HUNT the TRUTH: Season Two

After the first season, hope of a good audio drama of the Halo franchise seemed like a dream, especially since this was simply a continuation of the same show. I will admit that the second season starts off much stronger and answers many of the questions I had back in the finale of season one. After the first few episodes, however, things follow the same downward spiral as they did the first time around.

The pacing is all over the place and the setting and characters change every episode, making it hard to root for anyone, even the protagonist. We’re supposed to feel sorry for her, but all I felt was boredom whenever she told the listener why they should give a damn about her moral dilemma. To some extent I could sympathize, but not to the extent the writers probably wanted to achieve.

Another thing which boggled my mind was the tie-in with Halo video games. Having the Master Chief disappear in the middle of the story had no impact on it whatsoever. In fact, why was it even included? The only reason I can think of is they wanted to connect it to Halo 5: Guardians on a story-driven level, but what they got was more of the same from season one–a marketing ploy, rather than a story.

Overall, Hunt the Truth season two is more of the same. If you liked the first season, you’ll like this even more as it adds something slightly different, just not different enough from its predecessor to warrant a grand slam rating.

4/5 Stars

Darth Plagueis (Patreon Exclusive Review Preview)

With the relatively recent release of the seventh Star Wars film, I thought it was time to review another Star Wars story. However, instead of doing the Return of the Jedi, I decided to do something different and review an audiobook.

Taking place before the events of the Star Wars prequels, “Darth Plagueis” is a political drama about the story of Hugo Demask’s and his apprentice, Darth Sidious’, rise to power.

While not part of the new canon, established by “Star Wars Episode VII,” it does have a few problems with pacing. At times the politics can get boring, but unlike the prequels it’s not sloppily mashed together with kid-friendly moments that don’t make sense given the galactic scale conflict. In a way, “Darth Plagueis” is almost what the prequels could’ve been, as the politics are given much more detail and aren’t constrained by the length of a movie…

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