Kleiner's Lab

{{Location Infobox
|image=FileKleiner's Lab overall.jpg|250px
|name=Kleiner's Lab
|constructed=N/A, refurbished after the Seven Hour War
|destroyed=during the Uprising, along with City 17
|location=City 17, near the City 17 Trainstation
|era=The Uprising
|designer=*Dhabih Eng (concept art)
*Eric Kirchmer (props concept art)''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*Aaron Barber (mapping)WC mappack
{{Quote|I must say, Gordon, you come at a very opportune time. Alyx has just installed the final piece for our resurrected teleport!|Isaac Kleiner|Half-Life 2}}

'''Kleiner's Lab''' is a City 17 location seen during the chapters ''"A Red Letter Day"'' and ''Entanglement'' of ''Half-Life 2''. It is a small laboratory hidden in the workshop of a decrepit warehouse, home to Dr. Isaac Kleiner for some time until the uprising in and eventual destruction of the city. The lab also houses Kleiner's teleport, which he has been developing as an alternative and safer route to Black Mesa East.

FileD1 trainstation Alyx.jpg|200px|thumb|left|Alyx about to be sent to Black Mesa East through Kleiner's Lab teleport.

===''Half-Life 2''===

After a number of setbacks, Dr. Kleiner and Alyx Vance have finally completed the teleport shortly before Gordon Freeman arrives in the city. This is clearly no coincidence, the G-Man having planned it this way. Alyx and Gordon are to travel through the newly completed teleport to Black Mesa East. Alyx does so, and Gordon is about to do the same when Lamarr inadvertently damages the teleport, causing it to malfunction. Gordon ends up being teleported to and fro between several random locations such as the Wasteland, a lake where an Ichthyosaur is swimming, Black Mesa East, and even Breen's office in the Citadel, where he is recognized by his former administrator. With the teleport out of order, Gordon journeys to Black Mesa East by more conventional means.

The lab is seen once again much later in the game at the end of chapter 9a, ''Entanglement'', when Alyx and Gordon teleport out of Nova Prospekt seconds before its teleport explodes, and arrive at Kleiner's Lab a full week later to find City 17 engulfed by the Uprising. The lab, albeit apparently remaining undiscovered by the Combine, has suffered some battle damage and seems to be serving as an impromptu base of operations. There are also pieces of destroyed Manhacks on the table next to the mini teleport. Along with City 17, the lab is destroyed when the Citadel explodes.

FileKleiners lab corkboard.jpg|200px|thumb|right|The cork board revealing some plot information and Easter eggs.

As in Black Mesa East later in the game, some plot information and Easter eggs can be found in the lab. Monitors show views of the city when Barney gets in, he turns the biggest screen on, and the player can change the view until the G-Man can be seen. Nearby is a CD player indicating the name "WikipediaBlue Scholars|Blue Scholars", which is the name of an alternative hip-hop band. One of its two members, Sabzi, is the cousin of Dhabih Eng, one of Kleiner's Lab designers. Two computer cases under the desk where the magnifying glass is bear respectively some tape on which "WikipediaCarmel-by-the-Sea, California|Carmel" and "Black Mesa Research Facility|Mesa" are written. Some sticky notes also show "find more watermelon for Lamarr", "Ask Eli - RE manifold parameters" or "Massless field flux MUST self-limit!!!". A cork board hanged on the door to the teleport room also shows some newspaper clips, such as one titled "End is Near" and another showing a picture of Eli and Azian Vance.FileEli azian.png There are also other items such as a possible recipe for an "Indescribable Salad", a blueprint for the teleport, the photo of a black WikipediaMesa|mesa (probably the mesa that gave its name to the Black Mesa Research Facility|facility), a portrait of Kleiner made by Alyx when she was a child,FileKleiner by alyx.png the cover of the magazine ''Popular Scientist'', where Kleiner can be seen at a younger age, with brown hair and sideburns,FilePopular scientist.png and a drawing of a Standard Headcrab|Headcrab from beneath, with arrows pointing at certain spots of its mouth, presumably related to the de-beaking of Lamarr. To the left of the cork board is also a picture of the Black Mesa team before the Black Mesa Incident; the picture includes Gordon, a younger Kleiner and Eli as well as a figure with a blanked-out face (presumably Wallace Breen|Dr. Breen).FilePhoto group001a2.png Along with the http//www.hawaiiboundintl.com/hadado.html hula doll, Kleiner was able to take it with him to White Forest. There is also a retinal scanner similar to the ones used in Black Mesa, which must be used to access the teleport room.

==Behind the scenes==
FileKleiners teleport2.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Early concept art for Kleiner's teleport.

*The earliest known map of Kleiner's Lab presents the current lab, but longer, with another bigger room containing the original teleport, while the retail teleport room merely serves as a corridor linking both rooms, with the door located behind the retail teleport leading to the bigger room with the teleport, and a big basement with pipes emitting steam. That bigger room was partially recycled in ''Half-Life 2 Deathmatch'', in the map "dm_steamlab". Gordon was also to reach the lab from its basement through tunnels starting in the surroundings of the Manhack Arcade (in the map "subt.vmf"), a path indicated by Barney he was to meet near the Manhack Arcade. They would meet again in the lab, Barney taking another path to preserve his cover as a CP.WC mappack

*The E3 2003 video "http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVD0zAlURaw&hd=1 Kleiner's Lab" features another version of the post-Nova Prospekt scene with different dialog between Kleiner and Alyx, and ending with Combots discovering the lab and a Strider blowing up the wall at the spot where the security monitors are in the final game.

*A recent WC mappack map, d1_trainstation_01.vmf (last edited June 2003), features a rough lab featuring the base of the teleport seen in ''Raising the Bar'' concept art for the Depot teleport.WC mappack

*A working mini teleport located near the entrance can be operated by the player, capable of teleporting a cactus, or even larger objects found in the lab, in between two teleportation pads. An The Orange Box Achievements|Orange Box Achievement, "What cat?", requires to break it.

*Near Kleiner's desk is a computer monitor where the Windows 3.x "Starfield Simulation" ("ssstars.scr") screensaver can be seen running.

FileD1 trainstation 050031.jpg|right|thumb|200px|The usable mini teleport.

*As seen in the WC mappack map "kleiner_labtalk.vmf" and the E3 Video "Kleiner's Lab", the Manhack parts seen next to the mini teleport when coming back to the lab were originally that of a WC mappack.html">Combot.WC mappack

*Strangely enough, the lab is extremely close to the City 17 Trainstation introduced in the first chapter of ''Half-Life 2''. Obvious security precautions would have rather placed the lab very far from a very crowded and security-enforced place like a train station. Actually, several levels originally set between the train station and the lab were cut from the final version, such as the Combine Factories and the Manhack Arcade.WC mappack Therefore, the original lab was much farther from the train station than it is now.

*When viewing the preview image for the Black Mesa scientists photo frame model in the game files, it appears that the woman originally had no glasses and a black jacket. The "A.M.G." initials are also maroon instead of white, and without tape on it.FileFrame001a.png

*The ''Half-Life 2 Deathmatch'' map ''Steam Lab'' draws some inspiration from both Kleiner's Lab and Black Mesa East, and includes a teleport as well. 

===The original lab and teleportation sequences===
*As heard in the dialogue files found in the playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta sound files, the lab sequence at the start of ''Half-Life 2'' was originally to be much different and much longer. Several sentences survived into the retail version, but were rerecorded.Playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files

*As heard in the files, Kleiner would not know about Gordon's return after his arrival at the lab, and Alyx would not be there. A very long dialogue would then ensue, giving more information about the general setting, Lamarr, the HEV Suit, etc., and some goofy dialogue between Kleiner and Barney, discussing what to do with Gordon. The teleportation sequence would then follow in the main lab where to original teleport was located

*In the main lab, Kleiner calls Helena Mossman, located at Kraken Base, and they start discussing the best place to send Gordon, in again a dialogue much longer than in the retail version.

*After the team agrees that Black Mesa East|Eli's facilities are too primitive to make use of Gordon, being, according to Mossman, more suited to mechanics than research scientists, and that its teleport is in pieces, therefore not working, and that the only way to reach the place would be to go on foot through the dangerous Canals, Mossman suggests to send Gordon to Kraken Base instead, and by teleportation. Kleiner seems hesitant about it, while Barney expresses even more doubts in very pessimist remarks. While Kleiner pretends to be sure about the reliability of his equipment, Mossman is very determined, since she says to have run seven sequences without a single failure.

*While the teleportation is being prepared, Gordon must do his part to set things up. Then the teleportation begins, and Barney thinks it is the best time to mention the issues about the cat they used for the previous test, saying that he had to turn the animal right side out again to make sure it was a cat (kept in the retail version for Alyx's teleportation, but minus the explanation), thus providing the information missing from the retail version. The teleportation then succeeds, and Mossman is able to introduce herself to Gordon and compliment him when he is still in the teleport instead of releasing him right away. At Kleiner's Lab, Lamarr jumps into the teleport like in the retail version, disrupting the connection between the two teleports and bringing back Gordon behind a window near Kleiner's Lab (like in the retail version) and damaging both teleports.

* Originally Kleiner's lab was located not on the surface, unlike the retail, but instead it was located under City 17, in the sewers. 
*It is also suggested by Barney's sentences that something happens to Kleiner, dying or being hurt and left unconscious, since he ceases to talk after he approaches the teleport, worried by Lamarr's fate. The failure having blown their cover and the lab's roof about to cave in, Gordon finds himself forced to journey to Eli's lab on foot. Barney leads him to the Canals, where the next chapter begins, and leaves at some point, like in the retail version.

*Kraken Base being cut from the storyline, the choice of the destination was simplified, and thus the dialogues.

*The workshop style of Kleiner's Lab is reminiscent of Seth Brundle's apartment/lab in the 1986 film ''WikipediaThe Fly (1986 film)|The Fly'', also featuring teleportation mishaps. Furthermore, the WikipediaThe Fly (1958 film)|original version of the film, released in 1958, also features a mishap with a cat, when it is used as the first living being to be tested by André Delambre. Barney mentioning a cat mishap is probably a reference to that scene, although in the film the cat does not reappear and is lost somewhere between the two teleports, while the baboon replacing it in the remake fits better Barney's remark in the original teleportation sequence, the animal being turned into a dying, deformed monster.

*The Supply Crate|supply's in Kleiner's lab always contain one magazine for Pulse Rifle, a Combine SPAS-12|shotgun with 6 shells, a health vial, a Medkit|health kit, 2 boxes of shells for shotgun and a ammo crate for the MP7. These supply are only seen after the event of Depot|Nova Prospect Depot teleport sequense.

*Some players think the HEV Charger makes first apperance in kleiner's lab. This is untrue, as it first appears in the room where player can witness a citizen is talking to the Civil Protection before the player enter a room where the barney revealing himself. Strangely, in the chapter ''A Red Letter Day'', the HEV Charger in Kleiner's lab only have 25 procent power while at the end of the chapter ''Entanglement'', it will have 75 procent power.



FileLab stuff2.jpg|Props concept art.
FileLab props desk.jpg|Ditto.
FileLab polisher.jpg|Ditto.
FileLab power props.jpg|Ditto.
FileSubt 014.jpg|The hallway with steam pipes preceding the entrance to the basement under the original lab.
FileSubt 015.jpg|The entrance to the basement.
FileKleiner basement.jpg|The basement.
FileSubt 016.jpg|Ditto.
FileSubt 017.jpg|Ditto.
FileSubt 018.jpg|Ditto, with the entrance to the lab seen on the right.
FileEli Alyx early lab.jpg|Alyx and Eli in one of the most famous pre-release screenshots for ''Half-Life 2'', somehow mirrored FileD1 eli 010008.jpg|at Black Mesa East.
FileEli Alyx early lab 2.jpg|Variant of the previous screenshot.
FileD1 lab0001.jpg|Kleiner's original teleport. 
FileD1 lab0005.jpg|Ditto.
FileD1 lab0000.jpg|Old computers in the original Kleiner's Lab. 
FileOld teleport oicw 1.jpg|Kleiner's original teleport, featuring an old OICW and the original HUD.
FileOld teleport oicw 2.jpg|Screenshot from the left, with elements added in Photoshop.
FileOld teleport oicw3.jpg|The same spot in the WC mappack map.
FileOld teleport oicw comparison.jpg|Comparison of the previous pictures.
FileStreet near lab beta.jpg|The street near Kleiner's Lab in the playble ''Half-Life 2'' Beta, featuring the Scout Car as a placeholder for the APC, flying crows, and a Combot. On the background are seen more factories than in the final game. The crows have also been replaced by pigeons.
FileBeige bulk.jpg|Cut model.
FileDrill press.jpg|Ditto.


FileAlyx poster.jpg|Alyx reintroducing Breen to Gordon near the lab entrance. 
FileD1 trainstation 050008.jpg|Alyx operating a modified vending machine to get into the lab.
FileD1 trainstation 050000.jpg|"Nice to finally meet you."
FileD1 trainstation 05002.jpg|Alyx and Kleiner talking about the new teleport. 
FileD1 trainstation 05000200.jpg|Ditto.
FileD1 trainstation 050019.jpg|Ditto.
FileD1 trainstation 050010.jpg|Alyx, Kleiner and Barney. 
FileD1 trainstation 050021.jpg|Barney listening to Kleiner.
FileD1 trainstation 050005.jpg|Alyx.
FileD1 trainstation 05000800.jpg|Alyx and Barney.
FileD1 trainstation 05000700.jpg|Barney and Alyx.
FileD1 trainstation 05000900.jpg|Kleiner and Barney.
FileD1 trainstation 00050011.jpg|Barney and Alyx watching monitors. 
FileD1 trainstation 050006.jpg|Barney watching monitors. 
FileG-Man lab.jpg|The G-Man seen through a security camera.
FileD1 trainstation 050011.jpg|Alyx watching monitors. 
FileBarney Lamarr Suit.jpg|Barney about to release the HEV Suit, before being interrupted by Lamarr.
FileHEV Suit lab.jpg|The HEV Suit.
FileLamarr and Kleiner.jpg|Lamarr and Kleiner.
FileD1 trainstation 05000100.jpg|Kleiner reading the Mark V HEV Suit specs.
FileKleiner b can.jpg|Kleiner with the blue ">B" can.
FileD1 trainstation 050018.jpg|Kleiner looking for Lamarr.
FileKleiner scan.jpg|Kleiner operating a retinal scanner to open the door to the resurrected teleport.
FilePhoto group001a2.png|Portrait of the Sector C Labs and Control Facilities|Anomalous Materials team before the Black Mesa Incident.
FileEye scanner + portrait.jpg|The Black Mesa main team portrait near the Retinal Scanner opening the teleport room.
FileKleiner teleport idle.jpg|The teleport, idle.
FileD1 trainstation 05001415.jpg|Alyx safe and sound after her teleportation.
FileD1 trainstation 050022.jpg|Barney before Gordon's teleportation. 
FileD1 trainstation 0500029.jpg|During Gordon's teleportation failure.
FileIchthyosaur teleportation failure.jpg|Ichthyosaur rushing at Freeman during the teleportation failure. 
FileBehindyou.jpg|Eli telling Kleiner where Gordon is at the end of the teleportation failure. 
FileKleiner shotgun.jpg|Kleiner greeting Alyx and Gordon with a shotgun and Lamarr, mirroring FileShotgun scientist HL.jpg|a scene from ''Half-Life''.
FileD3 c17 010004.jpg|Kleiner and Alyx discussing the start of the rebellion in the partially destroyed lab. 
FileHula doll.jpg|The hula doll model.
FileAtlantic.svg|Logo seen on the wall in the teleport chamber.
FileHL2DM_steamlab.jpg|The teleport room in the ''Half-Life 2 Deathmatch'' map ''Steam Lab''. 

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''


==See also==
*Half-Life 2 original storyline Lab

==External links==
*{{YouTube|url=GVD0zAlURaw|text=Half-Life 2 at E3 2003 Kleiner's Lab}}
*http//rutube.ru/tracks/1408108.html?v=5242dc4ab0c9a63bfdc14b5ff4f91ae8 Video of the original Kleiner's Lab sequence (test) in the mod ''Dark Atmosphere'' on RuTube

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