The Last Of Us Is Good TV But Hard To Watch In A Real Pandemic

Pedro Pascal is sitting in front of a damaged wall in a screenshot from HBO's The Last of Us.

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I’m barely in a minute First episode of HBO’s TV treatment what’s left of us and I’m already bothered. No one is dead yet and no one speaks with an embarrassing Texas accent, but as the two experts chatted about the threats to human society from airborne diseases, I realized I wasn’t quite sure if I was in the mood for it. a kind of fiction. Unfortunately, for most of the remaining episode, this feeling never completely disappeared, and it still hasn’t. Duration what’s left of us it’s a well made show that I would recommend to fans of the games and apart from that it should come with a heavy emphasis just like shows like below Station Eleven or Craig Mazin’s much-lauded Chernobyl, the real COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mix very well with what’s on screen. And no Pedro Pascal can change that, at least for some of us.

what’s left of usOriginally released for the PS3 in 2013, remastered for the PS4 in 2014, nearly remade for PS5 last year, and now adapted for television format on HBO, it follows the fallout of a fictional global epidemic that has turned humans into real monsters. Society has derailed and countless lives have been lost in the process. The plot also tells the story of competing groups of humanity in the wake of the pandemic, some with ties to old world governments, others entirely new, each strained and ready to shoot each other. At both main entrances what’s left of usAlongside the show, the line between the good guys and the bad guys is often blurred, but what’s all too clear is that the world is messed up now and that what’s driving all this is a mysterious, incurable disease.

Read more: what’s left of us Summary of Part One: Traveling

In 2013, this premise could have more easily settled into the fantasy world when most of us weren’t so preoccupied with fears of getting sick and numb to governments that would prefer to ignore it while using military aggression to placate civil unrest. over many of the pre-existing conditions of society.


i played what’s left of us a handful of them (and I’m replaying it right now and also playing it for the first time. Part II), but I’ve never been afraid before opening moments of the plot Like I did during the TV show. One of the most urgent changes What many will notice in the TV adaptation is that the pre-pandemic prologue is longer and takes place at a different time; In the series, the year the epidemic hit was 2003, not 2013. But time aside, it’s still an enlarged depiction of a world we’re really only just beginning to turn to.

As the first episode progressed, as we continued to move forward to the death of the main character’s daughter and the eventual 20 years, I found myself in a state of anxiety remembering all the fear and uncertainty of COVID (especially in the early days 2020), both virus and The United States government responded guiltily. I was terrified to watch a magnified mirror image interpretation of our world slipping into the chaos of a mismanaged public health crisis. I realize not everyone will make such associations, but given the world-changing severity of the pandemic, it’s hard for me not to go there.

In fact, I remember seeing Truckloads of corpses right near where I live. I remember and still grapple with the fear of my at-risk relatives and friends who, like the first victim in the TV show, will likely get sick, suffer and die soon. I remember how severe this fear was when we knew so little about COVID and how it spreads. I was outraged at the military’s backlash at the demonstration, but was quickly replaced by anger when the Trump administration’s Director of the National Economic Council arrived. Larry Kudlow lied to all of ussaying that COVID is “under control” when it continues to show that they are the same administration just to deal with the details what they are dealing with. I probably don’t need to repeat the truth suggested by our president. swallowing or injecting bleach to treat illnessSo we stop testand that they will all go,“But yes, it all happened. It wasn’t fiction.

what’s left of us It feels closer to reality in TV format. In the video game the infection is more easily dragged into the background information; this is one reason why we move our characters around very familiar monster obstacles that will send us to a checkpoint if we are not careful. But as showrunner Craig Mazin puts it, instead of seeing real people of flesh and blood on screen, “watching pixels die‘ or subtle changes to the narrative that fill in more opportunities for human expression rather than time spent making smoke bombs out of video game objects I’ve gathered with the triangle button, all combine to create an experience on the HBO show that can’t resist drawing painful parallels. It’s not the show’s fault. I don’t care if it’s “realistic.” In fact, the emotions evoked by the show can be a testament to how evocative it is.

there is much to appreciate what’s left of us‘ The HBO adaptation, but before watching or recommending it to people, I would advise people to take a look at themselves and ask if they would like to spend time with this particular story at this special moment in history.



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