Review: The Halo TV series’ second season kicks off strong | Windows

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Silver Team leader John-117 (Pablo Schreiber), more commonly referred to as Master Chief, is having a hard time.

The AI Cortana was removed from his interface. While dealing with that loss, Cortana’s creator Halsey is still removed from leading the Spartans program, and her replacement is seemingly doubtful of Silver Team’s role in the field, especially for Master Chief himself. All the while, several human colonies have fallen to glassing  — the colloquial term for when several Covenant cruisers burn a surface with superheated plasma bombardment — and the Covenant are clearly massing their forces for something. Something bigger than wiping out a handful of colonies. Something that could lead to the destruction of the human race.

So opens Sanctuary, the first episode of Halo The Series‘ second season. Ahead of the season’s premiere, I had the opportunity to check out the first and second episodes, getting a look at what fans and new viewers can expect from one of Paramount+’s biggest shows.

It’s a well-paced opening that delivers action, political intrigue, and a needed upheaval for the status quo. Some side plots do distract a bit, but we’re still on solid footing heading into the remaining episodes. Here’s my review.

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by advance screeners provided by Paramount. The company did not see the contents of this review before publishing.

Halo TV series Season 2, Episode 1: Sanctuary

James Ackerson, as portrayed by James Morgan in Sanctuary.  (Image credit: Paramount+)

Sanctuary is all about setting the board, moving pieces into place and examining new power structures. Nowhere is that more clear than through the addition of James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan) to the cast. Hailing from the ever-inscrutable Office of Naval Intelligence, aka ONI, Ackerson steals every scene he’s in, masterfully redirecting questions and…

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