So at this point we (and by “we” I mean “I”) still know next to nothing about what the hell is going on here. Which I don’t actually mind, since I’m in the exact same boat my buddy Gordon is right now–last thing he knew, he was put in stasis (teleported?) by this weird alien creature (after apparently being tricked into committing genocide on an entire race and conquering a planet for him), and the next, he’s woken up in some kind of future (parallel?) reality, witnessed horrible things, beaten, and forced (again) to fight and kill for his life, while still having almost no clue as to what’s actually happened.
That is a bad effin’ day, guys.
Okay, now that I’m actually thinking about it, parallel reality doesn’t make sense–other characters have reference the Black Mesa incident, and everyone has recognized Gordon. And if you listen to G-Man’s speech, he says, “your hour has come again” [emphasis mine]. I think that makes it pretty clear we’re dealing with the future, here–a future that is at least partially a direct result of whatever happened at Black Mesa–and more importantly, a future that has grown out of Grodon’s actions on Xen. (That’s kind of a big assumption on my part right now, but it feels like a natural one.)
Some other thoughts, in no particular order:
– A question: I have been comfortably referring to Earth’s…er…”benefactors” as Breen the Skunk(tm) calls them, as aliens, and no one has corrected me. I honestly can’t remember if I actually have a reason to think that at this point (was it in a Breencast?), if I just assumed it and am right, or if I read it in the comments or a message somewhere and just went with it. (Not that aliens being the big bads here are a huge shock–I mean, they were the bad guys of the first. Makes sense that some sort of aliens would be the bad guys in the sequel.)
– Barney, Dr. Kleiner, Alex (and Lamaar!) are awesome. I don’t know much about them and the resistance and all that at this point, but they are still awesome.
– Some of the graffiti and posters I’ve been seeing are quite…interesting. I think I’ll hold off til I’ve seen more and know more about the plot though; I have a feeling they’ll warrant their own post.
– If this is Eastern Europe, WHY IS EVERYONE NORTH AMERICAN AND SPEAKING ENGLISH?? And how did everyone get from Nevada to here?? Is this really the U.S., and all of the Cyrillic looking letters are just a code or alien language or something?
– G-Man. Holy crap, G-Man. I’ve written about him before, but now things have gotten REALLY weird. We know from the end of HL1 that he isn’t–he CAN’T–be human. We know he (or more specifically, his “employer”) saw something in Gordon, and wanted to save him, evidently for this moment. We also know Gordon was specifically used by G-Man (or again, his employer) as a tool for getting the Black Mesa Incident under control (?), invading Xen, and killing Nihilanth. But why did G-Man want those things? It wasn’t to allow Earth to be destroyed/invaded, right? Because if that was the case, why is he bringing Gordon back NOW? (Surely G-Man knows that Gordon will do everything he can to thwart the bad guys and free Earth?)
– If these are aliens, why haven’t we seen one yet? So far I’ve only killed humans working for them. And barnacles. (And apparently I missed a headcrab somewhere.) Which reminds me:
– How in the bloody hell are Xen creatures ending up on Earth NOW?
*Reminder: these are just musings and rhetorical questions. (Except for the ‘how do I know it’s aliens again?’ one.) Please do not spoil future events in the game for me. Thanks.*
Also, some amazing, awesome readers have pointed me in the direction of the web comic Concerned. It may be my favorite thing I’ve ever found on the internet. Now, for obvious reasons I haven’t read beyond #15 yet (I tried to go to #16, and caught sight of an enemy I haven’t seen yet, so I clicked out.) I’m counting on you guys to let me know when it’s safe to go on to the next batch–not being able to read these is actually harder than not playing HL2 was! (That includes letting me know if seeing the enemy in #16 will be a spoiler if I read it–just giving me an issue number it will be safe for me to read up to at regular intervals would be much appreciated.)
As an English teacher, of course, my favorite comic so far was this:
Christopher C. Livingston, you are AWESOME.