Thursday, February 16, 2023

What I’m Watching: The Last of Us

The Last of Us: Season 1, Episode 5 “Endure and Survive” (B+)

Aside from compelling characters and a very worthwhile storyline, this show also presents plenty of food for thought regarding how to behave in a post-apocalyptic world. Kathleen assured the captured collaborators that they would be given a fair trial before threatening to shoot them so they would talk and then explaining to her subordinates that they should instead just be summarily killed. That ruthlessness evidently stems from the way in which the resistance fighters were treated when FEDRA was in charge, but she’s also taken it a step further, expressing that her brother told her to forgive Henry before he was killed and that she was intent on hunting him down anyway. Telling him that kids die all the time when he offered to give himself up so that the kids could go free showed how intent she was on revenge, and she took that to her last breath, running from the infected with her sights still set on vengeance. That scene where the truck fell into the sinkhole and then the infected just came rushing out was very well-done and extremely terrifying, and Ellie was lucky to have Joel there to shoot from afar as she tried to save Sam. While this outcome was a melancholy one, I’m glad that Ellie’s mysterious health isn’t just that easily contagious, and that her trying to heal Sam didn’t work, because that would make things too simple. It was still very sad to see Henry shoot Sam instinctively and then, upon realizing what he had done, take his own life too. They could have been great allies for Joel and Ellie, but instead they’re just another reminder of what they’ve lost along the way.

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