From the first trailer alone, I may inform Halo season 2 would go in a special path than the primary. The place season 1 was slowed down in strange storytelling choices that didn’t depart a lot room for its characters — specifically, the Spartans — to do what they do greatest — specifically, kick Covenant ass — season 2 feels extra according to what a Halo present must be about.
Based on Pablo Schreiber, the distinction largely comes all the way down to tone. “The largest place the place we succeed on a degree that we didn’t fairly attain in season 1 is that I believe the tone of this season feels darker,” he stated in an interview with The Verge.
Schreiber, who performs Grasp Chief Petty Officer John-117, thinks the motion has gotten higher, too — I agree — and attributes these enhancements to Halo’s new showrunner, David Wiener.
“This yr, we’re dwelling in David Wiener’s world,” he stated. “[His] imaginative and prescient, I consider, matches the tone of the Halo franchise in a approach that could be extra becoming than the primary season, and it’s extremely profitable.”
The primary two episodes of Halo’s second season are out now, they usually’re rattling good. I’ve already shared my thoughts on episode 1, “Sanctuary.” Whereas episode 2, “Sword,” is much lighter on the motion, it greater than makes up for it with the way it reintroduces us to Riz-028 (Natasha Culzac). Within the earlier season, solely half of Silver Workforce, Kai-125 (Kate Kennedy) and the Grasp Chief himself, obtained display screen time dedicated to their character improvement. Schreiber stated that one in every of his nice joys of this new season was correcting that.
“Early on within the second season, we begin to discover methods to distinguish all people, give them a bit little bit of character,” he stated. “Attending to see all of those people who I’ve labored so carefully with over the previous virtually 5 years have their second within the highlight was one thing that was actually fulfilling for me.”
When it comes to the Grasp Chief’s different relationships, Schreiber has stated beforehand he wasn’t keen on the bewildering-but-brazen sex scene between John and Makee (Charlie Murphy), a human member of the enemy Covenant aliens. Schreiber would have most well-liked a extra refined strategy.
“The extra in your face you get with any components of romance or intercourse, the much less grounded it feels within the franchise,” he stated. However Schreiber additionally doesn’t suppose the Grasp Chief, as a personality, is simply too severe for love; it’s simply that he’d choose one other accomplice: Cortana. “There’s loads of romance in Halo. It simply occurs that it’s between John and Cortana, you realize.”
In fact, it’s not a brand new concept that John loves his AI copilot. (Whose character was cloned from Dr. Halsey, the lady who basically created John and all of the Spartans and is considered a mom determine for all of them — make of that what you’ll.) She all however confesses her love for him in Halo 4, and in Halo 5: Guardians, he goes AWOL for the primary time in his life in an effort to deliver her again. Nevertheless, one may learn that as fierce loyalty — a trait Spartans are recognized and beloved for — with Chief contemplating Cortana as a member of the workforce.
So it was attention-grabbing to listen to Grasp Chief himself describe the ultimate second of “Sanctuary” as romantic. Within the scene, John visits a VR parlor and talks to a hologram that comes near trying like Cortana however misses the mark. John says to not-quite-Cortana (Christina Bennington) that he seems like a part of him is lacking and that he hears sounds that he thinks could be her.
Although I’ve by no means had a sentient, autonomous AI implanted in my mind, I can think about if I did, and it was subsequently taken away like Cortana was for John, I, too, would really feel like one thing was lacking. However I could have been a bit too literal. “When you didn’t hear romantic undertones in that scene, then I’m undecided easy methods to spell that out for you, however I positively thought that was,” Schreiber stated.
In fact, for those who’re not a Chief / Cortana shipper (personally, I’m a Tom-B292 / Lucy-B091 lady) or consider them as merely buddies, that’s legitimate, too.
“It relies on your idea of romance,” Schreiber stated. “If you’re speaking about life partnership, you’re speaking about any individual that provides to you, any individual that completes you, any individual that makes you higher than you have been. That’s actually what Chief has seen in Cortana.”
Sounds lots like like to me.