Review: ‘Fallout’: nuclear hit

Picnic fight— The Brotherhood of Steel (left) fights the New California Republic. Courtesy of EuroGamer

By Raymond Nava

The first episode of Amazon Prime’s new “Fallout” show perfectly captures the game’s feel and tone. 

“Fallout,” based on the game series of the same name, was released on April 11. 

The show follows a vault dweller named Lucy, played by Ella Purnell, from Vault 33 as she heads to the surface of a post-nuclear war world to search for her father. 

The show takes place 219 years after a nuclear war that destroyed the world in 2077. 

The first episode introduces the audience to three main characters of the show, Lucy, Maximus, played by Aaron Molten, and a ghoul named Cooper, played by Walter Goggins.

Lucy is an inhabitant of Vault 33, which was designed to protect the original inhabitants who fled to it from the nuclear war. 

Maximus is a recruit of the Brotherhood of Steel. 

The Brotherhood is a post-war military group whose goal is to secure and preserve pre-war technology. 

Cooper is a pre-war individual. He survived the initial blast and turned into a ghoul, which has allowed him to survive for over 200 years.

He works as somewhat of a bounty hunter.

In the first episode, titled “The End,” Lucy’s vault is invaded by raiders and her father is kidnapped. 

She decides to head to the surface world to find him, not knowing of the post-war world and the dangers that await her. 

The series follows similar storylines as the third game, “Fallout 3,” where the player leaves their vault to search for their father as well. 

This trope would also be done in the fourth game of the series, except with the roles reversed, where the player searches for their missing son.

The first episode captures the tone and feel of the video games almost perfectly and sets the mood of what viewers can expect from the rest of the series. 

There’s a lot of action in the episode and the violence is done the same way as in the video games where bodies are torn apart at random.

One cornerstone of the video games is the music. In the games, music from the 1950s and ’60s. 

This gives the “Fallout” universe its charm. 

In the first episode, songs from the time period play throughout, like how the players can listen to the music in the games on the in-game radio.

The first episode will please any fan of the video game series and will captivate anyone who has never played the game. 

This is a good example of a video game adaptation done well. 

All eight episodes of “Fallout” are available now on Amazon Prime.

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