My review of Fallout: the Series Season One 9/10

Discussion in 'Fallout TV Series Discussion' started by CT Phipps, Apr 13, 2024.

  1. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Carbon Dated and Proud

    Sep 17, 2016
    https://beforewegoblog.com/series-review-fallout-the-series-season-one/

    What is Fallout: The Series?

    Based on one of the greatest video game series of all time, Fallout is the story of haves and have nots in a world in which there’s almost nothing left to have. 200 years after the apocalypse, a peaceful denizen from a cozy fallout shelter is forced to return to the surface--and is shocked to discover the wasteland waiting for her.

    Review

    *plays Atom Bomb by The Five Stars*

    I love Fallout to an unhealthy degree. Seriously, I had a Fallout wallet for years. My wife got me a Fallout themed Xbox as a birthday present. I've loved Fallout since Fallout 3, like many fans, but have also played the original Interplay games. I can tell you the secrets of the Vaults, who three fictional Presidents were, and why you should never eat Iguana on a Stick. So, I am THE target audience for Fallout: The Series. Mind you, I'm also going to be one of those annoyingly hard to please people that notices everything wrong too.

    So is it fantastic? Or an atomic bomb? Well, much like the games themselves, it has a little of both but is closer to Fallout: New Vegas versus Fallout 76. It is something that my wife, who is only familiar with Fallout through what she can see over my shoulder, enjoyed very much and probably benefited from someone to tell her little details about but is perfectly accessible to a newcomer. Indeed, what I think people are most likely to complain about is going to be from hardcore fans who are going to be upset about some lore changes-probably unreasonably so but fan is short for fanatic for a reason.

    The premise for the franchise is that it is an alternate 23rd century where the world was nuked two hundred years ago. Technology is more advanced in some ways with power armor and robots on one-hand but black and white televisions on the other. The nuclear war that happened has still not been recovered from, if such a thing were possible, and it remains a mixture of Mad Max and Sixties science fiction movies. This is already a thing super-Fallout fans will be annoyed by as some fans insist the Earth would rebuild and only Bethesda Games is keeping it stuck in ruins.

    The story follows three protagonists with the first being the Ghoul/Cooper (Walter Goggins), who is a survivor of the Great War and a former Hollywood cowboy. The years have not been kind to him and he's gone from being a singing good guy cowboy to a murderous Spaghetti Western one. The second is Lucy MacLean (Ella Purnell), the daughter of Vault 33's Overseer (Kyle MacLachlan), who is setting up for her arranged marriage with a stranger from Vault 32. Finally, there is Maximus (Aaron Moten), who is a new recruit to the Brotherhood of Steel and a survivor of the sacking of Shady Sands.

    I'm disinclined to spoil any of this show because it's such a wonderful road trip that involves so many Easter Eggs, callbacks, plot twists, and surprises. We get a longstanding mystery from the franchise resolved as well as the plugging of a plot hole that has existed since Fallout 2 (why are Vault-Tec experimenting on people after the apocalypse when all of that data would be seemingly irrelevant?). We also get nods to all of the games ranging from the first ("Our water chip is busted") to New Vegas and the Commonwealth.

    The GOAT (Greatest of All Time) for this series is definitely Lucy and I hereby dub her "Vault Girl" as her official nickname for inclusion among such luminaries as the Vault Dweller, Courier, and Lone Wanderer. She is naive without being stupid, kind without being insipid, and believable in her journey to becoming a survivor. She never quite sheds her Good Karma Pacifist Run playthrough ideology and is all the more lovable for it. Cooper is almost as entertaining and utters an immortal line about how, no matter how important your goal is, you will always be sidetracked from it in the Wasteland. Maximus, by contrast, is...okay. This is no fault of the actor but he seems to be a lot more naive than Lucy in some ways with none of her excuse.

    The show manages to achieve a fun balance between world-building, characterization, plot, and humor. The humor, especially, works well by exploiting Fallout's peculiar tone of zany over-the-top violence with an alternate 1950s wholesomeness. Poor Lucy will be splattered with blood many times in this show and never quite lose her perky can-do attitude for example. She needs to definitely put a few more points into her Speech score, though. Fans of the Fallout soundtracks will note a lot of the songs get use in the show and it is all the better for it. They can also afford actual Johnny Cash tunes this time around too.

    The show makes the correct choice to embrace the absolute ridiculousness of Fallout's retro-future aethstetic with appearances by a Mr. Handy, the 1950s dinner decor of the Vaults, green DOS computers, and how the fact PipBoys geo-tracking works exactly like they do in the games. We don't see as many robots or mutants as we might have in the games but I suppose even the show's extensive budget had to draw the line somewhere.

    There's been some confusion over an error in the show's timeline, though. One that some fans believed resulted in New Vegas being rendered non-canonical. The developers have already come out and said this is not the case and the show makes many-many references to the game, so its extra strange but some people presumably need a reason to complain. Fans of NCR will also be upset with some of the developments in-universe but, well, War never changes. Oh and I was upset they didn't get Ron Pearlman to do a voice over. Those are my only complaints.

    I can't wait for Season Two.
     
  2. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    doubt. i know you my guy you're one of the most easy to please dudes ive ever met

    contradicting yourself here a bit my guy.
     
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  3. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Carbon Dated and Proud

    Sep 17, 2016
    Not really.

    I'm interested in themes, character, and worldbuilding. Not nitpicking.

    If you get all the lore right but fuck up the story then I'll forgive nothing. ALL ROADS is a Fallout accurate comic but it's got nothing in it worth writing ABOUT.
     
  4. Norzan

    Norzan So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Apr 7, 2017
    Then what the fuck is your defense of Fallout 3 since you got here? When that game's story is horrendous and makes no sense? Also what themes, character and specially world building is in Fallout 3? What the fuck was your defense of Last of Us 2 when that game's story is also horrendous and really mostly just shitting on the characters from the first game?

    As usual you just contradict yourself to defend garbage media.
     
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  5. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    "im hard to please"
    "but caring about lore or continuity is nitpicking"

    i think you might just not know what a contradiction is idk. btw you ever catch up on the yakuza games?
     
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  6. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Carbon Dated and Proud

    Sep 17, 2016
    Except you're ignoring I listed worldbuilding as a thing I care about. So if you can't tell the difference between lore and nitpicking minor details then you aren't arguing in good faith. Either that or you're not paying attention.
     
  7. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    if im the one who aint paying attention than why am i not the one ignoring questions?
     
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  8. Iprovidelittlepianos

    Iprovidelittlepianos Vault Senior Citizen

    May 12, 2020
    Actually it isn’t entirely accurate… the horses were a glaring example. But you really didn’t like All Roads? Its like one of my favorite pieces of Fallout media lol.

    Also I’d like to take a second to commend you for continuing to post here even though it seems like everyone relentlessly shits on you. I may not agree with you, but you have my respect.
     
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  9. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    So CT, how do you think Lee survived for 220 years, and why do you think everyone of importance being a pre-war person is the absolute peak of Fallout?
     
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  10. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Carbon Dated and Proud

    Sep 17, 2016
    There's a general sense that Moldaver is not nearly as nice a person as she seems to be. Given the fact she was supposed to be Rose's best friend/lover and yet immediately led a bunch of radioactive raiders to murder/rape the vault dwellers that include her friend's children. So I wouldn't have been surprised if she turned out to have joined Vault-Tec in the end and was among the cryo-freezed. Given she was a cold fusion scientsit, I'm also inclined to think if she was a communist, it was only to spy on people she recruited.

    But given she dies at the end, I'm not sure how we'll have answers.

    I wonder if she was originally meant to be a ghoul before it became apparent the infiltration plot wouldn't work.

    My wife and I used to constantly argue and she was genuinely stunned to find out that wasn't me being a jerkass but I enjoy it (our marriage considerably when I found out most families did not consider that normal behavior or good natured). At the end of the day, a good heated discussion is great and I don't hold it against anyone.

    I'm not going to take my opinion on a video game franchise personally.
     
  11. FalloutIsMyDrug

    FalloutIsMyDrug Fo3 Enjoyer(converted) Copium Junkie

    248
    Sep 29, 2016
    Haven't been back here in quite some time. It's funny, and also charming, that it hasn't changed at all! CT Phipps and the old die-hards still bickering about differences between newer fans and older fans. Does everyone involved just really enjoy having a Fallout themed internet flame war? Kind of fitting I guess.

    Can't we all just get along?
     
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  12. Traeger91

    Traeger91 Still Mildly Glowing

    276
    Mar 10, 2024
    So long as there's total disregard for what came before, I'll have no regard for what came after.
     
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  13. joevonzombie

    joevonzombie Buried alive in Golgotha

    618
    Sep 28, 2015
    I logged in today for the first time in awhile just to wade through the salt mines and troll idiots. It was fun. Some of the criticisms are valid and some of it seems like like AI generated NMA bots with the meme levels of dumbass vitriol. The biggest complaints I personally have are Maximus being so mind blowingly stupid he doesn't understand basic anatomy and making Vault Tec the architects of the apocalypse. That's completely undermines what the IP is supposed to be about. I'm assuming they're trying to make some dumbass commentary on war profiteering but it's just fucking stupid in its execution.
     
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  14. Prone Squanderer

    Prone Squanderer A bit of a Sillius Soddus.

    Jan 3, 2016
    War. War never changes.
     
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  15. Homer2137

    Homer2137 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    174
    Jan 11, 2024
    At first, I watched the show I had my brain turned off, enjoyed it, but now I rethink to what I saw, and man, did it suck. Sets and costumes looked weird, greenery and nature looked out of place, CGI mutants were weird, massive retcons to the lore, woke communist propaganda, hollywood funny black guy type of character and the story is comparable to the idiocy of Disney's "The Wish", where our good guy is in fact evil, while the bad guy is good.

    Offtopic, but why of all people, Timothy Cain praise Bethesda's handling of Fallout? Seems like Bethesda did everything wrong with the series. He even liked the show, damn it.

    I guess you could say, there's no rest for the wicked, oh wait, wrong post-apocalyptic franchise. You saying "bickering" instantly reminded me of Fallout 1's intro lol.

    They're trying to retcon the fact, that their beloved Communists started the war, into their hated Capitalists dropping nukes.
     
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  16. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    you should peep the edit function cuz
     
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  17. Homer2137

    Homer2137 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    174
    Jan 11, 2024
    What does it mean
     
  18. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    it means you dont have to quadruple post
     
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  19. Traeger91

    Traeger91 Still Mildly Glowing

    276
    Mar 10, 2024
    Also, got some bad news, my mom wants me to watch the show with her. As she's a big fan of Kyle MacLachlan as well, and wants me to help explain things to her. I mean obviously I can't, because it doesn't make any, but trying to explain that to her didn't make a difference. Also we bonded over Twin Peaks a few years back and she's my mom, so I can't really say no... fuck. Quick question, does his character die? Please say yes.
     
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  20. Tribalus Maximus

    Tribalus Maximus First time out of the vault

    30
    Dec 27, 2018
    No. He's going into seson 2. Big character arc, from our overseer, our father, to you betrayed us all!
    2/10 still...
     
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