In the meantime, Makee tells John the place the Covenant have taken the second artifact. Repeat publicity to those artifacts can kill a human, apparently, or no less than make them very sick. The planet she named seems to be a wild goose chase, a stalling tactic whereas she tries to persuade Chief to the touch the artifact together with her. He goes again to the artifact on his personal, in opposition to Cortana’s misgivings. It seems him touching it whereas in the identical normal space as Makee is sufficient. As Miranda found, they’ve a novel genetic marker that permits them to make use of historic artifacts. John and Makee have a euphoric, shared imaginative and prescient of the titular Halo, a cloudy model of the enduring ring world.
The aesthetic continues to distinction gnarly peril (Kai’s accidents, Halsey screaming as she’s about to be radiation-burned) with Apple-esque clear traces. This isn’t the type of humanized future that exhibits graffiti on the partitions, or no less than not within the UNSC. One of many first photographs, Chief sitting with blood splashed throughout his armor, meshes the 2 worlds properly. Chief nonetheless isn’t sporting his helmet very a lot, which saps some drama from scenes the place his being faceless may have actually added to the stress. (It’s additionally simply not as cool to have him constantly carrying the masks round, and the video games have greater than proved that it’s attainable to create sympathy for a faceless hero.) The costumes proceed to look higher and higher, the Spartans understatedly alien subsequent to their human allies.
Kwan and the Insurrectionist plot line are fully absent right here. It’s a pity; her dynamic with Chief had quite a lot of potential. However the present merely doesn’t appear within the Insurrectionist arc any extra.
Sadly, there aren’t actually any aliens on this episode, both. After final week’s enjoyable motion scene, this episode is worried nearly completely with people speaking to, spying on, or double-crossing one another. That pivotal remaining scene’s deal with Makee, probably the most underdeveloped character on the present, doesn’t actually work, both.
Likewise, that central idea of who Chief actually is as an individual is a bit wobbly. Even threatening to kill Halsey in a very grotesque manner doesn’t really feel like a tough selection for him: as an alternative, he’s attempting to pressure Cortana into one. He’s compelled to alter minute by minute relying on the consequences the artifact is having on his thoughts. Whereas I perceive the idea of breaking the character right down to construct him again up, this present’s strategy merely isn’t very enjoyable. I don’t thoughts the concept of talky sci-fi digging into unethical army experimentation. However Halo ought to have no less than some ingredient of house exploration and of Spartans being the perfect soldier (for good or unwell), proper? This additionally brings us again to Makee, who more and more appears like a alternative for a extra fascinating alien character just like the Arbiter. I simply missed the video games rather a lot whereas watching this episode, wanting to return to the less complicated adventures not as a result of they have been extra easy, however as a result of they have been simply extra entertaining.
The connection between Cortana and Halsey looks like one filled with potential, though it may simply find yourself repeating her arcs with Miranda and John. That mentioned, my favourite factor about this present continues to be Halsey. Her motivation is a bit completely different right here than in the primary Halo timeline. Within the video games, the Spartans have been her thought for army supremacy, a weapon of oppression that occurred to exist at simply the appropriate time for people to face an alien menace. However on the present, she spins this as a twisted bid at peace. “Pure evolution” is making people too violent, she says, and Spartans are her approach to combat “the established order” and attempt to defend folks from themselves. This, although, is much less revealing than what she says to her daughter. Halsey tells Miranda “household is simply not an idea I consider in.”