Things were left a bit open-ended after last week's episode of Halo on Paramount+, with Master Chief heading back to the UNSC base after having gone rogue. As Kwan Ha is being kept safe on the Rubble with Soren, things open up for Episode 3 to explore where Chief's head is currently at.
We kick things off on the planet of Oban—they call it a "waste salvage colony," which is basically just a fancy word for one, massive steaming landfill. Not only do the people of this planet live amongst garbage, but they also wear garbage, too, with hordes of people walking around in makeshift outfits comprised of repurposed trash.
We focus in on two young kids reading a book even though they're supposed to be working in the landfills; they're caught reading by a few guards and are chased around, with the young boy eventually being KILLED by the guard. Oh, and then the young girl is electrocuted by another one. Honestly, the violence and gore in this show is still shocking to me.
And if that wasn't already terrible, the Covenant decides to swoop in and make the rounds while this is occurring. Just as the young girl is about to be killed, an alien comes in and saves her (okay, King), where it's then revealed that this is all just a flashback of Makee's (Charlie Murphy), who still lives and works among the Covenant, as they feel she's the "Blessed One."
In the present day, Makee is about to set off for Madrigal to look for the relic—they now refer to it as the "keystone." One of the aliens is talking to her about Master Chief, who they also believe shares her powers; she then promises to bring back the keystone and Chief's head.