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ThetaGlad to finally introduce Theta to the world. He's been written into the series for a while and is one of the most referenced characters that had yet to be featured in a scene. He appeared briefly in Reconstruction and was heavily talked about in Recovery One, but it's nice to finally give him a chance to shine. No pun intended. The animation team did an excellent job bringing him to life and capturing his essence; they are really killing it this season. The testing scene in today's episode was actually the very first scene in the original draft of Season 10. I wanted to show how far the Freelancers had come in their training since the end of Season 9. Ultimately, we decided to start with a battle sequence to get the audience immediately pumped up.

The dynamic between North and Theta is an important one. It shows just how much the AI help the Freelancers use their equipment, but more importantly it clearly demonstrates the value of Counsellor's psych profiles and matching system. No one could nurture Theta's child-like persona the way that North can.

Theta is voiced by a child actor we hired. He is not voiced by any of the RT staff's kids. The (creepy) Theta voice in Season 6 was done by me.
1 year ago  |  Comments (160)  |  + 665 Cool
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#1  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 4 Zing!
PhilB I am Catbug
i agree that is most certainly bizaare.
#2  Posted 1 year ago
SMN_Skysong Sponsor
-4 Zing!
#3  Posted 1 year ago
vhinfy That one guy
theta was mentioned in season 6?
#2  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Ditto
@Dylan6 there is actually a Finnish word for "Grammar Nazis" ... the word is Pilkunnussija and here is the Official Definition:
Noun (Vulgar, pejorative)- A person with exceptional and unnecessary attention to detail.
Noun- A person who believes it is their destiny to stamp out all spelling...
#12  Posted 1 year ago
Point proven Dylan6.
Write short, anger Gus. ;)
#13  Posted 1 year ago
wmart696 Sponsor
good to see things like this coming around full circle
#3  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Ditto
Wouldn't that make things return to the beginning? Hence an infinite loop.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
wmart696 Sponsor
Meh, I dont pretend to be smart about things like this, I still think its cool though
#2  Posted 1 year ago
donkeymanda Sponsor
Gotta say, the animation is really coming together, so much improvement over last season!
#4  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 12 Ditto
NYCowboy RTX Guardian
Isn't that Monty and his team? That man is freaking amazing.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
I like seeing the dynamics between the Freelancers and their AI's.
Wonderful work
#5  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 16 Ditto
Tudor Forum Mod
Can I adopt him?
#6  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 45 Ditto
I'll take him on weekends if you do.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Awesome episode! Can't wait to see where this season is gonna go :)
#7  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 5 Ditto
Victolic Drewcifer
Really enjoyed it. Got me really pumped for more A.I.s as well as a poster of all the A.I.s like The Freelancer Poster.
#8  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 4 Ditto
robsalv Sponsor
Great episode tonight! You guys continue to amaze and impress.
#9  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Ditto
shellavation Bad Spawn
That was an awesome addition to the show. That character was a hell of a lot of fun to just watch. Every time the scene cut away from him I just really wanted it to go back. And I loved the interaction between him and Delta, due to Delta's dry behaviour.
#10  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 5 Ditto
shellavation Bad Spawn
I imagine his personality is modelled after Nathan because when he talks, it's important.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
You guys are doing a fantastic job this season with the story and animation. Keep up the great work!
#11  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Ditto
Neefertiti Wraith
Even though you did the voice before, I still feel a little creeped out about a child in a battle situation. If that was your purpose, well done
#12  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Cool
I don't know how to link a comment, but I noticed that the DID in pop culture page lacked a reference to the Alpha and remedied that.
#3  Posted 1 year ago
@Kwill1996 Theta was in season 6 at the end of episode 8 and hes talked bout in the mini series Recovery one episode 2, i think.
#4  Posted 1 year ago
just want to jump in here and say that the animation team have been doing a really great job, i'm sure the rest of the community will agree when i say that the animators are working at 100% and we thank you for it!
#13  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 9 Ditto
Don't forget about the creator!
#1  Posted 1 year ago
burnie and monty said that the animators havent used their full capacity yet. cant wait for red vs blue themed haloids
#2  Posted 1 year ago
I kinda just want to pick Theta up and cuddle him so he stops being afraid. In any case, he is going to be a great addition to the characters!!
#14  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Cool
Blutonian Spooner
Theta plush toys in the rooster teeth store???

Yes please!
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Count3D Site Admin
It was a really cool role to see play out in episode 5. Thanks for the insight.
#15  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Ditto
dderp10 Sponsor
I never really understood the AI's purpose on the battlefield until today's episode. That explained it and looked really sick!
#16  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Cool
I love that one of his first interactions was with Delta. (THE BEST AI EVER)
#17  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Ditto
Alpha Church?
#1  Posted 1 year ago
alynnidalar SpiderWash
Yeah, Delta's the best AI ever. Alpha may be one of my favorite characters ever, but... c'mon... he's a jerk.
#2  Posted 1 year ago
I can't wait to see Wyoming and Gamma in CGI! Wyoming has been sadly missing so far.
#18  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 14 Ditto
I just want more of Wyoming's mustache.
#2  Posted 1 year ago
yeah, he's british and has an epic moustache, to bad the only time we see anyone (ecept Washington) helmetless is on the mother of invention.
#3  Posted 1 year ago
Agent_Cain Pro Lurker
Thanks for the backstory Burnie, very intresting. Been loving the new season and this episode was fantastic. Big thanks to RT and all the voice actors for the amazing work! Keep it up!
#19  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Cool
ErickFranco Sponsor
Any reason why you decided to animate Theta, but keep Delta the same?
#20  Posted 1 year ago
Delta is cold and calculated. He doesn't need to move around, making gestures, to relay what he's got to say.
#3  Posted 1 year ago
Blutonian Spooner
@yairzucker If I may disagree, Theta has made double the amount of declarative statements since Delta's appearance. That indicates a hundred percent increase in confidence since they modified their interaction strategy. I think that speaks volumes to Delta's caring algorithms...
#4  Posted 1 year ago
OnyxDeadShot Sponsor
Glad you finally formally introduced Theta. That ability is beyond insane. So freaking cool. Can't wait for the Meta to be introduced as well.
#21  Posted 1 year ago  |  - 4 Noob
@theepiclord Technically he hasn't. Maine has been introduced but the Meta is what Maine becomes when he starts assimilating all the other A.I's, what Sigma turns Maine into. The Meta is a combination of AI's, and from what I can gather from the season 10 trailer, they're headed ...
#2  Posted 1 year ago
OnyxDeadShot Sponsor
Exactly what I was implying. We've met Maine and we know he is called the Meta but the Meta is a combination of multiple AI's. So when I say Meta, I am referring to the group of AI's that, as mentioned by @Emoskins, are headed by Sigma.
#3  Posted 1 year ago
Y2Kurly Sponsor
I really enjoy watching any scenes with the AI's. I enjoy the way they help flesh out not only the Freelancers they are paired with not only with how they interact with one another, but also with how they interact with the world and action around them (ie South and Delta in Revelation). Keep up the great work, good sir!
#22  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Cool
NeutralGreen Snorlax
I really love the dynamic between North and Theta. Great job as always, looking forward to the next episode.
#23  Posted 1 year ago
Westernguru Sponsor
This season has not just been a testament to your ability to tell a good story, but create an entire world for these characters to thrive. Keep up the good work.
#24  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Ditto
gfish13 Sponsor
Of course we know the reason why, but it's still interesting to see Theta feel at home after he meets Delta.
#25  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
indiefaerie Loki Dokey
I really like Theta. Your version of his voice was creepy as hell, so I'm very interested to see where this goes. I love me some psychological plot bunnies.

The animation was fantastic too. Noticed the difference in style immediately. Kudos for constantly bringing surprises to every single episode y'all create.
#26  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
It would be cool to see A.I.'s that didn't make it into the program. I thought it was great how Theta was shy cause it gave him more of a human figure than i've seen in most A.I.s i've know...cause i've seen so many.
#27  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Ditto
Its really cool to see the AI interaction and how theta begins talking about the alpha
#28  Posted 1 year ago
Anyone else read this in Simmons' voice?
#29  Posted 1 year ago  |  - 13 Noob
DeviousSiddy Sponsor
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#3  Posted 1 year ago
#4  Posted 1 year ago
The awkward moment when Burnie's right to refute himself is involved and BURNIE LIEZ.
"Theta wasnt in the Meta' huh?
#30  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 3 Funny
chrismorris7 RTX Guardian
Hey, gotta keep something for the audience to fret over right? :P
#1  Posted 1 year ago
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