After plenty of waiting, the Part 1 of “Halo 4: Forward Until Dawn” made its debut today. The live-action series comes at us from Machinima Prime and Halo Waypoint, and looks great. There are explosions, cool sets, good costumes, a nicely done story, and most of all, good acting. The series will lead up to the launch of the Halo 4 video game.
The story goes back to the beginning of the Covenant war and preludes the events in Halo 4 the game. Things start out at the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, where we follow a group of cadets training for the war in the outer colonies.
According to Machinima:
Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about the war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. “Halo” fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be rewarded with special insights into the story of “Halo 4” and the “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience. The story will unfold weekly through a series of five episodes, setting the stage for the worldwide launch of “Halo 4” on Nov. 6.
There is a strong team behind the series. It’s directed by Stewart Hendler (“H+,” “Sorority Row”), written by Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing (“Smallville,” “Spartacus”), and has some well known actors, including Anna Popplewell (the older sister from “The Chronicles of Narnia”), Tom Green (“Dance Academy”), Daniel Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Twilight Saga), and many others. It’s also being produced alongside Emmy-winning production company Herzog & Company/HCO (Gettysburg and the forthcoming Killing Lincoln), the costumes and armor are done by Legacy Effects (The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Avatar), and Emmy-winner John Sullivan (“The Pacific”) is the Visual Effects Supervisor. Not too shabby.