Amazon brings Fallout  to the masses while staying true to the Bethesda game universe

by Ed Blackadder

It took a while to write this review. As a fan of the games, I had to watch the series, let it soak in for a bit, make sure I wasn’t letting my fandom get the better of me, watch it again, and reassess. And guess what… I absolutely love it.

Amazon’s “Fallout” series is a triumphant adaptation that brilliantly captures the essence of the beloved Bethesda games. From the moment the show begins, fans of the series will be delighted by the painstakingly crafted set designs that bring the post-apocalyptic wasteland to life with eerie accuracy. The costumes are a direct homage to the game, from the iconic Vault-Tec jumpsuits to the menacing power armor of the Brotherhood of Steel. The show’s wry sense of humor, often dark and sardonic, pairs perfectly with the ultra-violence that has always been a hallmark of the franchise. It’s clear that the creators have a deep love and respect for the source material, ensuring that every frame feels like stepping into the immersive world of “Fallout.”

The performances by the lead actors are nothing short of spectacular. Each brings a unique depth and nuance to their respective roles, grounding the show’s fantastical elements in genuine human emotion. The primary protagonist, Lucy, played with gritty determination by Ella Purnell, embodies the relentless spirit of a wasteland survivor, but also with a charming and goofy innocence that propels the story. Aaron Moten as Maximus, is a conflicted member of the Brotherhood, and he delivers a complex portrayal that perfectly captures the inner turmoil and moral ambiguity of the faction. Meanwhile, Walton Goggins provides a delightful counterbalance as Cooper Howard (or the Ghoul) mixing a dramatic backstory with over-the-top violence and a big personality. Together, they form a compelling trio that drives the narrative forward with both intensity and charm.

What sets “Fallout” apart is its decision to forge an original story rather than rehashing the plots of the games. This fresh narrative allows the show to explore new corners of the wasteland while staying true to the themes and atmosphere that fans adore. The plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats while introducing new characters and locations that expand the rich lore of the Fallout universe. It’s a masterful blend of familiar and new, ensuring that long-time fans and newcomers alike are equally captivated.

At its core, “Fallout” is more than just a showcase of impressive effects, brutal violence, and dark humor. The series delves deep into the character’s journeys, exploring the moral choices and personal sacrifices that define their survival in a harsh world. These ethical dilemmas and the evolution of the characters are central to the show’s appeal, mirroring the moral complexity that has always been a strength of the games. Whether you are a veteran of the Fallout series or a newcomer to the wasteland, the show’s gripping story and rich character development promise an engaging experience—as long as you’re prepared for the intense and often graphic content. “Fallout” is a must-watch for anyone looking for a thrilling, thought-provoking ride through a post-apocalyptic landscape.

Ed’s Grade: A+