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Wandering Through the ‘Fallout’ (Series Review)


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This review was made possible by early screeners of Fallout. All episodes of Fallout premiere on Prime Video on Wednesday, April 10th at 9PM EST.

It is fair to say that the Fallout franchise has become one of the most successful and recognizable game franchises out there, on par with the likes of Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. Right down to the unfortunate and terrible stumbles that come with franchises like these. Though with four main games and a number of spin-offs, there is extensive lore about this universe that even the Fallout franchise has issues keeping consistent with each installment. But does this new series stay faithful to the principles and basic ideas around this world that has been established for existing fans, while still being intriguing enough to new inductees to the universe? 

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To this Vault Dweller, yes. The series from Prime Video and Bethesda Game Studios has forged an intriguing eight episode series that can immediately get viewers interested in the story. The series provides the viewers with three main characters to follow as they journey through the wastelands. A Vault Dweller (Ella Purnell), a member of the Brotherhood of Steel (Aaron Motel) and a Ghoul (Walton Goggins) with connections to the story before the Great War. The strongest character undeniably comes from the Ghoul since Goggins is the most experienced cast member of the three leads and the story lends itself well to showing the multifaceted aspects of his character the most. The other actors play their roles well and are indeed entertaining, but their characters and story leaves a fair bit more to be desired. 

Beyond the characters, the overall story is well told, paced well and is fascinating enough to undoubtedly pull in the attention of new audience members, as well as keep enough mystery while teasing things that will fascinate the existing fans. What works best about this series is that it is independent of the rest of the Fallout universe and it can coexist with the video games without needing to play hours of homework to understand what is being presented. That more than anything is the sign of an excellent story that has its roots in a pre-existing property. The only issue by the end of the story is that it attempts to tie a few too many narratives and ideas together till the point that it can feel a bit overwhelming and awfully convenient.

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Overall the series is one of the better video games turned film or TV adaptations. It has stunning props, set and original creature designs that feel as though it perfectly fits the Fallout world. Characters that will keep viewers pulled in, a story that reveals itself wonderfully and holds much more potential for the future of the franchise. Which is more than what some Fallout fans can say about the recent last two games the fanbase has been given. Hopefully this series will not inthrall the rage and vitriol of Fallout fans like the Halo series has its fanbase.

All episodes of Fallout premiere on Prime Video on Wednesday, April 10th at 9PM EST. Check out the trailer below.

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