Oh, Beyond Black Mesa. You hyped us up so badly. But then you came out, and you weren’t quite what we expected from a Half-Life fanfilm. You messed with the canon and your story made little sense. But, at the end of the day, you delivered some great action scenes, and you had the courage to go beyond the boundaries of the established Half-Life continuum, proving that not every single Half-Life fanfilm had to be about a bunch of lowlife rebels during the Uprising.
And then we found out you might be getting a sequel. And we were hyped up, all over again. And then we- Wait, what? It’s out already?
Alright! I can’t wait for the nex- Wait, what? That’s it? It’s not just a trailer? It’s not just the first part in a series? Oh. Ohhhh, boy.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. It was a fantastic video. Even if the CGI layouts were just a bit off (I realized that’s the look they were trying to do, but it just didn’t look right, and it could have used a bit more work), and the whole HEV thing was a bit too over-the-top, I thought it was awesome. But a two-minute fanfilm? Is that even a fanfilm, at this point? I mean… what’s the point? I was hoping for something sort of like a documentary – what with the whole newspaper clipping in the first teaser image. I thought that would have been great: it would have worked as a perfect antithesis to “Aperture: A Triumph of Science”. But hey, that would have just been my ideal scenario. Even continuing past the 2-minute video itself, going into a shorter, more succint re-telling of the events of Half-Life would have worked. Anything, just to give it a more substantial length. Not just barely two minutes.
However, for what it’s worth, this is a pretty cool little video. And the post-credits scene? Hilarious. Good job, Infectious Designer.