At the beginning of Halo 3, during the opening scene where you watch John fall back to Earth, Cortana says that she chose John because he was lucky. She said this in past tense meaning (to me anyway) that John was lucky before he met Cortana. Also, if having Cortana had effected John's fighting abilities that much, John wouldn't have been anywhere near as effective fighting without Cortana for the majority of Halo 3And if you think that Cortan did fill that void, then that raises yet another question: was John simply lucky, as Cortana said, or was he lucky because his relationship with Cortana had some unmeasurable effect on his psyche and thus combat effectiveness?
If that had been Chief, he would have been confident he was gonna kill them all and live, and likely would have. The will to live is an important thing to have. So is it possible that because Chief had Cortana, it gave him some kind of psychological boost that increased his chances of survival?
Cortana's relationship with John certainly parallels her clone donor's. it was made abundantly clear in Fall of Reach when Halsey gives the precocious new construct the chance to make her choice. Halsey comments that he was neither the strongest or the smartest, but he was certainly the bravest. and there's something else he had. Luck. To which Cortie replies with something about him being handsome in a brutish(?) sort of way (I'm paraphrasing). Halsey blushes because Cortie is putting into words things that surely exist in her own, and therefore Cortana's subconcious, and it's a little off-putting for a ice queen like Catherine Halsey to hear her innermost thoughts spoken out loud.
I think John has always been lucky. Fortune has always favored this particular SPARTAN. This coupled with his innate leadership abilities and superior strenght of will and situational innovation makes him the perfect candidate for best SPARTAN evah. Cortana started out as an enhancement. A new set of eyes, an starship grade AI that can crack any enemy encryption. But sure enough, her presence "in his head" became more than just something to give him an edge in combating the implacable enemy. She was an everpresent Dr. Halsey that could guide him in those few moments of uncertainty. Testing Majonir at the Reach training facility demonstrated this perfectly. Cortana, at leats the way Jen Talyor portays her, somtimes borders on fussiness comparable to that of C-3po, which I understand are moments of rampancy.
If you consider John as an elite modern day athlete the very REAL and enormous tatctical edge Cortie provides, coupled with his own understanding of his abilities and his will to carry out the mission makes this man a force to reackon with. Add to that the PERCEIVED advantage that comes from that metaphysical element John has always known as luck, and this kid is on his way to taking gold medals in all events.
Thank you Ben-b023. I have to be honest though, I did read some opinions that were stated as fact, that got slightly underm my skin. But from what I understand that's the cost od writing in an open forum. This it the third forum that I have ever bothered to register to, the first being a "Chaos" forum and the second being the official Star Wars Galaxies) and for the most part the members of the 405th have not dissapointed me with their level of imagination, theoretical thought exploration and no matter how far-out the topic -like this one- the proper amount of maturity and diginity has been shown to the topic at hand.alix965, I am pleased that you have been mature in handling our own points of views etc. Most forums this is greatly lacking since people can't take criticsm. Plus it is neat to hear other peoples logic conclusions even if they differ, versus "NObel six is cheif, I knoz it" crap.
The most compelling thing, and most mystery surrounding it; is when Dr. Halsey went to the school to see him and then..flipped a coin. TO me, something about that event stands out. In my own opinion I think it was the fact that she knew he was the ultimate leader and best out of all the other candidates, but at the same time realized what would happen to him once she made up her mind and because(for whatever reason) John meant something to her and she couldn't decide...she left it to luck/fate/destiny to decide.
Unfortunately I've yet to read onyx, but I saw a quote where Kat mentions that the S-III's act "twitchy" Then when I saw Emile, I had an Ah-Ha moment. Perhaps even among fellow SPARTANs,S-III's are understood to have the potential to "Go Off The Reservation".All I have to say about this subject is, if you read the end of ghosts of onyx, you find out that when a spartan realizes the amount of loss and grief in their lives, they try and search for something like another mission or a job to do. If they did not, they would have a complete mental breakdown. You do NOT want to be standing next to a spartan when the have a meltdown unless you have a death wish.
I think John's "luck" might just as well be the result of him being average. As far as I remember, he's neither the worst (not sure if that's explicitly said anywhere) nor the best Spartan (that's in The Fall of Reach, where Cortana chooses her Spartan) at anything and THAT makes him the best Spartan in the end. Just a thoughtI just had my wife dictate that out of the book verbatim because the author's prose has a great deal of meaning. This was no ordinary 6 year old and Halsey knew it. I am convinced that John's legendary "luck" is a result of superior natural talent. Perhaps all the luck he demonstarted throughout his career was the result of hime subconsciously assessing a situation with such detail and understanding that when as got out of got out of SO MANY sticky situations, the observer would be tempted to exclaim..'There's no way he meant to do that'
This an excellent observation. What is luck after all? Is it some sort of metaphysical aspect of life that we perceive but cannot identify? Is it more of a cause and effect type of phenomenon. is it the grace of some GOD? As I detailed before, John's luck could very likely be the result of how quickly and effeciently he processes information. The funny part about the luck equation is that just like in that football game, does one person's BAD luck translate into another's GOOD luck?I always wondered about the "luck" thing. Is John lucky or is he just good? I know they said he wasn't the best in The Fall of Reach, but maybe he is. Look at the best sports players are they lucky? or are they just good? I'm not a big supporter of "luck" in general but watching the Jets game yesterday, did they get lucky in end or was that just a mistake by Denver?