The Last of Us: the series one review (audio).
In a world plagued by pandemics, muses David Barr Kirtley (along with chums Erin Lindsey, Theresa DeLucci, and Zach Chapman), it’s no surprise that post-apocalyptic dramas have become a staple in pop culture. But The Last of Us, HBO’s latest hit series, takes the genre to a whole new level.
Based on the 2013 video game developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us follows Joel, a smuggler, and Ellie, a teenager immune to a fungal infection that turns people into zombie-like creatures. Together, they journey across a post-apocalyptic United States, facing danger at every turn.
But what sets The Last of Us apart from other post-apocalyptic shows is its emphasis on character relationships. Sure, there are plenty of thrilling action sequences and nail-biting suspense, but at its core, the series is about the bond between Joel and Ellie.
Pedro Pascal (of Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian fame) delivers a standout performance as Joel, a tough but flawed hero with a tragic past. Bella Ramsey (best known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones) shines as Ellie, a young girl forced to grow up too soon.
The supporting cast is equally impressive, with standout performances from Anna Torv, Gabriel Luna, and Melanie Lynskey. And let’s not forget Nico Parker, who gives a heart-wrenching performance as Joel’s daughter Sarah in flashbacks.
But it’s not just the acting that makes The Last of Us a must-watch. The production design is top-notch, with stunning landscapes and eerie abandoned cities that make you feel like you’re right there with Joel and Ellie. And the score, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (who also composed for the game), is hauntingly beautiful.
It’s clear that the creators of The Last of Us took great care in adapting the game for television. While some changes were made to fill out the story, the series stays true to the game’s spirit and soul. And the result is a gripping, emotional journey that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic dramas, or just great storytelling in general, do yourself a favor and check out The Last of Us. It’s more than just a zombie flick – it’s a masterpiece.