This week on Halo 4: Spartan Ops — An unknown intelligence contacts Doctor Halsey, Thorne tries to understand the history of the Spartan Program, and the Sangheili terrorist known as “The Didact’s Hand” appears on Requiem… but what is he searching for? Spartans, prepare for things to get rough on Requiem.
We start off with Grant escorting Thorne to the “Dragon Lady”, Dr. Halsey. Thorne has volunteered to be her escort for the day, and Grant can’t understand why.
After this small scene, our only real look at Grant other than in Episode One, I am inclined to say she is a lot like Madson and Demarco. Basically, a cocky douche. Thorne really seems to stand out in this bunch, at least from the above three. I’m still on the fence about Hoya, but I could easily see him fitting the same mold as the rest of Majestic Squad. In contrast to their rude, arrogant and in your face manner, Thorne often seems quite, subdued and likely to fade into the background. He even knocks for Dr. Halsey, which no one else seems to do. This and the way he treats her in the following scene, show that he has some respect for Halsey, which is a breath of fresh air amongst all the hate she has been getting.
This sequence brings out something that I was hoping for after I read through the Limited Edition goodies, which focus quite heavily on Thorne. He obviously has a deeper interest in the Spartan II’s and Halsey than the average S-IV. Hoya may be in on the game to, according to a note found in the LE, but that remains to be seen.
In their conversation, they again hit upon the theme that the question of whether or not the S-IV’s are truly capable of being Spartans. Thorne himself suggests that the S-II’s (and by extension the S-III’s) had a definite edge, being raised as super soldiers. Halsey gives him a glance and says that “Some may be closer than others”, intimating that she to has noticed the difference in Thorne compared to the rest.
Another interesting thing is that Thorne says he was in the army when the events of New Phoenix transpired, and decided to enlist with the Spartan program after that. That means that he has been a Spartan for less than six months! Considering that there was already some squad history when we are first introduced to Majestic, the training program and augmentation could have taken less than 5 months! compare that to 14 years of training for the S-II’s, and we can see why the IV’s may be lees than stellar in quite a few categories.
As they are talking, Dr Halsey receives a transmission from a mysterious source. I am going to go ahead and speculate that this is the Librarian. Or at least, whatever of her is left on Requiem. I am really excited to see where this goes if it is. Halsey and the Librarian could be quite the combo!
I like how they’ve started to flesh out Roland a little bit in this episode. They do it mostly in Chapter 4, but we get a tiny glimpse of it here.
To me this turn in conversation revealed how manipulative Halsey can be. She wants to learn more about the Prometheans, and who better to tell her than the Spartan guarding her. She deftly turns the conversation towards the desired subject, and then just as abruptly dismisses Thorne.
In contrast to Halsey’s calm, collected, and in control manner, here we see Dr. Glassman, who is anything but in control. It seems like he may be wearing an explosive harness, similar to the one forced upon ‘Mdama in The Thursday War. He seems lost in the idea that the Librarian could be inside the structure.
The Speech Jul gives at the end is probably my favorite part of the episode. All the Sangheili chanting “‘Mdama! ‘Mdama!” gave me chills!