Any marginal increase in quality in last week’s episode of The Last of Us was eradicated and regressed in this week’s episode 5, “Endure and Survive.” The justifications and explanations that episode 4 required of “Endure and Survive” are not explained or developed cohesively. The one reason for a major coincidence that “Endure and Survive” offers merely creates a brand new, narrative-eroding contrivance. Episode 4 is worse in retrospect because of the many failings of “Endure and Survive.” The other prevalent issues of The Last of Us are still very much present in this episode, such as extreme and unnecessary bloat, wooden acting, cheap and shallow dialogue, and an almost allergic aversion to basic character development – of its lead characters no less than its supporting...
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Feb 11th 2023