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Halo TV show's first episode wins over majority of Windows Central readers

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Halo TV series (Image credit: Paramount)

What you need to know

  • Halo's TV show recently had its big Paramount+ debut.
  • We polled readers to find out their thoughts on the show's first episode.
  • It turns out readers' thoughts are very much aligned with the wider critical and casual consensus.

It's a rare day, in the sense that the general mood over the Halo TV show is more or less unified across the board. As of this writing, 60% of critics and 60% of Rotten Tomatoes-surveyed audience members approved of the show's debut, and 69% of our own readers liked it as well. When's the last time you can recall multiple opinion aggregates of a show being within 10% of each other?

Though no likes or dislikes of the show are a matter of fact — arts and entertainment are highly subjective, after all — seeing everyone come together with the same general split in likes and dislikes does help give a general idea of whether the show's meeting its mark of adequately entertaining people. In our poll's case, 69.29% (828 votes) liked the show, 15.15% (181) disliked it, and 15.56% (186 votes) were apathetic. In other words, over 69% of watchers had a positive opinion of Halo's start, while roughly 30% ranged from neutral to unhappy with the production.

Many voiced appreciation for the show straying from the game's narrative for sake of telling a fresh story, and the action sequences were generally well received. Those unhappy with the show cited uneven writing, sloppy CGI, and similar quality-control issues as their reasons for not enjoying the series so far.

If you've yet to watch the show and don't know what all the fuss is about, consider scoring a free trial of Paramount+ via Xbox Game Pass. That way, you can have an informed opinion about the series without paying a penny.

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Paramount+ is your one-way ticket to the Halo TV show. Want to see Master Chief pew-pew things in real life? Then pay up (or get a free trial via Xbox Game Pass).

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to

  • I'll wait for all the episodes to drop, then renew my Paramount+ to watch that and the Star Trek shows. But I don't understand resenting a show for poor CGI. I still like original Star Trek, and many other Sci-Fi shows like Doctor Who, just have terrible effects. Good effects are a plus for sure, so I suppose that must mean that bad effects are a minus, but I don't think I've ever decided a show was good/not good because of its effects. On the other hand, I do dislike bad science (e.g., how did humans encounter planets and star systems between Earth and Alpha Centauri, the nearest star, in Netflix' Lost in Space!?) and poorly choreographed (implausible) fight scenes enough to lose interest in an action-oriented show, so I guess I can understand the mindset, but if the story is good enough, that trumps everything for me. I liked Lost in Space overall as a family story at its heart, in spite of the nonsense premise.
  • For me and the others who can't stand bad visuals, it's as simple as "real-life imagery + overt cartoons" breaks the illusion/suspension of disbelief. If something is being sold as "real," then the CGI has to consistently match that bar. Otherwise, just make the whole thing animated and call it a day so there's not a sloppy degree of visual disparity. If you've ever seen a CW show, you'll see the most extreme examples of this problem. From there, it's just degrees of tolerance on a per-viewer basis.
  • The premise in Lost in Space made perfect sense (for a standard Sci-fi plot and technology). Without giving spoilers I can't really explain how their engine works and why they were "lost". Humans only went to AC, not stars in between. Though there was another ship that was lost for decades that was found during season 3.
  • Maybe I missed some explanation in the first season, but didn't it start right at the beginning of Ep 1 with them crashing on an unknown planet orbiting some star other than Alpha Centauri while on the way to Alpha Centauri from Earth? There is no star between Earth and Alpha Centauri. And that's not the kind of thing you'd miss with their more advanced technology. The rest of the science was pretty good. Story arc over all the seasons was also good.
  • Yeah, you are being too literal. I don't think it was a star between us and Alpha Centari, it was some random star, it could have been across the galaxy. It was a malfunction (I can't remember why), and they jumped way off course. If you got the explanation at the end of S1(?) on how they got their technology for the engines then it makes a bit more sense that they wouldn't exactly know why they were off course or where they were.
  • Yeah, I like that. I do know what you're talking about, nice of us to keep it spoiler free :-). I always want to give a story the benefit of the doubt, so I'll put that in my brain as the explanation. I hadn't thought that applied to the original accident, which was why I thought it made no sense, but maybe I missed something at the start that allows for that explanation. To the show's credit, most of the rest of the science was pretty good.
  • I didn't have an issue with the visuals, but rather the story and so far am not caring much for this "silver" time-line. Jmho.... They'd have been better served sticking to the core canon. There's still so much they could have done.
  • I think I like the idea of the games being the official source of the story, while other medias are just extra. Kind of like how comics make up the cannon story of superheroes, but the movies borrow things from those comics to create their own story. But that's just my opinion.
  • I enjoyed it. I think you really have to want to tear it apart and want to make halo something bigger than it is to not like it... It kind of had a start trek reboot vibe to it - familiar story, a character we love, but something different. If it was *just* like Canon, i think 69% of the people wouldn't like it for being told already... Just glad it finally happened... over 10 years after we started hearing rumors of something