MOVIE NEWS – In the series, Halo’s protagonist, Master Chief, will take his helmet off. He isn’t the first one, though, as it’s a new trend in sci-fi shows.
Lately, there has been a new trend amongst sci-fi protagonists; removing their helmets on screen. Master Chief, played by Pablo Schreiber, will do the same in the upcoming Halo series. Schreiber elaborated on the decision, as it is crucial regarding the portrayal of the main character. According to him, Master Chief had to be more detailed and more significant in the new adaptation than in the video game world since he doesn’t function as a frame for the player’s personality anymore, but as himself, with his own personality.
“No, it’s not nerve-wracking. It feels really exciting, It’s tailoring the entertainment for the medium, right? Halo is a first-person shooter game, and so Chief has always been kept as a symbol, a very vague character that you don’t really get to know because you’re meant to be him. You put yourself in that position and fill out all the details of the personality with your own.We’re making a TV show and in order to have an audience connect with the character over the course of a long-term TV show, there’s no way you can pull an audience through that without getting to know the character, without relating to the character, without empathizing with the character. And that feels virtually impossible to do with a helmet on all the time.”
Fans of the Disney+ productions has already welcomed the new trend. In The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, Din Djarin and Boba Fett took off their helmets and could be seen without them for a longer time. This is a key momentum for them since they represent a race of warriors, who only remove their helmets when they decide to reveal themselves. Once they have done that, they no longer represent the legendary warriors; they become themselves. So is Master Chief, when he takes off the helmet and steps out of the image of a Spartan warrior.
“The only rule about not taking your helmet off [for Spartans] is the one about Chief not taking his off because you’re meant to believe you’re him, So this is a new form of entertainment, it’s a new medium. It’s a chance for people who have played as Chief for so long to put the controller down, sit back on the couch, enjoy the experience of learning about the Chief in a way that you have never done before. And I think it’s an opportunity for all of us to get to know him in a better way.”
We don’t have to wait too much for Halo to air; the series will debut on Paramount+ two days later, on the 24th of March. We’ll see Pablo Schreiber in the role of Master Chief, and Jen Taylor will be the voice of Cortana, just like in the original game.
Source: Movie Web
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