By Jonathan Charles | Oct 08, 2012 12:51 PM EDT
In the six weeks leading to Halo 4's launch, developers 343 Industries is airing 15-minute episodes of a live action series, called Forward Unto Dawn (FUD). The production provides a background to character's in Halo 4, and portrays a younger Master Chief.
The first episode, at least judging by the "Next on Forward Unto Dawn" preview at the end, is quieter than future episodes. Viewers begin by seeing a virtual training operating, simulating the fight against the Insurrectionists. Mutiny ensues as Thomas Lasky, the protagonist, disobeys orders to carry out a direct attack. Instead he tries to flank the attackers, getting shot. The opening moments do a good job of making users think the action is real. Particularly, Lasky's comrade gets shot, and appears to be dead.
The disobedience forms the basis for the remainder of the episode. A senior figure grills the squad, focusing especially on Lasky. The scene marks the debut of the Warthog, though FUD does little in highlighting the status of the Warthog during its entrance.
Afterwards, the episode takes place inside the academy. Lasky receives a briefing from a different senior figure, though is less initmidating. While the acting is solid, two issues stood out here: first, a giant Assault Rifle on the wall. Second, the room does not look like an office. The walls are a mustard color, and the office is sparse.
Lasky's humanity is also explored. His mother is a senior figure in the military, referenced in the video regarding his performance. Lasky also watches videos of his brother, an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST). It is not clear whether Lasky is revisiting older videos because his brother is dead, or just misses him.
The "Next on" FUD section reveals when the unexpected begins to happen. Cadets are seen scrambling for safety, running away from Covenant blowing open a wall. This episode could also be the debut of Master Chief. The moment will probably equally inspire and make cadets in awe of the Spartan.
Episode one of Forward Unto Dawn now is available on YouTube.
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