Halo Show Review

An image of the Halo Infinite video game.

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An image of the Halo Infinite video game.

On March 24th, 2022, the Halo television series was released on Paramount+. This show plans to not be canon to the Halo video game lore but will still have some easter eggs from the game. It currently has one episode, but the team plans to work on more and has already landed a second season. The show has also broken the most important rule of Halo, which is to never reveal Master Chief’s face, but of course, it is not the same as the video games.

Pablo Schreiber is the actor who plays Master Chief, the main character of the Halo video games, who also goes as John 117. Jen Taylor plays Cortana, Master Chief’s assistant, and many more incredible actors play the other characters. Sadly, none of these characters are played by the same actors used in the Halo video game series, which has sparked controversy. The same has happened with the Mario Brothers movie, with Chris Pratt playing Mario in that film. The IMDb rating of the show currently sits at 7.1/10.

The first episode takes place in the year 2552 on the fictional planet Madrigal. The humans run into the alien Covenant, the main antagonist in both the video games and the show. In Halo lore, the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) has trained and created super-soldiers called Spartans that are trained for war. Master Chief is one of these Spartans. The UNSC also has regular soldiers that are like modern soldiers but more technologically advanced. These Spartans wear Mjolnir-powered assault armor. The armor was designed and created by Dr. Catherine Halsey, or just Dr. Halsey. Dr. Halsey is also in the Halo TV series and is played by Natascha McElhone.

The first scenes are very graphic, with people getting incinerated by Covenant weaponry, so it is not surprising that it is rated for 16+. The humans on planet Madrigal hate the UNSC, wanting to have freedom and be on their own. They have fought any UNSC people that have come by, as they believed the Covenant to be fake and an excuse to trick them into joining. The Covenant land on the planet and head to the town of Madrigal, where they start killing any citizens there. As the fight continues, a UNSC Pelican flies overhead and drops four Spartans, one of which is Master Chief. Unfortunately, every civilian in the society is killed except for one teenage girl. The girl is put in the Pelican and is taken to the UNSC base on the planet of Reach. She is contacted by someone in the base and is asked to record her experience with the Covenant and how the UNSC truly is. She refuses and says she’ll blame it all on the UNSC for her family dying, even though the UNSC didn’t. This gives Master Chief a task to terminate her, but he refuses, and the UNSC is tasked to take down the dropship and terminate Master Chief, or John, himself if necessary. Then, Chief barely escapes, and the episode ends there. The planet of Reach is also the main location in the game of the same name, Halo Reach

Despite its harsh reviews, the Halo TV show on Paramount+ is a very exciting show with a bright future. New episodes are set to premiere every Friday, with a behind-the-scenes episode every Thursday.