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Maybe the real war after all had nothing to do with the UNSC and the Covenant, John and Makee, or Dr. Halsey and the Spartans' fight for their very humanity. At the end of the day, "Halo" and its continued struggle to forge its own identity wound up becoming the last, bitter taste left in our mouths as the inaugural season of the buzzy sci-fi adaptation wrapped up last night.

I'll admit, I had a bad feeling about this episode right when the first-look images dropped, featuring a glaring absence of the Master Chief, Dr. Halsey, or anyone else that the overarching storyline of "Halo" has focused on up to this point. Those concerns only increased as early as the "Previously on 'Halo'" segment, which took us all the way back to the opening minutes of the premiere to remind us of the situation taking place on the planet of Madrigal in the aftermath of the Covenant invasion.

When "Combat Evolved" first arrived on the scene over two decades ago, very few gamers (if any) found themselves overly concerned about potentially murky backstories involving, uh, child kidnapping or state-sanctioned reprogramming in the super-soldiers creation. All we needed to know was that the Master Chief owned a kick-ass suit of armor, he was apparently the last of his kind, and had the fate of humanity resting on his shoulders.

Every fan has their own specific reasons for what drew them to "Halo" in the first place. For many, the clean and simple gameplay of "Combat Evolved" held plenty of appeal all on its own, rewarding intuitive gamers who swapped guns and employed various strategies depending on the needs of specific situations and level designs.

After such a long and tortured path to making its way to a screen near you, you didn't think the creators behind "Halo" would neglect to include all sorts of Easter eggs and references -- no matter how obvious or how niche -- throughout the long-awaited premiere episode of the new Paramount+ series, did you?

Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Halo Episode 1 After such a long and tortured path to making its way to a screen near you, you didn't think the creators behind "Halo" would neglect to include all sorts of Easter eggs and references -- no matter how obvious or how niche -- throughout the long-awaited premiere episode of the new Paramount+ series, did you?

Halo TV Series Sets Premiere Viewership Record For Paramount+ The series premiere of "Halo" has posted some big viewership numbers for Paramount+, setting a new record as the streamer's most-watched premiere globally in its first 24 hours of release. This information comes from Paramount (via Deadline), which did not provide exact numbers for the premiere except to say that it had bested the previous record held by "1883," the "Yellowstone" prequel starring Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill."1883" premiered in December 2021 and it also aired simultaneously on the Paramount Network.

Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Halo Episode 1 After such a long and tortured path to making its way to a screen near you, you didn't think the creators behind "Halo" would neglect to include all sorts of Easter eggs and references -- no matter how obvious or how niche -- throughout the long-awaited premiere episode of the new Paramount+ series, did you?

Halo Breaks A Major Rule From The Video Games In Episode 1 Beware of spoilers for the first episode of "Halo" below!What lengths are writers and directors prepared to go in the pursuit of avoiding the fate that has befallen practically every other live-action video game adaptation in decades past?

There are very few video games of any kind that have managed to establish a global audience and pop culture awareness in the way that "Halo" has since its inception in 2001. The original "Halo: Combat Evolved" helped to turn Microsoft's Xbox into a huge hit, and almost single-handedly ensured the company's place in the 21st century console wars. Now, after more than 20 years, the franchise is making the jump to Hollywood with a big new "Halo" TV series for Paramount+.

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