Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn/Transcripts/Part 1
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A computer screen is seen:
CREW CAPACITY: 782
The screen flickers. Cut to John-117 inside his cryo chamber. His visor reflects off the blue light outside the chamber. The blue light is revealed to be emitting from a holotank. The light flickers red before turning back to blue. Fades to black. Fades in to the space, where a few stars are seen. Blacks out.
FORWARD UNTO DAWN
As the signal plays again, Lasky starts to space out.
The bridge is thrown into disarray as the crew begin to talk at the same time and an alarm sets off.
Lasky starts to breathe deeper and louder, while the voice gets fainter.
Lasky's breathing gets louder, his eyes begin to look around the room. Cut to Lasky opening his eyes as a teen, inside a cryo chamber. He coughs.
Lasky doesn't respond and continues to vomit.
Cut to Lasky walking to his locker, still coughing. Cut to Sullivan in his battle uniform looking at Lasky.
Cuts back to Lasky as he gears up, still coughing.
Lasky takes out his assault rifle.
Cut to Lasky's right hand wrist, which is bruised.
Lasky tightens his gloves.
Chyler runs for the exit.
Sullivan follows her.
Lasky runs out of the building. Cut to his heads-up display as the sunlight blinds his eyes. Lasky pants and coughs. He looks up at a small hill, where Silva and Sullivan are already climbing to the top.
Lasky walks a few step ahead before sprinting. Cut to a forest with explosions.
Sullivan fires his assault rifle. Silva fires hers for a short second before continuing forward.
The three cadets move on to the RV point. Shot of Lasky running through explosions and gunfire in slow motion which then reverts back to standard motion.
Cut to Lasky's HUD. The motion tracker projected on his ballistic goggles enlarges and moves to the center of his HUD.
The cadets advance forward and take cover momentarily.
Lasky, Silva and Sullivan get up and continue running, with Silva taking point. They continue running. Sullivan is suddenly shot by a tactical training round. He cries out and falls backwards. Lasky and Silva notice this and turn around.
The two look at Sullivan lying stunned on the ground. Silva begins running again.
Lasky hesitates and continues to stare at Sullivan on the ground .
Lasky breaks into a run. Cuts to his HUD. A red "X" appears over the green arrow representing Sullivan on the motion tracker. The tracker then reduces itself and moves to the bottom left corner of the HUD. A message appears over the HUD:
Lasky makes it to the rendezvous point, a small concrete shelter under fire where the rest of Hastati Squad are taking cover. He continues to wheeze and cough.
Lasky turns to Vickers in disbelief.
Cuts to Lasky's motion tracker, now displaying enemy contacts inbound on two sides.
Vickers contemplates for a moment.
Vickers shoots an urgent look at Lasky.
Lasky and Vickers look at one another. The enemy contacts on Lasky's motion tracker continue to converge on their position.
Lasky charges out of the shelter.
Lasky runs amidst heavy gunfire and explosions; scene briefly goes into slow motion; suddenly, he is hit in the chest by a training round and falls.
Lasky lies on the ground, breathing heavily. All is quiet before April Orenski appears from behind a reflective barrier.
Orenski walks to Lasky, still laying on the ground, aiming her rifle at him.
Orenski shoots Lasky twice in the chest with training rounds. Lasky grunts loudly in pain.
Members of the opposing squad rise from the undergrowth.
Orenski continues to stand next to Lasky, who continues to cough and grunt.
Orenski leaves and Lasky slowly gets up, groaning.
Lasky stops to look at his reflection on the wall of the opposing team's shelter.
Lasky leaves. The scene focuses on the reflective combat barrier, which is shown to be labeled with the following:
Cut to the cadets of Hastati Squad walk across a field at the forest edge.
Cut to Orenski standing at attention on a concrete-paved road, with cadets walking by and a UNSC officer standing nearby. Cut back to Lasky and Sullivan.
General Black's Warthog approaches along the concrete road. A dam can be seen in the background. Orenski walks to face Hastati Squad, now standing in formation as the general's Warthog pulls to a stop and Black climbs out.
The members of Hastati Squad do as ordered. Orenski turns to face General Black.
Black surveys Hastati Squad disapprovingly and slowly walks in front of the cadets.
Black stops to face Lasky, who continues to stare forward.
Black goes on walking in front of the formation.
General Black stops next to Orenski, standing at attention.
He turns to leave. Orenski addresses Hastati Squad.
General Black leaves in his Warthog.
Hastati Squad turns to face the right.
The cadets break into a jog, singing the UNSC Marine Cadence as they follow Black's Warthog along a dirt road.
The cadence fades out while the instrumental track playing in the background escalates, as an overhead shot of the road pans up over the forest to reveal the Corbulo Academy campus; a collection of predominantly concrete buildings dominated by a towering space elevator, several massive satellite dishes and a number of large vertical-axis wind turbines. Numerous cadets are seen running, marching or standing in formation on the open training grounds in front of the buildings. A Pelican dropship is descending towards a landing pad. The academy is identified on-screen:
CORBULO ACADEMY OF MILITARY SCIENCE: CIRCINIUS-IV
The cadets of Hastati Squad continue their jog across a field with other cadets performing various physical exercises, training in close quarters combat, as well as firing pistols at a shooting range.
Lasky begins to pant and falls behind the others.
Brief cut to several cadets in uniform walking in a staircase within the academy.
Cut back to Hastati Squad, now running across the main courtyard of the school, with a statue of Roman general Corbulo in the foreground. UNSC Marines stand guard nearby.
Lasky continues to pant and runs several meters behind the squad.
Cut to Hastati Squad's locker room.
Cut to Lasky fidgeting with his locker.
Cut to Sullivan conversing with another cadet.
Cut to Lasky inspecting his armor in his locker. He tries to wipe the red TTR round smear from the chest piece with little success.
Vickers roughly shoves Lasky as he passes.
Chen approaches Lasky.
Lasky thinks about what Dimah has said and walks over to a locker next to Silva, who glances at him. Lasky sighs and turns to her.
Silva walks away as Lasky looks at a photo of his brother, Cadmon Lasky, stuck on his locker.
Cut to Lasky walking through the courtyard briefly pausing at the statue of General Corbulo and continuing on. General Black is then seen giving orders to several Marines. He smokes a cigar and gazes up at the sky, a look of apprehension on his face. An overhead view of the campus is shown passing by the space elevator as a car is sent up. Cut to Lasky in Mehaffey's office; both of them are listening to a recording of the training earlier.
The recording pauses. Mehaffey turns to Lasky.
Mehaffey gets up and walks toward Lasky.
Lasky salutes the colonel, who notices marks on his wrist. Lasky leaves.
Cut to Lasky in a shower checking on his blisters.
Cut to Hughes checking on Lasky.
Cut to Lasky in the shower.
Cut to Lasky sitting on a wall near the space elevator, thinking. Below him, a graffiti reading "FORWARD UNTO DEATH" has been painted on a "RESTRICTED AREA" sign. The UNSC Marine Cadence can be heard in the distance. The space elevator stands in the background; Lasky watches as a car descends to the bottom, with another beginning its climb along an adjacent elevator strand.
Cut to a view of the academy from a distance; a mountain range stands in the background and three moons are visible in the sky.
Cut to the barracks.
Another cadet sits next to Silva.
Silva briefly looks at the other cadet and then continues to read updates on the Insurrection, switching to a newer article (dated April 2, 2526), about the UNSC working with ONI to stop a plot by the Bandusa Insurrectionist group in New Harmony, Mars.
Cut to Tchakova who is holding a stuffed animal until she notices Sullivan going through classified ONI videos containing combat footage. She then puts the stuffed animal back in a box and hides it away.
Sullivan continues to go through the videos until he notices something and pauses it.
Sullivan than pulls the video on the left over to the one on the right.
Cut to Vickers doing handstand push-ups.
Cut to Chen checking on a video message from his father.
JJ is shown practicing combat moves, looking distressed.
Cut to Lasky in his room. He looks over his shoulder before activating a list of video messages from his brother on his computer terminal. After hesitating, he selects one.
Cadmon takes off his shirt and turns around, showing Thomas a Helljumper tattoo on his back. Thomas laughs.
Thomas, surprised, pauses the video and slowly turns around. Silva walks over and sits next to Lasky, who turns on his chair apprehensively. The two look at one another. Lasky scoffs.
Lasky turns away.
Lasky stares at the camera. Silva leaves, and Lasky returns to his brother's video message.
Thomas opens an ammunition box and takes out a chessboard. Thomas begins to place different kinds of empty shell casings and shotgun shells on the board as pieces.
Video message ends.
Cut to Silva who is doing the same. A knock is heard on the wall; it's Lasky. He knocks again before Silva answers with her own knock. Lasky closes his eyes and the light in his room goes out.
The camera drifts off over Lasky's chess set toward the window when Lasky's terminal screen flashes briefly, displaying Covenant script characters (which read as: "7 Reclamation"), indicating that a covert sensor scan is being conducted. The view pans upward and an unknown object is seen flying through the sky, accompanied by lightning, and turning sharply. Cut to black.