Halo: Season 2 - Discussion Thread

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  1. fireproof78

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    Might not be known until the show's track is released. Shows don't have to release music track titles the same way as films though.
     
  2. 1987SpaceGuy

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    try YT and sites such as Halo | Tunefind
     
  3. David cgc

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    It sounds like original score to me, the way it turns at the end. There hasn't been a soundtrack release for season 1 yet, but they switched composers, and Bear McCreary and his house team at Sparks & Shadows are usually pretty good about releasing soundtrack albums, so there will probably be a season 2 release, at least, but nothing has been announced yet.
     
  4. Noname Given

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    She clearly wanted to destroy the Halo since she thought there was no way the UNSC fleet could defeat the Covenant Fleet, but as the tide turned (and just in case her plan to destroy the Halo didn't succeed), she wanted to be certain someone from the USNC was ON the Halo to either take control or find/keep any dangerous Forerunner Weapons and Tech from the Covenant.
     
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    Yea. My understanding from watching the show is that the Spartan III's are stop-gaps. The Spartan II program took long because it needed to start when they were children so their bodies could be modified and enhanced as they grew naturally. It didn't seem like they could do the same level of augmentation to someone who was already an adult.

    I think the children were the restarting of the Spartan II program or something like a Spartan IV. III's are nowhere near as lethal as II's, do not have the same augmentations and enhanced baseline physical strength, speed, stamina, height, etc... They also don't have the very expensive suits.
     
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    Satisfying end for Admiral Paragonsky. Also what happend to the rest of UNSC Command. Where were they?

    Perez character looked useless for the 2nd part of the season. They could have simply picked random Spartans 3 to accompany Kai to the bridge. Would have had same effect.
    Same with Halsey.

    It's like they kept both of this character for some future plot.

    The flood wasn't as scary as i thought it would be. Felt like the plot pace was too fast. This scene from Season 1 was more terrifying:
     
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    Really good last episode. People who don't know about the Flood probably think the show has turned into Resident Evil at the end. :)
     
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  8. fireproof78

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    Hardly. It was a cliche after a cliche.
     
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  10. Starbrow

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    Did Parangosky planned to destroy Halo because she new of the danger of it, or was it collateral damage, and the target was Covenant?

    And should the Halo be destroyed considering the danger it posses to all living species in this galaxy?
     
  11. thribs

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    Did anyone else think “alright… level one” when Master Chief landed on the Halo?
     
  12. TimeIsAPredator

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    Why did no one shoot Makee. Or why did she stroll through the corridor leaving herself open to being shot ?
     
  13. Starbrow

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    I wondered the same when i first saw it. I think it's for an epic camera shot.
     
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    Framing shot and unwillingness of people to shoot other people.

    It's a horrible scene.
     
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    Who was the old lady talking to Kwan ?
     
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    The spirit of the universe.
     
  18. Charles Phipps

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    https://beforewegoblog.com/television-review-halo-season-two/

    This is a big improvement. I'm not the kind of guy who gets caught up in trivialities. There's plenty of people who would only want a Halo TV show if the Master Chief never removed his helmet, and it only depicted a straight ten-episode adaptation of the first video game with most of it being using Needlers on Grunts. I mean, I'd watch the hell out of that, but it doesn't get into the deeper lore of the Halo universe. Halo does have a pretty deep lore too despite being the Expanded Universe for a bunch of third person shooters. I've read dozens of books in the setting, and they mostly hold up.

    Unfortunately, Season One wasn't good despite the fact it got into things like the recruitment of child soldiers, unethical medical experimentation, the Insurrectionists, and the fact ONI is full of a bunch of incompetent man children. The Halo games were made at the height of the War on Terror and were influenced by the geopolitical situation of the time. There was the seemingly all-powerful Covenant and humanity's own authoritarian government as the two choices for the setting but Master Chief just trying to save everyone. We're in a post-War on Terror environment, sort of, and the story is much more muddled in the idea anyone can save anyone. Plus, no one really wanted Master Chief to have sex. Not unless it was a virtual reality simulation with Cortana. Ahem.

    Season Two realizes that most viewers want to watch the Master Chief versus aliens and the Covenant finally shows up to start glassing planets. The fact the season opens with the glassing of the planet Madrigal and the elimination of every single plot from that world kind of says what the developers think of it too. Season Two has the Covenant as a threat humanity is on the backfoot fighting and that instantly raises the stakes as well as provides the season some well-deserved focus. Indeed, we finally get the goddamn Halo as a focus for the season with its discovery a central theme. I feel like the fact the Halo WASN'T the focus of a show called Halo until this point as one of the bigger issues of the adaptation. Sort of like The Legend of Zelda without Zelda (or Triforce or Ganon).

    The premise for this season is that humanity is being pushed back by the Covenant in every engagement with Master Chief considered unreliable after briefly being possessed by Cortana during their confrontation with the Prophets. Doctor Hasley is under house arrest for her role in the SPARTAN-II insurrection and Admiral Ackerson (Joseph Morgan) is now in charge of the project with Parangosky (Shabana Azmi) seemingly removed from her position as ONI's chief. Unfortunately, any Halo fan knows this precedes the Fall of Reach where humanity is opened to full-scale invasion by the Covenant. Makee (Charlie Murphy), the human raised by the Covenant, also has some of the keys necessary to find the Halo and has been assigned an Arbiter (not the one from Halo 2) to help find it.

    There's a lot more going on with the season and the show seems more interested in redeeming character's plotlines than ditching them. Kwan Ha (Yerin Ha), Soren (Bokeem Woodbine), and others are still all in the show, but they are more closely tied together. We also get some casualties among the SPARTAN-IIS that I feel was badly needed to establish the threat of the Covenant after their poor showing in the first season. SPARTANS never die but there's a reason the Master Chief was the last of them for a long time.

    Overall, Season Two is just a huge improvement to the series by incorporating a lot more of what people loved about Halo. Unfortunately, it's not an unqualified success as the show is still weighed down by cramming too many extraneous plots into eight episodes. The Fall of Reach lasts all of one episode when it could have been three episodes of fighting for survival. Hell, it could have been an entire season. For a show based on an action video game, Halo suffers from not that much action. Still, there is some action and most of it is pretty good. I'll never look down on Master Chief versus an Elite using plasma swords.

    In conclusion, Halo Season Two is a success and I am glad that they listened to fan feedback to modify what they were doing. They also manage to finally get the story to where it probably needed to be by the end of Season One. I'm not going to spoil the ending of the season but a lot of buildup for fan favorite elements are realized and they leave me excited for Season Three. Would I have done things differently? Yes. However, it's no longer a series that I feel fails to represent the franchise that I love. Halo: Infinite on the other hand...
     
  19. Tuskin38

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    One thing I dislike, the interior of the covenant ships are not purple enough.
     
  20. fireproof78

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    I think it is a sharp push against the games. The games glorify violence at every level. The show shows the development of Master Chief as the man to step in to the role to save humanity, in contrast to the Covenant and Makee, but also not wasteful, like UNSC Command. John 117 is actually a fascinating character, embodying closer to Aristotle's ideas of virtues, a balance between extremes.

    I think it represents Halo differently and I welcome it's inclusion to the franchise. It's not a video game and damn sure needs to stop trying to be.