Leonard McCoy: The Mom Friend

Back in 2016, when I rewatched Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness in anticipation for the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Star Trek: Beyond, I began noticing parallels between scenes in the first two Kelvin timeline films and Beyond. Parallels that place Leonard McCoy in a critical position in both Spock and Kirk’s lives.

Of course, it’s been long established that these three characters are important to each other. The “heart, mind, soul” triumvirate has been a part of the canon since 1966. Yet, due to the events of the first of the Kelvin films, certain character dynamics have been altered. McCoy is still a critical part of the crew, but it’s not until Beyond that we’ve seen him be a critical part of Spock and Kirk’s personal lives, and he does so by filling a position left vacant by the events of the alternate timeline: parental guidance.

The Enterprise’s Captain and First Officer have gotten the short end of Fate’s stick when it comes to parental figures. Each of them have had one distant and up to three dead parental figures each, and the scenes given to Leonard McCoy in Beyond ends up taking the place of and even paralleling the scenes in Star Trek that were given to said parents.

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Poorly-Placed Blame (Arbiter Watch) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Partner piece to The Flood review and analysis.

Welcome again to the companion series for my reading journal, where I take a look at where Thel ‘Vadam shows up in the Expanded Universe. In the Definitive Edition of The Flood (piece coming soon to Halo Archive), we get a somewhat detailed look into his actions at Alpha Halo and realize that maybe the destruction of Halo wasn’t his error after all.

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In Defense of The Flood – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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No, I am not referring to the intergalactic horror show that caused the ESRB to declare Combat Evolved an Mature-Rated game without even seeing the gameplay. I referring to the book, Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz, the novelization of CE.

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The Hero of Alpha Halo, the Woman Called McKay – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Master Chief is not the protagonist of Halo: The Flood. He’s certainly the protagonist of Combat Evolved, but in the novelization of the game, he hands the driver’s seat over to one Lieutenant Melissa McKay.

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The Flood (Definitive Edition) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Review and analysis of Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz

The Flood (The Definitive Edition) by William C. Dietz

Here lie the events that will change the universe as we know it. This novel not only chronicles the events of Combat Evolved but also fills in details of the characters on the fringes of Master Chief’s story and gives us our first look into Covenant society.

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Book Rec: On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior

On Reading Well is the most fruitful impulse purchase of my life. Well, save perhaps for Halo: The Flood.

Karen Swallow Prior’s book is a collection of essays examining how certain books explore various virtues, and I fell in love with it for its virtues:

  1. How deep it goes with both the philosophy and the novels.
  2. How expertly it avoids proselytizing or pearl-clutching.

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The Fall of Reach (Definitive Edition) – FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Review and analysis of Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

Halo has long been a major game changer in the industry. It redefined first person shooters for the console and helped establish online communities through the launch of Xbox Live with Halo 2.  The role of Halo within the medium of video games is a widely-discussed topic.

But what of its role in the genre?

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