Metal Gear Profiles-Solid Snake Part IV

War has changed. It’s no longer about nations, ideologies or ethnicity. It’s an endless series of proxy battles, fought by mercenaries and machines. War, and its consumption of life, has become a well-oiled machine. War has changed. ID tagged soldiers carry ID tagged weapons, use ID tagged gear. Nanomachines inside their bodies enhance and regulate their abilities. Genetic control. Information control. Emotion control. Battlefield control. Everything is monitored, and kept under control. War has changed. The age of deterrence has become the age of control. All in the name of averting catastrophe from weapons of mass destruction. And he who controls the battlefield, controls history. War has changed. When the battlefield is under total control, war… becomes routine.

 

Five years past-and Snake starts to age much faster than anticipated, seeming to age nearly at 5 times the normal rate as he reaches his 42nd birthday, physically resembling a man in his early 70’s. Solid Snake becomes “old Snake”-although he’s still formidable. He grows a mustache as well. He appears to have only a year to live as well…

 

 

He lives mostly on board the carrier Nomad with Otacon and Sunny Emmerich, Olga’s daughter who was rescued by Raiden and adopted by Otacon. However, one day Roy Campbell-his former commanding officer-tells him that they’ve located Liquid Ocelot in the middle east-and it’s time to take him down. Ocelot has formed his own PMC-part of a military industry being controlled by the Patriots AI-which has extended it’s database into much of society (The dream of the Boss and Zero-but badly warped)…but has other plans up his sleeve as well.

 

Arriving in the Middle East-and musing the war has changed-and after evading multiple “Gekkos” (Mass produced Metal Gear-esque units) FROGS (Ocelot’s main soldiers) and the Beauty and the Beast Unit.Snake soon teams with Meryl’s rat patrol unit, and Meryl is shocked at the aged sight of her ex. Snake also receives some extra support in the field-gun runner Drebin 893 (Who gives Snake an injection to take control of SOP ID weapons) and Metal Gear Mk.II, a tiny remote robot much less deadly than it’s larger cousins.

However, about to confront Ocelot, Snake is incapcitated by Liquid activating the SOP system, causing all the soldiers in the area with nanomachines in their systems-including Meryl’s team (minus Johnny Sasaki) suffer seizures..and Liquid Ocelot escapes.

After recovering, the Nomad received a clue from Naomi Hunter-who helped Snake during the Shadow Moses inciddent. He went to meet her in South America, and also have her examine why he was rapidly aging. Unfortunately, he had double the bad news.

 

Not only was Snake aging to death because of his clone nature, but FOXDIE-the virus designed to target the rogue Foxhound unit-was mutating, and wouldn’t just target any specific person-it could target anyone. The only way to stop it was for Snake to die before it mutated to that stage. With the help of Raiden-now a cyborg ninja, he was able to rescue Naomi. Raiden-injured in a battle with Vamp-implored him to seek out the mysterious “Big Mama” who might hold the key to defeating Ocelot.

 

Big Mama as it turned out, was Eva, Big Boss’s friend and lover during Operation Snake Eater, and also one of the founding members of the Patriots. She outlined her involvement in his birth-The Les Infant Terribles-and how it led to the Patriots breaking into two factions-One-Big Boss, Ocelot, and Eva-who went with the “Outer Heaven” idea, and the others-Zero, SIGINT/Donald Anderson and Para-Medic/Dr.Clark-who went for AI control over society. She then worked with Snake to move Big Boss’s body to a safe location, but unfortunately Ocelot caught up with them, and used the body to hijack the SOP system, giving him total control over the world’s nano-machined controlled weapons-and starting his own war on the Patriots.

 

 

The chaos that followed led to a fire that consumed the body, fatally wounding Eva and burning Snake’s face, scarring him permanently (Meryl nearly died, but was saved by Rat Patrol team member Johnny Sasaki). He and Otacon next worked out that Liquid’s plan was to use Metal Gear Rex-which had laid dormant at Shadow Moses after his battle with Liquid nearly a decade before-to take out the Patriot’s AI using it’s nuke to attack an orbiting satellite. He would have to once again return to Shadow Moses, to get to the gear before Ocelot did.

Snake re-entered the base, which had been mostly abandoned except by Ocelot’s AI weapons, the Gekkos and their dwarf counterparts.  REX was still in it’s hanger, but Snake was too late-Rex’s railgun had already been taken-and he found himself surrounded by Gekkos. Naomi Hunter also took her life as well.

With the help of a grieving Otacon and Raiden, however, Snake was able to reactivate Rex, and the old gear still packed a punch.

Finally reaching the outside, Snake found himself to face with Ocelot, who had his Metal Gear Ray handy, and the two might war machines clashed. Eventually Ocelot however summonded his arsenal gear, the Outer Haven, and started heading toward a point where he could attack the satellite.

Snake and the others then boarded the USS Missouri, and laid out a plan to take out Outer Haven before Ocelot could use Rex’s railgun (Which Snake dubbed “Liquid’s very own Death Star” to attack the satellite. Their plan was to board the ship-despite heavy opposition-FROGS,Gekkos, Metal Gear RAYS and the last member of the Beauty and the Beast unit, Screaming Mantis.

 

Supported by Raiden, Meryl, and Johnny, as well as Otacon and Mei Ling in the Missouri, Snake undertook his final mission.  After grueling combat-and most agonizingly of all, a long  corridor of microwaves….

Snake finally reached the GW AI that was giving Ocelot control of the SOP system, and sent it a virus. Unexpectedly though, the virus actually erased the entire Patriot control network-undoing their influence but leaving several other systems intact. The virus was called “FOXALIVE”.

But there was still a score to settle with “Liquid”. On the top of Outer Haven, the two got into brutal hand to hand combat, mirroring Solid Snake’s duel with Liquid on top of Rex a decade before. Liquid also revealed that he wanted Snake to defeat the Patriots all along, although he thought society would tumble into anarchy, like the Wild West.

Finally, Ocelot collapsed, and seemed to once again regain his former personality, giving Snake his catchphrase one last time “You’re pretty good!” as he died.

As others celebrated at Meryl and Johnny’s wedding, Snake went to Arlington, and considered ending his life so that the FOXDIE virus would not turn into an epidemic. However, he had an unexpected guest-Big Boss-who had been revived.

However, Big Boss was not there to fight, but to explain things-and reconcile somewhat with his ‘son’. How both he, Zero, and the Patriots managed to mess up the will of the Boss; how Ocelot in fact hypnotized himself into believing he was Liquid to get the Patriots confused; how the body of Solidus-and not him-was used to get into the system etc. He also explained that the FOXDIE would not mutate into an epidemic-in fact, a *new* virus was implanted into Snake by Drebin earlier (as Drebin was acting on behalf of the Patriots), that actually killed Eva and Ocelot-and which would now kill Big Boss, but not anybody else.

 

Big Boss finally pulled the plug on Zero, who had been in a vegetative state since the 80’s due to the machinations of Skull Face, and ending the last trace of the original Patriots.

 

After finally saluting his mentor one last time, Big Boss implored his son to live not as a not as a snake-but as a man…although he probably would die soon himself, he would be at peace and not waste the life he had left fighting. Solid Snake lit his father’s cigar as he died.

 

Solid Snake then joined Otacon and Sunny once again, but as he left, Otacon noticed he forgot his cigarettes.

 

Otacon : Snake, wait up! You forgot these….

Snake : No thanks. I’m quitting.

Otacon : Snake? Snake : These things will kill ya.

Otacon : Where will you go…? Our fight is finished. There’s nothing left for us to do.

Snake : No. There’s one thing I still have to do. I have to see this age off… See what the future brings.

Otacon : Sounds good to me. I’ll go with you.

Snake : Otacon, I’m gonna be dead soon. You don’t have to come.

Otacon : You said it yourself, Snake. There’s nothing inside you can pass on to the next generation. No genes, no memes… You’re man-made… You’re a beast.

Snake : I know… A blue rose. There won’t be any happy “Beauty and the Beast” ending for me. What little time I have left will be spent living… As a beast. A shadow of the inside… Of the old age.

Otacon : Exactly. That’s why you need me. As a witness.

Snake : A witness?

Otacon : Yeah. Someone on the outside to bear witness to your final days. Someone to pass on your story… Not that I’m the only witness. But I’ll remember everything you were… And stick with you to the end.

Snake : Otacon….

Otacon : Besides, you wouldn’t let me suffer Sunny’s eggs alone, would you?

Solid Snake, at some point later, died…but peacefully.

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Dr. Naomi Hunter

Naomi Hunter is another one of the Metal Gear saga’s principal female characters-and arguably, one of it’s greatest (somewhat unsung) female heroes.

 

Naomi was orphaned at a young age during the Rhodesian civil war, and adopted as a sister by the soldier Frank Jaegar (Later the FOXHOUND agent Grey Fox), and later was helped by Big Boss to immigrate to the United States (Probably sometime after the Phantom Pain incident). However, her brother eventually got caught up in Big Boss’s vision of Outer Heaven (although he initially opposed it), and Solid Snake crippled both her guardians-Big Boss was put in a coma, and Grey Fox was maimed but still alive, rebuilt by Dr. Clark into the Cyborg Ninja. Naomi, curious about her birth parents (but unaware of Frank’s role in their deaths) became interested in genetics and nanotechnology.

She later put a plan for revenge into motion-first, against Dr. Clark, for using her brother as a Guinea pig, against Solid Snake, for crippling him in the first place. She freed Frank and killed Dr. Clark, and then joined the staff for the Shadow Moses mission, where she injected Solid Snake with nanomachines not only to track him, but carrying a strain of FOXDIE, a virus designed to target members of FOXHOUND and possibly Snake himself (although this was partially ordered to do this by Jim houseman). She also covered up certain details about her professions and pasts, but as the mission took some unexpected turns-including her brother’s appearance-the truth came out. However, she got to know Solid Snake personally-including his relationship with Big Boss and regretted what she’d done.

 

 

After the incident, she was jailed for a time, but was eventually released by Revolver Ocelot, whose persona had started to morph into that of Liquid Snake’s mental doppelganger. She then helped him develop a way to control the “Sons of the Patriots” system which controlled the world’s weapons and soldiers. Snake eventually rescued her in South America from Liquid, although she revealed that Snake’s system-due to a combination of FOXHOUND-including a new strain-and his own accelerated aging, was not only dying but could also mutate the FOXHOUND, potentially causing an epidemic with FOXHOUND targeting everyone!

 

After this rescue, she started a relationship on-board Snake’s plane the Nomad with Otacon (romantically) and a friendly relationship with his adopted daughter, Sunny Emmerich. Sunny-who was incredibly shy due to her isolation from the world to protect her-was able to break out of her shell a bit.

 

 

However, as always, Naomi had a hidden motive. She had developed a virus to essentially deactivate the Patriots-and gave the information to Sunny-a prodigy-to complete it. She later ‘rejoined’ Liquid, but this was a bit of a ruse as well. Eventually, she revealed to Otacon that she had in fact been dying from cancer, and had used nanomachines to suppress it in her system. At Shadow Moses she deactivated them and died-which greatly saddened Otacon.

However, Naomi’s legacy changed the world, when Snake used her computer virus on the Patriots-FOXALIVE-disabling them. She had recorded a farewell message to Snake and Otacon as well before her death.

Naomi : Snake… Hal. It’s you, isn’t it? I hope you’re listening. The virus you uploaded is using GW as a conduit to annihilate the entire AI network. It’s set to destroy all four AIs along with JD, the core that tied them all together. I’ve set this video to play back once they’re all gone. Sons of the Patriots was only the beginning. The Patriots were planning to use nanomachines to implement the System over the entire population. I had an obligation to stop it. With a little help from Sunny. She helped me… She believed her talents could help you all put GW to rest. What she created was an anti-AI FOXDIE. But this virus’s name is FOXALIVE. It’s… The conceptual opposite of the nanomachines that I created all those years ago. We wished to free the captured foxes… To let them run free in the wild. By the time you hear this, I’m afraid I’ll be gone. This is a strange feeling… Leaving a message to be delivered after you’ve died. Hal… If you’re listening…

Otacon : Naomi….

Naomi : I’m sorry… Sorry I deceived you. It hurt me more than anything else, lying to you like that. I wanted to apologize to you before… But I never got the chance.

Otacon : Naomi…. Naomi : And yet, in the end… You helped me feel the joy of living. Thank you, Hal. Thank you… Hal.

Otacon : Naomi….

Naomi : Snake… Hear me. Our country is an innocent child once more. A new dawn is rising. Now she can build a new destiny for herself. Snake… The time has come.

Naomi : You’ve earned your rest. The rose petal is about to fall…

Naomi also helped to revive the comatose Big Boss, for one last reunion with his son, in which he reassured Snake-via Naomi-that the new FOXDIE wouldn’t become an epidemic-although it was already too late for him.

 

 

 

 

 

Other films that inspired Metal Gear-Part one

Like I’ve done with the James Bond and Metal Gear comparisons, I’ve tried to note some interesting parallels between the series, as well as more direct influences (especially with James Bond) Hideo Kojima is, of course, a big movie buff, and friends with directors such as JJ Abrams and Guillermo Del Toro (On who he collaborated with on the canceled Silent Hills, and now on his current project, “Death Stranding”.

The names of the Emmerich family-Huey Emmerich, Dr.Strangelove, and Hal “Otacon” Emmerich-are all references to films from the 60’s and 70’s.

Huey-who debuts in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (although he’s referred to in Solid II and III) is a reference to the damaged robot from “Silent Running”.

Also, Huey’s haggard appearance, at least in “The Phantom Pain” (although motion-captured in part from his American voice actor, Christopher Randolph) and highly questionable morality are a bit similar to Bruce Dern’s character Freeman Lowell.

Dr. Strangelove of course is from the movie of the same name, and she does have a physical resemblance to the Peter Sellers character, complete with sunglasses and suit.

Lastly, we have Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, who first meets Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid I. and is named after the intelligent computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This is also reflected by the real name of Solid Snake, “David”, after David Bowman, the astronaught who has to deal with the psychotic computer on-board his spaceship.

Of course, Big Boss and Solid Snake had to deal with some villainous AIs of their own, including the Peace Walker AI, one patterned after his mentor the Boss, and Solid Snake later on with the Patriots AI system. Like the computer Hal, the Peace Walker AI units have a red-light “eye”

As for the last name, Emmerich, it’s based mainly on film director Roland Emmerich,  who director Stargate, Independence Day (as well as it’s sequel), 10,000 BC and the disaster films, Day After Tomorrow and 2012.

Although not in particular from any movie,The term “Otacon” is short for Otaku Convention, a reference to anime fans and a convention. Part of the reason Huey works on the Metal Gear series pioneered by his parents is his love of giant robot mecha from anime.

In fact, one of his early lines in the series-upon seeing the cyborg ninja: