Halo is not like games, that’s why it’s good

After watching the first episode of HelloAnd the I’m totally on board. me Hello A well-known hobbyist, which means that while I was enthusiastically testing campaigns Hello‘s combat evolution Across guardiansGo on a regular Halopedia wiki dive, and own a lovable version of Eric Nylund access fallI did not consume everything The Halo universe has to offer. (onyx ghostsI swear I’ll get to you one day.) But based on Hello The stories I know, I think the Paramount Plus series offers a more compelling look at the Master Chief than anything the games have offered so far.

The spoilers for the first episode of Halo are below:

It’s hard to translate video games into movies and TV. It was only recently done right with mysteriousAnd the Castlevaniaand the My voice film. The common denominator of all of these successful titles seems to be “Deleting every known story the audience knows and telling a new one”. HelloShow director Stephen Keane said in an interview with diverse That “We didn’t look at the match. We didn’t talk about the game. We talked about the characters and the world. So I never really felt the limitation of it being a game.” his comments criticize Hello Fans on social media Concerned that this show will not look like games. It’s not, which is what makes it really good.

I like that the main premise of Episode 1 has nothing to do with the fight against the Covenant. It was so easy to put on a show about the Master Chief with his Blue Team mates running on the Gravemind or 343 Guilty Spark. Instead, the entire first episode revolves around the friction between the president and his Security Council professors — a topic that hasn’t even been touched upon. Halo 5: Guardians And until then, just in the context of “I have to save my AI girlfriend/mom, and they won’t let me.”

The show’s creators were absolutely right in choosing to “not look at the games.” The result is a story that asks us to grapple with the real reason behind the creation of the Spartans: as weapons to oppress, oppress, and subjugate humanity – a premise that the games have never asked us to question. Spartans have always been superhuman killing machines devoid of emotion, but we’ve never had a chance to see how the Spartans themselves feel about it. That’s the promise of this show, and I’m very invested in the conclusions it will draw.

This does not mean that I liked everything in the first episode of the show. I was baffled by the inclusion of a high-ranking man in the Covenant faction, and as my colleague Charles William Moore pointed out in his book Hello review, a little is very heinous. Hello As a game you’ve never been like war equipment. I shot the covenant, and they fell – they never exploded into a cloud of purple mist. This choice may have been made out of consideration for game ratings or other unknown ratings, but I’ve always felt the choice was made that way when horrible things happen (like that scene in Halo 4), They hit harder. bloody violence of Hello The show seems to lack the same appeal and looks like a cheap feeling Game of thrones– Like freebies.

I’ll say this too: Master Chief is already the chosen one. In games, Cortana literally chooses him based on just her perception of his “luck”. So I find his extra “I’m a very special boy” modifier in the form of his supernatural relationship to the show’s obscure artifact a bit unsettling.

In the end, this is only the first episode. There is still time for the show to turn into the “oorah to kill some aliens” festival. But if you continue along the path laid out by this first episode, I think the show will be a refreshing entry into the Hello canon.

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