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The Last of Us - HBO *Spoilers* See warning in post #1



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,561 ✭✭✭ trashcan

    Yeah, like I said she’s terrific in the role.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,118 ✭✭✭ nudain

    2 eps in and enjoying it so far. It does seem like a curious choice to adapt a game that has such a divisive second arc though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,238 ✭✭✭ Sudden Valley

    Divisive but also very successful in terms of sales.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,872 ✭✭✭ BKtje

    Think I caught the flu or something at the end, terrible sore throat.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,171 ✭✭✭✭ Penn

    Absolutely beautiful episode. Just sublime all round.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,217 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    Honestly, I'll admit it was an excellent piece of television but it wasn't a good episode of The Last of Us.

    Maybe if it came later or not at all. It just halted the momentum coming from episode 2. A whole episode about characters we never met and won't see again.

    I know Bill is in the game around this point but since they changed that whole part anyway, why do this? Maybe if it was a spin-off like Tales From the Last of Us or something.

    If they wanted to dedicate an episode to a couple, how about the history of Joel and Tess? Though maybe we'll get glimpses of that like we got here.

    I mean they basically spent over an hour doing what was done in a lot less time in the beginning of Up.😃.....😟

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,118 ✭✭✭ nudain

    That was a lovely bit of tv. Joel looking at the un-watered flowers when they arrived at the house. The open window framing the car driving away.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,103 ✭✭✭✭ Slydice

    3: Well. That all made sense. Glad I caught that bit in the first episode..

    Still though..

    Resupply and on the road. I think the one bit that caught me by surprise was Ellie taking the gun. The episode vibe had me thinking she might leave it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,217 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    Flour theory confirmed now. Though think he said that's how it's believed to have spread, rather than commit to it.

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,673 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123

    I'm watching this with no knowledge whatsoever of the game. Enjoyed the first two episodes, thought the second was better than the first.

    Haven't read through the thread yet so don't know what the general consensus is, but I actually find the 2003 scenes the more interesting ones so far. I hope they're explored in a bit more detail later.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,755 CMod ✭✭✭✭ johnny_ultimate

    Given my main complaint about the show so far has been that it’s hewed way too close to the game, for better and worse… kudos to the creative team on that excellent episode. It to me is an example of what a good adaptation is - taking ideas and characters from an existing work, but reshaping them into a form more befitting of the medium it’s being adapted to. I’m sure they could’ve easily adapted the Bill section of the game into a more straightforward facsimile - but here I think they take better advantage of an episode and non-interactive medium to tell a self-contained story in a way that would probably have seen a bit awkward shoved into the middle of a video game (although obviously Left Behind shows a more intimate, smaller story can be told within the confines of a modern AAA video game).

    Offerman and Bartlett were both excellent - and kudos again to the set designers who do a good post apocalyptic set.

    If I have one small criticism, it’s that I think maybe it would’ve worked better if we jumped straight to Bill rather than having the Joel and Ellie section at the start - the jump backwards in time felt a tad awkward. But in general I think that was the best episode to date, and exactly the kind of thing I’d like to see the show do more of as it progresses. I don’t want to just see a 1:1 version of a story I’ve already experienced - I want to see something that riffs and builds on that solid core, while still remaining true to the tone and overarching story of the original. I think this did an excellent job in that regard.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,600 ✭✭✭ tony1980

    On the Nature of Daylight was perfect for that scene!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,358 ✭✭✭ mcburns07

    Waiting for Sky to upload the UHD version 🥲 doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen tonight.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,100 ✭✭✭ digiman

    How long does it take them usually? I normally watched it a few days after it aired and was annoyed to see that there was no UHD and Dolby Atmos for the episode today

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,414 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail

    A most unexpected episode but utterly fantastic.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,770 ✭✭✭✭ fritzelly

    I don't get how this show has such a high rating - is it just the game players ramping it up?

    First episode not bad, second pretty dull and the "monsters" looked pretty ridiculous to me, third episode a love story where nothing happens - I mean it's only the third episode and it's off on a completely different tangent with a loose tie in to other characters

    I don't get this show and where it's supposed to be going but then I've never played the games

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,358 ✭✭✭ mcburns07

    Usually there Tues early. Sky said on social media it would be available at 9 due to technical issues, never happened.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,132 ✭✭✭ GottaGetGatt

    Having played the games,How they’ve expanded the World building from it is superb tbh. The show has used the time in between cutscenes you’d be otherwise playing to expand the storylines and I couldn’t fault it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭ BruteStock

    That was the best role of Nick Offerman's career playing the right-wing conservative Bill. Don't know the actor who played Frank but he was great in this episode as well. Straying from the source material can actually work when done right. The big change was Ellie and Bill never meeting. Ellie's feisty curiosity clashing with Bills easily irritable demeanor were good moments in the game and would've worked in the show too. Taking those interactions out had to be replaced with something good , if not better, and I think they achieved that. Its also good to know Mazin is willing to change stuff , because season 2 if following the sequel could do with a lot of changing. .lol

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,066 ✭✭✭ BruteStock

    I think his booby traps made him feel safe and he was just trying to finish them off as they burned up

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,238 ✭✭✭ Sudden Valley

    I must admit I cant remember much of the game but I have read they changed alot of Bill's plot in the show and that his part of the game was more action orientated. I'm not sure why they ditched this in the show- just seemed a bit unusual for a third episode.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,198 ✭✭✭ kerplun k

    Enjoyable episode. I like when TV shows do this, plonk you out of the main story and have a stand alone episode, Damon Lindelof does this quite a bit and I always enjoy the surprise, even better when it’s executed this well.

    Again my mind is going back to the game. I vaguely remember the Bill character, and think the end result here was the same as the game, but with a completely different set up.

    I wonder will the show at some point completely diverge from the game. Story wise, it’s aligned itself very close to the same story beats as the game.

    it’s the only thing really holding me back from fully enjoying this. Very much feels like watching a film after you’ve read the book or vice versa. I know the story so feels somewhat redundant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,157 ✭✭✭ Evade

    It was good but kind of out of place and I think I preferred the Bill portion of the game overall. The Bill and Ellie back and forth in the game was good, but then the Ellie in the series doesn't seem to be as snarky either so...

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,603 ✭✭✭ Cordell

    I never played the games and still I believe it's an amazing show. Absolutely brilliant, one of the best I've ever seen so far.

    Don't know the actor who played Frank

    I think it was this guy:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,407 ✭✭✭✭ noodler

    It's funny the main criticisms here are from people who think it strayed from the game.

    It was absolutely brilliant TV. This episode will do alot to win over anyone left still out there that this is just walking dead derivatives.

    Hit me harder than ep 1 emotionally.