Halo (2022): S01E09 – Transcendence


Halo is an American military science fiction television series developed by Kyle Killen and Steven Kane for the streaming service Paramount+, loosely based on the video game franchise of the same name.

Produced by Showtime Networks, 343 Industries, Amblin Television, One Big Picture, and Chapter Eleven, the series follows a 26th-century war between the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) and the Covenant, a theocratic-military alliance of several advanced alien races determined to eradicate the human race.

Pablo Schreiber and Jen Taylor star as Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 and Cortana, with the latter reprising her role from the video game series, and are joined by Natascha McElhone, Yerin Ha, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Olive Gray, Charlie Murphy, Kate Kennedy, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Danny Sapani.


While Makee escapes in the Covenant Phantom that was captured during Silver Team’s mission on Madrigal, Silver Team enters into a standoff that is only defused when Captain Keyes arrives and helps John break his teammates’ brainwashing by revealing that he is telling the truth about Halsey kidnapping them as children. Kai helps to apprehend Halsey and kill her assistant, but Miranda quickly realises that the “Halsey” that was captured was actually a flash clone of the real Halsey, who is shown secretly planning to escape from Reach on her own while her clone dies. Using information that Makee had given to him, John deduces the location of the Covenant planet, Hesduros, with Cortana’s help. With the UNSC’s blessing, John personally leads Silver Team in a mission to stop the Covenant and recover the Forerunner keystones. On Hesduros, Silver Team engages the Covenant forces, and when John is overwhelmed, Makee activates the combined keystones in order to generate a blast to save John, generating a star map leading to Halo, and inadvertently locking John into stasis. When John tries and fails to talk Makee down using another shared vision, Kai frees John from his trance by shooting and killing Makee; the keystones shut down before it can show Halo’s location. Overwhelmed by enemy forces, John orders Cortana to take control of his body so he may simultaneously save his team and retrieve the keystones without activating them, despite her warnings that doing so could erase his mind permanently; after John takes a fatal hit, Cortana assumes control of John, rescues Silver Team, and escapes with them and both of the keystones. As they depart, Kai asks John if it is really him behind the helmet, but he only glances at her, wordlessly.

Halo Series

You can find a full index and overview of 2022 Halo TV series here.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 18 May 2022.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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