I am OK with inconsistencies to the games. They announced ahead of time that it's not the same timeline, which to me, means they can take some liberties with how stuff works too.
That being said, similar to SgtSaint's observation about the mounted turret, there were some significant inconsistencies about the weaponry. I had a similar qualm with the head-exploding plasma pistol, but I can only assume that the shield was already depleted and that the Elite was already somewhat injured, in which case, a charged plasma pistol would be a 1 hit (I think). It would have been better tho if she had charged it and shot him and we saw his shield drop, then one-shot in the head with her pistol. Would have been a nice shoutout to the games. Also, are
we thinking these are magnums or sidekicks? I couldn't get a great look at it though I thought it looked more magnum. As I recall, the sidekick is a little less OP than the OG magnum right?
I thought they did a good job making insurrectionist guns that looked enough different from modern day guns without making them too fancy. I think the idea is that they are not as clean and pretty as the UNSC guns, but aren't painfully obvious as modern guns. They could have gone ahead and invented a bunch of future crappy guns to do this, but I get why they just did some simple visual modifications on modern ones. There's no reason to think that just because it looks similar to its contemporary AK grandpa, that its not got improved internals and materials equivalent with 500 years of development. On a similar note, the insurrectionist base is supposed to be low-tech and undersupplied. I mean not having any kind of comms seems a little extreme for the not-as-distant-as-you-think future, but I think they were trying to make it look like a rag-tag team of rebels fighting against the odds and overwhelming superiority of the UNSC. Also I think they were trying to emphasize the fact that there were families/kids on this base, not just soldiers to make it more humanizing. Also, you could think maybe they built that place themselves, with the little resources they had salvaged from other stuff and electronics weren't really abundant during that process?
Personally, I was disappointed with the Chief's decision to run away with the kid. I mean, how many stories do we need about an unfeeling male soldier type who unintentionally becomes an adopted Dad to some kid with a traumatic backstory? I get that its the thing right now, but it would have been better if the Spartans had made a scene and the marines wouldn't shoot at them (knowing it would be a very bad decision) and then escorted the kid to Halsey. I just hope this show doesn't go off to become Master Chief and the girl vs the world. I want more UNSC vs covenant action! I want more politics about the insurrectionists! I want more story about the Spartans and cortana project! I don't want The Mandalorian in Halo universe.
Although I LOVE the Mandalorian and The Bad Batch, I don't think every new show needs to follow that paradigm. Ooh, and the Witcher- same thing!
OH! also, when Chief is talking to the girl after taking his helmet off he's staring straight ahead and the girl is obviously like 4 feet shorter than him. Was he intentionally not looking at her bc he was really talking to the UNSC ppl who were spying on him? or was that just a filming oversight? Really made me mad when I saw it, but now thinking about it maybe it was on purpose...