I've loved the first two episodes.
Linda Ronstadt, take a victory lap.
Episode 3, wow. That was unexpected.
Well then. We got a full episode of the Up! intro.
Probably could have done without the Max Richter, but I am always a sucker for his music.
Loving all the differences! Show feels super fresh! Definitely feels more fresh and interesting than, say GoT books vs show.
Edit: Favorite part was the strawberry scene.
Yeah, episode 3 was pretty remarkable, both as itself and how it's a departure from the original text. I've been having friends over to watch the latest episode on Monday, and I'm quite excited to host this one.
Also quite sad news, Annie Wersching, the original Tess, has passed away. I liked what Anna Torv brought to the character, but I'll always like the more aggro, greedier, "We're sh*tty people, Joel" flavor Wersching had. And she was absolutely cool as f*ck as Renee "Lady Jack Bauer" Walker on 24, a show I totally recognize as neo-con garbage, but is also badass.
Loved the episode. Very unexpected, but incredible from beginning to end.
Since I grew up in the area I thought this was particularly funny. Towns 10 miles to west of Boston have populations big enough to be considered cities and they have low rolling hills (revolutionary war-like terrain).
‘The Last of Us’ makes a mockery of Boston-area geography
This is what Natick & Framingham actually look like:
That would be helpful if that article actually contained a link... I spent a couple minutes on YouTube and everything that looks legit turns out to be some kind of podcast, fake bait & switch video, or game footage.
Tell me what I'm missing:
***Its because it's not available in the US. The headline was misleading and I should have read the caveat: UK only on Sky TV.
Yeah episode 3 was very good DLC.
It can't be any other way.
That episode through me off how it differed from the game.
I totally expected to see that Bill didn't really die and show up towards the end of the episode.
Hah, so true.
I also thought it might end with:
Bill having lied about poisoning the bottle, but the whole experience with Frank leaving him embittered and in a place where he'd share the same sentiments with Joel he did in the game: connection is only a lethal weight, that sort of thing.
Instead they had Bill express the opposite, but in a way that I think gets at the same point that Joel takes away from Bill in the original. My friends also loved it. We've been discussing a lot of the minor changes, in particular with this one, how they could have pretty easily made two episodes out of Bill's Town as it was in the game, and while there's a lot of characterization in that sequence, it's also just a lot of Incident, which I think is the real challenge game adaptations face--most of them don't have a story, they have a lot of incident.
Literally the only downside to episode 3 is that we never get to see Ellie and Bill meet. It's far outweighed by what they gave us instead.
Blurb in Bon Appetit about the wine in episode 3...
I hadn't heard "The Last of Up!" reference yet.
Another uplifting episode!
We're all in agreement that:
Ellie had to put down Riley
Could well be.
I don’t think this episode was quite as well directed as the previous ones. Several scenes didn’t complete land for me and it felt like that was probably down to the direction. Difficult to keep up the astonishing level of quality from the first three episodes though.Spoiler:
The scene were the young lad pleaded for his life after the ambush and Joel killed him regardless is, I think, the first solid indication of how utterly ruthless Joel really is. I get that, if he left him alive, there was a chance the lad could give them away and get them killed but If they left quickly enough and changed their direction of travel once they were out of his sight he would have been little or no use to any pursuers.
They laid it on very thickly with him talking about his mother, etc (I half expected him to say, “Also, it’s my birthday today!”) but he was desperately trying to stay alive and saying anything that came into his head. The intention, writing wise, was probably to make it clear how merciless Joel is and that his actions aren’t something to be impressed by.
Much of the back lash with Part 2 (other than the large amounts of transphobia) was down to a lot of players feeling that Joel hadn’t done anything wrong in the first game and that he didn’t deserve to face any repercussions for his actions. It could be that, in this adaptation, they are trying to make it a lot clearer that he’s not a good guy.
Edit: I changed ‘much of a monster‘ to ‘utterly ruthless.’ It feels more accurate.
I thought it was the worst, but not bad, episode so far too. But in terms of that scene:
Ellie shot the kid and he saw her for a bit of time. If Joel Didn't kill him she would be the equivalent of a max value wanted poster (in his mind)