The Last of Us is good TV, but tough watching in a real pandemic

Pedro Pascal sits 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 The first episode of the HBO TV treatment of The last of us And I am already uncomfortable. No one is dead yet, and no one is speaking with an awkward Texas accent, but as two experts talk about the threats to human society from airborne disease, I realize I’m not quite sure if I’m in the mood for that kind of fantasy. Sadly, for the better part of the remaining episode, that feeling hasn’t completely gone away and hasn’t gone away yet. While The last of us is a well-made show that I would recommend to gamers. Otherwise, it should come with intense focus, just like shows like Eleventh station Or Craig Mazin, who praised him so much ChernobylHowever, the real pandemic of COVID-19 does not mix well with what is shown on screen. And no amount of Pedro Pascal can change that, at least for some of us.

The last of usOriginally released for the PS3 in 2013, it was remastered for the PS4 in 2014, was actually remastered for the PS5 last year and has now been adapted to the TV format on HBO, in the wake of the fallout from a fictional global pandemic that is turning people into actual monsters. Society was derailed and countless lives were lost in the process. The plot also tells the story of rival factions of humanity in the aftermath of a pandemic, some with connections to the governments of the ancient world, others entirely new, and each on the brink and ready to fire bullets at each other. At both main entrances to The last of usIn addition to the show, the lines between good guys and bad guys blur frequently, but what’s crystal clear is that the world is now crowded and a mysterious, incurable disease is what set all of this in motion.

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In 2013, this premise could have entered the realm of fantasy more easily, when so many of us weren’t so crippled by the fear of becoming ill and numb to governments that would have preferred to be ignored while using military aggression to quell civil unrest over the many pre-existing conditions of society.

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I played The last of us A handful of times (and I’m currently rebooting it, as well as running my first time at The second part), but I was not afraid before The 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-outbreak prologue is longer and takes place at a different time; On the show, Infection is 2003, not 2013. But no matter when, it’s still an expanded depiction of a world we’re only just beginning to return to in reality.

As the first episode progresses, to the death of the main character’s daughter and the eventual 20-year flashback, I find myself in a state of anxiety, remembering all the fear and uncertainty of COVID (especially in the early days of 2020), both viruses And The US government’s criminally charged response. I dreaded watching an inflated mirror image of our world sliding into the chaos of a mismanaged public health crisis. I realize that not everyone will make these types of engagements, but given the severity of the pandemic changing the world, it’s hard for me not to go there.

Actually, I remember seeing Truckloads of corpses around my neighborhood. I remember and still have a fear of endangered relatives and friends, like the first victim in a TV show, who might get sick, and soon suffer and die. I remember how intense that fear was when we knew so little about COVID and how it spread. I was chafed by the military’s heavy-handed reaction to the show, but it was quickly replaced by the rage I felt when he was the Trump administration’s director of the National Economic Council. Larry Kudlow lied to all of ussaying that COVID was “contained,” when the same administration continued to show that it was Simply not interested in details what they were dealing with. Perhaps I need not repeat the fact suggested by our very president Eating or injecting bleach as a treatment for the diseasethat we Stop testingand that everything will go away,But yeah, it all happened. It wasn’t a fantasy.

The last of us In the form of a TV looks closer to reality. In the video game, it contagious more easily into background lore, a rationale for why we’d ferry our characters around all-too-familiar monster obstacles that would send us crashing into a checkpoint if we weren’t careful. But whether it’s about seeing real, flesh-and-blood people on screen instead, as showrunner Craig Mazin puts it:Watch pixels die,” or subtle narrative changes that fill in more opportunities for human expression than times spent making smoke bombs from the video game objects you’ve collected with the triangle button all combine in the HBO show to deliver an experience you can’t resist drawing painful parallels from. That’s no fault of the show. I don’t particularly care how “realistic” it is portrayed or not. In fact, the emotions evoked by the show may be a testament to just how exciting this show is.

There is a lot to appreciate The last of usHBO adaptation, but I would advise people to check themselves, before watching or recommending, and asking if this particular story is something they want to spend time with at this particular moment in history.

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