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You're never going to believe the message I got passed to me
the other day to investigate. It was an encrypted transmission using an older
code, but it checked out. The message was short and the signal quality was
weak, but after running it through a special program that uses state of the art
algorithms (like all good conspiracy theorists have) I managed to clean it up a
little. The message appears to have originated from the administrative office
of the USG Kellion and was delivered to the Office of Manpower, Concordance
Extraction Corporation Headquarters. It simply asked, "Who is Isaac Clarke?"
That's a bit odd don't you think...the admin office asking
about the identity of one of their crewmembers? Don't they have personnel files
when new members are assigned to a ship? Don't they do background
investigations before granting individuals access? I kind of thought they would.
SPOILER ALERT FOR DEAD SPACE
What do you really remember about the events portrayed in
Dead Space? Probably only what the Concordance Extraction Corporation (CEC)
wants you to remember. If you do remember anything, it's most likely the
majority of what everybody else vaguely recalls. You're an engineer stationed
aboard a ship sent along as part of a team to investigate a distress signal
transmitted by a sister ship of the CEC fleet that discovered a rare artifact.
This artifact reanimates human corpses into these vicious alien like creatures
that destroy the crew for the purpose of converting them. If your memory is
better than most, the fuzzy details might be a little clearer. Your ship was
the USG Kellion and it was responding to a distress call from the USG Ishimura.
The artifact they found was the Red Marker, the most valuable relic of Unitology,
an influential and powerful religion. And the transformed mutated human corpses
brought back to life...well, they were called necromorphs. The detail most don't
remember, and the detail Concordance Extraction Corporation (CEC) is trying to
cover up by exaggerating the story is that the USG Ishimura was a mining ship -
a "planet cracker" that was engaged in illegal mining operations on Aegis VII.
Yes, illegal mining operations.
Why does any of that matter?
If you have brothers or sisters, or heck maybe even just
friends or co-workers, maybe you have memories of getting in trouble for
something and your immediate response was to devise an ill conceived escape
plan developed on the fly which often resorted to the tactic of pointing out
something far more sinister and noteworthy committed by someone other than you
that diminishes the significance of your small transgression. It didn't always work
but sometimes it would. The focus was shifted off of you and onto...somebody
other than you. Brothers, sisters, friends, co-workers...heck even your loyal and
devoted pet - they're all fair game if it means protecting you. Survival of the
Mom: "Johnny, did you break my cookie jar?"
Johnny: "No. Well, er maybe...Jane broke it last week
but was afraid to tell you so she just glued it."
following if you will...
After sustaining heavy losses associated with the collision
of the Kellion and Ishimura, Concordance Extraction Corporation (CEC) feared
the authorities would discover their illicit mining activities and the
insurance agencies wouldn't cover the large loss of life and extensive property
damage. Even worse, if the company was charged with criminal negligence and
wrongful death for each crewmember, the company would surely be bankrupt in no
time. But if they could convince the authorities this was literally an out of
this world scenario beyond their control, they might be able to not only escape
prosecution, but they just might be able to claim a hefty insurance settlement
to boot. An Act of God clause if you will.
Act of God is a legal term for events outside of human control, such as
sudden floods or other natural disasters, for which the government can be held
Wheels were set in motion to clean up this mess. The
executives at CEC contracted the assistance of a man with a very particular set
of skills. Skills acquired over a very long career. And I'm not talking about
electrical or mechanical skills. Some might call it wet work.
Think about that message, "Who is Isaac Clarke?"
Ah...the name Isaac Clarke; a combination of two famous
science fiction authors - Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Almost too perfect
and coincidental, don't you think. Considering the year is 2414 somebody either
really liked their science fiction authors from a couple centuries prior (and
at this point in time, I suppose they couldn't really call it science fiction
any longer either then, could they) or they used a pair of names to create an
alias that most people probably wouldn't understand the correlation. As good of
an alias as any, I suppose. CEC could alter the ship's manifest and sailing
list after the fact to reflect the addition of a crewmember and none would be
Also consider the occupation of Isaac Clarke - a ship's
systems engineer...trained to operate and maintain the various systems and
equipment. Sure, a ship's engineer would work long hours, be exposed to adverse
working conditions, and be intimately familiar with the ship's layout and
capabilities...but engineering folks aren't normally trained in combat and weapon
familiarization. I'm not a huge fan of Star Trek, but I seem to vaguely recall
their Scottish engineer (Scotty, I think his name was) who was always stuck in
the engine room making sure the Enterprise was running in tip top shape. I
don't seem to have any recollection of him going planet side with Spock, Bones
or any of the other red shirt expendables. Perhaps he did and I just missed
those episodes, but it always seemed to me the ship's engineer wasn't setting
phasers to stun, he was setting the reactor to full power.
(Don't try and use that whole "Chewbacca is the ship
engineer for the Millennium Falcon" either - it's different when you are a
pirate and have to be a jack-of-all-trades.)
Assuming this nonsense about necropmorphs is true, it seems
questionable that we are to believe...one Isaac Clarke...a member of the
engineering department, staved off swarm after swarm of these reanimated
corpses with little to no combat training, weapons familiarization...but even more
than that proven combat experience - real world, boots on the ground combat experience.
I believe that if you put any individual in a survival scenario, there will be
some who rise up and survive, but most will not. Panic and fear will consume
them and likely result in their demise. One could argue that Isaac Clarke was
one of those survivalists - one who could answer the call in the darkest hour
while fighting for our right to live, to exist.
If you've ever watched the TV show Lost, perhaps you recall
the first episode where the plane crash lands on the island. While most just
sit in total bewildered silence, one or two took charge of the scene and
started responding accordingly. I suppose this could be feasible with Isaac
Clarke, but not likely. We're comparing a natural or manmade disaster to the
discovery of reanimated corpses, not something that has ever occurred before...so
we don't know how anyone would respond. If you believe in the fantasy world of
dragons, even the most hardened knights succumbed to dragon fear when gazing
upon the sheer awesomeness of a dragon, and I suspect that your average crew
member would experience a similar paralyzing numbness when encountering a
necromorph for the first time (and many times after that).
At this point I'm sure some of you are dying to remind me of
Alien, or any number of other examples that are likely out there. Yes, Ripley never
succumbed to the fear (but all we really know about her is that she was a
Warrant Officer; we don't know her field of expertise), and yes...she was the
sole survivor of that little crisis. But there were plenty of others who
didn't. All I'm saying is, statistically speaking...it seems highly unlikely that
a ship's engineer would be able to mount up any form of resistance against such
a brutal and vicious adversary, especially a non-human one at that. And not
just one, but dozens and dozens of them. Unless there weren't any non-human
species present. If Isaac Clarke was truly sent there to clean up the mess, all
he really had to do is ensure anybody who survived the collision was dealt
with. Oh and as far as Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)...she's is in a league of her
own, but more on Alien in a bit.
If that wasn't statistically challenging enough to believe,
let's consider the weapons and how this unassuming engineer from the machinery
deck was able to re-engineer shipboard tools into advanced (and very deadly)
weapons. It would be like me making a trip to Home Depot, procuring a pneumatic
nail gun and crafting it into a Barrett sniper rifle. Don't get me wrong, the
weapons and armor upgrades were amazing - very powerful and effective at
disposing of these supposed necromorphs. Which is my point exactly.
blastpoints, too accurate for Sand People. Only Imperial Storm Troopers are
If you ask me, it's far more believable that Isaac Clarke
was a special operator proficient in the use of various high tech weaponry that
he brought along with him for the purpose of dispatching any remaining
survivors of the collision between Kellion and Ishimura then it is to believe he
was an engineer who was able to modify existing tools and make them into
powerful weapons to eliminate hordes of reanimated corpses called necromorphs.
Aren't there any industry and government regulations to
ensure tools are limited enough in their design that they can't be modified by
some shade tree mechanic and made into a powerful weapon? That sort of government
regulation exists today. Are we to believe they haven't considered this in the
future...that you can buy a 711-MarkCL Rivet Gun and somehow convert it into a
fully automatic assault rifle with little to no effort.
They say, "a dead man tells no tales" which is a convenient
way of saying - no witnesses. It seems odd that a ship full of crewmembers (and
a colony for that matter) were completely annihilated, and one...yes, count them...one
person survives. Some would say that is coincidental, while others might say it
is convenient. If you played the events of Dead Space, all you saw was Isaac
Clarke's personal account. And if he is indeed a paid employee of Concordance
Extraction Corporation (CEC) tasked with cleaning up a mess, then what you saw
was his cover story...a rather convincing and sensational cover story at that.
If you recall from previous conspiracy theory blogs...
A good conspiracy
theory - It must be difficult, better still, impossible, to understand at
first glance; it must contain a spaghetti-heap of leads, all of which cannot be
followed up; there must always be one more lead left to chase; the story should
speak to a 'wider' truth about our society, through a series of disconnected or
unconnected or unfalsifiable propositions; and there should be no easy way of
To summarize where we're at... I'd like to point out the
glaring similarities between the plot found in Alien and this make believe
story found in Dead Space. It's almost as if the CEC executives were sitting
around the board room table brainstorming exit strategies and...and decided to use
the premise behind Alien as their cover story. It seemed plausible...aliens,
infestations, reanimations, death. There was already talk of probes picking up
pings of life forms out in the galaxy, was mankind close to encountering their
first contact with an extraterrestrial? Alien was a hugely successful story
from the 80s, so armed with a plausible scenario, they called up one of their
special operators, briefed him on the cover story and sent him on his clean up
mission. He was one man against many, so this operator working under the
pseudonym of Isaac Clarke showed up with some heavy weapons packing a lot of
fire power and eliminated all the survivors. He "escaped" in a shuttle all by
himself...flew back to civilization and relayed his horrifying account of reanimated
corpses to the authorities. For good measure, he brought some physical
evidence...some doctored photos, videos and altered audio recordings...
Yes, the events described in Dead Space were nothing more
than an elaborate hoax to cover up an unfortunate industrial accident. And Mr.
Clarke, or whatever his real name is...well, I'm sure he was handsomely
compensated and is drinking Darjeeling with Marie Antoinette while enjoying the
blue sky of Mars as we speak.
What's that? You think he's locked up in Sprawl now? Psh ...if
you believe that then you can't handle the truth and I have a corrugated metal
shed in the middle of a wheat field for sale.
NOTE: In case it isn't obvious, the following blog
is a work of fiction. While I appreciate those who have in previous editions debunked
the theories, I think a few have taken it a bit more serious than I am intending.
These are nothing more than lighthearted alternative story narratives to some
of our more cherished games. Of course I don't actually believe in any other
possibility than what the developers present us with in the finished version of
the game...or do I?
(Read the real Dead Space story here)
Also, please note this blog contains quite a few references
to other movies and characters - some are obvious and others are more discreet.
There are at least 10 (more like 14 to 18 depending on how you count) - how
many can you find?