The Humans are holding the fortress against the relentless attacks by the Covenant, but Erda's forces tunnel under the wall and send several cloaked Elites into the fortress to open the gate. Jack realizes the plan, but is too late to stop the Elites from slaughtering the wounded Humans and opening the gate. Elites pour into Mt Jefferson, and Erda Renadee personally joins the fight, killing Sergeant Henderson with his own blade. He then sees Jack and immediately recognizes him as the reason for Erda's failure at Delta Base. Driven into a blood-rage, Erda attacks Jack and is killed. As Elites continue to fight through the open gate, the Chief is forced to order an evacuation of the fortress. The Humans flee through the tunnels in the back of the base, and some drive the Warthogs straight out through the Covenant army. They leave a little surprise behind them, though: a bomb which destroys Erda's army.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite of the twenty episodes. The action, the shotgun-in-the-mouth thing, the explosion effects, the fact that it's a siege type battle in a fortress, it was fucking AWESOME!!! My only complaint is that Sergeant Henderson didn't have a.) more screen time, and b.) some badass last words. (You could have at least had him say "Oh, shit." Still though: best episode ever.
WOW!!! That had to be the best display of machinema EVER! Great job capturing all those intense moments in the battle scenes. I have personally tried that shotgun pose down the elite's throat, but have never nailed it like you did. The puppeteers were the best. That one fight scene where the elites where chasing the spartans up the ramp towards the top of the base, i mean, they didn't miss a step. Damn near perfect execution.