A new trailer for Halo reveals Master Chief ordering troops to battle and a sprawling backstory in the new Paramount+ series. Based on the Microsoft game developed by Bungie, Halo follows the exploits of Master Chief, a Spartan soldier in the future battling in an interstellar war with a group of aliens called The Covenant. The Halo game series is one of the best-selling Xbox titles of all time, selling more than 81 million copies to date, with the latest iteration, Halo: Infinite, having just been released in December of last year.
The Halo series stars Pablo Schrieber as Master Chief, a.k.a. John-117, Jen Taylor as Cortana (who voiced the character in the game series as well), Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Yerin Ha as Quan Ah, and Charlie Murphy as Makee. Halo is created by Steven Kane (The Last Ship) and Kyle Killen (Mind Games), and Killen will exit the show after Halo season 1, leaving Kane as the sole showrunner. The series has already been renewed for a second season by Paramount+ showing strong faith in what they have thus far.
Now, a new trailer for Halo has dropped from Paramount+, which teases a sprawling backstory for John-117, as well as the rest of the cast, which gives the show more of an ensemble feel, rather than just a Halo show about Master Chief. There are a number of locations, characters, weapons, vehicles, and aliens from the franchise teased throughout the trailer, including a first look at the live-action Covenant Empire aliens. The finale of the trailer has Master Chief ordering the Silver Team into action, which is an ode to the new timeline of the show, known as the Silver Timeline. Check out the trailer below:
Halo‘s Silver Timeline will “differ in subtle and not so subtle ways” within the “profoundly established Halo universe,” according to Executive Producer Frank O’Connor. The Halo show will be parallel to the game universe, but with separate timelines that can intersect or deviate as needed to tell a linear story. This will basically allow the show to pay off numerous events, origins, character arcs, and outcomes, but with some degree of creative freedom and control that can still surprise and entertain fans of both the game series and the TV show.
With Paramount+ already renewing the show for Halo season 2, it shows confidence in what they have, which helps to generate enthusiasm for a franchise that has struggled to find its way to live-action after so much back-and-forth throughout the years. Many people are wondering if it can achieve the same level of excitement that comes with playing the game itself and if the lore of it will be enough to build a viewership. If anything, Paramount+ looks to have poured a lot of money and effort into Halo, but it will ultimately come down to execution, as the streamer will be selling the show to fans and non-fans alike, which can be a tricky sales pitch when trying to reach mass appeal. Halo debuts on Paramount+ on March 24, 2022.
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