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Half-Life 1

  • One of the Einstein scientists takes a Super Window Jump out of his office. Even Gordon is suitably impressed, and notes that if the guy was that desperate to get out of the room there's probably nothing good in there. Too bad the scientist dies less than a minute later.
  • One awesome moment that wasn't in the script: Freeman shooting down a helicopter with an MP5 in episode 42.
  • Gordon dispatching a squad of soldiers and a tank in Episode 45. Sure, that's awesome in and of itself, but compared to most One-Man Armies it's not all that impressive. What makes it awesome? He sings Modern Major-General on the fly as he is gunning down everyone while yelling at them for not singing the chorus:

    "I am the very model of a modern Major-General"
    "I've information vegetable, animal and mineral"
    "I know the kings of England and I quote the fights historical"
    "From Marathon to Waterloo in order categorical."

    "I am very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical"
    "I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical"
    "About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot of news"
    "With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse"

    Where's my chorus?!

    "I'm very good at integral and differential calculus"
    "I know the scientific names of beings animalculous"
    "In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral"
    "I am the very model of a modern Major-General"

    "I know our mythic history King Arthur and Sir Caradoc's"
    "I answer hard-acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox"
    "I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus"
    "In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous"

    You know, this song is kinda dated. It's supposed to be modern major-general. I'm gonna add a new verse.

    "I can fire at a target and hit it at least half the time"
    "or graph out an electron path while using only numbers prime"
    "I calculate the fall rate of a bullet shot a thousand yards"
    "I perforate the thick heads of a hundred military guards."

    "I can make a simulation of an atom bomb and build one too"
    "Or flank a dozen men and ambush ten of them right out of the blue"
    "From SMGs to RPGs, I carry quite an arsenal"
    "And skip around a war zone like a sub-atomic particle."

    Still no chorus! Come on, sing and I won't kill you... those of you that are left, I mean. (peaks around the corner only to see a tank) Ahhhh... (runs back behind the building as the tank fires, then runs out again, past the tank)

    "Every soldier out here wants to kill me for my curiosity"
    "I wage war on the whole damn world because of my tenacity"
    "In matters combat tactical and physics theoretical"
    "I am the very model of a modern Major-General."
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  • In episode 49, two soldiers attempt to kill Freeman with explosives. First, they set up a trap, blocking the door of the building Freeman is in with explosive crates, and chucking a grenade there when he opens it. Freeman avoids the explosion by jumping OVER the crates (and right past the grenade) and out the door, sprinting to a safe distance just before it blows. After this fails, they attempt to hit him with grenade launchers. Freeman dodges both shots, one after another, at very short range. He proceeds to head shot both of the soldiers.
  • "This is why I'm such a good theoretical physicist. I solve problems that shouldn't even exist."
  • It doesn't matter if it's a joke, the mere concept is awesome.
  • Regardless of whether it's true or not, the thought of that security guard in episode 59 herding several Vortigaunts into a corridor and then smashing the door after them really is pretty awesome. Freeman is actually rather disappointed that he has to destroy the guard's Space Rancher scenario.
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  • Even though it's non-canon, the fact that in Episode 61.5, Freeman gets the happy ending he's been hoping for throughout the entire series. The relief and glee in his voice as things clearly took a better turn really sells it.
  • It took Freeman (and Ross Scott) seven years, but he finally made it to Xen.
    • And the fight with the Gonarch makes the wait worthwhile.
      • And THEN the fight with the Nihilanth. And he took the G-Man's offer. We can only hope that this means Half-Life 2 in the foreseeable future.
      • Hope no longer. It's here.
  • The last dozen or so episodes were a meta example for Ross. On his Kickstarter, he promised that he would finish the series this (2014) year or lose all that money. So after seven years of Schedule Slip Ross buckles down and gets through all of Xen in 1 month. Give yourself a pat on the back Ross, you've earned it.
    • Made even more so by the fact he was able to meet his goal with literally a couple hours to spare. If there was a Machinima definition for 'down to the wire', that would be it.
  • Gordon's reaction to the Gargantua blowing up counts as one - "Well, that's how the dinosaurs went extinct. ME!"
  • Over the course of his fight with the Nihilanth, Gordon goes from absolutely terrified of it to actively taunting it. Man's got balls of osmium to do that.
    • At the beginning of the final episode, he's too busy freaking out to really shoot more than a few shots at it. Then, after about two minutes, he regains the presence of mind needed to start attacking it. His first insult, a "Fuck you!" directed at the Nihilanth comes at about three minutes. It's at about five minutes into the fight that Freeman begins to taunt it the way he taunts everything else, teleporting back to the area where it is because "him seeing me again should at least piss him off". In five minutes, Freeman goes from screaming in terror back to his normal self, and in less time, he begins to truly fight back, hitting the Nihilanth with several grenade launcher blasts and destroying one of its crystals.
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Half-Life 2

  • After finally waking up in City 17, Gordon throws the soda can into the trash can from clean across the room. Magic Johnson would be proud.
  • Gordon is not even the slightest bit afraid when one of the guards (actually Barney in disguise) leads him into a torture chamber, and instantly notes that since the chair has no restraints, the guard is going to have a bad time.
  • Episode 7 has Gordon providing a rather well thought out explanation for how Civil Protection and the Manhacks always seem to be ready for him wherever he goes. His theory is that the "Flashbangers" transmit his location to a computer system that reads and predicts his route and sends orders to the Cops.
  • Episode 8 shows the extent of Ross's scripting abilities with a nice dose of Stuff Blowing Up. Rather than go through a maze of pipes and turn a valve to raise the water level, Freeman accidentally shoots an explosive barrel, which causes a chain reaction that ALMOST MAKES THE SEWER COLLAPSE and breaks a pipe, providing the necessary flood. Later, he tops it off at the electrified shipping container; rather than try to sneak through without getting zapped, he deliberately shoots the transformer on the nearby utility pole, causing it to explode in a shower of sparks and drag the faulty power line away, thus cutting off the electricity altogether.
  • Episode 9 has Freeman explore the area behind the barn. This area was entirely custom-made purely for the video, to make the plot more coherent; it actually looks like this in the vanilla game. It's very cool to see Ross and Toby modifying Half-Life 2 just for Gordon's story.
  • Episode 10 has another nice bit of modding at the beginning, with Freeman flipping the crowbar around so he can use it to hammer a couple of boards loose and nail them onto the ramp to cover the gap, allowing him to make the jump in the airboat.
  • Episode 11 shows Freeman taking his anger out on the surrounding area when he can't figure out how to get the gate open without getting electrified. He shoots some explosive barrels, causing a chain reaction that breaks down the gate with a piece of steel attached to a wire.
    Freeman: So there was a solution! I just need to blow up everything! The answer was in front of me this whole time.
  • Episode 11 has Freeman display some pretty impressive driving skills; not only does he avoid getting blown to smithereens by any of the several missiles fired at him, he also flawlessly dodges around other obstacles like a flaming barricade and a launched car, while still managing to take out several Metrocops with Car Fu. While panicking. As he points out, he would've been lucky to survive braving the obstacle course and missile trucks in a tank, much less in a rickety airboat. Special mention goes to him barely avoiding near-certain death when a missile whizzes just a few feet away from him; he doesn't even flinch... until after he's safe, anyway.

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