HBO has another hit on its hands, and it’s definitely not Velma. The Last of Us has made its television debut. Folks, this show is not one to miss.
The Last of Us television series was created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman. It stars Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Characters featured in the first episodes include Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, and Nico Parker as Sarah.
As someone who has only experienced The Last of Us video game as a “Let’s Play” and not the biggest fan of horror, generally, these first episodes already have me hooked. Sarah’s introduction makes you fall in love with her. The chemistry between her and Pedro makes those aware of her fate dread the inevitable. Seeing her life the day before the first wave of infected appeared gives the perfect juxtaposition to how things are in the present. Nico Parker played her role extremely well. The viewers can understand Joel’s motivations throughout the series as a response to losing her.
Pedro continues to be the tough man with a heart of gold that everyone wishes was their dad (or daddy). His protective nature shines through his jaded, all-hope-is-lost attitude. The final scene of episode one demonstrates how Joel will respond in desperate situations, especially if it means protecting Ellie.
Bella Ramsey’s portrayal of Ellie is a little rougher and crass than Ellie’s introduction in the game. She has shown the wit and street-wise attitude necessary to balance out Joel’s more reserved demeanor. There is plenty of room for character growth, and for fans of the game, I heard that they will adapt the DLC showing how Ellie got bit.
The sets, cinematography, costumes, and make-up have brought one of last decade’s best games to life. The car escape scene was lifted straight from the game with the brilliant addition of the plane crash. The landscape outside of the Boston QZ looks perfect. And holy crap, the Clickers are more terrifying in real life. Actually, the cordyceps themselves are eerie and nightmare-inducing. I also enjoy the snapshots of scientists reacting to the early signs of the apocalypse.
This series is going to be one for the ages. If rumors are true, then we are getting at least two seasons, one per game. If you haven’t already, you can catch up on HBOMax, and new episodes premiere Sundays at 9/8c on HBO and HBOMax. I rate the first two episodes: 10/10.
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TL/DR: The Last of Us television series has premiered, and you should be watching it.
Pedro Pascal is the internet’s favorite reluctant dad
A video game perfectly adapted to live action
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