Season 2 of Master Chief Sucks at Ordering began on September 1, 2008 and concluded on May 15, 2009 with a two-part episode. The season contained 12 episodes, as well as a two-part movie that is not counted as an episode.
Master Chief, the Arbiter, and Cortana break into the Ark's main computer and discover the King intends to fire a laser from the structure. Sergeant Johnson threatens to break in and kill the King's forces if he does not surrender.
In part 2 of the season finale, Master Chief fights the King one-on-one. The King reveals he has good intentions and is trying to stop the Ancients, but Cortana's disabling of the laser allows them to destroy the Ark. Cortana is presumed dead and Master Chief and the Arbiter are sent to the future.
Season 2 was confirmed shortly before the first season ended. The major focus for the season was expanding the serious, dramatic plotline introduced in the final episode of season 1. Season 2 is much more story-oriented than the first season; even traditional instructional episodes like "Master Chief Sucks at Voting" still have storyline relevance. A major turn in the series' quality occurred in December 2008 when the professional video editing program Sony Vegas replaced the freeware Windows Movie Maker as the software of choice for episode production. Advancements allowed by Vegas included music playing over dialogue scenes, more professional zooms and cuts, and most importantly, head-tracking, allowing for character faces to be pasted over the faces of actors from famous fight scenes, a technique used for the still image fight scenes in season 1. "Master Chief vs the Superweapon" was the first episode produced with Vegas and the first to demonstrate these changes. The more complex storyline caused UltraHyperShadow to develop the Master Chief Sucks at Ordering Wiki shortly before the season premiered. Season 2 was originally intended to be 10 episodes long, like season 1; this order was expanded to 12 episodes in February 2009.