The first season of the show is now available to watch

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Amazon and Bethesda’s Fallout TV show is now available to stream over Amazon’s Prime subscription service.
Instead, you can kick back with a can of Nuka Cola and watch flesh-and-blood stars Ella Purnell, Walton Goggins and Aaron Moten rove the wasteland.
Walton Goggins, meanwhile, plays a legendary ghoul cowboy handed one last job, and Moten is a Brotherhood Of Steel trainee who soon discovers that the Brotherhood Of Steel aren’t as righteous as they claim.
The tale alternates between their perspectives, with other notable characters including Kyle MacLachlan off Twin Peaks as Lucy’s dad.
Nor would I call this a compelling answer to The Last Of Us TV adaptation.
Still, it’s a cut above the Halo TV series, and there’s enjoyment to be had watching the three, mismatched leads bounce off each other, sometimes literally.
There’s also a scene where Purnell gets to – please control your excitement – investigate a collection of artfully positioned skeletons.
Ah, imagine a whole series dedicated to Fallout’s many skeleton tableaux – perhaps we should prepare the ground by ranking them?

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Purnell portrays Lucy McLean, a resident of Vault 33 tasked with traveling to the radioactive surface in search of someone. The game’s open-ended plot has been a staple of numerous Fallout games throughout the years. Walton Goggins portrays a legendary ghoul cowboy given one final assignment, and Moten learns early on that the Brotherhood of Steel isn’t as morally upright as they claim to be. As well as other prominent figures, such as Kyle MacLachlan from Twin Peaks as Lucy’s father, the story alternates between their points of view. I won’t reveal too much, but let me just say that there is a larger conspiracy and that, who knows, maybe those attempting to kill each other will have to work together in the end to put an end to this.

Executive producing the entire project are Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are best known for their work on Westworld, which is, in my opinion, the better show to date. Furthermore, I don’t think this is a strong response to the TV adaptation of The Last of Us. It’s still better than the Halo TV series, though, and it’s entertaining to watch the three mismatched leads bounce off one another—sometimes quite literally. It is to be expected that Purnell is an idealistic young woman who quickly picks up the skills necessary to survive in the wasteland. Similar to Moten, he is initially naive but has a hint of bitterness that has the potential to make him the antagonist of the story. Not only is Goggins a Man Without a Name, but he also has a great time mugging and jawing his way through thick layers of ghoul make-up.

There’s no shortage of classic Fallout violence, including a shoot-out that splatter-pays homage to Fallout 3’s freeze-time limb-targeting system, Bethesda’s take on the turn-based combat of the original Black Isle RPGs. Another highlight is a power armor punch-up with a Yao guai. A few less overt allusions to videogames are made throughout the show. It influences the discussion surrounding Vault Boy’s thumb, for instance. Additionally, there’s a scene in which Purnell gets to — hold on, don’t get too excited— examine a group of perfectly placed skeletons. I think I may have yelled “YES” during this portion of the movie. Oh hell, I didn’t mean it, Alice B. Imagine an entire series devoted to Fallout’s numerous skeleton tableaux; maybe we should start by ranking them. Do not force me to write a Best of Fallout skeletons.

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