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    The Last of Us (HBO)

    Enjoyed the first episode!

    Not too worried about the opening intro/explanation yet. I really donít want the show delving into the origins of the infection because thatís one of the best aspects about TLOU. You donít know and you donít need to know, just survive.

    Bella Ramsey as Ellie is fine although she wouldnít have been my first choice. Sheís a great actress for her age, but she has this sneer about her that doesnít scream Ellie to me. Iím sure sheíll knock or out of the park once it starts hitting the fan.

    The gamer in me is hoping they have little tidbits here and there about the weapon modding and crafting tables, but eh. Thatís just fantasy booking.

    Iíve been anticipating this for so long and overall Iíd give it a ďgoodĒ rating. Wasnít earth shattering, but Iím happy w/ what we got right out of the gate. Folks have been giving the show runner some gif for comments he made about video games and how accessible or inaccessible they are, just blah blah blah. Twitter folks will always find something to try and invoke fear or outrage over goddamn nothing. Iím optimistic about this. Letís goooo.

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    My oldest daughter is a mega fan of these games I can't even begin to explain it. With that said, I've never played the games and I didn't really know what the game was even about until the previews of the show. I mean I know it was something to do with a virus or zombies or both. So in a way, very glad I have nothing to go off of just like The Walking Dead. I never read the comics and still haven't (despite owning Compendium One for the last 2 years lol). Game of Thrones, same thing. I wish I could say that about some of the other comic related shows/movies.

    9/10 so far. First ep gave me a couple different vibes. Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil, Walking Dead. I love all that stuff so who knows, maybe this will turn me on to the game. FFS my PS4 theme right now is a Last Of Us theme of a burning car. Very relaxing.

    I'm hearing this was the 2nd most watched debut of all time, only House of Dragon beat it. Crazy but I do know this franchise is very very popular.

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    One change about the infection that caught me off guard but I still like is the inclusion of the fibre mycelia coming out of the mouths. That’s gross as hell and I’m all for it because I get why they probably did that when it wasn’t in the game. They needed to make these infected different from every other infection centric zombie story so… fungal infection? Fuck it, have it literally coming out of their mouths from the start. Dig it.

    Can’t wait for the damn bloaters to start showing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    One change about the infection that caught me off guard but I still like is the inclusion of the fibre mycelia coming out of the mouths. That’s gross as hell and I’m all for it because I get why they probably did that when it wasn’t in the game. They needed to make these infected different from every other infection centric zombie story so… fungal infection? Fuck it, have it literally coming out of their mouths from the start. Dig it.

    Can’t wait for the damn bloaters to start showing up.
    This show kind of reminds me of the show The Strain. IDK how many people here watched that show but it was incredible. That's what I thought of when that shit was coming out Nana's mouth lol.

    Pablo is just hitting so many homeruns. Mando season 3 is about to drop in March I believe. This could be his year.

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    The most exposure I ever got from The Last of Us was watching the opening cutscene. I came into this show with an open mind and I can't say I was disappointed. First episode set everything up nicely.

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    I like Joel being a bit of a drunk and a drug user. Makes him seem a little more detached from his feelings. I also like the fact that they changed the Tommy storyline to "I know where he is, we communicate all the time, I'm going directly to him" instead of the whole "oops found my brother I haven't talked to in 10 years. What luck!" thing from the game.

    Next week should be killer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randolph View Post
    The most exposure I ever got from The Last of Us was watching the opening cutscene. I came into this show with an open mind and I can't say I was disappointed. First episode set everything up nicely.
    Same here. I feel like there will be two types of posters in this thread. Those who will constantly ruin the game and talk about how this and that are different, and those who are oblivious to whatever relationships and stories were in a game. Eventually the first will slow their roll just like in the GoT and Walking Dead threads. Every episode we had to hear about how this was different than the book, comic, no shit....

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    Episode 2


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    Not played the game... Enjoying the show, though. I find the infected things incredibly unsettling, don't know why (beyond the obvious). Just seem very creepy. First week was emotionally intense... I didn't think the misses would want to watch this weeks but she did. So far, so good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nash Diesel View Post
    This show kind of reminds me of the show The Strain. IDK how many people here watched that show but it was incredible.
    Ah man, I fucking loved The Strain but the bastard kid and part of the last 2 seasons really shit on it a bit for me. Felt like it had just gone a biiiiiiiit to far.

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    Haven't played a video game in ages but the show was getting lots of buzz so I wanted to give it a chance.


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    Watching episode 2, I still couldn't believe I was actually watching TLOU and also enjoying it 100%. They're nailing pretty much everything so far like



    I can't wait to see how this show handles the obstacles and heartbreak on the horizon.

    Quote Originally Posted by HHHnFoley_Rulez View Post
    Ah man, I fucking loved The Strain but the bastard kid and part of the last 2 seasons really shit on it a bit for me. Felt like it had just gone a biiiiiiiit to far.
    I've never seen a minute of The Strain, but I always always always hear how much heat the "kid" has.

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    What is it about kids on good shows that just make you want to beat their ass? Carl from the Walking Dead, the kid from The Strain, Adam from Your Honor, the list goes on.

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    Fantastic third episode.

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    Lovely 3rd episode.



    I feel like they really need to start focusing on Joel and Ellie starting to bond now. So far it feels like we're rushing through the first game at high speed.

    Judging by the trailer though hooo boy shit's gonna pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post

    Judging by the trailer though hooo boy shit's gonna pick up.
    In a hurry, it seems lol.

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    I popped when Ellie


    Felt like Gordon Freeman picking up his crowbar.

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    Wait a minute... wait a goddamn minute!



    See, it's like poetry, it rhymes.
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    Wonderful episode of a show.

    Not the best episode for THIS show though because if you've never played the games you have no idea why you should give such a shit about Bill or his back story. That was actually a good example of changing the source material FOR the fans. Meanwhile I wonder if others are just plain fucking bored by the lack of zombies in their zombie show. Either way I enjoyed it and I hope for a strong 4th episode with some action as the pace of the show badly needs it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    Wonderful episode of a show.

    Not the best episode for THIS show though because if you've never played the games you have no idea why you should give such a shit about Bill or his back story. That was actually a good example of changing the source material FOR the fans. Meanwhile I wonder if others are just plain fucking bored by the lack of zombies in their zombie show. Either way I enjoyed it and I hope for a strong 4th episode with some action as the pace of the show badly needs it.
    I said this at the beginning that despite my daughter being a super fan (I was just informed the reason she wanted an acoustic guitar for Christmas was due to this game), I never played it and don't really have any idea what it's about. So I'm here for the ride. Just like with Walking Dead, True Blood, Thrones, etc.

    The whole time I'm watching this I'm thinking how will this play into the rest of the season because there were what, 4-5 time jumps. Maybe it was just a little "stand alone" type episode to show how others were handling this whole thing.

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    This is an exquisite series.

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    It really is.

    I'm fine w/ Joel and Ellie kind of not being the focus the entire time too, mainly because it's all been compelling from the get-go.

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    Finally some goddamn monsters.



    I know I know humans are the real monsters blah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    Finally some goddamn monsters.



    I know I know humans are the real monsters blah.
    Bloater squash match was 5 stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    Bloater squash match was 5 stars.
    8 in the Tokyo dome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    8 in the Tokyo dome.
    Meltzer cried at the end.

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    Good episode, but probably my least favorite.


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    This show had no reason to rush but it has the pedal to the metal big time. I just assumed they'd do half the games story in the first season but they are just cramming it all in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    This show had no reason to rush but it has the pedal to the metal big time. I just assumed they'd do half the games story in the first season but they are just cramming it all in there.
    They really frickin' are though, yeah? This would be like in the Half-Life HBO series Gordon picks up the crowbar and immediately teleports to Xen.

    Dang, now I wish HL would get a series.

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    Better episode tonight, real pull of the heart strings here as well. Really coll how they used Ellie's past to convince her to stick around.

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    I can’t say enough to the set designers. They did an incredible job with what they did for this episode. Pascall and Ramsey traded episodes to show off their range over the last two.

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    I like the increased pace. The stuff they are skipping is mainly the gameplay segments. Most of the story has been there one way or another. Sure, they could dig into specific scenes a bit more, but I think they've hit most of the main points and done it in a way that makes sense.

    I need to replay the games now.

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    I think what I wanted was just a little more. I mean it's a show so let's have a little more time with Tess, a little more time with Riley and maybe get her back story of how she became an orphan. Just stuff like that. While they've done a wonderful job in their faithfulness to the scenes from the game I'd just like them to slow down and explore it all a little more. But it's still good.

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    They struggled with the pacing/timing of these episodes at times, but overall: major

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    10/10 glad it stuck the landing. Fuck, what an accomplishment this show was.

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    Great show. Makes me want to finally play the game and see how close to the source material it was. I'm hearing damn near Sin City level so that's cool.

    I'm just sad that it was only 9 episodes and the finale was barely 40 minutes. Need more. Now. Please.

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    Never got around to playing the game but always heard the story was pretty dope. Didn't even really care to take the show for a spin but me and the misses were bullshitting for a thing to watch in a moment and were hooked just like that. Couldn't get into Walking Dead or any other of the 31 other flavors of zombie shows/movies but this one just had 'it' and we've been really enjoyting.

    Anywho, was considering playing the game before season 2. No idea though if that makes any sense at all given the current plot points or direction of things, etc. For those who have.. any suggestions?

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    This series covers the first game so there would be no spilers for the next season or anything like that.

    Hiw awesome has this been though, and pretty great to have the voice artist from the game play Ellies mum on the last ep.

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