From the monitor to the big screen, Halo has taken a huge step toward making fans’ dreams come true…Or did they?
Halo is most known as a shooter video game that was first released on Nov. 15, 2001. After its initial release, fans took the game to the sky as it became one of the biggest gaming franchises at a time when there were only 16 video games known to the world. Recently, Halo launched a new TV series on Mar. 24. Developed by Kyle Killen and Steven Kane for the streaming service Paramount+, the series is loosely based on the video game franchise of the same name.
With its long-awaited release, fans do not like the interpretation of the Halo show mainly because of how they present the main character, John 117, also known as the Master Chief. The main argument is that the character in the TV show is a lot more talkative and shows more emotion, which is not consistent with his in-game behavior. As a soldier that is meant to fight off the Covenant forces, a theocratic military alliance of alien races who serve as one of the main antagonists in the Halo science fiction series, fan expectations outweighed the director’s cut as many hoped for a live-action that was faithful to its source material.
However, despite the critiques on the show not connecting to the game storyline, fans should see it as a great opportunity for the video game series to expand by creating a new version of the Master Chief that we have never seen before and making childhood dreams come true by bringing these characters to life.
For instance, this isn’t the first time Halo has tried making a live-action interpretation of the game. Back in 2012, the franchise launched Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which is a story about United Nations Space Command cadet Thomas Lasky conquering his inner fears and joining forces with super-soldier John-117 to take down a massive faction of the Covenant. The movie reactions were also not positive, so you could see why fans are skeptical when a new Halo live-action movie or show comes out.
At the same time, is it really a big deal that fans should skip the TV series altogether? Definitely not.
Overall, there is really no problem with the show because it is a director’s interpretation of Halo as a whole. No one said that the show was gonna maintain the same storyline as the game, which is why fans should give the show a chance before judging the cover. There is no “correct” version of Master Chief as fan interpretations can vary. Although it would have been nice to see the game’s version of Master Chief, fans should be satisfied with what was presented, and not just because the character is being played by Pablo Schreiber who starred in amazing films such as Den of Thieves and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. But, rather because it could be the start of more content for the franchise, especially since the current state of the Halo franchise is not doing so well in recent games.
That being said, there are still improvements the show can make, specifically the fight scenes. The fighting in Halo and the war going on made fans so interested in the show. Master Chief should be going head to head with some Brutes, essentially bigger aliens. Imagine the epic scenes and CGI that could come out of the show, reigniting the love for Halo games. On top of that, they should also make the show revolve around Master Chief more instead of making side stories with characters that are unimportant to the story as a whole and do not affect the plot at all.
Additionally, there have been a lot of live-action interpretations of video game franchises. The reason why is because people grow up with these franchises and fall in love with the characters, and as a kid, you’d want a movie or TV show to be made about your favorite video game because of its potential. An example of this would be World of Warcraft and Sonic the Hedgehog. Both these movies grabbed off the roots of what fans loved from their favorite games and brought it to the big screen, and this is what Halo is doing, and if done right, this show can truly be unstoppable.
All in all, Paramount’s Halo is a good interpretation of the franchise as a whole. With only five episodes aired so far, the plot thickens, giving fans more excited for the next episode.
Fans can expect a new Halo episode every Thursday.
“I think we are just getting started.”
– Master Chief