The Last of Us is the HBO series adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game of the same name. The series features Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, and more. Unfortunately, after the first episode aired, the series was available to watch and download online for free.
The Last Of Us opens with a dire warning: It’s not viral outbreaks that we need to worry about, but the potential for a deadly fungal epidemic where the fungus spreads across people, taking over their minds and bodies and turning them into pieces of a mushroom hive. . There would be no cure, no vaccine, no hope for it. It’s just the end of the world. All this is conveyed on a talk show in 1960 and essentially explains what exactly is about to come in the story.
HBO’s super-sized series premiere saw Joel (Pedro Pascal) recover from trauma and find a new purpose in Ellie (Bella Ramsey), plus some video game callbacks.
FIRST OF ALL: As I stated in my Season ONE review, I’m not a gamer, I’ve never played The Last of Us, and I haven’t even watched a review video. So I will discuss this episode and all future episodes solely on the basis of how it works as a television show.
On that basis, the super-dimensional “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” turns out pretty well. All episodes of the season cover somewhat familiar ground, but the premiere crosses perhaps the most familiar part of that ground. As I believe Leo Tolstoy once said, all zombie apocalypses are alike, but each post-apocalypse is miserable in its own way.
It comes to certain aspects of this episode at the end of the episode, and more importantly, it identifies Joel (Pedro Pascal), Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Tess (Anna Torv) as interesting characters before the three of them embark on their dangerous missions. But before that, as with so many dystopian shows and movies, we must watch the decline of civilization.