Recommended Viewing: Forward Unto Dawn

It should be a shock to no one that I’m a gamer. More often than not, being a gamer seems to go hand-in-hand with loving sci-fi and fantasy, as evinced by the continued success of games like World of Warcraft and (my own personal brand of online gaming crack) Rift. One staple of the gaming industry that I’ve never really gotten into is the FSP (First Person Shooter). It’s not that I don’t want to play them; I just feel that I suck at them and usually leave them to my husband who’s crazy-good. Seriously, my favorite tactic was to get someone to sticky-grenade me, then pull a kamikaze, running at them so they blew up with me.

More often than not, I’ll hang out and watch… and armchair quarterback from time to time.

That’s how I fell in love with HALO, by watching my husband play HALO2 and 3. From there, I segued into reading the novels by Eric Nylund who gave us the origins of our beloved Master Chief. The HALO universe is one of my favorite diversions and I firmly maintain that Chief and Cortana have one of the best love stories in sci-fi.

I’m eagerly awaiting HALO 4 because I want to see what happens with our intrepid heroes after the ending of 3 which found Chief in cryostasis and Cortana’s chip interfacing with the ship, the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn.

When it was revealed that there would be a live-action web series released, leading up to HALO4, I was extremely excited. That eagerness ratcheted up several notches when I saw this incredible extended trailer. The voice of the Chief should be familiar to game fans; it’s the voice of the Chief from the games! As for the man inside the armor, that honor went to Daniel Cudmore, who’s probably more recognizable from walking shirtless around Xavier’s school in the X-Men films.

Last night, I watched the first episode and all I can say is… WOW! If this series doesn’t prove that HALO could work as a movie or a television show, there’s no convincing you.

Forward Unto Dawn focuses on Cadet Lasky, a young man who is struggling with a troubled, philosophical nature while in training at the Corbulo Academy of Military Science (CAMS). It should also be noted that Lasky’s mother is a highly respected and decorated general. His brother is a member of the ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper). Oh, and there’s currently a war being waged with militant insurgents/terrorists.

Yes, there are a lot of parallels to current events on display, but as of this first episode, the writing isn’t overly preachy about it and I’m intrigued by what I’m seeing. The kid who plays Lasky does a great job and there’s also the lovely presence of Anna Poppawell (best known as Susan from the Narnia films) who plays his squad-mate and love interest, as well as providing a foil for him, forcing him to explain his beliefs.

Forward Unto Dawn is shaping up to be a fantastic show and, I really hope, will lead into more live-action HALO fun!


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