So, I’ve been watching TFTB proceed for a while, and it’s beautiful. This is a great way to set up BL3, and Fiona’s been confirmed to be a Vault Hunter in the latest episode. We also finally got to see Helios after BL2, and it looks really, really nice.
However, something utterly terrible happened that you should all be informed of, as Borderlands fans. It isn’t just important to Tales, but extends to the whole franchise, which is why I’m gonna post it here.
Rest in Peace, Scooter Hodunk.
In Episode 4, the gang have to head to Helios to get the very last piece of the Gortys robot in order to unlock the Vault of the Traveler. They enlisted Scooter and Janey’s help to build an amazing rocket to reach Helios, and let Scooter have the honor of being the mechanic.
But on the way, Scooter had a plan to fix the booster engines. He managed to pull most of it off…but his hand got stuck in the engine, and he was unable to get it out.
Scooter knew that the booster rocket was about to explode. So, he faced death with dignity and ordered Fiona, the girl he was crushing on, to eject the booster from the caravan-rocket, saving the rest of the crew, but Scooter was killed in the explosion.
As a dedication to his sacrifice, the crew ejected Scooter’s satellite into space, to mark the memory of the cheerful, hillybilly genius girl-obsessed mechanic who gave his life so they could complete their mission.
I actually cried after he rode off on the doomed rocket. I didn’t expect his death to have such an impact, but that’s how it went.
He deserved better, I know, and worse, it’s canon too. But he went out with a smile and as a hero, and (if you take the option) getting kissed by his crush.
Thank you, Scooter, for all the cars, the sidequests, the hilarious quips, saving Sanctuary from Jack and most of all, being an extremely nice, if dim-witted, Pandoran. You caught your ride, and now you’re sailing off to the ultimate garage, to make exploding death machines for the angels.
I’ll miss him.