The first and second episode of Halo is streaming on Paramount+ now (Spoilers ahead)
Paramount+’s highly anticipated Halo has released its first and second episode. We are introduced to the live-action version of Master Chief, the legendary video game character. Master Chief, and the rest of the UNSC SPARTAN team are at the front lines, fighting against the invaders known as the Covenant. But one aspect of him in the games is that his face remains hidden almost throughout. However, we get to see his face in the very first episode of the series. Here’s why it was necessary, and not worthy of backlash as some viewers thought.
Master Chief’s Reveal
Master Chief, otherwise known as John-117 is seen leading the Silver Team as the fight the covenant forces at a colony on the world of Madrigal. The SPARTANs manage to find and secure the mysterious and powerful artifact they came for. But when Master Chief first came in contact with it, the object unlocked some of his childhood memories. John-117, as well as the others in the SPARTAN program had their memories erased by the doctor Catherine Halsey. This led to Master Chief defying his orders to find and kill an insurrectionist named Kwan.
He finds Kwan, but she pulls out a rifle on him. To gain her trust, Master Chief takes off his helmet. His face is shown clearly for the remainder of the episode.
Halo Fans and Their Nostalgia
This received criticism, as one can expect. Some people are just so used to the games that when a new story is told, they feel betrayed. But it’s important to know that this story happens much before any of the games. Also, the SPARTANs are not like Mandalorians. There is no rule that one should not reveal their identity. The show is about John-117 regaining his humanity, and for that sometimes seeing his face will add more meaning.