The Last of Us was one of the few games that I played during my short time of having a PlayStation 3. That was shortly after the original release of the game, I have to be that specific because it’s been remade and remastered several times since the initial release. The story stuck with me in the ten years since its release so when the tv show finally came into being I was wondering how close it would be to the videogame.
The changes made give the story extra weight. The show’s version of the opening is so much more devastating because we get to spend so much more time with Joel, Tommy, and Sarah than we did in the game. That’s only amplified by how much we get to see of the world and how it works. We get to see how different the world has gotten in the twenty years. “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” does a good job of setting up the story but isn’t the complete set up, I feel like the first two episodes will feel like a completed set up for the story.
Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, and Merle Dandridge all make the first episode so good. The chemistry between Pascal, Luna, and Parker feel like a family. That makes what happens even more heartbreaking. Ramsey, Torv, and Dandridge are great in their roles with Ramsey being entertaining in her limited time on screen. Dandridge returning to her role from the game is fun and interesting. Pascal’s performance throughout the episode shows the differences and changes that Joel goes through throughout the episode.
The effects throughout “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” are amazing. I don’t know how much was practical and how much was CG. The costume and set designers made everything look so different that it feels changed fundamentally. I look forward to seeing if this first season will be the entire first game. I give “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” 10 broken watches out of 10.