As one of the most anticipated TV series in 2022, Halo will finally arrive at Paramount+ this week. The upcoming series has proven to be worth the wait with an excellent cast and visual effects. Similar to the Xbox video games, Master Chief, also known as John and/or Spartan-117, is the main character of the television series who leads the charge against an alien race known as the Covenant. Several other characters from the video game series are also featured in the live broadcast.
Originally launched in 2001, the Halo video game series sold over 82 million copies. While the Paramount+ series introduces an all-new “silver timeline” as a way to differentiate itself from the main canon, Halo fans will notice everything from easily recognizable characters, weapons, vehicles, and locations. Pablo Schreiber’s performance as Master Chief won’t disappoint as the series offers a new portrayal of the character that hasn’t been revealed in the video games. The biggest controversy right now is that viewers will get to see Master Chief unmasked more than once during the first season. This has become a huge problem for hardcore video game fans, as John’s face has never been revealed before.
Halo is an upcoming American military science fiction television series based on the video game franchise of the same name. The series’ official synopsis reveals that it will follow “an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien menace known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”
the Halo the series also stars Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey (scientist for the UNSC and creator of Project Spartan-II), Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha, Charlie Murphy as Makee, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky ( ONI Director), Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Olive Gray as Miranda Keyes, Kate Kennedy as Kai-125, Natasha Culzac as Riz-028, Bentley Kalu as Vannal-134, Danny Sapani as Captain Jacob Keyes and Jen Taylor like Cortana (an artificial intelligence building AI).
In the year 2552, the humans of the planet Madrigal fought for Earth’s independence, but a fatal encounter with the Alien Covenant complicates matters. Master Chief John 117 and his super-soldier “Spartans” join the fight. After the battle, Master Chief heads to his home planet of Reach with a Madrigal survivor and a mysterious object he discovered on the planet. But a controversial order causes John to question his mission and himself.
The first episode begins in a period of time before the events of Halo: scope. At this point, United Nations Space Command (UNSC) is somewhat aware of the Covenant’s presence, but instead seems focused on the multiple rebellions taking place across the galaxy… for now at least. It seems that the Range drop event that took place in the original timeline of the Halo video game and books will actually occur at some point in the Paramount+ series. In the opening minutes of the series premiere, Master Chief and his Spartan Argent Team arrive in the midst of a battle on the planet Madrigal between the humans and the Covenant. The epic battle also shows several first-person action sequences through Master Chief’s helmet that pays homage to the video games. As a mysterious object is discovered in a hidden cave, John comes into physical contact with it, revealing the forgotten flashbacks of life he can’t remember before joining the UNSC.
As John begins to rethink everything he really is, he also wonders if the mission itself is the right course of action. The series premiere seems to tease that viewers will be able to learn and see Master Chief’s origin story throughout the season. A new character is introduced in Halo universe, who is also the sole survivor of the Madrigal attack, named Kwan. It is revealed that her father was the leader of the rebellion, and now she seems to have nowhere to go after her home is completely destroyed. After successfully securing the mysterious artifact, John decides to strangely part ways with his Spartan silver team and take Kwan with him.
Episode 102 – Unbound
John takes Kwan to an old friend’s house and learns more about the mysterious object, which the Covenant and Makee are determined to steal. With the alien threat growing, Dr. Halsey has a plan to deal with John’s unpredictable behavior. The second episode has a strong opening as the first, while also managing a great way to introduce Soren-066, who is originally a character from the Halo novels. Master Chief proves to be more human than ever, as he continues to find answers about the mysterious artifact.
The second episode of Halo definitely lets its viewers know that the series is set in its own universe. As Master Chief takes off his helmet at the start of the season, Pablo Schreiber’s performance reaches a whole new level by showing John’s emotional side, teasing that the series has only just begun. More flashbacks to John’s personal life are revealed, along with the introduction of rogue Spartan Soren-066 played by Bokeem Woodbine. After escaping the UNSC several years ago, Soren has a place called home in a space colony filled with insurgents. It is revealed that John and Soren aren’t exactly best friends, but John is in a position where he has no choice but to ask Soren for help.
After Soren helps John and Kwan get more information about the mysterious artifact, John then realizes that help from the UNSC would be the best option. John decides it’s best for Kwan to stay with Soren at his house to protect her. Once John arrives on planet Reach, he immediately surrenders and the mysterious artifact is taken by the UNSC for research. In a holding cell, Dr. Halsey enters the room to speak with John about his misbehavior and the consequences of his actions. Before the episode ended, he revealed that Halsey actually had plans of her own, and that doesn’t seem to be helpful for Master Chief.
Halo is produced by Showtime in association with 343 Industries, as well as Amblin Television. The upcoming series is executive produced by Steven Kane, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. With the series having already been renewed for the second season, it most certainly shows that Paramount+ sees great potential in the Halo TV shows. Of course there will be many Halo video game fans who won’t enjoy the series for various reasons, but nevertheless, after several years of going through “development hell”, the Halo The TV series was worth the wait.
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