Join Colin and the Evolved Crew as they breakdown each mainline Halo mission in chronological order. They discuss its story, design, favorite (and least favorite) moments, and read community reactions and answer community questions.
CURRENT THEATER OF OPERATIONS
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GAME: Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
LOCATION: Installation 04 (Alpha Halo)
START DATE: September 19, 2552
END DATE: September 22, 2552
The UNSC Pillar of Autumn, in an attempt to escape the aftermath of the Fall of Reach, makes a jump through slipspace, and ends up at a mysterious ring-shaped mega-structure orbiting a gas giant in the Soell system. They are immediately intercepted by Covenant forces that force the Pillar of Autumn to crash-land onto the surface of the ring. Spartan-II super-soldier John-117, along with his AI Cortana, discover that the ring is a super-weapon called Halo, and the Covenant want to use it against humanity.
Pillar of Autumn captain Jacob Keyes leads a team to recover weapons on the ring, only to find that the weapons are really a biological threat to all life known as the Flood. John tries to stop Keyes from releasing the Flood, but he is unsuccessful. John meets the monitor of the installation, 343 Guilty Spark, who recruits the Master Chief to fire the Halo and stop the Flood, but is stopped at the last moment by Cortana, turning Guilty Spark into the enemy.
Cortana and John fight off Guilty Spark and the Halo's sentinels, and travel back to the wreckage of the Pillar of Autumn in an attempt to detonate the ship's reactor and destroy the ring. They successfully destroy the ship and the ring, escaping at the last second. Almost all forces on the ring are killed, except for John, Cortana, and a handful of others.
PREVIOUS THEATERS OF OPERATION
GAME: Halo: Reach (2010)
LOCATION: Planet Reach
START DATE: July 25th, 2552
END DATE: August 29th, 2552
NOBLE Team, a Spartan unit made up of Carter-A259, Catherine-B320, Emile-A239, Jorge-052, Jun-A266, and SPARTAN-B312, discover the Covenant on Reach. This starts the Battle of Reach, which ultimately ends in the loss of the entire planet and the deaths of millions of civilians. In the ensuing conflict, all members of NOBLE are killed in action with the exception of Jun-A266. The actions of NOBLE Team during the Battle of Reach are ultimately responsible for safely transporting Cortana to the Pillar of Autumn and allowing the safe passage of the ship to its next destination, Installation 04. The events portrayed in Halo: Reach lead directly into Halo: Combat Evolved.
IMPENDING THEATERS OF OPERATION
The fall of Reach was the UNSC's largest single loss in the entire Covenant war. But there is still so much more to come, especially for a certain Spartan John-117. Follow Mission Debrief as we explore every Halo mission from the Battle of Earth to the dawn of the Created. Upcoming theaters of operation include:
BATTLE OF MOMBASA - Halo 3: ODST
BATTLE OF INSTALLATION 05 - Halo 2
BATTLE OF EARTH - Halo 3
BATTLE OF REQUIEM - Halo 4
BATTLE OF MERIDIAN - Halo 5: Guardians