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Monday, March 6, 2023

The Last of Us 1.8: Ellie vs. the Resort

Well, tonight's next-to-last episode -- 1.8 -- of The Last of Us -- was everything it should be.

[Spoilers ahead ... ]

Ellie was at her absolute best so far in this series.  She progresses from killing a deer to the demonic leader of a town (or actually a "resort," he says), whose people under his guidance are practicing cannibalism.  And along with that, she manages to get penicillin -- enough to get Joel back in action, after one shot of the antibiotic at night and another the next morning.  Now I have no idea if penicillin can work that quickly, but it probably does, and even if not, it makes for a good story.

The key development in all of this is Ellie manages to triumph without Joel's help.  She would have survived even without Joel.  We've seen her contend with the elements, and people, and the infected before, but this is her best moment.  She uses everything she has -- including distracting her attackers by saying and showing she's infected (though the leader sees through that) -- and taking every opportunity to get on top of things, which she indeed does.

Does this mean she no longer needs Joel?  No, not at all.  The world in which they live is universally dangerous, and each of them, Ellie and Joel, need all the help they can get.  And as we've seen all season, the two of them are the best sources of that help, for each other.

I'm looking forward to seeing what further lessons we learn in the season finale next week.  What clues will it leave us for the second season, and who knows how many seasons to come?  It's at times like this that I wish all of its seasons were up online, so I could see every one of them.

See also The Last of Us 1.1-1.2: The Fungus Among Us ... 1.3: Bill and Frank ... 1.4: Gun and Pun ... 1.5: Tunnels ... 1.6: Joel ... 1.7: Riley's Wise Advice

I talk about The Last of Us, beginning at 40mins 40secs

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