Now that you’re up to speed with the first few episodes of Halo and Cortana has been finally introduced, you may have questions about her dynamics with Master Chief.
First of all, if you’ve played Halo, I know hearing Jen Taylor’s voice in the show must’ve made you feel like you’ve traveled back in time!
But that’s all the familiarity and nostalgia you might get for the time being, as Cortana and Master Chief’s relationship is quite different than it was in the games. The way she’s been complying with Dr. Halsey’s orders makes us wary of the AI.
So, is it possible that Cortana will betray Master Chief?
Cortana may initially follow Halsey’s orders that involve deceiving Master Chief. But as her relationship with him strengthens, she will switch sides and support him, betraying Halsey in the process.
You see, the first game starts at a point where the Chief and Cortana are already far along in their friendship and completely trust each other.
But the show is giving us a chance to examine how they got there, by showing us the initial days of their partnership.
While Cortana was an “upgrade” Master Chief willingly got in the games, in the show he’s quite reluctant about the AI and the idea that he needs to be babysat.
Still, I was pretty amused at how they bicker like kids, and even at the scene where she tries to introduce herself to the Silver Team without his “permission.”
Episode 3 was also ripe with instances where the newly activated Cortana kept Halsey’s agenda a secret from Master Chief. This particularly doesn’t sit well with what we know Cortana’s personality to be.
In canon, she’d never do this to him. But it’s understandable, natural even, for her to behave this way, given the show’s setup.
At the end of the episode, however, you can see that Cortana looks quite doubtful of Halsey’s ideas. In fact, she has been quite vocal whenever she hasn’t agreed with the doctor.
She is, after all, one of the smartest AIs out there. She’ll be smart enough to catch Halsey’s bluff and decide whose side she wants to be on.
Cortana and Master Chief may have had a rough start, but I’m willing to bet she’s going to pick him.
I’m not saying Cortana is going to flip sides all of a sudden—she may even deceive Master Chief further and incur his anger, but they’re going to have some semblance of a friendship by the end of the season.
This journey of building trust is how they get to the solid partnership they have in the games.
Halo is an American live-action sci-fi television series based on the Halo video game franchise. It is developed by Steven Kane and Kyle Killen for Paramount+.
The series follows a 26th-century war between the United Nations Space Command and the Covenant, a theocratic-military alliance of several advanced alien races determined to eradicate the human race.
The series stars Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Charlie Murphy, Jen Taylor, Shabana Azmi, Bokeem Woodbine, Kate Kennedy, Natasha Culzac, Yerin Ha, and Bentley Kalu.