The end of Amazon's (earlier SyFy) popular and fan-favorite sci-fi series The Expanse is on the horizon. Many shows have the potential to become the next fan-favorite and one among them is CBS's upcoming sci-fi series, Halo on Paramount+.
The Premiere date for the final season of The Expanse will be announced during the show's comic-con panel in New York. The Expanse season 6 will likely premiere this December, after which the sci-fi fans will be on the lookout for another series to invest their time in. There are many ongoing sci-fi shows, and more are on the way this year and in 2022, but only a few of them appeal to hardcore sci-fi fans.
Some of the most anticipated shows including Foundation are set to arrive this year. Although Foundation appeals to die-hard sci-fi fans, particularly Star Wars fans, it does have one big flaw. Foundation is an Apple TV+ original series that does not have a significant subscriber base or a huge library of shows in which Fans would be interested in investing. Foundation will not be available on any other streaming platform or TV channel around the world except Apple TV+.
Other upcoming TV shows include Moonhaven, Invasion, The Peripheral, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Lightyears, which may or may not appeal to the hardcore fans as very little to nothing about them is known. That leaves us with the CBS series Halo, which has the kind of appeal that fans need in a sci-fi series. The show also has some similarities with The Expanse, which has been written below.
In comparison to The Expanse series, which is set in the 24th century, Halo is set in the 26th. Halo is based on the video game franchise of the same name, and it depicts an epic war between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
Halo, like The Expanse, is a space adventure/thriller. The crew will explore far-space and several worlds while dealing with various perils. There will be Space politics, religious warfare, and everything else we would expect from a high-quality sci-fi series.
Halo TV series will take the characters from the video games, but it will not have the same story as the games. The show has already finished filming its first season and has revealed the lead cast and the characters they are set to play.
Below is a short description of the first Halo video game.
The game begins when the Pillar of Autumn emerges from slip space and its crew encounters a gigantic ringworld construction of unknown provenance. The Covenant follows and attacks Autumn. The Autumn's captain, Jacob Keyes, entrusts the ship's artificial intelligence (AI) known as Cortana to Master Chief to keep the Covenant from finding the location of Earth. Keyes orders Autumn's crew to leave the ship and pilots it to a crash landing on the ringworld.
On the surface of the ring, Master Chief and Cortana rescue other survivors. They rescue Keyes, who was kidnapped from the Covenant cruiser Truth and Reconciliation. Keyes reveals that the Covenant refers to the ringworld as "Halo" and believes it is a weapon. To prevent the Covenant from deploying Halo, Master Chief, and Cortana attack the ringworld's control room. Cortana breaches Halo's computer systems and orders Master Chief to track down and halt Keyes from completing his quest.
Among the cast members, we have Shabana Azmi, who will play Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Director of ONI. Azmi's character is very similar to The Expanse's Chrisjen Avasarala played by Shohreh Aghdashloo. Chrisjen is the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and she serves as both the head of state and government of Earth and is the chief executive of the United Nations. However, unlike Chrisjen, Margaret Parangosky is known to be a very dangerous person and likely to be a villainous character in the series. Like Chrisjen, we can expect Parangosky to become the main fashion icon of the series.
Admiral Margaret Orlenda Parangosky is the former Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Intelligence Service. She took office in 2511 and oversaw ONI's actions during the Insurrection, the Human-Covenant War, and the years that followed. Parangosky was slight of build and appeared much older than she was, yet her withered appearance belied her acute intellect and ice-cold ruthlessness. She was known to be extremely powerful and lethal; only Doctor Catherine Halsey had ever crossed her and survived. Colonel James Ackerson saw her as the most dangerous member of the UNSC.
A lot of other characters from the video games are also returning for the series including John-117, Dr. Catherine Halsey, Captain Jacob Keyes, Cortana, and Miranda Keyes.
Pablo Schreiber will play Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, a towering supersoldier known as a "Spartan," Schreiber will be leading the series. Natascha McElhone is playing Dr. Catherine Halsey, a scientist for the UNSC and creator of the Spartan-II Project. Olive Gray as Miranda Keyes; Danny Sapani as Captain Jacob Keyes; Jen Taylor is voicing Cortana, an artificial intelligence; Charlie Murphy as Makee; Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066; Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha; Kate Kennedy as Kai-125; Natasha Culzac as Riz-028; Bentley Kalu as Vannak-134.
Halo will premiere on Paramount Plus in 2022. The show will also premiere on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in different territories.
Created and written by Kyle Killen and Steven Kane, they also serve as co-showrunners and executive producers for the sci-fi show. The series is also executive produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television in partnership with 343 Industries. Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie are also exec producing for One Big Picture, along with Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven and Karen Richards. Steven Spielberg, Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O'Connor, and Bonnie Ross are also executive producers.
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