"Ultraviolent Woke Fungus Apocalypse"
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Based on the video game series of the same name, the first three episodes of THE LAST OF US are very well produced and acted, with exciting, scary scenes. However, they have a strong humanist worldview, mitigated by some light moral, redemptive content. Also, the third episode takes time out of the main story to tell the story of two male homosexual survivalists. They eventually commit suicide when one man gets AIDS. The first three episodes of THE LAST OF US also have many “f” words and lots of extreme, gruesome violence.
THE LAST OF US is a dystopian science fiction series on HBO Max based on a video game series of the same name. MOVIEGUIDE® screened the first three episodes of this ultraviolent woke series.
When a fungal pandemic strikes the U.S., turning infected people into Zombie monsters, combat veteran and working man Joel Miller becomes a survivor. While fighting for his own life, he agrees to protect the life of a fellow survivor, a teenage girl named Ellie Williams. Despite being told that Ellie may be “the key to everything,” the somewhat desensitized vet reluctantly takes the girl to a safe haven on his journey into the dangerous wasteland that is the post-pandemic U.S. He does so in exchange for weapons and supplies that will help him find his lost brother. However, Joel’s journey, and Ellie’s role in it, soon become much more than a rescue mission aimed at saving just a single human life.
Many movies are adapted from books, but what happens when a TV series is adapted from a couple video games? Some good things and some bad things. The show does a good job of achieving the original game’s tension, jump scares and intensity while telling the story of its two leads with a good deal of emotional impact. Joel’s loss of his own daughter in the first episode is heartrending, and his rage against the infected becomes completely understandable. The imagery of the infected, what the virus does, the story’s unique zombie apocalypse, and the process of supercities, skyscrapers and other urban landscapes being reclaimed by nature are well depicted in the first three episodes. The series also keeps the game’s compelling narrative largely intact.
However, it’s endlessly sad and regrettable that the creative team decided to overtly bow to today’s woke idolatry of “inclusivity” by awkwardly inserting a homosexual relationship into the third episode. Thus, in the third episode, the series portrays the life and death of two male homosexual survivalists, from the time the fungus hit the world in 2003 to the time that Joel and Ellie arrive at the two men’s suburban compound, only to find them both having committed suicide. The episode shows that one of the men eventually came down with AIDS and decided to kill himself, and the other fellow joined him. Before they have their last meal, however, they exchange wedding rings and vows.
It should be noted that the homosexual relationship between the two men is actually part of the original game’s narrative. Also, it’s later revealed in the original game and its sequel that Ellie decides she’s a lesbian and gets a girlfriend. The creators behind the series, including the main creator of the video games, have promised fans of the game that the series will keep Ellie’s lesbian behavior. In fact, one of the show’s directors has been outspoken on this subject, saying, that sometimes you have to “trick” viewers into watching a “gay love story.” Be that as it may, the third episode of THE LAST OF US clearly is shot in such a dramatic way as to serve as Emmy Awards bait for woke leftist TV voters in Hollywood.
Overall, the first three episodes of THE LAST OF US have a strong humanist worldview, mitigated by some uplifting human emotion and nods to doing the right thing, including risking and sacrificing your life. That said, most character motives in the post-apocalyptic world of THE LAST OF US are basically selfish. All three episodes have strong foul language, with the first episode seeming to have the most. The first two episodes also have lots of graphic, extreme, gruesome violence. The third episode also shows some human scavengers being burned to death by the fiery traps set for intruders by the two homosexual survivalists. Finally, the third episodes show the two homosexuals kissing in several scenes, as well as a bedroom scene with implied oral sex.
For all these reasons, MOVIEGUIDE® finds the first three episodes of THE LAST OF US as unacceptable, abhorrent and too politically correct.
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