Machinima: Civil Protection
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 Combine brand of justice
and his oddball partner, Dave, who is quite prone to reckless or weird behavior.
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- Accentuate the Negative: Mike is extremely cynical and never misses an opportunity to show it. Example:
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.
- This is a Shout-Out to Daria, of all things.
- He also has a disdain of the rebels, considering them hopeless idealists who have absolutely no chance at success. He considers working with the Combine to be the only really viable option.
- Amusing Injuries: Mike and Dave fall victim to this at the end of nearly every episode.
- Apocalyptic Log: The journal in The Tunnel.
- Armor Is Useless: Averted;
Mike: (After witnessing Dave get hit by a car and get back up) Wow. I guess you're getting your money's worth out of that body armor, huh?
- Big Brother Is Employing You: The protagonists are Punch Clock Villains for a Dystopian police force ruled by transdimensional alien invaders.
- Buddy Cop Show
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Dave strays into this territory at times.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Illustrated quite specifically in "Aliens".
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?
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Lampshaded in "What is Machinima?"
Dave: [Talking about a type of illegal drug] You'll smoke yourself retarded with one of those!
Mike: Yup. So... uhh... don't do that!
- Enemy Chatter: In this case, the whole point of the series.
- The Faceless: Mike and Dave never take off their masks.
- Funny Background Event: In Morning Patrol, one of the cars hits a civilian and continues driving.
- In "Aliens" you can see a Vortigaunt apparently selling drugs to some guy in the background.
- When Dave rides the train, Mike has to wait for him at the bridge where he jumped on. G-Man then walks by.
- Gas Mask Mooks: Mike and Dave are both one of these of these.
- The Ghost: The Sarge.
- Green Aesop: Combined with Broken Aesop when Mike and Dave discuss the oil crisis and how the Combine invasion solved all energy and social problems.
- Genius Ditz: Dave may be an idiot sometimes, but apparently he speaks Bulgarian and is an expert on birds.
- Head Bob: Their heads bob whenever they speak.
- Hypocritical Humor: They planned to arrest The Guy with No Shadow for jay walking yet Dave gets run over while jay walking.
- Jump Scare: Done twice in The Tunnel.
- 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.
- 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.
- Odd Couple: Mike and Dave.
- Oh, Crap: Mike's reaction to pretty much any alien. Dave is often the exact opposite.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Mike uses this line at the end of the "Morning Patrol" episode.
- Technically doesn't count, though, since it's in response to the Houndeye coming after him again, which only happened a minute or so ago.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Conversed. Mike insists that the guy with no shadow is a vampire.
- Radio Voice: The voices of the main characters are filtered through the vocoders in their masks, much like Civil Protection officers in the game.
- Room Full of Crazy: Apparently, whenever Dave blows the faces out of his paper shooting range targets, he draws smiley faces in the gaps and uses them to decorate his apartment.
- 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.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: Mike and Dave's most common form of conversation.
- Shout-Out: The Miskatonic Tunnel
- Slasher Smile: The man who lives in the tunnel.
- Something Completely Different: "The Tunnel" shifts the mood from comedy to a Lovecraftian horror story.
- Straight Man: Mike, contrasting Dave's Cloud Cuckoolander.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Mike's opinion of the Combine invasion during "Oil's Well."
"I'll give you that. Killing off five billion people did wonders for most of our social problems."
- Villain Protagonist: Well...they are working for the Combine, after all.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: The whole point of the series is to give a bit of humanity to the otherwise forgettable and uniformly evil Civil Protection officers from Half-Life 2.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Dave is asked this by Mike when he starts acting like a ninja and making Funny Bruce Lee Noises in "Friday" which is called back in The Tunnel.
- Wreaking Havok: Most noticeable at the end of Halloween Safety when the fast zombies rampage about the room, knocking over the many chairs inside.