The Last of Us Review for SEASON 1 Episode 1

The last of us review for Season 1 Episode 1 - Welcome to the mushroom apocalypse! The last of us show can be watched on Disney Hotstar.

The last of Us Review – (2023 TV Show) – Directed by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann

  • The last of us show Release Date: January 15, 2023
  • Audience review: 80%
  • Critic’s average rating: 100% on Tomatometer.
  • Genres: Post-apocalypti, Drama, Thriller.
  • Where to Watch: Disney Hotstar, stay updated at HBO
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The Last of US Season 1 Episode 1 Review

The eagerly awaited HBO series “The Last of Us,” show is based on the highly acclaimed video game by the same name. “The Last of Us” is a pretty astonishing viewing experience that will keep you captivated from start to finish. The show cleverly adapts the game’s powerful storytelling and personalities for mainstream tv, bringing a captivating and highly emotional journey through a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a dangerous fungus.

The 1st episode had everything as expected from the start of a new series: it was powerful, and fascinating, as well as managed to keep our attention at all times while creating a hostile atmosphere even in the most mundane scenes.

the last of us review Season 1 Episode 1 for the the last of us tv series
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Positive Factors for the last of us season 1:

Cast and characters:  The pilot episode of this show offers an impressive and clear introduction to the characters and their struggles. Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie give outstanding performances and the script cleverly explores the complicated bond that creates among them as they explore the risks of a crumbled society. The central character’s emotional and psychological evolution (from teen to kids) with viewers able to observe the actors’ progress. The main character of the episodes is Joel, Ellie, Marlene, Tommy, and Tess. Overall acting from all the characters is decent.

Story and Plot It sets itself above other shows, such as ‘The Walking Dead’ in terms of storytelling quality. The script is well-drafted and gives an ever-lasting impression to the viewers. The series’ pacing is also excellent, keeping the audience engaged.

Negative Factor:

  1. Have seen many zombie films and series, and it seems nothing new.
  2. There are a few modifications in characters from the games. Changing it may prove to be a mistake.
  3. Ellie’s character is extremely annoying for many; it’s purely a tour with nothing going on. she’s always in a poor mood and seems a little forced.

The last of us recap for Episode 1 Season 1

Note: Please do not read if you have not watched Episode 1.

No need for a lengthy introduction on why the 2013 video game inspired this series is the best of all time – let’s just jump right into it.

The story starts in 1968 with John Hannah (still looking ravishing, if we do say so ourselves) appearing on a talk show to explain how pandemics occur and how our fear should be directed at fungi rather than bacteria or viruses – when combined with climate change, he says, the results could be disastrous. 

We’re then taken to 2003 in Austin, Texas where we’re introduced to Joel (played by Pedro Pascal), his daughter Sarah (Nico Parker), and his brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna). Through radio broadcasts, we gain insight into what’s transpiring far away in Jakarta. We also get a quick insight into Joel’s vocation — construction. 

Their world appears perfect and peaceful — though viewers know that its tranquility won’t last long.

Even before the zombie outbreak, Joel’s life wasn’t going particularly well. His daughter took money from his wallet for a present, he had to work a double shift, got home late, and forgot to grab a cake. To top it all off, his brother called to say that he was detained by the police for picking a bar fight.

But despite these challenges, Joel’s future birthdays would be much more harrowing. Surviving alongside Sarah and Tommy in their pickup truck as everything around them fell apart rapidly, Joel soon faced an even direr situation when they crashed–only to be met with the barrel of a soldier’s gun. Sadly enough, goodbye Sarah–although Nico Parker showed her worth as an actress in this chilling moment.

In 2023, Boston is a post-apocalyptic wasteland – devastated by mutated cordyceps fungus, climate change, and the Federal Disaster Response Agency (Fedra). Fedra maintains control through harsh interventions against those attempting to flee their quarantine zones. A hidden contraband economy has blossomed alongside a rebellious movement known as the Fireflies, hopeful for the restoration of democracy. 

Joel (Jack Davenport) and his friend Tess (Anna Torv) are proficient smugglers in this QZ until they’re betrayed by Robert, who’s stolen and sold them a precious battery on behalf of the Fireflies. Joel embarks on an urgent mission to recover the missing battery and rescue his brother from Wyoming in this thrilling new adventure!


It is the gripping narrative, exquisite acting, and intense aura that will captivate you and make it an unforgettable experience. The show also asks some thought-provoking inquiries concerning mankind’s essence and the distances we will go to remain alive. It is a program that will linger in your memory long after you have finished viewing it.

Author: Ranta


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