Parents' Guide to

Halo

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent, mature take on sci-fi video game expands saga well.

TV Paramount+ Action 2022
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

Absolutely amazing

This is an amazing and very gory tv show. It is amazing and the visual effects are great! It is okay for 13 and up I think. There is a very gory scene at the beginning of the first episode, where three of the main character's friends get blown up and one of them is seen with their leg missing. (Blood is shown) You see many aliens with their heads ripped open from being shot by the spartans. Also, spartans repeatedly shoot aliens in the head. There is a lot of gore there, but the blood is blue. The main character has blood sprayed on her face for the first episode from the killings of her friends.
age 18+

Boring and inaccurate

Horrible… aside from the CGI and common sense writing issues, this is like the Disney Trilogy of Star Wars. Years of solid information and a universe of possibilities and instead, they go through a boring soap opera that breaks all the Lore and every story ever done in this universe. Spartans are now just very strong and immature children with mommy and daddy issues. Not the soldiers that accept their duty to defend humanity to the point of forgetting that they are part of humanity. Can I give this series a -5? It deserves much worse.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (17 ):

This latest video game adaption strays pretty far from its polygon-fueled source material, but still pays tribute to its interactive roots in a number of fan-pleasing ways. Halo includes many elements followers of the first-person shooter might expect, from its iconic space marine protagonist and combat scenes featuring familiar weapons and vehicles to the unmistakable grunts of its evil extraterrestrials. Side characters, settings, and even occasional nods to that defining first-person camera perspective will similarly satisfy those who've typically experienced this sci-fi saga from behind a gamepad.

But those faithful call-outs to the source material are organically woven into a story that not only digs much deeper into the series' rich fiction, but diverges from it in welcome ways. In fact, you needn't have ever peered down the sites of a pulse rifle to be pulled in by Halo's character-driven drama, engaging conflicts -- both on and off the battlefield -- and absorbing world. The series occasionally suffers from lightweight production values and effects, as well as a sense it's trying a little too hard to deliver more narrative depth than the games. Overall though, it admirably delivers an experience that does right by Master Chief's most loyal fans, while also inviting newcomers to dive into its engrossing universe.

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