It’s a different feeling. Excitement that evokes a different goosebumps – as a book, comedy, cartoon or game, as you watch something grow, stay alive on screen in live-action. Something that felt like living somewhat in your imagination suddenly almost … feels real. (Read more: Hollow: Pablo Schreiber talks about The Master Chief, ‘Helmet Acting’ and more)
The exciting, show-making opening action set piece of the new Hollow series – the long-awaited, long-delayed live-action adaptation of one of the most beloved game franchises of all time – finds a small solution in this. Matrix planet under siege. Invaders are a ruthless alien race known as the Pact (figures such as tower, shields, beasts that CGI impresses as long as it can serve). Covenant soldiers massacred, laser-sword-punched and shot everyone in the eye (the show fortunately did not shy away from the violence).
As if all hope had been lost, a ship appears above the head, with a familiar green and gold figure floating in it, landing in the middle of a superhero’s action. He was the Master Chief, and was closely followed by three other elite Spartan warriors. All four are tearing apart the treaty invaders at a time, with assault rifles, headshots and General Spartan hand-to-hand patas-eri. It’s a heart – wrenching scene I’ve seen many times, and its impact remains the same. This is a sequence that says a lot about what we are for through this show. Based on the two episodes I’ve seen, The Hollow series is meant to be commercial, and it is there to provide the detailed, thrilling action and rich details that this world deserves.
Set in the 26th century, the science fiction epic master master (Pablo Schreiber), an elite soldier, leads mankind’s current war with a powerful alien racial pact. To strengthen humanity’s opportunities, they invented the Spartans, genetically modified, emotionally suppressed superheroes in fancy super suits. For those unfamiliar, you do not need to know much beyond the fact that there is a villain in a cool suit with guns against a crowd of ugly alien invaders who must explode until the kingdom comes. It’s good to have a show that is accessible to newcomers in search of a new science fiction action blowout to get lost.
But for loyal devotees, the series (created by Steven Kane and Kyle Gillan) is full of details and familiar halo-isms that make fans of the game jump for joy. Whether it’s flawless Spartan costumes (from costume designer Giovanni Liberi) or familiar toys like the Magnum Pistol, the Battle Rifle or the Power Swords and Needles of the Covenant. Up to the Master Chiefs Heads Up scene where gamers lived for hours. Perhaps my favorite is a series of very familiar sounds that many of us have heard over and over again – that hasty beep sound, the chief’s shields falling down, indicating that he must cover the duck. Until he hears that his shields have been successfully recharged, it is time to plunge back into battle and commit assassinations aimed at the treaty.
After they successfully fought the Matrix Accord, the Chief and his fellow Spartans soon realized that only one survivor in the ruins – the young Quan Ha (an avid Jerry Ha). One of the best results of the show, most of the first two episodes are told from his perspective. She is our eyes and ears to this world, her life is torn overnight and suddenly she is absorbed in the world of Spartans, aliens and war politics.
Here you can further expand on the mysterious tablet-like artifact discovered by the Spartans while exploring what the Matrix Agreement is (the halo universe is about mysterious objects). An object that appears to act only by the leader (real ‘selective’ vibrations), which allows access to suppressed memories and the recovery of humanity seized during his super-soldier-fiction. Thus the template of a regular but compelling ‘blind loyal soldier’ begins to question the orders he gives and fights against the organization that created him ‘.
The best pilot episode does everything you can expect – establishes the world (especially Sophie Bechter’s dazzling product design), race-end shares and main characters. In the second episode, however, not the same punch, Master Chief wrestling acts as an expression-heavy look against his newly discovered humanity with power, thus alienating the pilot’s successful leader and young Kuan. Ha that the heart of the show was beating.
For most of the second episode, he stays in disguise without a helmet (which almost does not happen in games), and Pablo Schreiber tries to mount us on his head. This was a decision that caused great uproar among the fans. (Doesn’t this really need much? At this point, a character of a loving owner may blink differently, and these individuals will riot on social media). Personally, this is a call I understand. This is not a first-person shooter, we have a second-person story series about him. The problem I had was not the lack of his helmet, but going into the second episode, he was not so enjoyable when he did not use too many guns to shoot the magnified aliens. Schreiber’s Stoic Soldier action is honest, but unlike The Montalorian (who only took off his helmet once in two seasons), the leadership as a faceless man is very interesting. The helmet adds a glamor. As we express our feelings upon Him.
Our own Shabana Azmi, who plays Admiral Parangoski, should also mention Shabana Azmi, one of the military leaders who regards the leader as a military asset. It’s not a quick character by any means, but it’s a great lead role and it’s proud to see him claim power on a big Hollywood show. It is puzzling how much attention this series pays to the high command of the treaty – we get many gateways to the mysterious leaders of the alien Armada, making sure they are more than just beasts and more interesting enemies.
With two episodes going on so far, the Hollow series has been a huge success, getting most things right. Although it is by no means a subtle, cerebral science fiction, it is quite large and lavishly executed. Although the full costume and the creepy pact-killing desert on the battlefield is happening, I still look forward to the Master Chief clashes.