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A Twistedly Fun and Extremely Violent Video Game Adaption, “Fallout” on Prime Video: TV Review

I don’t like Fallout. Although I’ve always appreciated the games and occasionally spent a few hours playing them, I’ve never been particularly excited about the series. Nonetheless, I adore Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the creators of the Fallout television series. The two collaborated on Westworld, and even if I became less of a fan over time, I will always consider the first season to be some of my all-time favorite television. I have mixed feelings about the Fallout adaptation available on Amazon.

Although there has been improvement in recent years, I will always be wary of video game movies and TV shows. Furthermore, history has repeatedly shown that the success of one creative endeavor—or, in this case, two—does not guarantee the success of subsequent ones. Fortunately, though, the Fallout television series is terrifying, violent, humorous, strange, captivating, reverent, and inexplicably upbeat—a sentiment I haven’t experienced from post-apocalyptic literature in a while.

Amidst the deluge of post-apocalyptic adventures filling the big and small screens, not many stand out as providing something special for audiences. But in the exciting Prime Video adaptation of the well-liked video game franchise “Fallout,” Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner offer an oddball and intriguing take at humanity in the twenty-third century.

“Fallout” starts at the very end. At some point in the future, the eight-episode television series debuts in picturesque America. It has returned to a glossier, post-racial 1955 texture. At an affluent family’s children’s party, Cooper Howard (Walton Goggins), an actor best renowned for his roles in Westerns, provides entertainment. Just as a nuclear bomb erupts on the horizon, his young daughter Janey (Teagan Meredith) gestures forth toward the Los Angeles skyline as he packs his stuff. The world as we know it ends with the bombing, yet this is only the beginning of the adventure.

The series has an enormous scope. The sixth episode, which tells the story of Cooper’s life in the months and weeks leading up to the bombing, stalls at one point, but the spectator is kept interested by the striking images created by production designer Howard Cummings and the art and set direction of Ann Bartek and Regina Graves. Wagner and Robertson-Dworet offer their viewers in-depth glimpses into a variety of facets of this realm. Every detail was meticulously tended to by the artisans, who toiled nonstop from numerous vaults overseen by different overseers to the lawless metropolis of Filly and the endless barren dunes of California.

The most compelling part of “Fallout” is definitely the opening part, in which Lucy struggles to confront the falsehoods she has been taught about the world while also trying to survive. Viewers are nevertheless curious to see how the many mysteries and secrets of the surface and the inhabitants will be revealed, even though the tales tend to linger too long in less interesting locations. You won’t be able to look away from “Fallout” for that reason alone—it’s bizarre but incredibly entertaining.

The results of video game adaptations have been uneven. While some movies, like the recently released “Super Mario Bros. Movie” and “Dungeons and Dragons,” did well at the box office, others, like “Rampage,” did not. Television-wise, there are the hit shows “The Last of Us” on HBO and “The Witcher” on Netflix, as well as the less talked-about “Halo” on Paramount. Here, Wagner and Robertson-Dworet made the sensible decision to forgo a literal translation. Rather, they created a unique narrative within the game’s world. In addition, “Fallout” is a sensory-rich extravaganza because to surprising creative decisions like antiquated technology, a soundtrack with tunes by Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby, and peculiar speech from the middle of the 20th century that juxtapose with horrifyingly brutal kills.

The audience finds itself underground two hundred nineteen years later. Overly optimistic Lucy MacLean (Ella Purnell) has lived her whole life in the opulent Vault 33, abiding by the “golden rule” of her “Pleasantville”-esque society. She approaches a member of Vault 32 about marriage as she can’t find any eligible males in her vault. Lucy’s father, Hank MacLean (Kyle MacLachlan), who oversees the vault, and his team of advisors don’t need much persuading to approve the marriage. Regretfully, things don’t always go as planned. Instead, armed with an overwhelming sense of innocence and a yearning to put her house back in its rightful place, Lucy ventures above ground for the first time, blundering through an incredibly violent and chaotic landscape she could never have imagined. Lucy was not prepared for the society she found herself in, what with beheadings and the terrifying ghouls—mutated people who have been exposed to radiation for extended periods of time.

On the surface, Maximus (Aaron Moten) is making his way as a menial soldier in the Brotherhood of the Steel, an Army-style group dedicated to conserving and gathering technology in order to improve the wasteland. Following a failed first expedition, Lucy, irritated by the rude and erratic humans (and beasts) she has met, crosses encounters with Maximus. After developing a hesitant trust, the unusual pair embarked on a two-week quest to find Moldaver (Sarita Choudhury); to reveal the reason behind their search would be giving away too much. Through their search, the two come to comprehend the past and how it connects to their chaotic present.

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