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Causing nuclear fallout across Prime Video

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A nuclear wasteland with large roaches, gulpers, and ghouls is filled with action, gore, and amazing actors involved in it

Prime Video came out with the highly anticipated series “Fallout” on April 10 and is based on the video games developed by Bethesda Game Studios. Already becoming the second most watched show ever in its first 16 days on the streaming platform, the show has become a national hit with all of its action and the actors in Fallout season one.

Fallout is about a post-nuclear war and the player fights through the creatures and humans still surviving on the surface and making friends. Each game has a different goal as “Fallout New Vegas” has the player doing a delivery job that doesn’t end up according to plan, while “Fallout 4” takes place in Boston as the main character has to look across the wasteland for his missing son. The show takes us to Santa Monica and it has brought so much personality to the show and the world around it that is accurate to the games.

Movies and series based on video games have not performed well at the box office in the past, but as of the last two years, companies have started to understand what it takes to make a stellar product for their audiences. “Fallout” has already received high scores, with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.6 on IMDb.

The story follows three characters: a vault dweller named Lucy who survived the bombing and is exploring the nuclear wasteland for the first time, a squire of the Brotherhood of Steel, named Maximus. The Brotherhood of Steel is a post-war technology-focused paramilitary order with chapters operating across the territory of the former United States. Then there is a gunslinging creature called “the Ghoul” who is a mutated human that has been exposed to severe radiation. Lucy is trying to find her father. Maximus is trying to become a knight in the Brotherhood of Steel, and the Ghoul and is trying to complete a bounty. All of their paths cross and survival of the fittest ensues.

The complexity of the plot behind, the show exhibits love towards the video game series. One of the main reasons that the TV series was well written was because of the help of the game director of “Fallout,” Todd Howard. He provided his insight and was shocked at how IGN gave the show a nine out of ten. It has been the No. 1  trending show on Prime Video, and Amazon has already announced that the show will receive Season Two a week after the release date because of how well it has been doing. 

The show’s set design is by far one of the most impressive parts of the show, illustrating the deserted wasteland of the former United States. From vast deserts to overgrown forests, the set designers brought justice to the video game series. The actors in the show are also amazing, Ella Purnell plays the perfect dumb character who knows nothing about what is happening and assumes everyone is nice outside the vault as they were taught by Vault-tec inside the bunker. She learns quickly however that isn’t how it is done on the surface and she needs to fight for herself. Amazing acting from Purnell as Lucy to be the stand-in character that people don’t know much about the series.

Another great actor in the show was Walton Goggins, who played the Ghoul and he spoke positively about the show on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Saying that he had lots of say in the way his costume design looked and the debacle about his character not having a nose. Overall, he fits the role perfectly of a disgusting 250-year-old human turned creature with a charismatic personality that brings the audience to like him more. 

There are specific references to the games such as the Nuka Cola, Vault-Tec bobbleheads, and many more. The details show how much the showrunners cared about the references spread throughout the show. Fans of the video game series love seeing everything they watched in the games be put into the show.

To much of the fans’ shock, all of the episodes came out at the same time. Usually, Prime Video releases an episode weekly like its other shows, such as “Invincible,” “The Boys” and more. All of the episodes premiered on April 10 for everyone to watch, and Amazon never gave a reason why. Fans have speculated that executives thought the show was better as a show to binge rather than across eight weeks.

Fallout is another example of a video game show done right. Along with the high reviews, it brings charm and personality to the world and the characters in it. It takes love and care to make a show for the fans through its fight scenes, gore and music in a world with so much potential and charm to it.

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Ryder Richardson
Ryder Richardson, Staff Writer
My name is Ryder Richardson and I am a Senior at Memorial. I am a 4th year on staff for the Ruff Draft. I mostly write about video games and movies since it's what I am most passionate about writing. I have a cat and dog named Egg and Peritas respectively. I am looking forward to my last year at Edmond Memorial.