My headcanon is that Connecticut was originally a UNSC spook who specialized in infiltrating Insurrectionist terror cells. She got recruited to Project Freelancer where she fell in love with the program and its members. Then, when the Director began to go mad after Texas happened, she hacked into the Project’s database to see what happened, what changed… and found Alpha and Beta.
She tried to go through UNSC channels and nearly got caught because they were watching for potential whistle-blowing. This sets them on her trail and closes down her options within the UNSC. She can’t speak freely or even covertly to other Freelancer because she knows SOME of them are specifically on the team to kill/rat out other Freelancers who might turncoat. (I’m looking at you Florida and Wyoming.)
So she re-opened her Insurrectionist contacts but ultimately she was actually in contact with a kind of neutral fringe group - officially on the Insurrectionist watch list but in actuality a plant cell of ONI-III loyal to the UNSC. She knew the leader of the cell because she used to work with him and, yes, they had a thing even though she called it off when she joined PF. This is why he goes so far to help her. The other members of the team don’t trust her because they’ve all got shared pre-Project history. But that’s another post entirely.
Connie is, in actuality, trying to defect TO THE UNSC the whole time Project Freelancer is chasing her down. But the backdoors that Connie is using put her in a position that’s it difficult to get the info to the right people safely because according to official record, this cell she’s defecting to doesn’t exist.
AKA - why Connie doesn’t say shit to anyone about anything.
I could see him installing some kind of failsafe like a logic loop that prevents Beta from questioning herself or how she exists. Then the failsafe is broken by Connie’s message - maybe something subliminal or just the evidence is too strong.
Ooooh yeah. He would. And I bet he’d do it for science and slowly not want her to learn so he tries to build it up more and more secure but of course it fails in the end.
I like the idea of Connie’s final message being encoded with something to break the failsafe within Beta’s programming. Like there used to be a trigger word or phrase that was built in to stop her like any other smart AI, like in Spartan Ops - the ships AI was disabled by the phrase ‘undead iridium’ which made the AI go docile and obey every command but he was able to over come it eventually.
I headcanon that Connie found a backdoor to this subroutine and built it into the video message to set her free. Because she knew what Tex/Allison would do when faced with something evil.
Fucking tear it apart.
Oh no I REALLY LIKE THIS.
WATCH ME WRITE THE FIC WHERE CONNECTICUT KNEW EVERYTHING. SHE KNEW WHO ALLISON WAS, WHO THE DIRECTOR AND CAROLINA WERE. SHE KNEW WHAT WAS DONE TO BETA AND ALPHA AND EVERYONE. SHE SET OUT TO SET TEX FREE BECAUSE SHE KNEW IF SHE COULD DO THAT - SHE UNDERSTOOD HOW STRONG TEX WAS AND THAT IF SHE COULD NOT SAVE THE FREELANCERS BY GETTING THE INFORMATION OUT. IF SHE COULD NOT SAVE THEM HERSELF. THEN AT THE VERY LEAST SHE COULD LEAVE IT TO TEX TO TEAR THE DIRECTOR’S WORK APART.
CT has EOD armor and for the longest time I always assumed she was the Demo/Tech expert to balance York’s lighter methods of infiltration and Id LOVE for her to be able to get that in there.
But actually heres something fun.
For one or two of the AI pages youll find they copied some random wikipedia articles and I wonder if one of THOSE WAS ACTUALLY HELD PHRASE KEY.
Its how she knew the password because suddenly its slowly unlocking and unraveling and she sees a password and she’s unlocked enough to know what its going to be.
And shes slowly thinking “no that cant be right” except now she’s in theres a whole file on her and Allison and she has to believe it now because theres nothing stopping her from figuring it out anymore.
YESSSSSSSSSS I’ve always pegged Connie as the hacker-techie girl of the group and I just heacanon her so hard as having hacked in and stolen all their secrets and she struggled so hard to find a way to bring down the Director without the hammer falling on her and the other Freelancers. And so she had a plan to take her info to the UNSC, but she knew that it was more than likely the Director would turn the Freelancers into his personal assassination team and send them after her so she built her fall back plan.
So beautiful really.
She pulled the trigger to make the Director’s own creations rip him and his program apart. Ha! What if it was her who originally leaked data of some kind to the UNSC and set the Oversight Committee on the trail of the Freelancer program, but it wasn’t happening fast enough so her position was compromised and she had to run. Connie dies because she waited too long hoping for the authorities to rightfully take down PF instead of making her have to do something crazy.
I’d never, ever hurt a lady but I’d be happy to punch a feminist.
It’d bring me great joy.
I’m 6’2 and weigh 180lbs
ready when you are
Or if you’d like to have some more options….
and have 9 years of combined martial arts training and 3 years of being a Line Backer in football.
Just in case you are looking for variety.
what about a lady and a feminist. warning, combatives certified soldier.
I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.
I just watched the elevator scene with Carolina and York again. I’ve always been bothered by Carolina’s final line in that scene:
"Maybe, but you can’t trust me."
It struck me as forced, not something Carolina would actually say, just the writers once again driving it home that York Is Right and Carolina Is Wrong.
Watching it again today, though the line is stilted, another meaning surfaced. Because York’s just asked her to trust him, to come with him, to give up on chasing Tex -
but he never explains why.
He doesn’t explain what he’s doing, why he chose to help Tex, why he planned all this without including her at all, why he believes deserting is the right thing to do.
He doesn’t explain any of that, just tells her he’s right and she’s wrong and she should come with him.
When Carolina says, “You can’t trust me,” she isn’t giving him a warning, she’s stating a fact.
The line would’ve been better written, “You don’t trust me.”
Because he doesn’t.
And yet he expects her trust, and believes he deserves to be trusted.