This article comprises spoilers for Halo season 1.
Executive producer of Halo, Kiki Wolfkill, defends that controversial scene between Master Chief and Makee in season 1’s penultimate episode. Those behind Paramount+’s Halo have made it abundantly clear that the sequence takes place on the Silver Timeline, which permits them to make use of present online game lore and ignore it every time they deem vital. That stated, Halo has diverged from its beloved IP in a number of methods, starting with the choice to have Master Chief/Spartan John-117 (Pablo Schreiber) take away his helmet in episode 1. After solely a short glimpse of his head throughout the entire video games, the sequence exhibits rather a lot extra of the character—one thing exacerbated by the introduction of an unique character, Makee (Charlie Murphy).
Makee is, presumably, the one human member of the Covenant and was captured by them as a baby. Similar to Chief’s capabilities with Forerunner artifacts, her capability to work together with the traditional know-how earned Makee the title “Blessed One” amongst the Covenant. Following an exhilarating encounter with the Covenant in Halo episode 5, Makee turns into a prepared prisoner of the UNSC. After bonding over their troubled childhoods and shared future, Halo episode 8, aptly titled “Allegiance,” sees Chief and Makee have intercourse whereas Cortana and Halsey watch. Naturally, this elicited a very sturdy response from followers already thrown by Chief’s face and behind.
In a latest interview with Deadline, govt producer Wolfkill breaks down Halo’s season 1 finale, the already-confirmed second season, and, in fact, episode 8. In explicit, Wolfkill is requested what she thought about the fandom’s response to that love scene, to which she replies, “Tright here was quite a lot of dialog main as much as whether or not to do this or not and it was a troublesome one.” Read the remainder of what she needed to say under:
“I imply, I’ll say that there’s quite a lot of totally different opinions and voices. I’ll say from my perspective, having the viewers getting to know what it means for him to make kind of a human reference to somebody, with Makee, was vital. There’s quite a lot of totally different opinions on how to do this, and in the end, we ended up with that path and I feel quite a lot of us really feel conflicted about it and that’s not a foul factor.”
“I feel in the end what we’ve been in a position to ship on with this season is a Master Chief who’s wholly the soldier, and hero, and chief that he has all the time been and we additionally depart the season with a personality in John who is known as a absolutely outlined character. It’s tremendous fascinating to have the ability to see his journey, and , admittedly some controversy alongside the way in which in getting there.”
“My hope is that we will all kind of rise past that and kind of take a look at the place we find yourself with Chief and with John going into season two. I consider actually strongly that now we have an incredible story to inform with him and we’ll proceed to take action, and typically as we all know with the Silver Timeline that it’ll be totally different than we’ve seen him earlier than. But who he’s as a personality each as Master Chief and as John is wholly the identical.”
It’s value noting that Chief by no means has an express love curiosity within the Halo video games, the place his most vital relationship is the one he has with Halsey’s flashed-cloned A.I., Cortana. It’s simple to see why hardcore followers are aggravated by what’s arguably a shoehorned romance that involves an abrupt finish in Halo’s season 1 finale. The sequence would’ve doubtless benefited from creating Chief and Cortana’s belief—which now dangers feeling contrived—slightly than a two-episode affair that includes a personality audiences see bloodbath troopers in episode 3 after which die in episode 9.
Chief’s ties to Makee as a stereotypical “Chosen One/Blessed One” subvert what franchise followers know of the character. He’s a super-soldier, sure, however what’s most particular about him is his tenacity. Halo is at occasions overly involved with ideas like future/destiny whereas the supply materials merely places Chief in inconceivable and convoluted conditions; he’s valued not due to a connection to some artifact however as a result of he’s the Master Chief. Thankfully, Halo and Schreiber’s astute efficiency does set up this side of Chief and John as wholly the soldier, hero, chief, and it’ll undoubtedly be capitalized upon in season 2. Despite a panned subplot, some controversial moments, and science fiction tropes, Halo season 1 comprises actually satisfying (and nostalgic) motion sequences, an intriguing John/Halsey dynamic, and the inimitable voice of Jen Taylor’s Cortana. Still, it is likely to be clever for Chief to reside as a celibate till the sequence realizes its full potential.
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