Now all 9 episodes of Paramount Plus’ Halo TV show come and go in season 1. Now that this series has all come together for the finale, I wanted to think about the whole series. Season 2 is coming anyway, but even if it wasn’t pre-approved, it would have been Paramount’s biggest series in the streaming service’s short life, given that Halo was a ratings hit.
It’s just… Not very good.
It’s not a very good sci-fi show with more options in the streaming era (The Expanse! Raised by Wolves!), nor is it a really absurd Halo show with few character decisions and knowledge changes. every episode. Spoilers follow.
Here are a few of my favorites about the first season of Halo. The show’s standout character and performance is Kate Kennedy’s Kai-125, a member of the Silver Team who can easily become herself if she removes her emotion suppression chip. And it becomes… very funny and silly. A show full of extremely disgusting characters and she breathes her life into every scene in which she is present. At the end, I hoped she would lead the series.
I would also compliment the Cortana version of the show. use Cortana was weird and bad in the end. The decision to use the game’s Jen Taylor was right, and I even appreciated the CG blend I created for the character’s visuals better than first impressions suggested. She was one of the only pieces in the series that reminds me of yes, I’m actually watching the Halo show.
There was also a very good fight sequence in which Jackal and a bunch of Grunt faced the Master Chief, his fellow Spartans and the USNC. It was really well made and fun, but unfortunately the other two main fights in the series were pretty bad and were undercut by bad special effects and choreography.
It’s…but that’s about it. Everything else I can think of is going pretty badly, mainly due to the amount of changes made to the source material almost every turn. I’m not saying Halo is a brilliantly great story from the start, but is It should change for the better, not make everything worse.
The biggest problem with the show is what they choose to do with the Master Chief himself. As far as I can tell, Pablo Schreiber loves Halo and loves being the Master Chief. His John-117 never feels like a master chief. The decision to take off your helmet and often your armor and spit millions of lines of dialogue is contrary to everything we know about the ascetic and invisible chieftain. It turns him into what I consider to be a completely different character, essentially separate from the game icon. And that’s Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian right thereShow that you can still act, show emotions, and “humanize” your character even if your face isn’t visible under the helmet.
It would have been nice to have had a few “face reveals” during the show, but it went in the opposite direction and was absurd, and became a meme after the episode showed The Master Chief’s Master Cheeks. , when the master chief has sex. The fact that the Master Chief had sex was odd enough at baseline, but the context was outrageous. While Cortana watches, an enemy prisoner of war in her camp triggers an event that will eventually lead to the Fall of Reach.. It’s a really rough and incredibly stupid writing decision.
And although there were nine episodes with Halo around 55 minutes each, it’s not easy to see how these episodes could have been shortened by removing Kwan Ha’s entire storyline. I fully agreed with Kwan Ha and the Chief teaming up as an unlikely alliance at the beginning of the series. But another embarrassing decision is Immediately Send her out for a completely separate storyline that has nothing to do with practically anything else happening in space yet. After the Kwan-focused episode ended later in the season, she was literally never seen or heard again, even in one frame of the finale. That’s how they made her unimportant. There was nothing inherently wrong with her character or actress, but her script made her completely useless.
I don’t really believe in the second season of this show. Things seem to be moving at the speed of a snail. We didn’t really reach Halo or see the Fall of Reach until the end of the season. I have no idea what multi-year plans they have here, but they seem to ignore “haters” and not take much feedback in mind. Every week, 343 employees keep watching how much they love the show.
For me, this is a failed experiment, and Halo doesn’t need any help with the current shaky brand given how Infinite is going. I’ve been fascinated by watching the really bizarre story decisions unfold every week and I’m looking forward to doing so for another year. But is the show really good? No, no.