Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn/Transcripts/Part 2
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Opens to the debris of UNSC Forward Unto Dawn in space.
A blue light emerges from a pedestal in the center of the room.
Cuts to the entire cryo bay.
The scene fast forwards. Cortana's voice is muffled as her voice fast forwards as well. Cut to a computer screen which is slowly covered by ice. Cut to another computer screen:
LAST CONTACT WITH UNSC:
The numbers increase as the screen is slowly covered by ice. Cut to the entire cryo bay, where snow is shown to be slowly piling up on the rows of cryo chambers.
A heart beating is heard. The blue light on the pedestal flickers red for a second. Cut to black.
FORWARD UNTO DAWN
Opens to Thomas Lasky on his bed. An alarm has gone off in Hastati Squad's dormitory. Lasky blinks several times before being wide awake. Cut to the cadets running out of their rooms to a computer terminal at the end of the hallway. Lasky joins the group.
Cut to Chen operating the terminal screen. Michael Sullivan is imitating the alarm sound.
Vickers pushes Chen away from the terminal and enters a password. The door behind them opens.
The cadets scramble for the door. Sullivan turns to Chen.
Cut to the cadets running into their locker room. April Orenski is walking through it.
The cadets open their lockers and get into their combat uniforms.
Cut to Lasky as he looks behind him: General Black stands at attention.
Cut to Orenski standing in front of Dimah Tchakova.
The emergency lighting and the alarms turn off. Normal lighting is restored.
General Black steps forward. He stops in front of JJ, who has yet to put on his helmet.
JJ stops fumbling with his helmet and looks up, embarrassed.
Gen. Black continues his inspection and stops in front of Vickers.
Black walks over to Thomas Lasky.
Black continues pacing in front of the cadets.
Cut to a view of the academy's space tether and satellite dish. Cut to JJ Chen in his dorm room, recording a message on his data terminal.
Cut to Sully watching scrambled ONI video of a battle. Covenant symbols flash briefly on the screen.
Dimah comes look at the screen over Sullivan's shoulder.
As the battle on the terminal continues, strange flashes of green light appear.
Cut to campus grounds.
Cut to mess hall. April Orenski watches as Lasky and Vickers sit down at their table.
She smirks to her fellow class commanders.
Lasky and Vickers walk their trays over to Orenski and place them in front of her.
Lasky turns and walks away, followed by Vickers.
Lasky stops and time momentarily slows down. Suddenly, he spins around and elbow Vickers in the face, followed by a left punch.
Vickers blocks and counters the third blow. Other cadets stand to watch the fight. Vickers hits Lasky repeatedly with a lunch tray. Lasky kicks him in the back of the knee. Vickers punches Lasky twice in the face then knocks him down. Lasky grabs his leg and pulls him down. The crowd watches as Lasky gains the upper hand. Camera shifts to slow motion as Lasky rains down blows.
Various cadets stand at attention and try to look innocent. Colonel K.L. Mehaffey looks down at the brawlers with disdain. Lasky slowly gets to his feet. Janitor Beamish looks on in shock. Silva stares at Lasky, uncertainty on her face.
Col. Mehaffey leaves, followed by Lasky; Vickers gets up and wipes blood from his nose.
Cuts to outside.
Mehaffey stops to face Lasky.
Mehaffey looks him over.
Lasky nods thoughtfully.
Lasky salutes; Mehaffey leaves.
Cut to Lasky, who finishes cleaning himself up, in front of a mirror in his room. He walks up to the data terminal and opens a video message from his brother.
Other ODSTs interrupt in the background.
ODSTs laugh in the background.
Cadmon and the other ODSTs in the recording laugh and repeat Cadmon's nickname. Lasky sorrowfully fidgets with an empty shell casing, wipes his eyes and gets up.
Cut to an overhead view of the Corbulo Academy campus.
Cut to a lecture room, where the cadets are gathered around a holographic table, either standing at the table or sitting in the amphitheater around it. Col. Mehaffey is walking around the table as she lectures to the cadets.
A geographical map of the battlefield at Cannae with blue and red markers is projected on the table. The cadets around the table follow in fascination.
The cadets stare blankly.
A few cadets snicker lightly.
The others turn to Lasky, who is sitting at the amphitheater. Mehaffey looks at Lasky and walks over to him.
Cut to Lasky and Silva walking on the academy grounds.
Silva turns to Lasky.
Silva turns around and leaves.
Cut to an exterior shot of the Corbulo Academy campus; then to a hallway where the members of Hastati Squad stand in formation. April Orenski stands in front of the squad and steps forward to address the cadets.
Cut to Lasky sitting thoughtfully on a concrete wall. Cut to him walking in the academy grounds; a number of Marines stand guard nearby. Gen. Black's Warthog appears from around a corner. Lasky salutes as the Warthog passes.
Cut to Lasky inspecting the poem, "Forward Unto Dawn", inscribed over his bed. Lasky knocks on the wall and hears Silva knock back.
Cut to a view of Corbulo Academy at dawn.
A montage of the cadets doing their morning preparations; Silva getting up, Tchakova making her bed, Vickers cutting his hair with a hair clipper, Chen polishing his boots. Sullivan watches more classified footage. Lasky assembles his makeshift chessboard and straightens his uniform in front of a mirror.
Doctor Hughes administers an injection to Lasky. The blisters on his chest are still present.
The cadets snap to attention. General Black oversees the squad as Orenski briefs them.
Silva smiles. Orenski hesitates for a moment and glances at Gen. Black. The general gives her a slight nod.
Cut to the cryo pods opening. The cadets get out, put on their armor and prepare their weapons.
Cut to an overhead shot of the forest, then to Hastati Squad advancing forward.
Hastati Squad make it to the RV point. They sweep the surrounding area with their weapons. View of the motion tracker on Lasky's HUD.
Cut to the cadets waiting next to their flag, visibly bored. Insects buzz by.
Sully plays with a twig. JJ yawns. Silva looks impatient. Dimah checks her nails.
Lasky coughs again.
An alarm bleeps on Lasky's helmet. His HUD shows enemy contacts on the edge of his motion tracker.
Hastati squad gets up.
The others start to object as well.
Lasky removes his helmet. Cut to three Zuma Squad cadets moving toward Hastati's apparent position.
Zuma Squad continues to advance.
The three Zuma cadets approach Hastati's position with rifles at the ready, only to discover Hastati Squad's discarded helmets lying on the ground.
Tchakova, Sullivan and Vickers suddenly rise from the nearby bushes and swiftly neutralize Moulder, Newton and Verrelli. Lasky watches from behind cover. Another group of Zuma Squad cadets rush forward and are gunned down by Silva and other Hastati Squad members.
Lasky and Silva move out toward Zuma's flag, with Silva providing covering fire. She takes out the two Zuma cadets guarding the flag. She and Lasky push on toward the objective, with Silva taking out a couple more Zuma Squad members off screen. As Lasky approaches the flag, he starts to breathe heavily. Everything around him goes into slow motion. His vision begins to fade and he loses consciousness, collapsing meters away from the flag.