Finally, the highly anticipated webseries that casts the backdrop to one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, Halo 4, is finally here, and it did not disappoint. Forward Unto Dawn is the right step in the direction of a possible live-action Halo movie in the future. For being a webseries, the look and design is well above quality. The attention to detail of the outfits, armor, weapons, architecture, etc. well exceeds the expectations of viewers.
Granted, however, “Part 1″ isn’t perfect. The characters were not very physically convincing. Considering the intense training that UNSC cadets are supposed to be going through as they’re preparing to fight off rebel farmers and insurrectionists (remember, this story begins prior to the war between the Earth and the Covenant), you would expect them to be a bit more “chiseled.” But where the physical appearance lacks, the character development shines.
Cadet Lasky (Tom Green) is the main protagonist in this story. He’s portrayed as the “hero” despite his flaws. Alongside him is “The Chronicles of Narnia’s” Anna Popplewell who plays Chyler Silva, a fellow trainee. Lasky comes from a family of successful military leaders. The distance between his mother and himself as well as his admiration for his brother had been noted more than once. Lasky seems vulnerable, yet determined to find a better way at fighting this war. He’s the kind of guy that Halo fans can root for in a way that could never be seen in Master Chief.
The last few minutes of the episode showed that there is a connection between Lasky and Silva more than just fellow cadets, and that this relationship will build over the course of the coming war. There are also hints to a tragedy that has befallen on Lasky’s life recently and this seems like it will have a huge effect on his development.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn feels true at heart; it’s not just an advertisement ploy set out by 343 Industries. It truly has the potential to become something great. And regardless of the success of the series, it is without doubt that fans will still buy Hal0 4 when it hits stores on November 6. “Part 1″ did not disappoint and it will be very exciting to find out what happens in the remainder of the story.
By Billy Peitz