|"Welcome to Sandbox!"|
|Airdate|| July 30, 2011 (Original)|
November 27, 2011 (Remastered)
Welcome to Sandbox! is the first episode of the machinima Sandguardians. The episode introduces some of the series' main characters.
The episode opens up in Sandbox, the camera facing the Sun. Gunshots are heard, revealing Dax firing at an enemy. The enemy, Gates, fires back. As the battle gets fierce, with the two continuing to fire and toss grenades at each other, Dax radios his teammate Ichabod for help. Ichabod, however, says he is working on the tank with Jason. Nonetheless, he agrees to help Dax. Dax then radios his sergeant, Legend, for help, with his sergeant ordering him to stay strong and continue to fight. Dax agrees and Legend says he will be arriving soon. As the battle ensues, Gates obtains a Fuel Rod Cannon and fires it extensively. Ichabod then comes to Dax's aid; unfortunately it is cut short when Jason calls for help, causing Icky to go help Jason.
As Dax is left alone, he spots a Banshee hovering near him. Dax is left in awe, wondering how the hovercraft entered the desert. The Banshee is suddenly shot down by a Guardian Tower, leaving Dax in horror. Icky returns and informs Dax that the starter for the tank is damaged. Dax asks if he twisted the key in the ignition roughly, in which Icky agrees. The two are suddenly cornered by Gates, who fires multiple rounds from a Warthog , causing Dax & Icky to retreat to "higher ground" which in reality is a bigger rock. With no other options then to hide, Icky suggests the two wait for Legend.
- This episode was featured in a podcast by DangerClosePodcasts, on January 4, 2012. The video can be found here.
- A director's commentary of this episode was released on March 9, 2013.
- According to the commentary, Seal is not flying the Banshee; Gates is. The reason for this is that because the scene was filmed in Forge, creator oo7nightfire did not have time to switch character models and retake the shot. Ironically, the Forge monitor can be seen placing a Banshee onto the map in the episode's original version.
Differences between Original version and Remastered versionEdit
|Running Time: 6:21||Running Time: 6:49|
|Contains subtitles (CC; provided by YouTube)||
Does not contain subtitles
|Original dialogue||New dialogue|
|Does not include Ichabod||Includes Ichabod|
|Video resoultion up to 720p||Video resoultion up to 480p|
|Original footage||New footage and scenes|