Halo’s first season wasn’t good. It made bizarre changes to the story and lore of the games. It had barely any action between the Spartans and the Covenant, and Master Chief spent half the season with his helmet off (and often more than that). But it seems that Paramount may have figured out the problem, considering the trailer for the show’s second season is basically all epic-looking battles.
The first trailer for season 2 was released on Saturday at the CCXP convention in Brazil, and it’s main focus is on a variety of combat sequences. Sure, we still get a few shots of brooding Spartans, something the first season was full of, and Master Chief helmet-less and dour, but we also get Covenant ships rising above a covering of clouds and an Elite slicing a guy in half with an energy sword. In other words, it’s a trailer full of exactly what we hoped season 1 might include: something that looks like the Halo games people love.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s entirely possible this is just a good trailer, rather than an indication of a good season of TV. After all, season 1 also had some pretty neat fights, but they were few and far between, and ultimately only made up about three scenes in a nine episodes season.
But still, I want to believe that a good Halo show can exist, and at the very least this trailer gives me a lot more hope than the first season’s trailers did.
Good or bad, Halo season 2 will premiere on Paramount Plus starting on Feb. 8. 2024.