Review of Halo season 2 episode 1

The team behind the polarization halo TV series At Paramount+ indeed He wants to change your mind In season two on the eve of the new season premiere, everyone from producer Kiki Wolfkill to new showrunner David Weiner and even Master Chief himself (Pablo Schreiber) We’re told it’s a new angle, not necessarily a “reset” but definitely a reevaluation. This team’s effort to rebuild the series based on The iconic first-person shooter franchise Only moments from “Sanctuary”, the first episode, are revealed Chapter two.

Is it a good part? I say yes. It is even good halo adaptation, although a number of problems from the first season remain. But overall, “Sanctuary” is exactly what it should be — a reintroduction of Master Chief and his team of Spartans, a reminder of the dangers, and a change that seems to set the series on a stronger path. Let’s get into it.

Stone in the fog

The episode begins where it should: with the four core Silver Spartans—consisting of John-117 Schreiber, Kai-125 (Keith Kennedy), Reese-028 (Natasha Kolzak) and Wannock-134—embedded in a “. ” The mission is to look after the children on the planet Sanctuary, which is in the middle of evacuation. They’re furious because it’s a mission for a team of a lesser caliber than theirs, but they’ve clearly been left out for a reason.

From the outset, it’s clear that season two has had a visual upgrade – the opening shot of the Spartans camped atop a mountain looks beautiful, from the lines in the sedimentary rocks to the subtle glint of their Mjolnir armor. It’s like this redo Infinite haloReceived images After the first look at the campaign, it was met with moderate reactions and one in particular Violent-looking Ploydoh fans nicknamed Craig.

As John and Reese escape to help the Marines diplomatically remove the planet’s citizens, we get a chance to see more of Vanak’s character – he’s removed the emotional inhibitor chip implanted in the Spartans, Kari Which Kai and John did last season. Although he remains stoic and gets angry when Kai asks how he’s feeling, he admits that he’s recently been enjoying watching nature documentaries in his spare time. Only moments later, when the team reports that the Marine unit is missing and John rushes off to investigate, Venack compares the Chief’s reluctance to scale the cliff to the ease with which a goat can destroy the same thing. If this season only had the silver team joking around while dealing with their persona as a full grown super soldier, I’d give it five stars.

John picks up his gun in a foggy landscape. Image: Paramount+ / 343 Industries

Unlike the video game action we saw in the first episode of the first season (which had almost identical first-person views and HUD halo Games), “Sanctuary” gives it to us straight, with no jump chasers – and that’s fine. After climbing the cliff with his grappling grappling hook (he’s no mountain goat), Chief finds himself surrounded by thick, dense fog. It also blocks his palate, and the team is eager to extract all as some Covenant ships have been spotted in orbit.

John finds the Marines and what follows is a horror-tinged, action-packed scene that hits all the right notes for live-action. halo. Some marines are ambushed by invisible invaders in a thick fog that turns out to be cloaked elites. A hand-to-hand, kinetic battle between John and several of the big bads ends with him winning (of course) until we see several energy swords ignite on the horizon, followed by several more. It is scary and serves as a reminder halo It is about humanity’s fight against an unknown and terrifying alien force. It helps that the scene is set in the fog, as the CGI reads much better than the first season.

The Chief returns to the evacuation ship just in time for the team to leave before the Covenant cover the planet, but is clearly shaken by the ordeal. Not just because the Covenant attack was massive in scope, but because he probably saw Makee (a human-turned-Covenant sympathizer and former lover) in the mist before the alien soldiers retreated into it. .

Master Chief is unmasked, but uninhibited

Back on the Reach, Silver’s team is decompressing from the mission that killed all the marines except for the one who helped the evacuation ship. During their conversation, Captain Jacob Keys (Danny Sappani) tells them that these types of attacks have happened all over the foreign colonies, but he doesn’t seem interested in John’s questions and concerns. As his frustration deepens, we’re introduced midway through this season’s new bureaucratic bastard, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan), who comes under the hood with the kind of snoop that Morgan has perfected (has he seen Id) sits. Vampire Diaries, come now). He’s here to replace Dr. Catherine Halsey (Natasha McElhone), who faked her own death last season to disappear after setting up a coup.

Morgan is superbly cast here, an absolute scene stealer and a son of a bitch – every scene with him in it is better than half the scenes from last season, and I’m sure this will be it. Also in the future, he keeps Team Silver grounded and refuses to send them into battle until he can sign off on John’s mental state.

But then halo It’s starting to falter again, although I like Bokim Woodbine and love his portrayal of Soren-066 turned Spartan pirate, his B-story seems even weaker than last season. It’s hard to get past the plight of the Spartans against the Covenant and the Chief’s struggle with his emotions to really care about a man trying to dominate his pirate empire—even with all the beautiful work Woodbine does with Severn. does, from his brilliant manner. It plays like a big cat on the open plains, guarded and hyper-aware, as soft as it is clearly hidden behind Mjolnir’s modified armor. Whenever the episode switches to Soren’s story, I’m distracted, though it seems like he’s on a fast track to getting into the main plot — as he goes after Halsey to get the bounty on her head (and for some revenge someone he won’t admit to) but is betrayed and kidnapped by unknown assailants.

Soren is standing in a cave.

Image: Paramount+ / 343 Industries

When halo Back to John, I’m drawn to it again, whether it’s his back-and-forth with Ackerson about what happened at the Sanctuary (Ackerson gaslights him) or the desperate moment where he basically It goes to a virtual reality escort that he forces. Figure Cortana (Jane Taylor). Nerds can continue to debate among themselves whether John should take off his mask or not, because Schreiber So He’s good in this role and a big part of it is being able to see the emotion on his face.

The episode ends with a vision of John Mickey (who seemed to die in the season one finale) warning her that she “must stay with him”. [her]While a flashback shows the Cowans (Yrinha) telling a scary story to Soren’s son Kessler (Tylan Bailey) in a shadowy cave. “Very old, monster. Older than light, older than this stone, older than your God, he says. “He knows us. inside and outside It smells of our fear. He sees our secrets. It has been here. All that time waiting.”

Covenant ships rise from the clouds of an unknown planet. Arrival is on the way.

The second part of halo Season 2 is now available on Paramount+, review coming soon.

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