Today will either be a good or bad day for Halo fans since it brings us our first episode of Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. In case you’re a Halo or video game fan that has been busy building their end of society cabin in the woods, Halo: Forward Unto Dawn is a brand new web series that delves into a new area of the Halo lore while still providing us with the elements the series is best known for. With a basic premise, a purportedly large budget, and some solid talent both in front and behind the camera, now is the time for all of us to analyze the series since episode 1 is now available to watch.
If you were expecting Master Chief to be running around blowing stuff up from the get go you may be disappointed since that will likely have to wait until the end. However, episode 1 does feature a small tease of Master Chief as well as some light action featuring the fresh cadets the series revolves around. I don’t know if everyone out there is groaning over the fact that we don’t have a series featuring the legendary Chief kicking ass for twenty minutes every week, but maybe such a thing will happen in a second series or even a movie if Forward Unto Dawn is a hit amongst gamers.
Based on what was provided to us in episode 1 of the series, I’m going to say that I think the series could hit a chord amongst Halo fans and gamers alike. Each frame of the episode may not have been filled with expensive CG or anything like that, but the tone of everything seems to have a slightly grounded approach similar to Battlestar Galactica if it was set in a combat high school setting.
It may still be difficult to see where Halo: Forward Unto Dawn will stack up against other video game projects in the past such as the exceptional Mortal Kombat: Legacy, but so far things are off to a good start and such a sentiment is coming from someone who is far from a Halo uber fan.
Be sure to check out the first part of Shogun Gamer’s Halo: Forward Unto Dawn interview series with director Stewart Hendler when it goes live later today.