Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?

News culture Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?

Halo’s adaptations for the small screen are, by the way, quite numerous. After Halo Legends (2010), Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012) or Halo: The Fall of Reach (2015), Paramount+ and Amblin take up arms this time to recount the crazy adventures of the Master Chief, this super soldier who is able to fend off armies of belligerent aliens without blinking an eyelid. Now that the first two episodes have aired on Canal+, it’s time to ask the famous question: is this beginning of the series true to the universe, originally founded by Bungie and then acquired by 343 Industries?


  • A global universe that matches the Halos we know
  • The plot takes place in a different timeline
  • Roles changed, characters added
  • Mutilations and nudity in a halo?

A global universe that matches the Halos we know

In general, the Halo universe is carefully transcribed in the series. Spartan armor, military vehicles, alien design, UNSC gear, weapons and display of various planets are true to what we know, although Reach may look more like Arcadia than the planet Reach as depicted in Halo Reach. Proportions are also generally respected, with gigantic Elites (about 2.5 meters) and a Master Chief of around 2 meters. Rare passages from the first episode show the action in first person view, as in the game, certainly for the wink. The interface visible during these moments is different from that of the games, although we find the motion detector and the charge level of the protective shield. As for the Prophets, they too are in the game and speak the Sangheilie language well, which seems more realistic than the human language used in Halo 2. At this time, no music from the original work is used in the series. The closing credits theme, while inspired by the famous national anthem, is not Halo’s.

Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?

The plot takes place in a different timeline

Let’s be clear: Halo the series is not”canon† The plot of the program is different from that of the titles published by Microsoft. For now, the Master Chief helps young Kwan Ha and searches for answers to visions that occurred after coming into contact with a mysterious artifact. Unlike the games, the first two episodes of the series do not take place on a large ring-shaped structure, or in a space station, or on Earth. They mainly take place on Madrigal, one of the outermost colonies of the UEG, and in The Rubble, a rebel base installed in a chain of asteroids. These two places are not playable in the Halo video games, but they do appear in the licensing encyclopedia. Another liberty taken by the series, Madrigal has not been vitrified by the Covenant since the creatures want to learn more about a Forerunner relic. Reach and Great Bounty, the UNSC headquarters and the Covenant capital, respectively, are also present. The action takes place in 2552, but Reach hasn’t fallen, the Covenant hasn’t found a ringworld yet, and the Flood poses no threat. Yes, the Halo series is set in a different timeline than that of the game

Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?

Roles changed, characters added

Customization required, some of the main characters of the games have different treatment. We’ll find key characters such as Captain Keyes and his daughter Miranda Keyes (who pursue a different military career than those described in Halo 2), as well as protagonists who have developed throughout the franchise’s expansive universe, such as Margaret Parangosky. Sergeant Johnson is currently absent. dr. Halsey, on the other hand, displays a more ambiguous personality than was presented briefly in the games. The role of John-117 is clearly very different from that of the original works. From a simple killing machine capable of unleashing deadly answers, he becomes a protagonist who discusses (extensively) before acting, plagued by doubts, which seems quite normal for a show that focuses on the political aspect of the various conflicts. That John takes off his helmet at the end of Episode 1 and barely puts it back on in Episode 2 doesn’t help us find the Spartan we’re used to controlling. Also, the Master Chief learns that the Spartans’ emotions are suppressed by a chip on the underside of their spine, a chip that doesn’t exist in the games. Finally, in this timeline, only a few people have the power to activate Forerunner technology. John is one of them, as is the mysterious Makee, a character who has never been seen in a Halo, but who seems to have a big interest in the television series. It should be noted that the plot of these first two episodes revolves around Kwan Ha, a new character in the Halo universe who hails from Madrigal.

Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?

Mutilations and nudity in a halo?

While Halo video games are FPS not recommended for children under 16, they remain relatively measured in the depiction of violence. There’s blood, yes, but that’s all. The series is much more demonstrative in its gory effects. In the first episode it is not uncommon to see dismembered bodies, horribly mutilated bodies on the battlefield and heads exploding under the impact of bullets. Halo who chose the series to show rather than suggest† Unlike the games and previous adaptations, the series even ventures down the paths of nudity. Without going into the supposed voyeurism of a Game of Thrones, the ending of Episode 2 reveals the naked body of a female character. Nothing exceptional in the world of television series, but a sequence that we would not have thought to see in a work stamped “Halo”.

Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?Halo the series: is the 2 episode adaptation faithful to the video games?

In France, the Halo series is broadcast every Thursday evening in two episodes on Canal+. Paramount+ should arrive in France later this year. At the time of writing, no DVD/Blu-Ray release has been officially announced. But old Paramount+ programs have already been released in physical format, so there is hope. These first two episodes received an average of 61/100 on Metacritic and 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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