We have to say, we love this trend of first episodes of shows getting free, full YouTube releases. Getting a glimpse of a potentially interesting show on a free platform feels helpful. Watching an episode of a series can help you make informed decisions about whether you want to invest in another subscription. In that vein, Paramount+ has now shared the first episode of its new Halo series with all its potential fans. The Halo premiere is now available to stream in full if you’re in the United States. Everyone, from gamers who had doubts about how the Halo games would be adapted to casual viewers who feel simply interested in the premise, can tune in and start the show at no cost.
Yes, that includes you. Here’s the first full episode of Halo, free:
Paramount+ has also offered us a rich description of the show, sharing:
Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
Nobody can save humanity alone—not even the Master Chief. Meet the heroes who will risk losing everything to come together and protect humankind from the universe’s greatest threat in this stunning new trailer for the Paramount+ Original Series, Halo. Stream the premiere of Halo, exclusively on Paramount+.
In its adaptation for Paramount+, HALO will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001 with the launch of Xbox®’s first “Halo” game. Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, HALO the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
Hard to believe that Halo has existed for 21 years. That is a long time for a franchise. But we guess since it continues to evolve, that’s not a surprise. And the Halo series is just another step in that journey. We love the idea of interweaving personal stories with the natural action that stems from Halo‘s games. The show sounds like a fresh take. But also like it respects its roots, even as it innovates them for a new medium. (For example, yes, we will see the Master Chief’s face in the Halo series. But it would be hard to go many episodes without it.)
The Halo series stars Pablo Schreiber (the Master Chief, Spartan John-117), Natascha McElhone (Dr. Halsey), and Jen Taylor (Cortana) among many other talented names. And now, we can finally find out for ourselves how the adaptation brings the games to life. Time to find a quiet spot and press play on Halo‘s first episode. And who knows? Maybe we’ll get hooked and need the second one, stat.