Halo Premiere Shatters Paramount+ Record, Gets Mixed Reviews

The first episode of the hot new Halo TV series premiered on Paramount + on March 24th. The company subsequently announced that Master Chief’s silver screen debut became the most-watched series globally in its first 24 hours to date.

The sci-fi epic beat Western hit 1883, which allegedly drew in just shy of 5 million viewers. Like many streaming services, Paramount doesn’t share actual viewership numbers.

The first episode of Halo (2022) is now streaming on Paramount+. If you have the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’re eligible for a 30-day trial of the Paramount streaming service.

Paramount+’s Halo disappoints

Despite the huge launch of the TV show, it’s unclear if it is here to stay. As of writing, the show amassed a 61 on Metacritic based on the first two episodes. The user score is 5.9, based on the initial episode.

On of the main criticisms of the Halo TV series is its rather shallow story, with RogerEbert.com calling it a “generic assemblage of science-fiction stories, disappointing action sequences, and uninteresting characters.”

Most other reviewers weren’t as critical of the series. As of the first two episodes, it’s still unclear where Halo is going. It’s hard to tell if die hard fans of the games get their fill, or if science fiction fans new to the franchise could be pleased.

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