Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn/Transcripts/Part 3
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Opens to a close-up view of a holotank in the cryo bay of the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn, displaying a blue sphere. Pieces of debris float about in zero gravity. John-117's cryo chamber lies in the background. Cortana argues amongst her fragmented personality, showing her slow but sure descent into rampancy.
The blue sphere on the holotank blinks red.
Close-up of John's helmet.
Cortana begins to babble in numerous voices simultaneously. Snaking holographic streamers shifting from blue to red are projected from the holotank at John's cryo pod.
The holographic streams retract back to the blue sphere displayed on the holotank.
The holographic sphere blinks off, leaving a complete darkness. Title appears on screen:
FORWARD UNTO DAWN
Lasky looks at the blisters on his wrists.
Hughes leaves, leaving Lasky alone in his room.
Lasky closes his eyes and sighs. Cut to black.
Cut to a video recording by Cadmon Lasky. A distressed Cadmon places a field light next to him.
Cut to Chyler Silva, who is shown watching the recording.
Thomas, still lying on his bed, turns to Chyler.
Thomas doesn't reply and looks away.
Thomas lifts up his shirt, revealing large blisters on his chest.
Thomas looks at Chyler and nods.
The two look at one another and smile.
Cut to Sullivan's room, where the members of Hastati Squad are gathered around his data terminal. Silva and Lasky come in.
Lasky locks eyes with him. They exchange a silent look of mutual respect.
Sullivan begins to play the classified footage, showing ODSTs advancing in a rebel stronghold, recorded by a UNSC helmet cam worn by an unknown soldier.
The soldier on the video grabs an insurgent soldier by the neck, lifting him against the wall. Another rebel is holding his hands up as a sign of surrender.
Thomas stares at the screen intently.
In the recording, rebels are seen running toward the UNSC forces, retreating from an unknown foe. The Wilhelm Scream is heard as a Marine is thrown against a wall. Green flashes of light are seen.
The recording shows the UNSC forces retreating. The soldier fires his pistol. He turns right abruptly and the frame freezes to a massive, armor-clad figure; the armor is emblazoned with the number "104".
Sullivan turns to the others.
The cadets continue to stare at the footage, paused at the large armored figure.
The cadets leave. Chyler lingers for a moment, staring at the screen. Cut to an overhead view of the academy and its space elevator.
Cut to Hastati Squad eating in the mess hall.
Sullivan imitates the events seen on the footage, making weapon sounds with his mouth and holding his hands like a firearm.
No one answers. Sullivan continues to mimic firing a weapon. A senior cadet named Taylor suddenly appears at the end of the table.
Lasky gets up and leaves. Cut to Col. Mehaffey's office.
Mehaffey rotates a sheet of paper over to Thomas' side of her desk. He picks it up and reads it.
Lasky salutes. Mehaffey rises from her chair.
Mehaffey returns the salute.
View focuses on Lasky as he walks through the academy's barracks; the background is blurred and the voices in the background are muffled. Cut to Lasky sitting at his comm terminal. He inspects the form for his medical discharge and then opens a video message from his mother.
Her voice fades into silence although she continues to speak as Thomas watches the recording. He is shown to be holding his brother's dog tags.
Sullivan runs into Lasky's room, snapping him from intense concentration.
The image on the screen suddenly vanishes. The entire screen then powers down.
Sullivan runs off.
Cut to Lasky walking out of his dorm room. He walks over to Silva's room, finding it empty.
Cut to a distant view of Corbulo Academy at dusk, then to Silva sitting on Lasky's frequent brooding spot near the space elevator. Lasky arrives and sits next to her.
Lasky looks down at the discharge form.
Lasky looks up, stares at her for a bit, then shakes his head.
Silva notices the discharge form Lasky is holding.
He hands her the form.
Chyler looks away, upset.
Lasky and Silva stare at each other. Then, giving into their feelings, they kiss. They pull back, uncertain of what they're doing, then lean forward to kiss again. Suddenly an emergency siren starts to sound.
Cut to a number of cadets running up a staircase. Marines are standing on top of the stairs.
Silva and Lasky arrive and join the cadets and Marines evacuating toward the space tether. Orlin continues to provide emergency instructions over PA. Lasky and Silva move into a corridor leading to the space elevator where more Marines are ordering them to move forward.
Lasky and Silva come across Colonel Mehaffey in the corridor.
Lasky and Silva look at the academy's space elevator through the glass roof. Chen arrives from behind them.
April Orenski is signaling for Hastati Squad amidst the chaos.
The members of Hastati Squad gather beside Orenski.
More ODST drop pods fall from the sky.
Dimah leaves the squad and runs off in front of the queue.
Dimah continues to run toward the elevator car but is stopped by one of the Marines guarding the entrance.
The Marine hesitates for a moment, then relents.
The Marine lets Dimah aboard the wagon. She glances back at her teammates briefly, before getting aboard.
Cut back to the rest of Hastati Squad.
The elevator doors close. The cadets on the ground look on as the car begins its ascent. Suddenly the ground trembles ominously. An alien warship appears in the clouds next to the tether. Cut to Lasky and Sully's shocked reactions. Two more alien ships appear, accompanied by thunder. The cadets stare at the sky in disbelief and horror.
Focus on Lasky.
Without warning, the first alien ship fires an energy beam at the space tether. Explosions tear through the tower. The support structure bends and buckles before the tether eventually snaps, causing the lower portion of the support structure to collapse toward the terminal where the cadets are standing. A massive cloud of dust rolls down the corridor.
Zooms in on Lasky.
Cadets scream and run as falling debris rain down upon them. Everything goes into slow motion as the dust cloud continues rolling down the corridor, engulfing everything in its path. Lasky, Silva, and Orenski are thrown to the floor by the aftershock of the blast. The air is thick with dust as they struggle to get back up; all sound is muffled.
Silva turns to Lasky.
Lasky looks back at her. Nearby, Orenski looks up.
Dazed, Lasky struggles to see clearly. All sound and motion revert back to normal as a body suddenly falls against the window outside the corridor with a loud thud. The shadowy figure makes an inhuman squawking noise as it goes down.
Lasky, Silva, and Orenski stare out the window and see an ODST firing an assault rifle in front of the academy's statue of General Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo. Dark pink projectiles fly past him. The ODST falls back as a large figure emerges from the darkness. Growling menacingly, it approaches the statue with heavy footsteps.
Silva helps him up.
Lasky and Silva look up just as screaming people begin to fall from the collapsed space tether and crash through the glass roof.
Lasky and Silva run along the corridor; pan to the ceiling as more people fall from above. Abrupt cut to black as one of them hits the roof.