Halo, the series is a decent watch for video game lovers. I’ve never played the games, but I really enjoyed the show…mostly.
Halo is pulse-pounding and intense. Once you get over Yerin Ha and her extremely annoying and pointless character Kwan Ha, Halo succeeds as a TV show thanks in large part to its perfectly cast leading man, Pablo Schreiber, and first-rate production values. The fight scenes with the Master Chief are intense and they draw you to the environment they’re in. At some point, I felt like I was playing the game itself thanks to clever editing and camera movements. Maybe It was footage from the game? I don’t know. But I loved it.
However, how the show is written demonstrates a very rudimentary style of storytelling that values embellished dramatic flair over an authentic episodic experience. No offence to Yerin Ha, I don’t know her, but her character felt like a useless stuffing to extend the episodes instead of an added value. She plays a significant role in the pilot, but that’s it. I hope the writers understand this feedback and spruce things up moving forward.
Overall, it admirably delivers an experience that does right by Master Chief’s fans, while also inviting newcomers to dive into its engrossing universe.
Should you watch it?
Hail to the Master Chief? Not quite, but despite some uneven plotting, this is a worthy series that promises better things to come. Can’t wait for the second season.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Halo exclusively on Paramount+.