First Proper Trailer For Halo’s TV Series Drops

First Proper Trailer For Halo’s TV Series Drops
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While it was teased in December, the first full trailer for the upcoming Halo TV series was just released and it looks, if nothing else, very expensive.

The two-minute trailer jumps us around a bit, but one thing is clear: this isn’t the Halo story most have come to know over the last 20 years. While the basics are obviously the same, and the look of the series is incredibly faithful to Bungie and 343’s work, pretty much everything in terms of narrative here is playing out differently than it did in the games.

The way the Halo is discovered and what everyone knows about it? Different. Master Chief being the last surviving Spartan? Nope! It also looks like a lot of story development from later games in the series, from human uprising stuff through to a distrust of Master Chief’s power and intentions from UNSC leadership, is also making its way into the show’s plot.

A few other notes: please, for the love of all that is good, cut it out with the slowed-down pop song covers in trailers. It’s been 16 years since Mad World. Halo has wonderful music! One of the most iconic scores in video game history! You could have just used that!

And finally, I’m shocked by how expensive this whole thing looks. TV series, even those in the Marvel and Star Wars universes, can come across looking a little cheap in comparison to their cinematic siblings, because that’s just the reality of TV budgets vs the amount of screentime required. This show looks like it has none of those concerns.

If you’re wondering who some of those faces/voices are, Pablo Schreiber is Master Chief, Natascha McElhone is his war criminal mum Dr. Halsey, the girl he saves is Yerin Ha and Irish actor Charlie Murphy is Makee, a human who has been raised by the Covenant.

Comments

  • Visuals do indeed look impressive but then so did the visuals for Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop” and look how terrible that turned out. I won’t raise my hopes on this as let’s be honest – American made video game or Manga adaptions have been woeful.

    P.S. Totally agree with you about the music. How can you not use Halo’s amazing OST over that butchered and totally shit Phil Collins cover??

  • Hey it doesn’t look like complete shit. Glad it’s got a big budget

    I hope he doesn’t talk a lot and they keep his helmet on.
    I think Cortana should have stayed blue. Only reason I see why she isn’t is budget, otherwise the person who decided not to do that, is an idiot.

  • It looks fucking awful, just like cowboy bebop did.
    Paramount+ aka home of the awful star trek series that are star trek in name only.
    Not touching anything on your god forsaken service.
    And it DOES NOT look expensive, for fucks sake they were using ak47s and cheaped out on several CGI in shots.

  • “Charlie Murphy is Makee, a human who has been raised by the Covenant.”

    If this was the Banished, fair enough, but the Covenant? The same thinly-veiled racist allegory for Iran whose leaders actively want to eradicate humanity for the sake of their ‘reclamation’?

  • How exactly does it look “expensive”?
    It’s 500 years in the future on an alien planet and there are Ak47’s and current era cars in the trailer….
    Maybe take a second look there.

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