Halo Season 2 Review – New But Not Improved

Halo Season 2 exists in this strange limbo, seemingly unwilling to address the two big themes of Season 1 – the boss being possibly possessed by Cortana and also possessing ancient Halo magical DNA – and instead replacing them with a seemingly new mystery. he does. I have no meaningful understanding after watching the first four episodes.

However, this is by no means a bad thing. The action is quite good and the actors are on point – especially Danny Sapani as Captain Keys, who gets the best half-season scene I’ve seen, and Bokeem Woodbine’s Soren. But as the story moves away from those controversial elements of season 1 and leaves a murky mystery in its place, the show has become confusing in new ways.

It’s also confusing in an all-too-familiar way: like the first season before it, Halo Season 2 bears only a superficial resemblance to the source material. It’s a show that takes a bunch of Halo terms and proper nouns and runs in its own direction, mostly with them. It’s a bummer, but if that new direction is good or interesting, it’s a hard deal to beat. While it can certainly be interesting, at least in an abstract way, call it “good” at this point. The last half of the season could change that, but it’s not there yet.

Season 2 picks up six months after the end of Season 1. A confusing first scene vaguely suggests that Cortana was removed from the boss between seasons, and while various characters occasionally mention this fact, there’s no bearing on it—for example, we never see It is not that Master Chief is worse than him in anything. The boss misses him the way you would miss a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, not as a teammate who was an essential member of his team. Cortana only appeared briefly in these episodes.

So the Chief and his team visit a planet called Sanctuary—which is being targeted by the Covenant for glass—to help other UNSC forces evacuate the local colonists. But something else is also going on. Covenant Elites are on the ground, engaging a comms relay. In a really great sequence Chief fights off a bunch of them and the rest of them bail just as the bombing starts. And just before he leaves, Chief sees a familiar face among them: the human Mickey, who apparently died at the end of Season 1—and who Master Chief slept with. How is he alive and what does he do? Presumably he’ll continue his quest to find artifacts related to Halo — but while he’s appeared several times in the four Season 2 episodes I’ve seen, he’s had no dialogue in any of those appearances. Additionally, the Halo Ring was only mentioned once during those episodes, though a big reason for that is because unlike Season 1, there’s no Covenant POV this time around.

Meanwhile, Dr. Halsey is out of the picture, trapped in some sort of Westworld-like prison, where he is forced to talk to the same cloned girl over and over again, who every time Halsey presses him. He dies to get information about his captors. With him out of the way, the Spartans have a new boss – a slimy British guy named Ackerson who, for reasons still unclear, does every bad boss thing you can think of to Master Chief.

Beyond that, we also have a subplot where one of Chief’s Spartan teammates is chronically injured, and Season 2 spends a lot of time following up on all of that with Soren-066 (Bokeem Woodbine, more fun than Everyone else in the cast), Soren’s wife, and Cowan, the Chief’s daughter rescued in a pilot episode that has nothing to do with the plot.

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In other words, there’s a lot going on. Too much really, because there isn’t one main thread that ties it all together, at least not that I can tell through four episodes. Just a few stories happening together. It actually reminds me of a lot of recent seasons of Marvel TV series: there seems to be a big thread going on in season 2 that could have united all these different elements, but it ended up being cut to simplify the plot or get rid of it. . Story elements that tested poorly. I don’t know if that’s what happened here, but there’s definitely a big gap in the story.

Without a core to tie everything together, Halo Season 2 feels aimless so far. While I’m sure that feeling will change at least a little when we find out what Makee’s been up to – solving the mystery will hopefully re-contextualize the story – I’m not sure that will actually happen, as the Halo TV show casts doubt on this. has not obtained But the pieces are there to make the story work and the action is good at times Really Well Episode 4 depicts the fall of Reach, or Episode 1, and there’s a massive action sequence that takes place in a bunch of bombed-out rubble that’s an absolute blast.

But with a big mystery at the center of the story, it all depends on whether they keep the landing – good action won’t be enough to save another bad story. But since the show is playing things so close to the vest — the only idea we have as to where this could go is with the game, since the show itself hasn’t given any real clues — we’ll just have to sit tight. And hope for the best

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