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  • TV-14
  • 2022
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (70,394)

As someone who's never played the Halo video game franchise, starting the TV adaptation cold felt a bit like diving into the deep end. The beauty of this show is that, while it rewards franchise veterans with deep-cut references and Easter Eggs, it's designed to help newcomers keep pace.

The series begins in shambles. We get our first glimpse of the alien Covenant, longtime antagonists of the Halo games. They've massacred a human outpost on the planet of Harvest, leaving a lone Spartan soldier (Master Chief) to try and protect the remaining survivors. As the last genetically-enhanced human combatant remaining, Master Chief is a pivotal figure in humanity's war to survive, but also somewhat of a loner. He's the "silent protagonist" of the franchise, so it's wonderful that the show manages to get audiences into his head by way of his encyclopedic knowledge of the galaxy, his fond memories of a childhood friend, and his innate heroism.

Joining him (eventually) on this adventure are Dr. Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone), the brilliant mind that created the Spartan program; her protégé, Agent Locke (Bokeem Woodbine), who is sent to help with the Harvest crisis; and the shipboard AI known as Cortana (Jen Taylor), who has a unique relationship with Master Chief. Cortana is often thought of as one of the franchise's most iconic characters, and Taylor is every bit as great here as she is in the games.

That said, I found the human characters in this show to be the most fascinating. McElhone is a great proxy for Halsey's intelligence, while actor Charlie Murphy brings a wounded sense of decency and humor to the role of marine Vannak-134, one of the show's most likable characters. But our real standout is Kate Kennedy's performance as an insurrectionist named SPARTAN-133, who has a past connection to Master Chief that's slowly revealed throughout the season. Kennedy plays the character with a tragic vulnerability, layered with a fierce desire to make a difference and survive.

The show's pacing and structure have some challenges, particularly in its middle episodes. It's clear the creative team had to stretch to fill out the show's runtime, and the story slows to a crawl in some moments. That being said, the action and set pieces in Halo are truly next level. The show's budget is evident, and the space and ground battles are genuinely thrilling. Whether it's a firefight in a Covenant-held structure or an orbital drop assault, the show's action scenes are often its standouts.

Unique among TV adaptations of video games, the production team opted to utilize practical effects wherever possible. The result is I found myself much more invested in both the scenery and the design than I was expecting. There are actual costumes and sets here, with real sweat and grime and dirt. The alien tech looks gorgeously alien, while the show's de-aging effects and motion capture are impressive.

As a newcomer to the world of Halo, I appreciated that the show managed to strike a balance between fan service and accessibility. Some characters and settings are introduced with a knowing wink, like Halsey's lab being located on the ironically-named planet of Reach. But the pacing allows newbies to jump in without feeling left out in the cold. The show acknowledges that there's a 20-year history to this franchise, but not at the cost of telling its own story.

Pablo Schreiber is perfectly cast as Master Chief, showing us the hero's humanity and heroism. But ultimately, the show feels like an ensemble affair. These are characters who are all struggling to survive this war, and there's a palpable sense of danger and desperation that infuses every episode. The show is committed to its themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the costs of war, but with a twinge of hope that there might yet be a way for humanity to survive in this brutal universe.

Overall, while it's not quite perfect, Halo manages to establish itself as a thrilling action-adventure show that stands on its own two feet while still paying homage to the beloved video game franchise. Whether you're looking for a fun popcorn sci-fi show or a deeper meditation on war and survival, Halo is well worth your time.

Halo is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on March 24, 2022.

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9. Transcendence
May 18, 2022
Beaten, battered, and betrayed, John 117 leads the Spartans on a suicide mission to find the Halo and save humanity. But at what price?
8. Allegiance
May 11, 2022
John and Makee come to terms with their shared vision. Halsey has one last chance to save her mission, and herself. As things come to a head, everyone must choose a side.
7. Inheritance
May 4, 2022
Kwan's journey to uncover her family's "true purpose" takes her deep into the deserts of Madrigal. Soren obsesses over unfinished business.
6. Solace
April 27, 2022
Survivors from battle return to Reach. John confronts Dr. Halsey, and the lies of his past. The new prisoner seems to know John better than he knows himself.
5. Reckoning
April 20, 2022
On the run and out of options, Kwan and Soren have a difference of opinion. John makes a horrible discovery.
4. Homecoming
April 14, 2022
Guided by his visions, John takes Halsey and Cortana back to where it all began, looking for answers from his past. With Soren along for protection, Kwan goes in search of an army.
3. Emergence
April 7, 2022
John meets his new partner, and he discovers secrets inside his own memory. Kwan wants to return to Madrigal to continue her people's fight for independence, but Soren has other plans for her.
2. Unbound
March 30, 2022
John takes Kwan to an old friend and learns more about the mystery object. Dr. Halsey has a plan.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 24, 2022
In the year 2552, humans on the planet Madrigal have been fighting for independence from Earth, but a fatal encounter with the Alien Covenant complicates things. Master Chief John 117 and his super-soldier "Spartans" join the fight. After the battle, Master Chief heads to his home planet of Reach with a Madrigal survivor and a mysterious object he discovered on the planet.
Halo The Series: Declassified 1
101. Halo The Series: Declassified 1
March 24, 2022
In this premiere episode of Halo The Series: Declassified, Sydnee is joined by the Master Chief himself, Pablo Schreiber, Master Chief's highly advanced A.I., Cortana, and AEW professional wrestler Adam Cole.
Halo The Series: Declassified 2
102. Halo The Series: Declassified 2
March 31, 2022
Host Sydnee Goodman takes viewers behind the scenes of Episode 2 ("Unbound") with actor Bokeem Woodbine, Director Otto Bathurst, as well as some lucky fans who got to attend the red carpet premiere of Halo the Series.
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103. Halo The Series: Declassified 3
April 7, 2022
We dive into Episode 3, "Emergence." Here, host Sydnee Goodman talks with star Charlie Murphy (Makee). Plus, see how the show built one of its most impressive sets and meet some of the most passionate Halo fans in the world.
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104. Halo The Series: Declassified 4
April 14, 2022
Host Sydnee Goodman welcomes Cortana herself, Jen Taylor! They discuss Jen's longtime role as Master Chief's fan-favorite A.I and how bringing the character to life on TV brought new challenges. Plus, get a lesson in the Covenant language of Sangheili from the linguists who created it. Then, passionate Halo fans explain what Master Chief means to them. Finally, get a special look behind the scenes of the incredible visual effects of Halo the Series, including how the talented artists brought Cortana to live action.
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105. Halo The Series: Declassified 5
April 21, 2022
In this installment of Halo the Series: Declassified, host Sydnee Goodman talks with Kate Kennedy (Kai-125). Plus, behind the scenes of the stunts and weapons of Halo the Series and a look at the world's largest Halo collection.
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106. Halo The Series: Declassified 6
April 28, 2022
Host Sydnee Goodman is joined by Natascha McElhone (Dr. Halsey) to explore the complicated nature of Halsey's work with the Spartans. Plus, we visit Spartan bootcamp, talk with composer Sean Callery, and more.
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107. Halo The Series: Declassified 7
May 5, 2022
Host Sydnee Goodman chats with actress Yerin Ha (Kwan Ha) about her character's journey from average kid to freedom fighter. Plus, enjoy a visit from actor Wil Wheaton, a closer look at iconic Halo vehicles, and plenty of Easter eggs.
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108. Halo The Series: Declassified 8
May 12, 2022
In this installment of Halo the Series: Declassified, host Sydnee Goodman welcomes star Olive Gray (Dr. Miranda Keyes) to discuss their approach to a character that has complicated relationships with everyone around her. Plus, behind the scenes with Director Jonathan Liebesman, a cosplay tutorial, and more.
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109. Halo The Series: Declassified 9
May 19, 2022
On the finale installment of Halo the Series: Declassified, host Sydnee Goodman welcomes Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill and Executive Producer/Showrunner Steven Kane to dive deep into all the big events, so far. Plus, enjoy a thank you from the cast and crew and an enlightening discussion about reflecting the real world in sci-fi.
Where to Watch Halo
Halo is available for streaming on the Paramount+ website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Halo on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 24, 2022
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (70,394)