Halo: Nightfall (2014): Chapter 03 – Lifeboat Rules


Introduction

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action Xbox Originals webseries for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other Microsoft devices which was released in late 2014 (part of the Halo Franchise).

Consisting of five episodes, the series was created by Scott Free Productions in conjunction with 343 Industries. Acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott was the show’s executive producer along with Scott Free TV President David Zucker; it was directed by television director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

In the series, “A strange and treacherous world exposes elite UNSC operatives to a much deeper danger.” The five episodes of Nightfall aired on the Halo Channel weekly, on Tuesdays at 4 PM PST, starting on 11 November 2014 and concluding on 09 December 2014.

Outline

While the nine remaining members of the team continue their trek across the surface it becomes apparent that due to their lack of off-world communications and the destruction of the Condor, the smugglers’ two-seated tug will be the only means of escaping Alpha Shard, meaning that part of the group will have to be left behind. Colonel Aiken concludes that the team must work together until the mission is complete, whereupon they will draw straws to decide which two individuals will make it. They then move out to obtain the HAVOK warhead from the wreckage of the Condor and destroy the deposits of the element. To prevent detection by the Lekgolo, the group remove their armour, although they retain the ONI operatives’ oxygen packs due to the limited amount of oxygen in the local atmosphere.

During the trek toward the crash site, tensions within the group begin to come to a head as Horrigan suggests that the ONI crew should leave the Sedrans and smugglers behind. The smugglers remain reluctant to help, although Locke offers them a chance of survival, promising they will get to draw straws along with the others. The group soon take a break to refill on oxygen from the ONI agents’ packs, but the activation of the devices alerts the Lekgolo to their location. As they continue onward, Samantha Wisner drops her breather and falls behind in an attempt to retrieve it. However, the device is activated upon rolling down a hill, attracting the Lekgolo to it. Ramos comes to check on Wisner, who desperately grabs him for help as the Lekgolo swarm over her. Ramos attempts to pull Wisner to safety but one of the Lekgolo bites his hand and he loses his grip. The worms then viciously devour Wisner while Ramos escapes just as Locke arrives to check on him.

As the Lekgolo swarm attacks the group, Locke falls down a hill and his foot is stuck under a rock. Against Aiken’s orders, Macer rushes to help Locke as the worms approach him. Locke urges Macer to leave, giving her the two breathers he is carrying and prepares to make a final stand against the aliens. However, Macer instead activates one of the packs and throws it away as a decoy to draw in the Lekgolo swarm while she saves Locke. The two then return to the rest of the group.

Halo: Nightfall Series

You can find a full index and overview of Halo: Nightfall here.

You can find a full index and overview the Halo Franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 11 November 2014 to 09 December 2014.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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