Paramount+, a game variation ‘Halo’… First departure from Korea amid the likes and dislikes

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Season 2 production confirmed

Ha Ye-rin and Jeong Gong-hwan starring

Paramount+ chose Korea as its first Asian market. It plans to reduce risks by advancing through the Teabing brand hall rather than a stand-alone launch, and to make a strong first impression by introducing the company’s representative original work, ‘Halo’.

‘Halo’, which was released through the Teabing Brand Hall on the 16th, is Paramount+’s representative work. ‘Halo’ is a live-action series based on the console game of the same name, and when it was first released in March, it attracted many subscribers.

‘Halo’ is set in the 26th century and tells the story of the strongest warrior Master Chief created by mankind, facing his past in order to protect mankind from the attacks of alien races. In this process, the world view and motif of the original game were taken, but the setting and story were changed. In other words, it created a worldview separate from the game, preventing the drama’s attempts from being restricted.

The released ‘Halo’ was so colorful in scale and visual that Steven Spielberg participated and 13 different companies worked on the visual effects. In particular, the madrigal battle in episode 1 has a highly immersive scene with realistic CG, dynamic action, and first-person UI production. It was the impression that Hollywood was armed with the things it did best.

After that, Gwan Ha (played by Ha Ye-rin) and Master Chief, the only survivors of the Battle of Madrigal, set out on a journey to confront them at the opposite point of the alien race.

In addition, the scene where a girl Kwan Ha and her father Jin Ha (played by Gong Gong Hwan), who live in the rebel realm of Madrigal, converse in Korean, or lead the first half of the play, were advantageous to Korean fans.

Reviews of ‘Halo’ are divided between fans of the original work and viewers who have not seen the original. Fans of the ‘Halo’ game are said to be unfamiliar with the setting different from the original. In particular, the appearance of the Master Chief taking off his helmet from the first episode was criticized for lack of understanding of the character and respect for his fans. The Master Chief hasn’t revealed his face in-game in 20 years since the game’s release. In the 2021 ‘Halo 4’ epilogue, the eye area was only briefly revealed.

Stephen Cain, who wrote the script for the drama, said that he did not talk about the game in order not to be bound by the game, but only talked about the drama character and the world view, which caused the fans of the original work to hate it.

Although likes and dislikes are clearly divided, ‘Halo’ is currently confirmed for season 2 production. There is a prejudice that the original game work is ‘good enough’, but it is still too early to apply to ‘Halo’, which has not yet seen the end. In the current situation where various contents are pouring out in Korea, it seems enough to appeal only to the large-scale worldview, flashy battle scenes, and high-quality CG, which are the strengths of Hollywood.

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