The Last of Us Season 1 Ep 3 is the third chapter of the first season of an American post-apocalyptic zombie horror TV series, based on the best-selling video game of the same name. The series stars Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, as the duo make a dangerous trek across the dystopian American landscape seeking a cure against the fungal infection that runs through the veins of Ellie.
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Entitled “Long, Long Time”, The Last of Us Season 1 Ep 3 takes a step back from the story laid out in the first two episodes to present to us Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett). Who are they and what do they have to do with driving the story of Joel and Ellie forward? Not much, it has to be said. Bill and Frank are a gay couple who survive the apocalypse and ultimately choose to die together.
Huh? Yes, by and large, The Last of Us Season 1 Ep 3 is mainly a standalone chapter and if we were cynical – which we are – comes across as an episode pandering for an Emmy award in the next round! Or worse still, it’s an exercise in virtue signalling… a malignant disease that Hollywood cannot seem to be cured of at the moment. So, it can be largely ignored in the grand scheme of things.
Again, by now, we have seen this kind of post-apocalyptic human tale in countless TV series, notably The Walking Dead, and therefore, this episode gets boring very very quickly. Honestly, we only care about our main characters and while the opening and closing sequences develop the relationship of Joel and Ellie, it wastes time on two characters who only lasted for the duration of the episode itself. What was the point? Annoying. Hopefully, the series get back on track next time out!
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