Out of the blue, Paramount+ has posted the entire first season of the Halo series free on YouTube. What previously required a Paramount+ subscription to see can now be viewed in HD quality for free by just hopping on the world’s largest video site.
All nine episodes of the Halo series’ first season have been uploaded in their entirety on the official Paramount+ YouTube channel, although we would imagine that someone accidentally put them live a little too early, as we have not seen an official announcement for this playlist by the Paramount+ or Halo Series X pages.
Usually, streaming services will keep their exclusive shows on their platform, but it appears Paramount and Google made a deal. Putting it up for free on a different site is definitely an odd move, but this may be an attempt to try and get more people interested and subscribed to Paramount+ before Season 2 comes early next year. There is a reference to Season 2 streaming on their service exclusively starting February 8.
While not the worst video game adaptation by far, the first season of the Halo series was pretty middling. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critic score is a decent 70, but audiences were a little more sour on it with a 52. That said, Season 2 does bring the chance for improvement and the potential to pull in more long-time Halo fans.
This is the first time we have heard anything from Paramount about the status of the Halo series in quite a bit, so it is good to see them starting to try to ramp up excitement for the new season. Each of the nine episodes in the first season sits around the 45-minute mark in length, so you can hop on YouTube and get caught up before Master Chief returns.