On June 14, 2013 a game called The Last of Us released on the Playstation 3. A great game from Naughty Dog, the same people that brought us Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted to name a couple.
And now almost 10 years later here we are with a brand new TV-series from HBO based on the game. Could it be any good? So many have tried, but most adaptations, game to movie/TV have failed miserably in the past.
A recent exception is The Witcher on Netflix. They did a pretty good job except for the first season which was kind of a mess story wise and some “other things” that are not politically the right thing to say anymore. I don’t give a fuck, really, but this is not about The Witcher.
These “other things” gets in the way of being true to the story and that might put a lot of people, that actually think, off. Perfect examples of this is almost everything they release these days on both Netflix and HBO. Good examples of this is House of the Dragon. If you read the books, you know. And Vikings: Valhalla is just sad for reasons that should be very obvious…
Enough! This was suppose to be about The Last of Us!
“The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror game franchise created by Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic United States ravaged by cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated fungus in the genus Cordyceps. It follows several survivors, including Joel, a smuggler who lost his daughter during the outbreak; Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the infection; and Abby, a soldier in Seattle who becomes involved in a conflict between her militia and a religious cult. The games use a third-person perspective in which the player fights against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures with firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth.”
And now HBO has given us a new series about these “lovely” things
I’ve watched the first episode last night and this morning I started up the trusty old Playstation 3 and played about the same length as the first episode lasted. I have to say, they have been pretty true to the game.
Sure they added in some things here and there, like a talk show from the late 1960 where two epidemiologists are having a discussion on viral and biological pandemics. A nice touch and it give a little more backbone and let us know that mind controlling fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, commonly known as zombie-ant fungus, is really bad.
It’s not a copy of the game and for lots of reasons, things has? to be changed. But still you clearly see where it came from, that’s a good thing!
Louise’s burning farm for example is on the right side and closer in the game, while in the series it’s on the left side further from the road… Who noticed such things anyway? Oh well 🙂
So, Do I Give A Flying Fuck?
The first episode is a good solid start for The Last of Us’ TV debut. It really does a nice job putting down a strong foundation for the series. The two main charters, Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey in the role of Ellie are believable and they both do the game justice. They just had to worm it in here too, the “other things”. Joel’s daughter was way off in resemblance compared to the game, but the actor did very well.
Now if only HBO can release more episodes faster. This once a week shit takes us back to days of old…and that’s not a good thing in this case!
Looking forward to the next episode!