While fans weren’t extremely thrilled with the first season of Halo, they also aren’t happy with the news that Season 2 will take a bit longer before it is released. However, fans are now mulling over the delay and think that this might allow the creators to do justice for the second season. The series was a hit for Paramount+, but that didn’t mean Halo didn’t come with its criticisms from fans of the videogame. Critics who watched the show seemed to give more credit to the series, which only added more fuel to the fire for true fans.
The mixed reviews are giving the creators of the series plenty of ideas on how to improve on the upcoming season. The biggest complaint that the creators should address right away is how the series veered off course from early versions of the Halo game that led to the larger universe it goes on to create. Fans of the show realize that certain storylines can’t be undone, but that doesn’t mean other plot points can’t be fixed given that the creators now have more time before Season 2’s release. The Halo creative team has assured fans that they are listening to the complaints, and it’s shaping on how the show moves forward.
Justice for Season 2
Halo Season 1 received heavy complaints from fans of the video game, and now the second season will take longer to be released. However, the creators think that this will work in their favor, so they can address the complaints from the first season. They will now have time to collect the feedback given by the community of the original Halo and really take it into account when creating the story for Season 2.
The basic structure of the show is the same as the game, but the differences are so great that the timeline of the game is different from the timeline of the show. Screen Rant talked to the creators of the show, who explained that they refer to the timeline in the show as the “Silver Timeline,” which will allow them to use the Halo lore, history, and characters.
Halo fans are hoping the Season 2 delay will have the creators go back to the original canon and bring in some of widely known elements of the game into the next season. It will also give the show the time it needs to execute on those elements more accurately and the way fans hoped they would have seen in Season 1. The biggest complaint is the lack of the Halo ringworld and Covenant, which was the main antagonist in the early version of the game. The delay will allow these critical and foundational storylines the time it needs to be told correctly. As all the fans would say, those elements should never have been glossed over in the first place.
Season 2 Will Fix Season 1 Issues
Fans of the game have been waiting for the Halo television show for years. Since it’s debut, the show was far from what audiences were expecting. Despite the show getting a lot of criticism, Halo was quite successful upon its release as fans of the game watched it. They were, however, left with very big differences from the lore to the show. Halo season 2 will need to make necessary changes like getting rid of the newer characters and focusing more on Master Chief and the Halo ringworld. The creators were hoping to expand the world of the game with creating new characters like Kwan He and Vinisher Grath, but it is getting away from the story that everyone wants to see.
It is also almost unbelievable to think that lack of action was another complaint from Season 1 since the video game is all about shooting down aliens. Halo is a first-person shooter game that has influenced many other first-person shooter games since its creation. So, for the show to have little to no action was absolutely jarring for most people who have played the videogame for the last two decades. Halo Season 1 was able to build the worlds of the characters really well, but it suffered to give audiences the action they were looking for. Season 2 could truly fix this issue and give fans the blasting action they are looking for.
Necessary Season 2 Improvements
Halo video game fans will give the same answer as to why they love the game so much, and that’s Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 and his iconic green armor. He is after all the face of the franchise and why players continue to buy the next installment of the game. The show’s biggest problem is the fact that Master Chief is nothing like his videogame counterpart who is determined to achieve his goals. Game Rant also claims that he never takes off his helmet, which fans say he does way too much in the TV series making him vulnerable to other characters. The creators should start with bringing Master Chief to his original roots if they want to prove they care about the Halo-verse.
Master Chief is not the only memorable character that this franchise has created. The games, books, and comics bring multiple characters to life and explore them on deeper levels while also keeping it simple. They are not creating drama for drama-sake which is what the creators of the show do not fully understand. It is interesting to learn the psyche behind Master Chief, but Halo is not a soap opera and should dial it back moving forward. Instead, they should explore the characters as is because they are already interesting without adding anything extra.
The final and biggest complaint of Season 1 was that it took too long for the plot to get going and involve the Halo Rings. It’s understandable that the first season was teeing this up before they could show the main event, but this choice ruined it for the viewers. If season 1 was the setup, the second season has a lot of catching up and would do the show good if Chief spent a good amount of time on the rings. This would also allow him to unlock more secrets and run into new enemies, which will give the audiences the action they are waiting for.