Halo (season 1)

A review from a non-gamer.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
3 min readMay 29, 2024

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Let me start by saying that I’m not interested in video games. The last time I played them was on a Windows 95 PC in 1998. So I don’t know what this series is based on. I’m talking about it as a TV-watcher who loves science fiction.

It is a military science fiction/space opera series, set in a distant future, full of beautiful spaceships, planets with the most disparate characteristics and an enemy alien species with which humanity is at war. And one of the most powerful tools of war humans have at their disposal is the Spartans, enhanced and emotionless human warriors. Among these is the protagonist, John-117, known by the nom de guerre Master Chief.

I won’t tell you anything else about the plot because I think it’s better to discover it step by step over the course of the nine episodes of the series. Rather, I’ll just clarify that I’m only referring to the first season. In fact, upon seeing it, you immediately realise that all the narrative threads do not have enough space to be concluded. It almost seems like a great introduction to the rest of the seasons. In any case, there are some aspects that are clarified. Furthermore, I found the twist ending (almost a cliffhanger) very satisfying. With such a complex narrative structure, there was the risk that certain threads would be closed too hastily, but, all things…

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Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

Italian science fiction & thriller author, scientific & literary translator, biologist, educator, dreamer. 🇮🇹: www.anakina.net EN: www.anakina.eu I ❤️🎾