Halo: The TV Series Episode 7 Review – “Inheritance”

Warning: This review contains full spoilers for Halo: Episode 7! If you need a refresher where we left off, here it is. IGN review of Halo: Episode 6 – “Solace”.

Everything comes with a cost. And to auraIt seems that the price of watching the best episode of the show to date is to immediately follow it up with the worst. “Solace” makes the mistake of focusing entirely on the show’s weakest plot. Worse yet, the series is still no closer to revealing why that story is important in the first place.

“Solace” wasn’t successful solely because it ignored Yerin Ha’s Kwan Ha and Bokeem Woodbine’s Soren-066, but their absence certainly didn’t hurt either. Ever since the Master Chief and Kwan Ha parted ways in Episode 2, the series has routinely failed to justify the decision to keep the latter in the spotlight. Why, with all the drama going on within the UNSC and the worsening scale of the war against the Covenant, does this random freedom fighter matter? Why is Madrigal so important to the big picture? The video game lore certainly gives fans little to go on, as in that version Madrigal is just a minor world that becomes just another casualty of war.

Halo: The Series Gallery

One would certainly hope that an episode entirely devoted to Kwan Ha’s quest to free his home would answer those questions. Eventually she and Soren have to become more than mere supporting characters with no tangible connection to the larger story. But even with all the allusions to Madrigal’s secrets and the true fate of the Ha family in Episode 7, this story is still dull and lifeless. It comes across as a much softer, more formulaic sci-fi series crudely grafted onto the Halo mythos.

And that’s really the sticking point here. It’s not just that the Kwan Ha arc feels so completely divorced from everything else that happens in the series. Even in a vacuum, it’s just not compelling television. This episode is riddled with bland sci-fi tropes that have been executed much better elsewhere. Kwan Ha’s charge towards the sandstorm is Mad Max: Fury Road no reward. The Wise Women of the Desert are basically cheap fremen, there to do little more than spout clichés and send Kwan Ha on a textbook desert vision quest. And all so that she can discover that she has to “go back to where she started”?

That last bit speaks to a peculiar pattern in the series where characters are forced to take a long, roundabout journey to end up right where they started. Take for example Soren, who embarks on a dizzying quest of his own that appears to be very small. The opening doesn’t make it clear how much time has passed since Episode 5, so there’s an initial sense of confusion as to whether we’re seeing Soren hallucinate or if she actually made the trip back entirely off-screen. And for the climax, she’s back in Madrigal, as the episode builds on an attachment to these two characters that hasn’t really formed at all.

If nothing else, the climax at least breaks all the sci-fi clichés with a bit of action. Though it must be said that seeing Soren shoot, stab, and punch generic thugs is a poor substitute for Spartan vs. Covenant that one would normally expect from a Halo series.

The highlight of Episode 7 is Burn Gorman’s Vinsher Grath. Mind you, Grath is a one-note villain without any depth, but there’s something to be said for Gorman’s willingness to simply throw caution to the wind and chew up every piece of scenery he can find. Basically, he’s just playing a deranged space Nazi here and he’s clearly having the time of his life. That may not even come close to justifying the big plot twist this week, but it’s something.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.