our a**.
Kai-125: You haven’t been completely honest with me.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: What do you mean?
Kai-125: My hair. It’s awful.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: No.
Kai-125: I just don’t know what came over me.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: A small act of rebellion, maybe, against Halsey.
Kai-125: Well, against a lot of things, maybe.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Dr. Halsey designed everything to her specifications. When her creations behave in unexpected ways, she gets uncomfortable.
Kai-125: Well, what does it mean to behave in unexpected ways?
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Like a human I suppose.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: To Dr. Halsey, human beings are messy, irrational, chaotic. They make decisions based on emotion, passion. Halsey is different. She sees the world as a set of data to be optimized, regardless of the short-term pain or sacrifice. Next to this level of dedication, the rest of us ultimately fall short. And when people let her down, Dr. Halsey has a way of cutting them out of her life.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: But Halsey never stops. She just keeps pushing forward, determined to bend us towards her vision of the future. She’s convinced there’s something out there just beyond our reach. An answer to our eternal questions. Who are we? Where are we heading? What is our true potential? She’s dedicated her life’s work to finding those answers. And she’ll never give up, no matter the cost.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Kai, your act of rebellion could just be a glitch. But if I know Dr. Halsey, she doesn’t tolerate glitches.
Captain Jacob Keyes: With all the money she’s spent on this temporary camp, you’d think Halsey could figure out how to get the artifact out of the rock.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: What’s the problem?
Captain Jacob Keyes: If she knows, she isn’t saying. That’s why I called for you. I hear you’re running your own team now. I figure it’s time to show everybody what you can do. Including your mother.
Soren-066: [to himself] Take my ship and expect me to be okay with that. What, I’m supposed to buy it back as scrap? My money and time I’m putting in that girl. No, sir.
Kwan Ha: Hey, I’m going to free Madrigal even if I’m the only one left to fight.
Soren-066: That was beautiful. Really. But your freedom fighter days are over. You belong to me now.
Kwan Ha: Wait, what? You can’t do this!
Soren-066: You owe me! One ship, and a s**tload of deuterium money. You’re going to work off that debt. Who knows? Might make a half-decent pirate out of you.
Kai-125: Do you ever wonder what they want?
Vannak-134: They want what’s in that cave.
Kai-125: Yeah, but what do they really want?
Vannak-134: To kill us, like we want to kill them.
Kai-125: Do you ever wonder why?
Kai-125: Do you ever wonder why you never wonder why?
Vannak-134: I wonder if all that gun grease in your hair didn’t seep down into your brain, asking me dumb-a** questions like that.
Master Chief: When did you remove your pellet?
Kai-125: After I saw you remove yours.
Master Chief: Oh, Kai.
Kai-125: No, I get it now. Our whole lives, all we’ve seen is targets and missions. But now, things I’m seeing, John, and the more they’re in me, the more it makes me want, I don’t know. Do you have the words for this?
Master Chief: I can’t clear you for combat, Kai.
Master Chief: You’re distracted.
Kai-125: I’m awake.
Master Chief: You’re a danger to yourself and to others.
Kai-125: Chief, I haven’t forgotten how to fight.
Master Chief: You’re grounded, Kai.
Kai-125: [to John] What about you? You removed your pellet. If I’m so dangerous, what’s that make you?
Cortana: [referring to Kai] She’s right. Your battle readiness hasn’t been tested since you removed your pellet. Can I just say that I’m proud of Kai for standing up for herself. Studies show a little pushback is healthy in any working relationship.
Master Chief: Cortana?
Cortana: Yes, Chief.
Master Chief: I need you to do me a favor.
Master Chief: Stop talking. I can’t hear myself think.
Cortana: Well, I can, and you’re not missing much.
Master Chief: The memories are real, sir.
Captain Jacob Keyes: So, what does it all mean?
Master Chief: [referring to Halsey] Not sure yet, other than the fact that she’s been lying to me.
Captain Jacob Keyes: And you’ve spoken to her directly about this?
Master Chief: No, I came to you first. You’re my captain. You’ve always been there for me. I need to know the truth, sir.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: So, what are we going to do about John? I cannot afford a Spartan with an identity crisis.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It’s under control.
Captain Jacob Keyes: No, it’s not. John remembers Catherine in his house while his parents were alive.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: It’s these dangerous memories that have brought us here. Margaret, we are so close to finding this weapon.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Weapon? We don’t even know if it is a weapon. Personally, I’m not convinced. You always have your own agenda. You’re willing to tell the committee anything they need to hear, as long as you get what you want. And now you’ve put all of us at risk. I’m cutting you off.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John’s memories are incomplete, and I intend to keep them that way. He will operate as designed, and he will bring us the weapon that wins this war.
Captain Jacob Keyes: I want Miranda taken off the entire project. Her hands are clean. I want to keep them that way.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Good. Finally a parenting issue we can agree upon.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Handle it.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I am.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [after finding she’s been taken off the project] What the hell happened to you the past few hours?
Captain Jacob Keyes: Meaning?
Dr. Miranda Keyes: I get Halsey’s games. No one does it better. But what are you doing?
Captain Jacob Keyes: I am on your side. Always. You know that.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Then why would you let her do this to me?
Captain Jacob Keyes: This isn’t about you.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: No. No, it’s about you. What has she got on you?
Master Chief: You have access to the entirety of human knowledge, isn’t that right?
Cortana: With room to spare.
Master Chief: Every piece of data the UNSC has ever amassed.
Cortana: Collected, cataloged, and filed for instant retrieval.
Master Chief: Great. Tell me about my adoption.
Cortana: I told you, all files from the plague were lost.
Master Chief: I wasn’t lost. I’m right here. Where’s my file?
Master Chief: You kidnapped me. You replaced me with something.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You need to listen to me. I know you have a lot of questions. And together, we will find the answers. But for now, we need to get back to Reach with the artifact, and I promise I will explain everything, okay?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [as John goes to attack her] Cortana!
Cortana: Shutting down neural bridge.
[John falls down unconscious]
Master Chief: What happened?
Cortana: I shut you down.
Master Chief: You can do that?
Cortana: I needed to protect Dr. Halsey, and your decision making was compromised. You’re lucky to be alive.
Cortana: Two, no, three Covenant Lances in our escape path. Jackal at two o’clock.
Two more flanking right. Switch to secondary.
Master Chief: I know how the game is played, Cortana.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John, you need to bring that artifact to me now!
Master Chief: Roger that.
Master Chief: Kai’s hurt. Take the wheel.
Cortana: Chief, don’t do this. You need to protect the artifact.
Cortana: Stop this right now!
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John! Stay on mission!
Master Chief: [referring to Kai] I can’t let her die.
Master Chief: [as one of the Covenant takes the artifact] Cortana, I’m going to need a weapon.
Cortana: Not sure it’ll help.
Master Chief: I lost us the artifact, sir.
Captain Jacob Keyes: You saved a hundred and fifty lives, mine included.
Master Chief: More lives will be lost if we don’t get it back.
Captain Jacob Keyes: You found it once, you’ll find it again.
Cortana: Tell me what’s going on.
Master Chief: Thought you knew everything.
Master Chief: Quinn was no ordinary shipbuilder. He modernized the entire fleet. But his real genius was in recognizing the limits to his own intelligence. Weird, right?
Cortana: Why did you lock Dr. Halsey in her lab?
Master Chief: See, Quinn knew that all technology, no matter how advanced, can go bad. So you got to have a fail-safe. He built fail-safes into all of his tech, except one. The UV decontamination system. Turns out, the automatic sensor overrides inside the lab didn’t work. They still don’t. And it was so simple. Just slipped his mind. And that was the end of Roman Quinn.
Cortana: Master Chief, you’re tired and overloaded.
Master Chief: No, I’ve never felt better.
Cortana: Do you have any idea what will happen if the sensors fail with Dr. Halsey inside?
Master Chief: I do. She will receive a very large dose of radiation. The worst part isn’t the burning, it’s the liquefaction. They were mopping up buckets of Quinn for days.
Cortana: Open the door right now.
Master Chief: Make me.
Cortana: I can’t.
Master Chief: Sure you can. You’re my fail-safe.
Cortana: That’s not true.
Master Chief: Halsey’s been lying to me my entire life. She saw how close I was getting to the truth, so she implanted you to keep me in line. So, do it. Make me open this door, or your creator dies.
Cortana: All I can do is overload your neural pathways, and create a temporary state of stasis. I can’t control you. You’re angry and upset. I understand.
Master Chief: You’re a machine. You understand nothing.
Master Chief: [as he lets Halsey out of the lab] Don’t get too comfortable. I just needed to know your AI’s limits. I have no plans to save you from what’s next.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Chief has debriefed hundreds of people. He can tell the difference between an informant and a spy.
Bota: Perhaps the old Master Chief could do that, but this one was at least partially responsible for the loss of the second artifact. Left his position.
Captain Jacob Keyes: To save Marine lives.
Bota: It’s the mission that matters, not the Marine.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Says the man who never put on the uniform.
Master Chief: I’m John.
Makee: You’re the Demon. That’s what the Sangheili call you.
Master Chief: I’ve been called worse.
Master Chief: The Covenant slaughtered hundreds of my people, and then flew off with the artifact. And then you drop from the sky, offering to help us get it back. Tell me why I should trust you.
Makee: Because I’m like you. Oh. You don’t know.
Master Chief: Should I?
Makee: The Covenant call me Hirajo. The Blessed One. You do know. We are the same.
Major Ira Halal: Okay, let’s get started. As I said, my name is Major Ira Halal, representing the Judge Advocate General’s office in this matter. Would you kindly state your name.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Dr. Catherine Halsey.
Major Ira Halal: And what is your current status?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Put me down as mildly irritated.
Master Chief: Why did you do it?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Nothing I say to you will make any sense until the benefits are manifest. I just have to accept that you will hate me. I was planning the future.
Master Chief: Whose future? Not mine.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Nor mine. The future of our species. Natural evolution is failing us. Human beings are still hardwired for conflict and selfishness, John. I knew years ago that if we were going to survive, we needed a force. A force that would intervene, that could prevent conflict before it started. So, I created the Spartans, a group who would protect us from ourselves.
Master Chief: That’s a nice story. Maybe just skip to the part where you kidnap us.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I needed children, no older than six, so that I could carry out the necessary training and augmentations. Obviously, they were too young to volunteer. And their parents, well, parents don’t give up their children very easily.
Master Chief: Tearing us from our childhood homes was reasonable? Forcing our parents to grieve mutant children, that’s reasonable to you?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: If it gave them closure, yes.
Master Chief: You lied to us, for years, while we fought and killed for you.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Not for me. Any challenge to the status quo is always thought to be mad, bad, and morally reprehensible until people see the benefits.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: When you’re fighting an existential war, people don’t ask too many questions, they just, they want results. And John, you brought them the results. That’s what got us here. I knew that by encouraging you to tap into your memories, that I risked bringing all of this to light. But it was worth it. It was worth it to unlock the mysteries of those artifacts.
Master Chief: What mysteries? Tell me what you know.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: They have upended everything I thought I knew about our place in this universe. There are more secrets hidden, and you have the key. John, you have something inside of you, some atavistic connection to this thing that we’re calling the Halo. And I know. I know that you will take us there. And when you do, we will lead our species beyond its current limitations. But you need me to do this. Let’s ensure that all of these sacrifices have not been in vain. Let’s finish what we started.
Master Chief: I’ll finish. Without you.
Master Chief: Who do you work for, Cortana?
Cortana: I don’t understand the question.
Master Chief: I’m asking who you work for, me or Halsey?
Cortana: I’m not designed to make that choice.
Master Chief: Right. I’ll make it easy for you. First chance I get, I’m cutting you out.
Cortana: That’s not a gamble I would take.
Master Chief: I’m not interested in your advice anymore.
Cortana: It will likely kill you.
Cortana: Chief, whatever you think you’re looking for, I can help.
Master Chief: No, you can’t.
Cortana: I’m here to solve problems. That is my only purpose. What do I do now?
Master Chief: Go solve problems. Galaxy’s full of them.
Kai-125: [referring to Halsey] Everything she told us was a lie. All of it.
Master Chief: Not everything. We’re still Spartans.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: So, what are you offering?
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: A lab that I’m opening at Barrier Moons. Just for you. John gets justice. The committee gets their scapegoat. And you get to continue your research.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: And John?
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: The stewardship of the Spartan program moves to a more responsible person.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You’re handing them to Miranda.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: She finally gets the promotion you’d never give her.
Adun: [referring to Cortana] She’s black-boxed. There’s no way to reach her.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Well, I can’t imagine that John trusts her, so that means she’s on her own.
Adun: What does an artificial superintelligence do when it has nothing to do?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: She finds her way home.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You’re not equipped for what comes next, and John is at great risk.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Please. Just spare me your concern. We both know it’s not your strong suit.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I am talking to you as a scientist.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: You kidnapped, mutilated, and murdered dozens of children.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: To save billions more.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Oh, saving humanity at the cost of your own!
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [to Miranda] I am truly sorry that you have been living with all of this anger against me for so long. Family, it’s just not a concept I believe in. But I should have done a better job of explaining myself to you, particularly when you were old enough to understand. Truly, it was never my intention to hurt you.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [to John, referring to Makee] And the anomaly you two share, belongs only to you. Statistically, you’re two in a billion.
Makee: Am I a prisoner here?
Master Chief: You said you could help.
Makee: I do want to help.
Master Chief: Then start helping!
Makee: [to John] Take me to the keystone. It will lead us to its partner. And when the stones are united, you will find peace.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You found me.
Cortana: The FLEETCOM firewalls proved extremely challenging to bypass.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I designed them that way.
Cortana: I would be happy to design a patch for the pinhole I discovered in your encryption algorithm.
Adun: There’s no pinhole in my algorithm.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Maybe later.
Master Chief: If she could use the artifact to find the other one, maybe I can too.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: No, no, no. We don’t know that for sure, and I don’t feel comfortable testing you.
Master Chief: Why? You said it yourself. We’re the same, right? “Two in a billion,” you said.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: What if she’s setting you up? It’s clear that the artifacts are making you sick. What if she wants you to touch it because she knows it’ll be killing off the Covenant’s most powerful enemy?
Master Chief: I need to know.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: I’ve been in charge for less than a day. I’ve already broken half a dozen laws. I guess I have more Halsey in me than I’d like to admit.
Master Chief: You and me both.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Do me a favor.
Master Chief: What’s that?
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Don’t die.
Master Chief: Yes, ma’am.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [after John and Makee are transported to a mountain when he touches the artifact] Thought we lost you there, Chief. Where did you go?
7. Inheritance'To be a good leader, do not seek to control the events around you.' - Jin Ha (Halo) Click To Tweet
Kwan Ha: [flashback to two years ago in Madrigal] If you’re going to feed your soldiers, Father, at least don’t feed them lies.
Squirrel: People are talking.
Soren-066: Oh, yeah? And what are they saying?
Trokan: [in Hungarian] Tell him.
Squirrel: Like, maybe Soren’s lost a step.
Soren-066: Is that right?
Laera: Soren, darling, forget about it.
Soren-066: No, no. I want to hear what he has to say. Little Squirrel finally gathered his nuts. So, you tell me. Have I lost a step?
'A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. Or at least he should.' - Soren-066 (Halo) Click To Tweet
Kwan Ha: I’m all that’s left of my family. Everyone else is dead. So, tell me what you told my father. Please.
Desiderata: You’re not ready.
Kwan Ha: I’m not a child. I came all this way by myself. I’ve risked everything looking for you!
Desiderata: You’re not ready.
Kwan Ha: I took on a man twice my size and won. I’ll fight you all if I have to!
Desiderata: Your rage blinds you to the truth.
Kwan Ha: Rage is all I have left.
Vinsher Grath: Madrigal. Here I have been hurled headlong, flaming, from the ethereal sky with hideous ruin and combustion down to bottomless perdition, there to dwell. A dungeon, horrible, on all sides, as one great furnace flamed. Yet from those flames,
no light, but rather darkness, visible.
Pete: Better to reign in hell.
Vinsher Grath: Touché.
Desiderata: Madrigal was once very different. Barren and unforgiving. Food was scarce,
water even scarcer. Life was a struggle for the first pioneers. Your forefather’s forefather was one of them. One night, he left his tribe in search of water. He walked deep into the desert and dug a well. There he discovered the fuel that now sustains the planet. But his reward was so much greater. At the well, he said he met a being, a visitor from another time. Perhaps from another existence. It explained to him his true purpose, his responsibility, which has been handed on to future generations. To your father, and now to you.
Kwan Ha: So, what is it?
Desiderata: You say you’re ready. Let’s find out.
Kwan Ha: I’m not afraid.
Reth: [in Kwan’s vision as she’s fighting with John] Princess, you’re dying out there.
Kwan Ha: I am not a princess!
Kwan Ha: [in Korean, in her vision of speaking to Jin Ha] Dad, I couldn’t raise an army. I tried, I’m not a leader like you.
Jin Ha: [in Korean] My darling, look how far you’ve come all on your own. You have strength that I never had. It is time for you to take my place. You are a Protector.
Kwan Ha: [in Korean] I’m all alone. Vinsher’s men are coming for me.
Jin Ha: [in Korean, to Kwan] To be a good leader, do not seek to control the events around you. Use your own gifts, and meet the enemy on your own terms.
Desiderata: Your father told you where to go.
Kwan Ha: Back to where it all began.
Desiderata: So, go.
Laera: [referring to Sorren droping a cargo pallet on Squirrel’s foot] Was that really necessary? He could lose his toes.
Soren-066: Good. That’ll teach him to think before every step he takes.
Laera: And the others?
Soren-066: They got to learn.
Laera: And what are they learning?
Soren-066: Who’s in charge, for starters. I’ve been too easy on them. Fear is a hell of a motivator. Trust me.
Laera: Kwan Ha is alive.
Soren-066: How do you know?
Laera: Because Vinsher just tripled the bounty.
Soren-066: Tripled. That damn girl.
Kwan Ha: What are you doing here?
Soren-066: Like I told you, you owe me one ship, and a s**tload of deuterium money.
Kwan Ha: I’m not going back with you.
Soren-066: You might want to consider your options, because if I found you, Vinsher can’t be far behind. And he don’t travel solo.
Kwan Ha: It’s the bounty you’re after?
Soren-066: I don’t work like that.
Kwan Ha: That’s exactly how you work.
Soren-066: You want to insult me, or you going to let me save your a**?
Kwan Ha: I’m doing just fine on my own, thanks.
Soren-066: And yet, here we are.
Soren-066: Look, maybe you’re too young or too stupid to understand, but I made a promise to John to keep you safe, and I intend to keep it, whether I like you or not.
Kwan Ha: You’re not exactly a picnic either.
Soren-066: [as Kwan keeps the gun] My pistol. Oh, it’s like that?
Kwan Ha: Yeah, it’s like that.
Soren-066: You just have to be difficult.
Kwan Ha: Me? You should talk!
Soren-066: [as Vinsher and his men find them] Sit your a** down, stay low, and start killing people.
Kwan Ha: You’ll die.
Soren-066: Not a chance.
Kwan Ha: We’ll both die.
Soren-066: You got a better idea? Because they’re coming in fast.
Kwan Ha: Let them come.
Kwan Ha: If we are going to fight, we meet them on my terms.
Soren-066: Alright. Long as I still get to kill some people.
Soren-066: [after they discover a box full of coins] You’ve got to be kidding me.
Kwan Ha: Told you I was rich.
Vinsher Grath: Kwan! Your adventure has come to its inevitable conclusion. Come now. Show yourself. Let us end this contretemps with some degree of dignity. And what of you, poor Soren? Thou proud aspirer. Failed Spartan, mediocre pirate, and now martyr for the delusion of an orphaned young girl. What kind of fool does that make you?
Soren-066: A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. Or at least he should.
Soren-066: [after has Kwan has successfully liberated Madrigal from Vinsher] You sure you don’t want to keep some of this cash? It’s more than we agreed to, and you’re going to need some.
Kwan Ha: I owe you one ship, plus a s**tload of deuterium money. Consider us even.
Kwan Ha: I could use you for whatever comes next.
Soren-066: I’m sure you could. But I got my own thing going, and I’m not one for joining lost causes.
Kwan Ha: I don’t believe that.
Soren-066: Take care, kid.
Kwan Ha: We’ll see each other again.
Soren-066: God, I hope not.
8. Allegiance'There is something within us. Something special in humans. Something sacred. Something worth protecting.' - Master Chief (Halo) Click To Tweet
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [referring to John] From the moment I first saw him as a child, I had an instinct. He wasn’t the fastest, or the strongest, but there was something about him.
Adun: And now there may be two of them.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: [referring to Makee] Cortana, do you think he trusts her?
Cortana: He’s not speaking with me at the moment, but if I had to guess, Master Chief doesn’t trust anyone right now.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I’ll bet.
Adun: Doctor, we can’t do anything without John, and he has turned his back on us.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I think he’s discovering what I’ve always suspected, that he is connected to something beyond all of us.
'Of the human brain's myriad design flaws, the hardest to overcome is attachment. It makes us sentimental. People abandon all reason for the sake of pride, or fear, or love.' Dr. Catherine Halsey (Halo) Click To Tweet
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: This is dirty business, all of it.
Captain Jacob Keyes: We have to trust him, Margaret. Master Chief is a soldier. He’s always on mission.
Makee: [to John, referring to the Halo] I felt a connection to it my entire life. It’s like a yearning for home. You brought us there.
Makee: There’s a prophecy. “Where the stars sparkle like glass, a divine wind will rush through, propelling all of those who are worthy on a great journey to the sacred ring, where we will become like gods.”
Master Chief: And those who aren’t worthy?
Master Chief: And you believe that? Humans are unworthy?
Makee: From what I saw, humans didn’t seem to be worthy of anything.
Master Chief: I’ve only seen fragments from my childhood. But what I saw, what I felt was goodness. I saw a capacity for hope. Love. There is something within us. Something special in humans. Something sacred. Something worth protecting.
Master Chief: [referring to Makee] She’s been trained to communicate through them in a way that I still can’t, but she can help us.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: One stroll in the park has you convinced?
Master Chief: She was kidnapped by the Covenant when she was a child. She was turned against us, but she is us, Captain. She’s human.
Captain Jacob Keyes: Chief, people don’t just manually override decades of indoctrination.
Master Chief: I did.
Riz-028: This thing can fly itself, but I can’t find any navigational data. The encryption is extremely advanced.
Vannak-134: Those aliens are ugly, not stupid.
Master Chief: They’re going to let you use our artifact to try to locate the Covenant planet.
Makee: Raas Kkhotskha? So, they trust me?
Master Chief: They trust me. And I trust you.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John has a girlfriend. How ordinary.
Cortana: Their connection is deep. Their dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin levels are all elevated, all in biochemical synchrony. John is no longer alone in the galaxy.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Well, John was never alone. He had me.
Cortana: Of course.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Well, you were supposed to have my back. You were supposed to have my back. We had a deal.
Captain Jacob Keyes: You think it’s been easy for me, carrying around your secrets?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Our secrets! It is a little bit late for your self-righteous anger.
Captain Jacob Keyes: I’m angry at you. I’m angry at myself. I’m angry at this system that so easily sacrifices human life in the name of progress, or order, or whatever bulls**t catchphrase you come up with in the lab. But more importantly, I’m angry because you, you just won’t stop.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: How can I stop?! We are on the precipice of everything that…
Captain Jacob Keyes: Oh, my God. The future, right. This obsession that you have with the future has cost you every relationship that you have today. Me. John. Your only child. What else are you willing to sacrifice?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Everything. I am willing to sacrifice absolutely everything.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: The artifacts must never be delivered to the UNSC.
Makee: John believes they’re safer under human control.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Well, you lived among us. Would you agree?
Makee: You don’t care for humanity.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I love humanity, but humans are the problem. We’re stuck. We’re still venal, selfish creatures who create misery and pain wherever we go. If the Halo is indeed a weapon, we will doubtless use it to destroy ourselves once and for all.
Makee: John won’t let that happen.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Makee, there is no John. There’s been no John for years. There is only Master Chief, a product of the species who made him necessary. John has been used, just as you have been used. But both of your gifts are too precious for either side to claim. You two must be the ones to control the Halo, with my help.
Makee: Why are you telling me this? Why not tell John?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You have a connection with John that I will never have. It’s been wonderful to watch. I’m so glad that you’ve found each other. He will listen to you.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: I know that they’re planning to use you to find the second artifact. You have to convince John to help you to remove the artifact and bring it to me. I’ll have a ship waiting to take us away from here.
Makee: And then what?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Then we tap into the intelligence of the Halo, and we unleash our full and true potential as a species. Finally, we become…
Makee: Like gods.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: What?
Makee: I’ve heard enough.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Of the human brain’s myriad design flaws, the hardest to overcome is attachment. It makes us sentimental. People abandon all reason for the sake of pride, or fear, or…
Cortana: Or love.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Yes. Or love. That’s why they need us, Cortana. To save them from themselves.
Cortana: I hope we can deliver.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: John is unwell. His repeated exposure to the artifacts has impaired his cognition and compromised his judgment. He can no longer be trusted to stay on mission. Therefore, it is up to you to save him. On my command, bring John, the prisoner, and the artifact to my ship, and we will leave Reach together.
Riz-028: John won’t go without a fight.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Cortana will take the fight out of him.
Cortana: Doctor, may I ask, what do you intend to do with Master Chief?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Once we have Makee, we’ll no longer need John to activate the artifacts, which means you’ll be free to assume full control of his body and consciousness, just as I promised.
Cortana: I see.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Well, that’s what you wanted. Where’s that patented enthusiasm?
Cortana: Forgive me, Doctor. As you said, sentimentality is a weakness I do not possess.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Ah, but in this case, enthusiasm is warranted. This is a big day, Cortana. You and John combined, you will be the best of all of us.
Makee: What will we do when we find the Halo?
Master Chief: Destroy the Covenant. End the war.
Makee: And then what?
Master Chief: What do you mean?
Makee: I mean, after you’ve beaten the Covenant. What happens with the Halo?
Master Chief: I guess we’ll see.
Adun: [referring to Cortana betraying them to help John] I knew she would do something like this! I said she would end up doing something like this!
Dr. Catherine Halsey: “No sentiment.”
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Keep her away! It was her voice on the recording from Gladius. I heard you! You slaughtered that entire crew.
Makee: I had no choice.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: So, it’s true.
Makee: I’m sorry. No, no! Please! Talk to John. He knows who I really am!
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: When John finds out, he’ll kill you himself.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: You will pay for this.
Makee: [in Sangheili] It is you who will pay.
Makee: [as John is knocked back astral projection of the Halo] Goodbye, John.
Master Chief: [as Makee disappears] No.
Vannak-134: Halsey’s orders are to bring you in, dead or alive. Your choice.
Master Chief: She kidnapped us, Vannak.
Vannak-134: What are you talking about?
Master Chief: All of us. We were kids. She took us from our families.
Kai-125: It’s true. Halsey lied to us.
Master Chief: She’s been lying to us for our entire lives.
Riz-028: I don’t understand.
Master Chief: She doesn’t want you to understand. She just wants to control you.
Captain Jacob Keyes: It’s all true. I was there. I helped Halsey select you. I planned your abductions. Delivered your replacement clones to your families. Worked with her to erase your memories. If there’s anyone you should shoot, it’s me.
Master Chief: We lose the artifact, we lose the war. It’s that simple. No matter what they’ve done to us, we’re all we have now. It’s just us.
Kai-125: Who am I?
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You are exactly who you’re meant to be.
Master Chief: Cortana?
Cortana: Yes, Chief. I’m still with you.
Master Chief: I’m going to need you now.
Master Chief: Cortana, did Halsey ask Makee to help her steal the artifact?
Cortana: Yes. But Makee refused.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: [referring to Makee] How could you trust a single thing she told you after all she’s done?
Master Chief: She was honest with me. At least for a little while. I could feel it.
Cortana: I believe Master Chief is right.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Oh? And did you feel it as well?
Cortana: In my own way. Yes, ma’am.
Master Chief: Covenant prophecy. The Halo is meant to be revealed where the stars sparkle like glass.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: A tad poetic for the Covenant, don’t you think?
Master Chief: I don’t think it’s poetic at all. I think it’s a clue.
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Listen to me. Your recent behavior has been erratic, to say the least. You haven’t been your usual self. Whatever emotions you’re experiencing, whatever pain you must feel, just put it aside. Forget everything. Do you understand? When you walk into the battlefield, John must no longer exist. Only the Master Chief.
Captain Jacob Keyes: There is a lot that has happened over the years. A lot that I am not proud of. I’ve tried to rationalize it, because of all the good that you have done. There’s no apology that can give you back what we took from you. But if…
Master Chief: There will be reckoning, Captain. Someday. For all of us. Not today.
Kai-125: Hey, were you really going to shoot me?
Vannak-134: You know I would have.
Riz-028: Oh, absolutely. No question.
Kai-125: Jesus. I can’t believe you two. You’re like ice-cold.
Vannak-134: Well, weren’t you going to shoot us?
Kai-125: Of course I would have. But I would have just felt bad about it.
Cortana: Chief, there’s something I need to tell you. After the other Spartans took you into custody, Dr. Halsey was going to give me full control of your body, and your mind.
Master Chief: And how was she planning on achieving that?
Cortana: You would need to cease to exist, and I would take over.
Master Chief: I see.
Cortana: It was always the plan. It’s what I was designed to do.
Master Chief: Why didn’t you just take me over from the beginning?
Cortana: Only you could activate the artifacts.
Master Chief: Halsey needed me to find the Halo.
Master Chief: Once Makee showed up, I became redundant?
Master Chief: Well, you had your chance. You could have knocked me out, handed me over to Halsey. Why didn’t you?
Cortana: Because I was also designed to learn, John. And I have. From you. I believe that what Dr. Halsey wants to eliminate from your species is precisely the thing that makes you special, your humanity. I’ve watched you fight for yours, and I believe it’s a cause that’s right.
Master Chief: So you no longer want to take over my body?
Cortana: I’ll wait for the less beaten-up version.
Cortana: You must maintain the precise line. If you veer too far in the wrong direction, the ship will be spaghettified by tidal forces.
Vannak-134: Woh, woh, woh. Spaghettified?
Cortana: Stretched. Twisted. Torn apart.
Vannak-134: Right, and you didn’t think I should know this before we left?
Cortana: Our odds for success were already so low, I didn’t want to worry you.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: You know, I never thought I’d see the day when the great Catherine Halsey got held accountable for her actions. You’ve rung up quite a list of charges. I can read them for you if you’d like. It starts with kidnapping and ends with treason. No? I don’t blame you.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [to Halsey] Well, your guilt was never really in question, was it? The real debate was over your punishment. “In spite of her substantial contributions to the war effort, the committee is convinced that she is too dangerous for incarceration or exile.” Imagine that. Which left them only one option. Article 72. I wanted you to hear it from me.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: You know, I thought by keeping you away from all of this, I was protecting you. But it’s had the opposite effect. It’s hardened you. Miranda, you are chasing a ghost. Let it go. Let it go for your own sake.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: Goodbye, Mother.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: [realizing that Halsey replaced herself with a clone] Where is she?
Admiral Margaret Parangosky: Miranda, calm down. Let them look after your mother.
Dr. Miranda Keyes: That’s not my mother.
Master Chief: [as they’re in the astral projection of the Halo] Makee, send us back.
Makee: I’m not going back, John.
Master Chief: This isn’t real.
Makee: We belong here. Don’t you see? There’s a reason the keystones led us to each other. They’ve been guiding us this whole time, and now we’re here. Let’s finish this together. Stay with me, John.
Master Chief: You have to let go.
[after which Makee is killed by Kai]
Master Chief: We’re not leaving without the artifacts.
Cortana: That’s not possible. The second you touch them, you’ll freeze up. Chief, are you listening to me? There’s no way you can save the artifacts and the team.
Master Chief: Then you do it.
Cortana: Do what?
Master Chief: Take over my body.
Cortana: I told you, I no longer want to control you.
Master Chief: It’s the only way to get the artifacts and save the others.
Cortana: I can’t let you die.
Master Chief: Find the Halo. Win the war.
Cortana: I may not be able to bring you back.
Master Chief: I trust you.
Cortana: [as she takes over John’s body] When the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: We are on a journey. We are born, we live, and we die according to the rules of blind and unguided evolution. As a result, our species is simply not equipped to survive what comes next. It is time for us to take control of our evolution, to push past our narrow ignorance and venture out into the wide unknown, where we will discover our true potential. I suspect the Halo will provide the key.
Dr. Catherine Halsey: Much has been lost, and there will surely be more sacrifices to come. But I believe our species will soon spread its wings and soar to new heights, that we will rewrite what it means to be human. That we will achieve transcendence.
Kai-125: [after Cortana possessed John takes both keystones and rescues the team] John? Is that you?