Monday, March 20, 2023

What I’m Watching: The Last of Us (Season Finale)

The Last of Us: Season 1, Episode 9 “Look for the Light” (B+)

I’m always perplexed by seasons with nine episodes since it feels like an even number, or something like thirteen, but that doesn’t tend to impact the quality of the final hour. I know some were also disappointed with the shorter runtime of this particular installment, but I appreciate the fact that storytelling takes exactly as long as it needs to, and there’s no reason that a season ender wouldn’t happen to run closer to forty-three minutes than an hour. I’m continually impressed by this show’s ability to make each episode mean so much with just two main characters, and the introduction of one and the demise of another only make it more about only the two of them. Ashley Johnson from “Blindspot” was a great choice to play Anna, whose birthing situation explains the root of her immunity, and Marlene was the link between her and Joel, promising her friend that she would take care of her daughter only to later plan to use what she had inside her to help the greater population. Joel did not hold back and killed a lot of innocent people when he rescued Ellie from likely braindeath, and though all those people are dead and can’t tell Ellie that he lied to her, his protective nature is sure to come back to haunt him eventually. This has been a formidable first season with some truly terrific guest stars and I’m eagerly awaiting more of this show along with a large percentage of the TV-watching populace.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Bella Ramsey as Ellie

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