Halo: 21 years later, the event line is finally here

post Office by Alexis Lebrun April 19, 2022

It’s one of the most anticipated series of the year. After what has to be described as a chaotic development, the TV adaptation of one of the most famous franchises in the history of video games will soon be available on CANAL+. And the second piece of good news is that this Halo series isn’t just for Master Chief fans.

A storyline separate from the games

games gloriole Since the license launched on the very first Xbox in 2001, selling tens of millions and raking in billions for Microsoft, not everyone is unbeatable in this particularly rich sci-fi universe. If this is the case for you, know that this will not be the case a priori no problems following the script of the series as it’s only inspired by the games. If this version of gloriole takes on a certain number of characters already known to fans, they develop in an independent storyline, qualified as “Silver Timeline”. Simply put, it’s exactly the same situation as between Marvel Comics and MCU movies. But then what is the story of this series gloriole ?

Fans can also rest easy, the hero’s name is still Master Chief, and he’s still a Spartan, a super-soldier enhanced at every level through genetics and technology (it’s the year 2552 that helps). This efficient and silent killing machine is essential in the battle waged by humans (United Nations Space Command, UNSC) against the fearsome aliens of the Covenant Alliance, determined to eliminate them from the galaxy. Unfortunately, during a rescue operation on a rebel planet (Madrigal), Master Chief comes into contact with a suspicious object that has been unearthed by aliens and that awakens completely buried memories in him with every touch. Accompanied by Kwan, the sole survivor of the madrigal attack, the famously helmeted and silent hero embarks on a very personal quest that he shouldn’t have undertaken in the first place.

A winning cast

This is the whole purpose of her relationship with Dr. Halsey, the brilliant scientist responsible for the creation of the Spartan project, but whose ethics deserve to be questioned … This central character is played by an actress far too rare on our screens who British Natascha McElhone, Unforgettable Great Love Of The Hero Of Californication (CANAL+)also appeared in Designated Survivor (Netflix). And it’s not the only successful casting choice, as for the oh-so-thorny role of Master Chief, the series settled on behemoth Pablo Schreiber, who was very convincing after amassing 30 pounds of muscle for the role. The Canadian actor appeared on TV in the skin of Nick Sobotka (The cable on OCS)and also known for starring in Pornstache Orange is the new black (Netflix).

You have to get used to seeing his face because like Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian (Disney+)the Master Chief of the series gloriole Don’t be afraid to take off your helmet. We are also pleased to announce Charlie Murphy (Jessie Eden in Peaky Blinders on Netflix), who embodies another very intriguing character, that of Makee, a human kidnapped by the Covenant Alliance and raised in a unique way, to say the least. Finally, alongside the icon of Indian cinema, Shabana Azmi and Bokeem Woodbine (the genius Mike Milligan from Season 2 of Fargo on Netflix), playing independent Spartan Soren-066, the cast of gloriole also gives fans an excellent wink by hiring the services of voice actress Jen Taylor, who reprises her iconic role of artificial intelligence Cortana, for which she did motion capture. And of course the three traditional companions of Master Chief are also part of the Silver Team.

Big budget, big show

In live action, customize a sci-fi universe as rich as that of gloriole presents its share of challenges and most importantly is expensive, very expensive. Luckily, the series benefited from an extremely comfortable budget, as we’re talking about a staggering sum of between $90 million and $200 million to produce the nine episodes of this first season. This is evident on screen, starting with the first episode, which starts with a rather spectacular fight scene and is very rich in digital special effects. Of course, there are also plenty of references to the games (the series is produced in collaboration with the franchise’s development studio, 343 Industries), as well as some subjective views, and particular care has been taken with the sets and costumes.

It must be said that this series had the time since it was already in the works about ten years ago, after the film project that was to be produced by Peter Jackson was abandoned in 2006. It passed into equally prestigious hands as Steven Spielberg – who remained the producer – and the script was obviously entitled to 265 versions, if showrunner and screenwriter Steven Kane is to be believed. And let’s not talk about filming that took place from 2019 to 2021 due to the health crisis… Of course, all these adventures helped to generate great expectations, and the broadcast of the first episode broke records on the American platform Paramount+, which had on everyone Fall not waited for the start of the series to offer it a second season.

gloriolefrom April 28th on CANAL+.

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