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Episode 00: Primer

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Episode 00: Primer
Cover art for Episode 00: Primer.
Series overview


Hunt the Truth


Season 1

Episode specifications



Air date:

March 23, 2015[1][2]

Run time:



Episode 00: Primer was the first upload for the Hunt the Truth audio drama, and serves as an intro/prelude to the first season of the drama.[3] The episode was originally released on Soundcloud on March 23, 2015,[2] coinciding with the Bullet Trailer first aired on the same day, in an episode of The Walking Dead.[1]

Official summary[edit]

What began as a high-profile hero story quickly turns into a full-blown investigation. Sources claim they know the “real Master Chief”: The boy, the soldier, the hero…the traitor? But who’s telling the truth?[4]

Plot summary[edit]

Benjamin Giraud gives a brief history of himself and states that he has been tasked with creating an in-depth profile about the Master Chief.[5]

Audio transcript[edit]

  • Benjamin Giraud: When you're a war journalist, you see a lot of horrible stuff. All the stories I've done—I've seen the absolute worst of humanity. But I've also gotten to seen the best. Six years ago, I saw him. The greatest, most mysterious hero of our time, up-close in action. I witnessed, first hand, what he did that day, and it changed everything for me. Anyone listening to this knows exactly who I'm talking about. The guy who saved us, saved Earth, saved mankind: Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117, whom we now know as simply "the Master Chief".
A few months ago I was hired to do an in-depth profile on the Chief—exclusive access, the whole thing—since then, I've gotten to talk to a lot of people who claim they know the real Master Chief; the boy, the soldier, the hero... the traitor? See, I've always known where the story was going before it started. I'd known exactly the story I wanted to tell for years, the story of all of us wanted to hear—glossy, inspiring, the blockbuster hero biography. That's all this was supposed to be. But the truth isn't always that clean.
When I pulled that first loose thread, something broke. Now everything is caving in and I find myself stuck with all these ugly questions, questions I never intended to ask. Fabricated histories? People who aren't who they say they are? Cover-ups of cover-ups? That steady drumbeat of theories that used to sound insane, now they don't seem so '"out there".
And these disturbing rumors, reports of anomalies. Something big is happening in deep space, and I can't even corroborate a single fact about one man's life. It's clear to me now. I can't fix the pretty story, but maybe I can break the ugly one.
For the first time in my career I can honestly say I don't know the shape of where this is going. And in fact, the possibilities have me lying awake at night. But I believe we all deserve to know the real story. We need to know where this leads. I know I do.
So I find myself back at the beginning. Who is the Master Chief? Where does he come from? And is he keeping us safe?
Join me as I hunt the truth about the Master Chief.

Blog posts[edit]

The following blog posts were released on the Hunt the Truth Tumblr blog to tease Episode 00, and immediately after the episode's release.

Halo 5 Bullet[edit]

Main article: Halo 5 Bullet

It’s time to #HUNTtheTRUTH.[6]

Journalist. War Photographer.[edit]

Icons for the Unified Earth Government, United Nations Space Command, and Office of Naval Intelligence.
For decades, I’ve served the galaxy as a journalist and war photographer. I’ve covered human-interest stories on Earth and in the Inner and Outer Colonies. I’ve also contracted for the government, covering military affairs. I was at New Mombasa when the Master Chief first appeared to combat the Covenant attack.[7]

The End is only the beginning.[edit]

Join me next Sunday 3/29 as we dig deeper.[8]

The Assignment[edit]

Michael Sullivan's letter to Benjamin Giraud in Hunt the Truth.
Here’s the offer letter from ONI, outlining the assignment. Sounded so easy when it all started. How could I say no?[9]



External links[edit]

Preceded by
Hunt the Truth episodes
Episode 00: Primer
Succeeded by
Episode 01: A Hairline Fracture