Ross Scott, the maker of Freeman's Mind, with the help of his friend Craig, created a machinima from the Half-Life 2 Universe that focuses on the life of two Civil Protection agents, Mike, who has a passion for dealing out justice, specifically the Combinebrand of justice and his oddball partner, Dave, who is quite prone to reckless or weird behavior.Find the whole series here.
Dave: (After telling Mike to sing) I've been working on the railroad, Mike: Every pointless day. Dave: I've been working on the railroad, Mike: While my life gets pissed away. Dave: Can't you hear the whistle blowing? Mike: Shatter my dreams in the morn! Dave: Can't you hear the captain shouting? Mike: Wish I was never born.
Bullying a Dragon: In the animated Double Feature episode, Mike mentions that the Combine didn't care to suppress global communications but merely demanded cooperation. The telecom companies not only refused, they demanded money from them. The Combine subsequently killed everyone involved.
Casts No Shadow: In episode 3 Mike and Dave encounter a man who happens not to have a shadow. They theorize on why that might be, going from "he's a vampire!" to "bad light." When they try to trump up a charge to bring him in on, he suddenly has a shadow again. Mike doesn't care, ending up chasing him down the street so he can arrest the guy for jaywalking.
Mike: Isn't that what they call the invasion now? The Seven Hour War? Do you wanna know why? Dave: Because it lasted se- Mike:(interrupting) Because it lasted seven hours, that's why! Most people are at work longer than that! That means that in less time than it takes Joe Average to clock in and clock out at the office, aliens have conquered the whole Earth, and all Joe did was make some spreadsheets. Dave: Well that's just because they caught us off guard. Mike: Okay, let's say we were ready for them. Then what? We'd call it the Ten Hour War?
Kill It with Fire: In the environmental episode, Dave seems a little too into this idea.
Made of Iron: Mike and Dave tend to avert this most of the time, but they do recover spectacularly quickly from injures that should break their limbs or even kill them. The worst example is probably the end of the Halloween Safety episode. They are perfectly OK in the next episode.
I'm not certain if the Halloween Safety episode was in continuity, pretty much because it ended with everyone getting attacked by zombies. Snap Back, maybe?
Morning Patrol ends with the duo encountering a houndeye. Dave lands on a roof, and Mike gets smashed across the street and bounces off a telephone pole, before getting hit with another shockwave. They're fine next episode, of course.
And in The Tunnel, Dave gets hit by a car and goes flying 20 feet in the air. He gets up a few minutes later like nothing happened.
Mind Screw: Dave wishes he could mind control everyone.
Mood Whiplash: The Tunnel episode, for people expecting more of the screwball comedy of previous episodes.
Nightmare Fetishist: Dave; "Aliens" demonstrates this repeatedly, what with his response while dumpster-diving ("This better not be a dead cat." "Better!") and then trying to befriend a Strider.
Punch Clock Villain: Mike and Dave, as described above, are just in it because they don't have any qualifications for another job, and rarely ever abuse their power like the CP's you see in Half-life 2. In fact, it is even debatable whether they count as villains in the first place, as, judging by the new episode, they go out of their way to help someone when they think they are trapped in a cave with something attacking them. And in the first episode, Mike asks Dave to stop bothering the citizens, because they're "Just on their way to work". They also are happy to give The Guy with No Shadow directions to the train station (until they discover his... anomaly). Aside from him, the only other person they even talk to face-to-face is a Vortigaunt, and despite his suspicious behavior, all they want is to ask him if "Combine" is a stupid name for an alien race. Hell, Dave talks about joining the rebellion at one point until he is convinced by Mike that they have no chance of succeeding.
Psycho for Hire: Dave is an extremely minor version, as he is not actually very violent or psychopathic. He is mostly just a happy and cheerful Cloud Cuckoolander but, as described above, he apparently has a few mental problems.