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Aaron_King
Aaron_King UltimaDork
3/8/24 10:11 a.m.

They had me at Walton Goggins.  Can't wait for this to air.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
4/10/24 9:11 a.m.

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! 

I was checking the status of an order last night and saw they were RSVP'ng for fans to watch episode 1 tonight on an early release. So I signed up. The rest are up Thursday night I believe.

I am stoked! 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
4/10/24 10:14 p.m.

First episode over. Ho.  Le. Crap. So many little nuggets for the hardcore fans. Not sure it's "plain" enough for the masses. 

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago UberDork
4/11/24 12:55 a.m.
bobzilla said:

First episode over. Ho.  Le. Crap. So many little nuggets for the hardcore fans. Not sure it's "plain" enough for the masses. 

That's a very positive review. I'm excited to start watching.

Antihero
Antihero PowerDork
4/11/24 1:40 a.m.
thatsnowinnebago said:
bobzilla said:

First episode over. Ho.  Le. Crap. So many little nuggets for the hardcore fans. Not sure it's "plain" enough for the masses. 

That's a very positive review. I'm excited to start watching.

It's......ok.

 

Not bad but very dense and a bit weird. I loved the games but I imagine someone who hasn't played them to have about 5 WTF moments a minute 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
4/11/24 5:28 a.m.

Some people wouldn't be happy with a winning lotto ticket. They will always be upset about something. I enjoyed it, and yeah I had to explain a bit to the wife while watching. 
 

there's lots of little eggs all over for the fans. First episodes are always tough, walking that line of explaining the backstory while it getting into the weeds. I thought they did a good job overall and am waiting for the rest to drop. 

gixxeropa
gixxeropa HalfDork
4/11/24 8:22 a.m.

2 episodes in, I liked it, my girlfriend liked it enough that she won't let me watch it without her, although she did need some context on a few things. I like that they kept the fallout music throughout, would have been sad if not

RevRico
RevRico MegaDork
4/11/24 8:24 a.m.

In reply to bobzilla :

I am interested. I was slightly concerned when they bumped released day UP, not used to seeing that. 

I think I'm gonna let you watch it first for a full review, because in Fallout related stuff, I feel I can trust your opinion more than any of the Internet review places.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/11/24 8:33 a.m.
bobzilla said:

First episode over. Ho.  Le. Crap. So many little nuggets for the hardcore fans. Not sure it's "plain" enough for the masses. 

My wife and I watched the first episode last night. I really enjoyed it as it scratched that itch. My wife even enjoyed it too even though she's never played any of the games before.

Really, I'm just happy we have something we can watch together after work. smiley

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/11/24 8:36 a.m.

My spoiler-free review so far?

Overall, feels lore-friendly but I wouldn't say it's 100% lore-accurate–and that's fine, because you can only do so much in re-creating a fictional universe in the real world.

If you really love the O.G. Fallout games like 1 and 2, you probably won't enjoy it as much. If you (like me) came into the series around 3, New Vegas or 4, you'll probably enjoy it.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
4/11/24 8:36 a.m.
Colin Wood said:
bobzilla said:

First episode over. Ho.  Le. Crap. So many little nuggets for the hardcore fans. Not sure it's "plain" enough for the masses. 

My wife and I watched the first episode last night. I really enjoyed it as it scratched that itch. My wife even enjoyed it too even though she's never played any of the games before.

Really, I'm just happy we have something we can watch together after work. smiley

agreed. wife did fall asleep, but it was waaaaaaay past her bed time. She falls asleep during things she really likes too. 

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
4/11/24 8:48 a.m.

Late to the game, never played the ...uh... game, I enjoy sci fi stuff in general, would I probably like this?  Always looking for more stuff to watch.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
4/11/24 9:49 a.m.
Jerry said:

Late to the game, never played the ...uh... game, I enjoy sci fi stuff in general, would I probably like this?  Always looking for more stuff to watch.

Do a little reading on the fallout story, and I think you'd like it. 

The fallout world diverges from ours in the early 50's, they never develop microchips and stay with tube type electronics but figure out fusion for power. In 2077, atomic bombs drop all over the world, ending humanity as we know it. A company called Vault-Tec has built huge vaults across the country to house people in fall out shelters for them to survive until the radiation subsides. Not all of the vaults are what they seem and there's some serious moral issues with VT as a whole. Most games and this series are taking place 200 years after the bombs dropped. The world outside has raiders (think gangs but more violent), ghouls (humans that changed from the radiation), and several different factions like the Brotherhood of Steel (who use verti-birds and power armor), NCR (New California Republic), the Enclave (remnants of the old world leadership/tech) etc.

It's a fun time. The games are good and immersive. 

DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP Dork
4/11/24 10:26 a.m.

I watched about the first 40 minutes of episode one but I was dozing off and really needed to go to bed.

I enjoyed what I saw and I am excited to rewatch it in totality again this weekend. 

 

Side note, based on my experience with the game series (as well as trying to be the least spoiler-y of the game series as possible), my personal head canon is that VT was behind the bombs being dropped *just* so they vaults would be put into use. 

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
4/11/24 10:51 a.m.
bobzilla said:

The fallout world diverges from ours in the early 50's, they never develop microchips and stay with tube type electronics but figure out fusion for power. In 2077, atomic bombs drop all over the world, ending humanity as we know it.

You had me at the first sentence.  I love What if/alternate reality stuff, Sliders used to be one of my favorite shows.  Have to add this to my weekend watchlist.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
4/11/24 11:58 a.m.
bobzilla said:
Jerry said:

Late to the game, never played the ...uh... game, I enjoy sci fi stuff in general, would I probably like this?  Always looking for more stuff to watch.

Do a little reading on the fallout story, and I think you'd like it. 

The fallout world diverges from ours in the early 50's, they never develop microchips and stay with tube type electronics but figure out fusion for power. In 2077, atomic bombs drop all over the world, ending humanity as we know it. A company called Vault-Tec has built huge vaults across the country to house people in fall out shelters for them to survive until the radiation subsides. Not all of the vaults are what they seem and there's some serious moral issues with VT as a whole. Most games and this series are taking place 200 years after the bombs dropped. The world outside has raiders (think gangs but more violent), ghouls (humans that changed from the radiation), and several different factions like the Brotherhood of Steel (who use verti-birds and power armor), NCR (New California Republic), the Enclave (remnants of the old world leadership/tech) etc.

It's a fun time. The games are good and immersive. 

We saw a trailer for it the other day and it looks interesting. 

I've never played the Fallout series, and to be honest, I'm not going to read about the backstory of a video game. 

Would we still enjoy it?

Antihero
Antihero PowerDork
4/11/24 12:15 p.m.
Jerry said:
bobzilla said:

The fallout world diverges from ours in the early 50's, they never develop microchips and stay with tube type electronics but figure out fusion for power. In 2077, atomic bombs drop all over the world, ending humanity as we know it.

You had me at the first sentence.  I love What if/alternate reality stuff, Sliders used to be one of my favorite shows.  Have to add this to my weekend watchlist.

I'm the same way and I've played Fallout for the same reason.

 

It's definitely worth a watch, I'm hoping it picks up a bit after episode 2

NickD
NickD MegaDork
4/11/24 12:18 p.m.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
4/11/24 1:11 p.m.

In reply to z31maniac :

I already gave you the back story. 

DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP Dork
4/11/24 2:02 p.m.

If it looks interesting, giving the first episode a watch can't hurt. 

Given that there is 27 years of the game (Fallout 1 released Sept. 30th 1997) and they *can* pull lore / canon from as much or as little as they wish to, its difficult to say 'If you enjoy *this show* then you'll enjoy *this show*'

calteg
calteg SuperDork
4/11/24 4:07 p.m.

Very, very, very hyped for this. Thanks for the spoiler-free tidbits guys. 

Tangentially related: The huge Fallout: London mod drops later this month

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
4/11/24 4:34 p.m.

I just read the Wikipedia page for both the show and the game, because I love origins and backstories.  I'm ready to watch this weekend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_(series)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_(American_TV_series)

Antihero
Antihero PowerDork
4/11/24 8:57 p.m.

Finished the season, I'd give it a 6/10

 

I'll definitely keep watching it but I had hoped for better

AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter)
AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
4/11/24 11:17 p.m.

I feel like when I was waiting for Fallout 3 and they made Fallout Tactics instead.  Meh, but I'll play through it once.

Antihero
Antihero PowerDork
4/12/24 1:56 a.m.
AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter) said:

I feel like when I was waiting for Fallout 3 and they made Fallout Tactics instead.  Meh, but I'll play through it once.

Funny because I said something similar to the wife but said the original Xbox Brotherhood of Steel game and not Tactics.

 

I don't want to do spoilers, so keeping it vague I'll say the main characters weren't likable to me at all which is weird because I think it's vital for a game based TV series/movie. You play the character in the game so it's hard if you don't like them.

I was very happy with the world they created and how it looked though.

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