Ahead of its 24th March premiere, Paramount has announced that the Halo TV series has already been renewed for a second season, putting a fair bit of faith in the success of the video game adaptation.
— Halo on Paramount+ (@HaloTheSeries) February 15, 2022
Paramount has been building up to the release of the Halo show over the last few months, with a teaser trailer at the end of 2021, and then another one that aired during the NFL AFC Championship Game. The trailers have revealed that the series will diverge from the story found in the video games, taking a very different approach to telling the Halo-Covenant war than the video games. Master Chief is still the main protagonist – sadly missing the familiar voice of Steve Downes, which makes total sense when he’s 71 years old! – but there’s a broader cast surrounding him, and the TV series is set to explore a lot more of Master Chief’s origins than the early Bungie games did.
The series is set before Humanity stumble across the first Halo ring, but they know that the rings exist and set out to find one. However, any meaningful differences are explained by the TV series being set in a ‘Silver’ timeline. Master Chief is accompanied by Silver Team, and humanity learns about and knows that they are actively searching for the Halo ring – “Find the Ring, win the war,” is uttered in a manner that feels very like Heroes.
The production values are rather mixed, to say the least. You have some pretty high quality CGI and the Elites look great, but then Chief’s armour looks closer to cosplay than military hardware and you can spot some very 21st century vehicles in the backgrounds, which have become quite the meme in the Halo community. Also, why isn’t Cortana blue? And what’s the deal with there being a human antagonist allied with the Covenant?
While watching the TV show will be pretty simple in regions where Paramount+ has already launched – US, Latin America, Canada, the Nordics and Australia – it’s going to be a real fuss in other regions. Paramount+ has licensed the show to Sky in Italy and Germany and Canal+ in France, but if you’re in the UK, then you’ll have to wait until the summer for the launch of Paramount+ here in order to watch it.
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— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 15, 2022
I have no doubt that UK-based Halo fans will find other ways to see it before then…