How I would bring Fallout to Live Action Finale
By: Justin Hopkins
It is time to finish what was started last week and bring the arc to a close in fallout to an end in season 2. Like before, only going to cover some points. so not going to cover everything. So, in between what I am covering, Legion are tearing through both tribes and NCR Bases and Boone will slowly go from being torn between choosing sides to their sides. As a former member of the First Recon, he will be having a hard time picking sides throughout. With that, lets dive in and get started shall we.
We kick the season off where we left things. In the hotel room with Yes Man going over the details of Benny’s plans to use the chip to activate the robot army and implant Yes man into House’s system take over New Vegas and the Mojave. Driving out the NCR and Legion and anyone they want. Up to them. Veronica is all for it and Boone is the voice of the NCR. Admits their issues but more responsible then they are. Raul is trying to keep the peace. Behind them, Maria is helping herself to the little bar. Pouring herself a drink. Joined by Cassidy and they each share a drink. Maria confides in her that she was kind of hoping to be celebrating her successfully getting her vengeance by having this drink while she is watching the strippers next door. Leave it to Veronica to start pulling the morale card and she can’t find a reason to dispute her. She doesn’t believe the NCR is outright bad, just not capable or has the people’s best interest in heart. Only wanting the resources and to look more powerful on the outside and House just wanted to lord over the place, but the Legion was still a threat to everyone. So, while Boone is on the fence. A plan is made and the episode ends with Legate and his men taking down the base at Neelson.
Two begins with a sign reading Boomers. Maria and Cassidy limbering up for the road. Starting the countdown when Veronica bolts past them both and the bombs begin to drop. Meeting the leaders, reluctant to follow along, but after a bit of persuading and helping out. They gain their trust and agree to fight in the battle to come. During this, Lanis is getting word from Legate. That he would be moving toward Echo and Caesar issues a request to locate the Courier known as Maria.We go back to Nellis as the three are walking back down the hill and are attacked. Maria and Cassidy are dropped by electrical based weapons. Maria remaining conscious just long enough to see four men in heavy duty armor dragging off a screaming Veronica.
Three kicks off with Maria flipping over a table, in a fit of rage. Wanting to know who hit them and get Veronica back, but they don’t have enough to run off of. Her description is too vague. Anyone could have been in them, but they certainly feel like they targeting Veronica since they left them laying them in the dirt. Dawning on them just how little they actually knew about Veronica. Enter Boone. Carrying a black lock box, with a not so happy Rex following. Already forcing the lock and pulled out a stack of photos, with Veronica and three men, standing in front of The Brotherhood of Steel Emblem. Raul and Cassidy each let out a sigh. Her picking at Boone making a lot more sense. After checking on the chip, they start to make a plan. Figuring on Rex can lead them to the bunker, but they don’t want Maria anywhere near this. This needs perfect timing and she is clearly not in the right mindset for that, she isn’t happy. Threatens everyone if they fail. Creating a plan they don’t really like. Following Rex to a hidden bunker. Using the Dust Storm as cover. Boone blows out a vent. Managing to fall inside and fights his way to where they are keeping Veronica. Making a whole lot of noise along the way. Almost making it to the door, when they are finally surrounded by security and the Elder comes out. Scolding them both for different reasons. When a man in full armor drops. Exposing Cassidy armored with a Pulse Gun from their Silver Side collection. With everyone distracted, allowed Raul to get the door open and they came right through the front door. After some harsh words. They leave with Veronica and her and Boone settle their differences.
Raul goes off to Jacobstown, in episode 4, to meet with the Super Mutants. Hoping to have more luck talking to a ghoul than a human. Where he bites off more than he can chew. Finds the town on the verge of going to war with the town at the base of the Mountain. Each blaming the other for starting it and they have no idea who has been attacking their town. He looks into it and finds a Super Mutant name Fawkes who breaks down in tears. He heard people were nicer out West and just wanted a place to fit in, but was heckled a group wearing solider clothes. He tried to leave but they shoved him and things escalated. Too ashamed to go on and doesn’t know what he is doing anymore. Raul gets to him and after confronting the troops that started it. Walks him up to Jacobstown and in doing so. Makes a new ally along the way. While that is going on, Veronica, Boone and Rex are meeting with the Followers of the Apocalypse who will help with medical, if they were to win and Veronica helps improve their tech along the way. Veronica agrees, but insists on taking the abandoned eye bot, with the words, Ed-E spray painted on the side. Cassidy and Maria are busy running various chores. Meeting with Mr. House and doing away with a group of Omerita’s men. People they are overlooking and will take care of after everything is done. A group of NCR Men then has them meeting with their man outside of Vegas. Questioning them about the rumors they are hearing, but neither tell him anything of use. They are stressing over everything, but are having a great time. Laughing and getting closer. When they are again confronted, this time, by disguised and armed Legion. Caesar has requested a meeting with Maria. She agrees, but only if they leave Cassidy alone and off they went.
In 5, Maria is insulting the boatman as they arrive to the Legion 4. She is pretty much snarky to anyone who looks her way too long and makes it clear she is not thrilled to be here. Making it clear that they won’t be taking her weapons as she enters the tent. Meeting Caesar. A lengthy back and forth commence. He knows that they are planning something around the chip and why she has been meeting with the other tribes. Congratulating her on her killing Benny. Genuinely blown away by her vigor and warrior spirit. Seeing right through this and fires up a cigarette. Telling him to get to the point. Caesar holds up his hand and receives a holodex. He is also aware that she has no memory of who she is. Lucky, his men are the best at finding things out and he has ever detail about one courier named, Maria and it is all hers, if she aligns herself with The Legion and proves it by helping his right hand man, Lanis on a mission to take down the Brotherhood base. After a long pause, agrees. Telling them of a place she knows can get them in and leads the way in… to the same Death claw pit she barely made it out of. During the chaos kicks Lanis into an incoming Deathclaw and for the second time. Makes it out alive. While she is looking over her shoulder. Doesn’t see the incoming Cazador. Managing to kill it, but gets stung in the process. Immediately, getting dizzy when she starts to run.
In 6, Raul and Cassidy rushes into the NCR Base, where Yes Man has pinned her Pip Boy. The Solider at the gate confirming that she was in fact in the medical ward. Found her passed out at the gate. Taking a sigh of relief. Raul opens up about his past and how he looks at them like family. Never seeing this level of kindness before. Cassidy agreeing, but is interrupted by the rest of the group and the Doctor, with some question of his own. The Auto Doc picked up several previous injuries. Some, from being shot in the head, such as a dislocated retina. Getting a chuckle from Raul. But fades away as the Doctor continues. Pointing out scars from several broken ribs and fingers and damage to shoulders and slew of others. Putting Raul on edge. Sure the Wasteland was a dangerous place, but not to this extreme. How much more stress and torment could she handle and if she could survive a battle of which they are preparing for. She lurches awake in the middle of the conversation and sits up. Laughing and coughing. Cracking her neck and shoulders. Starting to say she had good news, but upon seeing the looks she was getting. Asked what was wrong.
7 is back in Vegas. Veronica is working on Ed-E. Trying to drown out the argument from Raul and Maria. Well past the point of no return and should have said something before she killed Caesar’s right hand man. While Raul is pointing out how dumb that was. Before the door slams and Raul has gone off to cool down. Cassidy goes to check on her, when Yes man chimes in with news. While, surfing through Ed-E’s files. Found plans of an Enclave base nearby. Maria takes the directions to go on a treasure hunt, Cassidy going along to talk to her. Trying to explain that they are just worried about her and she kind of laughs it off. Saying that she knows she isn’t going to survive a fight with the Legion and she is fine with that. She is expendable. Doesn’t have her knowledge of the Caravans and how they work. Lacks Raul’s repair skills, Boone’s Military prowess or Veronica’s knowledge in general. She was going to be forced to take them on head on and as long as she had a breath, would take as many down as she possibly can, as long as it meant they crossed the finish line. Cassidy obviously takes offense to that. Pointing out how she has united the Mojave in a way no one thought was possible. Through her they can actually make something of the wasteland for a change. Maria goes to argue, but falls through the ground. Falling into the base and crashing hard on a table below. Filed with power armor, weapons and a Veritabird.
9 starts with Raul being snatched by members of the Omerta. Who want to know what they are doing in Vegas. When it becomes clear he isn’t talking. Send a goon to inform Maria and lucky for them. Run into her on her way into town. She laughs when they tell her. Scribbling out a note to take back to their boss. Which she proceeds to stab into his shoulder with the pen. Pressed for time. The Legion were nearly want them and they had to get going. Instructs Boone to go collect Loyal from the Boomers, Cassidy to get in tough with Jacobstown and Veronica to get the Enclave base prepped and she is going to get Raul alone and she runs her way through the Gomorrah. Only missing one, who has her line up, but Raul finally picks up a gun. Showing her marksmanship by shooting him between her eyes. The two reconcile on their way out.
10 sees the fall of Mr. House. Maria knows from Yes Man that his body is inside and with a push of a button, he is gone. With Yes man, transferred into Ed-E. Follows her up to the penthouse. Waiting till she got close and picks off securitrons with the Pulse Gun. House is frantic trying to stop her. Following her through monitors. Throwing out every bit of information on who she was. That she was a nobody. Some homeless woman who The Thorns took pity on when she was just a teenager and had to fight for food, becoming their prized piece of entertainment. Only let her out because she earned the eye and heart of Red Lucy. She persuaded to go on a hunt and ran away. He could offer protection, safety and more caps than she would ever see. She doesn’t say a word during any of this. Not even breaks stride till she hits the pod. “Imagine the Irony.” she says. ” Caesar falling to a slave.” Then hits the button. Watching the pod be sanitized. Thinking about what was just said. She doesn’t remember any of it, could be a lie, but deep down. Believes it. Plugging in yes man. Who successfully takes control of the system and updates her Pip Boy, of everyone’s locations. Before she leaves, tells him to keep that conversation to himself. Heading back to the Enclave base, where everyone is waiting, including Loyal and the Boomers who tagged along are gushing over the Vertibird, Fawkes and Marcus, and the leader last remaining group who hasn’t committed yet, Papa Khan. Who is quick to agree when he hears them out.
11 starts off with the fall of Camp Delta to Legate’s troops. Men tossing women and children around. Seeing which was good to take and who would join the troops on crosses or head’s on pikes. When they hear a loud sound. Finding one of their own, dead. Pike going through their chin, but can’t find the attacker. Another Legionary goes flying. Then another and hear sounds coming from everywhere. Grouping together, when one of their own turn and slices the throat of another and the last three are taken out by appearing Nightkin and Super Mutants lead by Faweks and Marcus. Leaving Legate by himself. Maria removes the headgear. Legate starts to talk. Going for his weapon, but she beats him to the punch. Putting her weapon into his stomach and takes off his head. Putting it in her bag, making sure to thank each of them and will be seeing them soon.
We are getting closer to the end with episode 10. We see Maria on her own, in a row boat. Going across Lake Mead. only seeing her whistling away. Flashing back to the bunker. Telling them she doesn’t have any speeches. Just that… things need to change. The Mojave is so broken it is no surprise that bot sides feel like they can take over. No one talks, everyone holds on to grudges and everyone thinks the least of them. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today is the day things can change, but it will be up to them to see that this actually sticks beyond today. Goes through her talking to everyone one on one. How proud she is of Veronica. Talk with Boone and hugs Raul. Then, Cassidy. They share another drink and she opens up and Cassidy tells her to save it till the end. Not wanting to have the end of the World speech, but hugs her tight telling her that she can’t die. Back on the lake, The Legion see her coming and can hear the screams coming. Managing to make it to the shore and got up. Showing herself decked out in Enclave armor. Caesar standing above on the hill looking down at her. While Legionnaire are coming down the make shift stairwell. He yells down that she was foolish coming alone. To which she replies, that she had something of his. For his collection. Reaching into her pouch and pulls out Legate’s head. Holding it up and says that she didn’t come alone. From behind her, the Vertibird comes into sight and the fight is on.
11 is an outright brawl. The Boomers are opening fire and dropping explosives from the sky. Keeping clear of the slave pens and Maria’s position. Getting low enough to drop Great Khans and Cassidy. Super Mutants are coming out of the lake on all sides. Boone is notifying the action to the NCR. Who go into immediate panic. Trying to figure out what was going on and starts to send in troops of their own. Wanting to catch everyone in one swoop. Meanwhile, Maria is wasting no time. Armed with two bladed gauntlets and cutting through anyone getting in her way and tracks Caesar down to his tent and they go at it and it goes back and forth. She doesn’t have his level of training and can’t finish him off. While Caesar has the advantage does a lot of damage. Shattering her nose and busts her open above her eye, but she uses his desire to talk to catch her breath and trick him in to close and sticks him with one of her gauntlet. Bringing him down to his knees. Picking up his blade. Telling him that he isn’t a god, but a monster who has preyed off of scared and desperate people. Only thing inevitable was his failure and stuck him in his chest with his own weapon. Walking out of the tent and seeing her people had taken loses, but pulled off this crazy plan. Just one more part to go and her came the NCR. Starting to limp away, when Cassidy joined her side. Grinning from ear-to-ear and they hooked arms around one another. Making their way down the hill. Where NCR Troops and Commander Oliver are waiting demanding answers. She says they are about to find out. When their radios all chime out with the sound of Yes Man. While they were distracted, Veronica and Raul slipped by and into the control panel. Sending power to where it was needed and into their computers. They had taken control over everything. Oliver berates her, saying she has no idea how to run a country and she agrees. On her own she is nothing, but look around. There will be in fighting and learning curves much like anything else, but they have the means to pull it off. They have got the people who do. Cassidy runs caravans and Veronica and the Followers have tech knowledge. Khans can run security and a home to Super Mutants and ghouls. Even have Doctors who can patch up bullets to the dome. The NCR are free to trade and visit Vegas and can make great friends, but this is The Mojave. Run by them and them alone. Backed into a corner, and the Vertibird still flying overhead. Oliver has nothing left to do but give in and retreat.
The end comes with passing shoots over celebrations. Marcus and Fawkes bringing the good news to Jacobstown. Great Khan Partying, and even the Doctor at Good springs smiles as the news comes over his radio, and Maria and everyone are celebrating at hoover dam. The last shot though is the Enclave base. Hearing the National Anthem click on followed by President Eden’s Voice come through.
And that is it. Brought the story to an end and a way to continue on if someone chooses to. Either showing their struggles to be taken serious, in fighting or even bring in the Enclave as the next enemy or just end it. I hope you enjoyed and as always…
Thank You For Reading.