After seven long years, the Halo TV show is finally within sight.
Over the last year, we’ve been slowly seeing more and more tidbits of news about the show trickle out, following what feels like millennia of “It’s coming, stay tuned!”
Last November, it was announced that the cast had assembled, the table reads completed, and production was ready to begin – and nothing, not even the Flood could stop it! (How naive we were about all things 2020…)
Given all this additional free time that it’s now our civic duty to observe, I thought I’d share some of my own thoughts on the potential of this series and why I’m excited for it.
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Next year, Microsoft’s next console – Project Scarlett – will launch with Halo Infinite, and we were given a glimpse at the game’s opening cutscene, titled ‘Discover Hope.’
Naturally, it’s time to get the analytical visor on and see what awaits us in the sixth movement of the odyssey…
Read More (Re)Discover Hope – Analysing Halo Infinite’s Opening
“The Master Chief and Blue Team are deployed by the UNSC to Alpha Corvi II, a precarious human colony world, seeking to halt the Covenant’s efforts to uncover something hidden below the planet’s surface.” It’s a summary we’re all painfully familiar with. One of the biggest issues Halo has had over the years lies in recycling […]
Read More Halo: Collateral Damage – Fixing One of Halo’s Biggest Storytelling Problems
“Our duty, as soldiers, is to protect humanity… whatever the cost.” Last year, I wrote three articles exploring the Master Chief’s characterisation in the original Halo trilogy – not just about his journey through the games, but the way in which the attitudes towards him from both the writers and the community changed over time. Upon […]
Read More The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo 4
Sixteen years… It occurs to me that Halo has been in my life longer than it hasn’t. I was seven when Halo 1 released and I’m twenty-three now. This series has been alongside me throughout the most formative years of my life. As I’m sure is the case for many of you, I simply cannot imagine what […]
Read More Celebrating 16 Years of Halo With 16 Obscure Lore Facts
“Sir, finishing this fight…”
I love Halo 2’s cliffhanger ending.
I loved it when I finished the game for the first time, in the early hours of the morning, while sat – bleary-eyed, tired beyond relief – in the darkened game room at a friend’s house back in 2004. And I still love it now.
If there’s a hill I am willing to die on, it’s that Halo 2’s cliffhanger ending is good, and this is why…
Read More In Defence of Halo 2’s Cliffhanger
“Wake me… when you need me.” For Halo 1, we looked at how the Master Chief was a well-defined character and how the game articulated his fears, flaws, and demonstrated, through his movement and actions, his surprisingly expressive personality. For Halo 2, a story that is half Shakespearean drama and half 80s action flick (with all the emotion, brilliance, […]
Read More The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo 3
“Sir, finishing this fight…” In the previous article, we explored the characterisation of the Master Chief in Halo: Combat Evolved and the reception that had was everything I’d hoped! With the enrichment of greater context and a closer look at the cutscenes, the resounding sentiment was that there was definitely more to the Chief than one might expect to […]
Read More The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo 2
“I think we’re just getting started…” The Master Chief… There’s been quite a bit of discussion over the last few weeks, following Frank O’Connor’s stated intentions of doubling down on the Chief focus in Halo 6 – but the angle from which he spoke about that particular ‘lesson learned’ from Halo 5 left me somewhat concerned. […]
Read More The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo: CE
One of the more divisive aspects of Halo 4’s story was a particular line spoken by the Librarian to John that has seen no end of discussion over the years.
“You are the culmination of a thousand lifetimes of planning.”
While Halo 4 does indeed deal with notions of ‘destiny’ and the trope of the Chosen One, it’s not handled in the way many seem to think it is…
Read More On Halo 4 and the ‘Chosen One’ trope