Why I’m excited for the Halo TV show

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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Halo: Collateral Damage – Fixing One of Halo’s Biggest Storytelling Problems

“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 […]

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In Defence of Halo 2’s Cliffhanger

“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…

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On Halo 4 and the ‘Chosen One’ trope

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…

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