Paramount’s Halo series is well underway and the fans have opinions. A lot of them. As always, there are those who are enjoying the show for what it is and those who wish that the show would stick to the source material. Pablo Schreiber, the man portraying Master Chief, took to Instagram to address both parties. Check out the post below:
Pablo Schreiber’s post showed him in the full Spartan armor, minus the helmet. This is exactly what the source-material-focused fans are taking the most umbrage with. If you’ve played the Halo games, you know that Master Chief doesn’t take off his helmet. Much like a certain Mandalorian, fans were hoping that Master Chief would keep his helmet on more often than not. The Halo TV series tells the story of Master Chief, an enhanced super-soldier that is defending humanity against an alien force called the Covenant. The first Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved, was released in 2001 and spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs, with the most recent entry Halo Infinite being released in 2021. The games are known for their engaging story and their dynamic multiplayer and have amassed a huge fanbase over the years.
Pablo Schreiber accompanied his pictures with a lengthy caption as well. He mentioned how Halo was the second-most-streamed media in the US last week behind the Oscar Best Picture-winner Coda and that it was the most streamed in Canada. He thanks fans that are loving the show for their support. He also addressed the haters saying he loved them too and that he respects their opinion. He assures them that he’ll keep working hard to do his best in the role. Say what you will about the choices the Halo show is making, but this was definitely a classy response from Schrieber. Plus, the guy is just doing what the script says. It’s not necessarily his fault that the helmet is coming off.
Halo is currently streaming on Paramount+, with two episodes already available to check out. The next episode is going to hit the platform tomorrow, April 7, so maybe Pablo Schreiber will be able to change some hearts and minds as the story builds. It’s definitely hard to please everyone with a long-running, beloved series like Halo. If you haven’t checked out the show yet and formed your own opinion, your results may vary. On Rotten Tomatoes it currently has a 70% score from critics and 57% from audiences. That’s quite the deficit, and it’s likely because fans of the game aren’t happy with the deviations from the source material.
The show does have a huge budget and it’s already renewed for another season, so it certainly has the time and resources to turn it into something that people will enjoy. The show being renewed for a second season before the first episode even aired shows that the studios definitely have faith in it. Whether or not they pull it off remains to be seen. In addition to Pablo Schreiber, the show also stars Jen Taylor, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, and Yerin Ha.