Microsoft’s hit Halo franchise has generated over $81 million in sales since Halo Combat Evolved launched on the original Xbox November 15, 2001. Fans of the series have waited over 20 years to see Master Chief Live kick Covenant loot on Halo. Time, it seems, hasn’t been kind to the times savior of the galaxy. At one point in history, Halo and Bungie Studios developer were responsible for a change in the entire entertainment industry with Halo 3 as it generated more $300 million in the first week.
On day one, a video game beat a multi-million dollar feature film, Spiderman 3. Halo and the The video game industry would never be the same again. Today, Halo occupies a much different residence in the video game industry than it did over a decade ago. Whereas millions of viewers listening to the Paramount + Exclusive Halo TV SeriesMaster Chief’s TV debut is gone much to be desired. New characters, events in the Halo timeline, and cannon just apparently thrown to the winds, 343i has made it clear that the Halo TV series does not follow the canon of iconic video games. Join us to find out the biggest differences between Halo and the Halo TV series.
~~~ Spoilers for the Halo TV series below ~~~
10/10 The Helmet
One of the most polarizing aspects of the Halo TV series is seeing the Chief without his iconic MJOLNIR armor on, specifically his helmet. Paramount+ chose to unceremoniously portray the Halo TV Chief without his Mark VI helmet in an effort to humanize their take on the Master Chief. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.
The chef without his helmet is less of a dealbreaker because it happens early and happens so often. After a while, however, it becomes easier to enjoy the Halo TV show more as a solid sci-fi action seriesrather than a Halo story by numbers in canon.
9/10 Dr. Catherine Halsey
The creator not only of SPARTAN program and MJOLNIR power armor but also the literal brilliant mind that gave birth to Cortana, The character of Dr. Catherine Halsey remains largely intact in the Halo TV series. The only main difference between this Halsey universe and the canon Halo version is that the Halo TV Halsey got into trouble with the UNSC much earlier.
At this point in the Halo timeline, Dr. Halsey has extraordinary guilt for her and Captain Keyes’ involvement in the child abduction for its SPARTAN-II program. The replacement children were flash-clone and traded with children they kidnapped to genetically modify and create Spartans. Eventually, the cloned children died within months of genetic disorders due to the genetic breakdown of their organs. In the Halo canon, Dr. Halsey personally keeps tabs on all child clones up to the year 2525.
8/10 Chef’s love interest
In Halo canon, the Master Chief was genetically enhanced and vigorously trained since childhood to be a docile super-soldier and to complete the mission at all costs. In the first season of the Halo TV series after John-117 comes into contact with the mysterious alien artifact, he removes his emotion regulator which supposedly suppresses his natural human emotional responses. Allowing him to manage his emotions rather than suppressing them. One of those emotions Paramount+ wants you to know John is capable of is love.
In the Halo television series, Makee, a human who sided with the Covenant, is intentionally captured by the UNSC, which subsequently leads to an emotional relationship between her and John. While it’s also a direct violation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, John’s love interest seems helpless and a sign that 343i and Microsoft were likely at odds. comfortable distancing oneself from the Halo canon after reading the script.
Silver Team 7/10
Halo’s iconic Blue Team is taking a back seat for the Halo Silver Team TV series, and it’s probably for the best considering how the first season ended. Blue Tea members Frederic-104 Assault, Keely-087 Scout, and Linda-058 Marksman are all apparently absent from the Halo TV show and have been replaced by Kai-125, Vannak-134, and Rice-028 from Silver Team .
Of John-117’s new teammates, Kai-125 is the most exciting new addition to Halo. Kai recognizes that John hasn’t been himself most of the time and while spying on him, she comes up with the idea of removing his emotional inhibitor as well. She also embarks on her adventure in the background trying to deal with her newly unregulated emotions.
Spartan-066, or Soren, is a Spartan II dropout and possible AWOL trooper in the Halo canon. Soren had spent a lot of time with the Master Chief and the other recruits while they were in the middle of training and, more importantly, undergoing genetic modification. Soren did not appreciate the biological enhancements and eventually fled the SPARTAN training facility in the dead of night, but not before stealing his MJOLNIR power suit.
The Last Time Halo Fans Heard Of Soren He Was Hiding In The Woods near the crash site of a Pelican training ship. Paramount+ more or less had a clean slate when developing the character of Soren, who at this point would be as old as John. Soren is reduced to an insurgency leader in a hideout along an asteroid belt, often taking more than he gives to his people.
5/10 Master Chief dies
The Halo TV series finally ends with Cortana strategically killing John-117 in a seemingly last-ditch attempt to save him and his team from certain death.
Cortana takes control of the MJOLNIR power suit while the Leader died, and it’s never fully explained if he was ever resurrected in the suit after the fight. To be clear, Halo Cannon Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is alive and well right now. tackle the mountains on Zeta Halo.
4/10 Kwan Ha
Outer colonies, civil wars and insurgents have always existed in Halo lore, Paramount+ introduces Kwan Ha to the series as an insurgent rebel against the UNSC. Both of Kwan Ha’s parents were killed by the UNSC, and she witnessed the assassination of her mother by Master Chief Petty Officer John-117.
Kwan Ha and Soren take up a lot of screen time that never leads to anything meaningful. The character Kwan Ha seems like a busy job for Soren that the creators may have had a unique time trying to lock in as a meaningful character.
Abducted by the Covenant as a child, Makee is a new character in the Halo franchise and is sensitive to her captors’ belief in the Great journey. Makee, having nothing but contempt for humanity, too have a gift very important for the Pact. Makee is inexplicably able, like John, to interact with the mysterious alien artifact found in the first episode of the show.
The alien artifact turns out to be a map with the coordinates of a mysterious ring world, the site of the Covenant’s Great Voyage. Makee does not exist as a conduit to Installation-04 in the Halo canon. The Covenant and the UNSC found Halo by chance. His inclusion in the Halo TV series opens many more questions than it closes.
Cortana and Master Chief are as pseudonymous as… well, Master Chief and Halo. Cortana, in the Halo canon, is a AI Intelligent Combat Advisor which was created by mapping the brain of Dr. Catherine Halsey and use this architecture to bring Cortana to life. Cortana and The Master Chief save the universe together at the height of the Covenant-Human War. Halo TV Cortana appears to be billed as the the world’s first smart AI, made from a cloned version of Dr. Halsey’s brain. His mission is more of a control function than a combat advisor in the TV series.
In Halo, Intelligent AIs are not common because they are expensive to design, but they are very present. Intelligent AIs are capable of many more computational processes than traditional AI, allowing them to think and make decisions more human than a robot. Intelligent AIs typically have a lifespan of 7 years, after which they slip into what is called AI Rampancy. AI Rampancy ultimately leads to the death of AI as its process locks into an endless loop, actually thinking about death.
For a show that speaks Halo in the titleyou would think we would see more of mortal planetary Eden with its lush landscapes and intimidating alien structures. Probably the most glaring and disconcerting difference in the first season of the Halo TV series is the near-absolute absence of the ringworld known as Halo.
For comparison, the ringworld Halo appears 25 seconds after the start of the first cutscene in Halo Combat Evolved, and you devastate the alliance scum on the planet in the second mission.