Halo TV series: Season 1’s cast, trailers, and first reviews

While development on Halo The Series began back in 2015,

Master Chief’s path to television hasn’t been an easy one. The sci-fi series has gone through several creative changes and was originally scheduled to be on Showtime. But is now a Paramount+ streaming show. And here it is almost here. Early takes on the show included iconic elements such as the slightly odd-looking Thunderhawk. High Charity, and, of course, the Master Chief himself. But we haven’t learned too much about the show’s plot. Though it’s likely that it will delve into the Master Chief’s backstory. And lead to the opening of the first Halo ring.

Now television critics have watched the first two episodes of the show. And their reaction has not been particularly raucous. Here’s when and where you can watch the show yourself. And what you should know ahead of the first season?

When will the Halo TV series be released?

The Halo series is set to debut on March 24 at Paramount+. Showtime originally stated that the show was expected in the first quarter of 2021. Like so much else in 2020, production on the Showtime television series Halo has been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Episodes will be released weekly not all at once.

Here’s what critics are saying about Halo

Paramount made the first two episodes (of the season’s nine episodes) of Halo available to critics, and the response was lukewarm.

“I don’t know what I expected from Halo. But this drama has ambient techno chatter and bureaucratic realism. It’s as exciting as a meeting.” written by Darren Franich of EW. “The plot sheds light on Chef’s backstory and I’m worried the Halo creators are just late to the party. Here is the story of a famous helmeted space warrior. Who is attacked by memories of a sad youth? who teams up with a young accomplice who melts away his cold killer heart? It’s like a Mandalorian without pucks. What is a Mandalorian without pucks?”

“It’s very difficult to watch those first two episodes of Halo and find a reason to keep going.” written by Joshua Rivera of Polygon. “Even for those who, like me, are more than willing to sign up for anything from 40 minutes. To an hour as long as it involves some cool space shit. Unfortunately, space shit in Halo? Legendary. A real superheated plasma pistol, if you know what I mean.

Chase Hutchinson of Collider was slightly more positive, stating that Halo is “trying to strike a balance between new and old, ultimately finding a meaty sci-fi core that is a solid adaptation, even if it’s often scattered.”

Will Halo get a season 2?

Yes. Barring an unexpected drastic turn of events, we’ll see a second season of Master Chief in the next year or two. Paramount announced it had renewed Halo for a second season back in February.

Watch the Halo Series Launch Trailer

Where can I watch Hallo outside of the US?

  • Paramount+ is unfortunately not yet available everywhere and is still in the process of expanding to more countries.
  • In Great, BritainParamount+ will release sometime this year.
  • Elsewhere in Europe, the Halo series will be available on Sky (and Canal+ in France).

Does the Master Chief appear in the Halo series?

Yes. Yes, that’s him. It’s been confirmed at every opportunity and we know who plays it. Actor Pablo Schreiber was cast as Master Chief. You may remember the younger Schreiber as dock worker Nick Sobotka in the second season of The Wire, or later TV shows and movies like American Gods, Skyscraper, Orange Is the New Black. According to IMDB, he is almost 6 feet 5 inches tall.

Who is in the Halo series?

After delays due to Covid-19 and related scheduling changes, the Halo TV series has redesigned Cortana, its blue AI. Natasha McElhone, who originally played Cortana and Dr. Katherine Halsey, “the brilliant, controversial, and incomprehensible creator of the Spartan super-soldiers.” Now McElhone will still play Dr. Halsey, but the role of Cortana will go to Jen Taylor, who often played the same role in Halo games. At the moment, it is unknown if Taylor will appear in the series as Cortana or just voice a computer character.

In addition, Bokeem Woodbine will play Soren-006, “a morally complex privateer on the fringes of human civilization whose fate will bring him into conflict with his former military superiors and old friend, the Master Chief.” Admiral Margaret Parangosky, head of the Office of Naval Intelligence, is played by Shaban Azmi.

We have the names of three Spartans new to Halo in this series:

“British actor Kalu will play Spartan Wannak-134, a cybernetically augmented super-soldier drafted as a child who is effectively the Master Chief’s second-in-command. British actress Kalzak will star as Spartan Reese-028, a focused, professional and deadly cybernetically enhanced killing machine. Kennedy plays Spartan Kai-125, a brand new brave, curious and deadly Spartan super-soldier. It was previously announced that Yerin Ha will play the new character Kwang. Ha, a shrewd, cocky 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets the Master Chief at a fateful time for both of them.”

What story will the Halo series tell?

The details of the story are classified, but Levin confirmed it’s like a new story “incredibly respectful of the canon” using the franchise’s framework of the war with the Covenant and the Halo space stations of the same name. This is further reinforced by this official post head of transmedia at 343, Kiki Wolfkill, who explained that the series will try to strike a balance between fan expectations and presenting something new.

“When we think about what it means to bring video game franchises to film or television, the biggest challenge can often be finding the right balance between moments fans have already experienced and moments yet to be experienced through a different medium, point of view or creativity. . lens,” Wolfkill wrote. “We are excited to sail these creative waters to bring you something that is both respectful of what you already know and love, but also new, surprising, and exciting.”

When in the Halo timeline could this happen?

The war with the Covenant boasts several interesting moments for the TV series. A possible strong angle could cover Chief’s origins, his induction into the Spartan program (which would include the appearance of the titular planet from 2010’s Halo: Reach), and his possible first contact with the Covenant, all of which would make for a useful backdrop for the many opportunities on camera. to show John-117’s face in various stages of grey-haired determination. An adaptation of the Halo novel Fall of Reach would make sense, but if you’re trying to bring in Halo rings as well as tell a new story that seems unlikely.

How many episodes will there be?

Showtime’s original order consisted of 10 hour-long episodes, which is a typical season length for high-budget prestige series these days. This order has since been reduced to nine episodes. Showtime hopes the influential Halo pedigree will create “the most ambitious series ever”. No pressure.

“[Halo] is futuristic space science fiction.” worked out President David Nevins at the TCA conference. “This is not fantasy. I think in my opinion there has been one iconic franchise in the history of television in this category and that is Star Trek. It took us a long time to get a script where we felt like we had something really interesting and felt like it belonged to him. on Showtime in terms of character depth. It’s going to be a big show.”

Who is involved in the production?

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is one of the largest film production studios. It is not yet known if the famous director will personally get the role, but it seems that the Showtime project is a continuation concept that Spielberg was supposed to Executive producer back in 2013. Given Spielberg’s past and continued interest in science fiction, he is no stranger to nostalgia games – there is every chance to see his name in the credits list.

Developer 343 Industries (and by extension Microsoft) also involved in some direct way. Let’s hope this is good news and not the first step towards a new Assassin’s Creed or Tomb Raider. 343’s job may simply be to make sure the series is truly Halo-like, leaving the TV professionals to do their job.

Who writes and directs the Halo TV show?

Kyle Killen was originally attached as a writer and showrunner. Killen’s latest work, heavily criticized Mind games, failed to secure an audience after its first and only season. His earlier and more fruitful efforts included lone star and NBC Awake, both shared the same fate and they lasted only one season. While Killen is relatively bloodless in the deep sci-fi genre, his continued interest in having the protagonist encounter multiple realities can provide an intriguing framework to explore. supernatural Aspects far-reaching Halo universe.

During the TCA tour, Levin explained that Killen’s choice among more experienced writers was deliberate, saying “We made a conscious decision to hire a screenwriter not known for his science fiction and not known for big battle movies or anything. Because it’s already built into the Halo franchise and we’ll be serving it. But we also want to make sure we get under the formidable armor of the Spartans.” Steven Cain (whose production projects American Dad! and The Last Ship) was named co-showrunner. Killen left the project and Kane will apparently leave after the first season.

Director Rupert Wyatt was originally supposed to take part in the project, but he left the show in December. Now the series has a new lead director and executive producer in Otto Bathurst, who most recently directed 2018’s Robin Hood, and the first episode of Black Mirror (you know, the one with the pig).

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