I must’ve watched both Ads like 7 times now to see if anything else pops out as I’m sure a lot are doing because of how curious everyone is.
I started with Lockes Ad.
At 0.06 seconds you see Locke coming out of a ruined building, however in Chiefs Ad you see him walking down through the rubble. Locke looks like hes holding his DMR up and looking through the scope, however the next bit has him holding the DMR down.
0.12 Seconds, the destroyed city has a lot of similarities to this image so it could likely be an outer colony they are on and also at 1:31 in the MCC reveal at E3 2014 whatever ships he on, the shutter opens to reveal a city that could also be the city in the early concept art however it’s hard to tell, BUT it could be that colony
Locke mentions all hail the conqueoring hero, let us remember him as our protector, and not the one who gave us THIS (pointing out the destroyed city).
At 0.15 seconds in Lockes Ad you see the Infinity, heavily damaged, but Chiefs statue appears to be perfectly intact and the only untouched thing around the rubble (how is that possible?)
At 0.41 seconds when Locke drops his DMR which mind you Spartans do not drop their weapon for anything so mind you Locke might not care about his image as a Spartan. But there is a reflection of a ship in the water, however what kind of ship is it? Covenant? Human?
Locke mentions near the end, all hail the conqueoring hero, the ONE who is suppose to SAVE US ALL. I think Locke has been brainwashed by ONI with all these misled and coverups that are in the audio log. Remember Locke knows nothing of Chiefs past except what ONI likely told him so he probably thinks Chief is not who he is because of those logs and planted information by ONI.
Now in Chiefs Ad at 0.14 Chief is doing a monologue, mentioning this, is this what you wanted? His visor shows him staring at his statue while hes speaking to himself. I’ve brainstormed it quit a bit and him mentioning everything you’ve compromised, everything you’ve done, worth it? He looks up at the statue, however this time, it’s damaged like it would’ve been if that area got damaged.
0.22 in Chiefs Ad shows the Infinity has smaller bits of damage done to it, unlike Locke’s Ad. Chief mentions, is this what you wanted, is this what you were looking for? I’m thinking he’s mentioning Cortana in the sense of her wanting him to find his Humanity or least of all looking for it. The compromise or everything Chief has done, the sacrafices he witnessed, but didn’t want them to happen (Miranda, Johnson, Keyes) (Him blowing up the first Halo ring he set foot on, how he raced through High Charity to intercept and board Truth’s ship to go back to earth, how he activated the replacement Halo ring to destroy it and damage the Ark) Was all that worth it to save humanity? Also Chief likely thinks of himself as broken and unstable, trying to find what makes him human when looking at the statue of himself. Also in Chiefs Ad, we find Locke badly injured in his armor, as his visor is flickering on and off, and in Lockes Ad, Chief, though injured is perfectly able to freely move.
I think these ads mark something. Which scenerio is the actual outcome? Where is the truth that lies between these two Ads? Will Chief ultimately see Locke as friend or foe and most of all, where is the Arbiter as Thel is the only friend Chief like has left that isn’t dead. At the end of all this conflict, who shall stand, and who shall fall?
Locke, who likely was brainwashed by ONI with all the falsified planted information, look think that Chief is a threat to humanity now that hes lost Cortana, who kept him in check. in Halo 4 Chief was hellbent on getting Cortana back in working order and now Chief is struggling to keep his sanity. Locke might see that as a way to tell humanity, this is the hero who saved you all and look where he is now? Do you still trust him to lead you or might it be time for a new hero? As for Chief, in his Ad. He might’ve caught up with Locke or rather Locke caught up with him, and tried to convince him that ONI was lying flat to his face about everything, however Locke wasn’t believing anything he said. Lockes mission was to find Chief and bring him back to the UNSC. Chief mentions at the end, you’ve completed your mission, Spartan Locke, and mine is just beginning. Chief likely knows that Locke was sent to find and bring him back to the UNSC, and likely thats what Chief meant by Spartan Locke completing his mission. Chief however says his mission is just beginning. Chief likely now knows his past thanks to Hasley as well as his name, and knows about ONI. Chief saying his mission is just beginning might have something to do with ONI, or bringing ONI’s lies out into the open. However, theres also the case that the city in it’s destroyed state might’ve been caused by ONI knowing that Chief found out, so they decide what better way to eliminate both Locke and Chief in one go OR better yet, pin the both of them against themselves and let them kill eachother off.