Play With Us! (episode 1)
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play with us! (episode 1)
Naughty Dog revisited this iconic opening, and the entirety of the first game, with The Last of Us Part I, currently available for PlayStation 5 and available for pre-purchase on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store ahead of its March 3 launch. With such an important sequence, as with the entire remake, the team sought to honor the original story being told and the gameplay experience being delivered, enhancing it with modern technology to bring out the emotion of the sequence as much as possible.
All the work done on Part I comes back to bringing forth that emotional honesty in the sequence, but in greater detail and nuance than ever before. That can mean everything from the vignettes Joel, Tommy, and Sarah pass by in their car to the cacophony that greets them in town and the way non-player characters react to the horror around them.
From Chernobyl director Craig Mazin and The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann, HBO's adaptation of the Naughty Dog survival series debuted on Sunday. The emotional, intense debut episode introduced viewers to America in 2023 (eep), hurtled into an apocalypse with the global outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus. Here, Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal) and his partner Tess (Anna Torv) have one job: to get 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) safely across the country crawling with Infected and militaristic, murderous humans.
The episode ended with one elongated dolly shot, showing a radio in Joel and Tess' empty apartment in the Boston Quarantine Zone (QZ) playing Depeche Mode's 1987's track "Never Let Me Down Again" from the English group's album Music for the Masses. But what did it mean?
The clue to this final moment emerges when Ellie is first brought to Joel's apartment after being handed over by Marlene (Merle Dandridge) and the Fireflies. They're killing time until nightfall, before Tess, Joel, and Ellie plan to escape the QZ and head out on their journey. As Joel and Tess have a private conversation in the hallway about stopping by to see their pals Bill and Frank (yet to feature in the series but they'll be played by Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett) and stock up on supplies, Ellie investigates her new surroundings, finding a radio and a copy of The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. Flicking through the book, she finds a note that reads:
As Ellie correctly guesses, anything played over the radio released in the '60s means Bill and Frank have no new stock, the '70s means new stock, and anything from the '80s means trouble. Ellie guesses this by telling Joel that Wham's 1984 single "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" played when he was sleeping. "Code broken," she whispers after his worried reaction.
At the close of the episode after the three have escaped the QZ, the radio begins playing Depeche Mode's 1987 track in Joel and Tess' empty apartment, which means trouble is afoot. Sadly, they've already left by the time the song is broadcast. Eep.
Depeche Mode's lyrics could be considered ironically thematic too, in terms of Ellie and Joel's perilous journey and their strained, tumultuous relationship: "I'm taking a ride with my best friend / I hope he never lets me down again / He knows where he's taking me / Taking me where I want to be / I'm taking a ride with my best friend."
The Last of Us airs Sundays on HBO in the US and Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK. For more from the HBO series, check out our guide to the major Last of Us episode 1 changes from the games and a terrifying look at the Cordyceps fungus. Discover when the next episode is dropping with our Last of Us release schedule.
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The first episode that True American is featured is in season 1, episode 20 titled "Normal." The episode kicks off with the boys playing the game and Jess is on her date with Russell. She hurries back to the loft fearing the boys "need" her and not only exclaims, "don't play True American without me" but ropes Russell into the game too.
This first episode is the best way to find the rules of the game. We learn there are four zones, an alternate crazy zone, a trail of chairs, the floor is lava, pawns (beers) are soldiers of the secret order, the king of the castle (Jack Daniels/hard liquor) is in the center of the pawns, and it all starts with a shotgun tip off. Then, all exclaim, "1, 2, 3, 4! JFK! FDR!"
This episode features the game, but "with a sexy new twist: Clinton Rules. Pick your intern." Someone is the president and the vice president. Exclamations of, "I am not a crook!" and "Westward-ho, son, westward ho!" are shouted. This episode also features Nick and Jess sharing their first kiss.
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Warning! This article contains spoilers for The Last of Us episode 1 and game.The Last of Us episode 1 ends with some foreshadowing connected to Joel's radio. After Joel and Tess are left with Ellie by Marlene and the Fireflies, Tess leaves in order to scout the trio's way out of the Boston quarantine zone. This leaves Joel and Ellie to pass time in a regular spot used by the former and Tess during their smuggling runs.
There, Ellie finds a radio with a catalog of Billboard radio hits next to it. Inside the catalog, Ellie finds a code from a duo named Bill and Frank. The book explains that if a song from the 60s plays, Frank and Bill have nothing new. If a song from the 70s plays, they have new products. However, next to the 80s is a red X which Ellie asks Joel about before he angrily takes the book from her. The end of the episode then cuts back to the radio, only this time with a specific song playing that means big things for The Last of Us going forward.
The reason why the song is bad news for Joel is set up in the scene just after Joel wakes up, and Ellie tricks him into revealing what an 80s song means. Ellie tells Joel that the radio played while he was asleep. When he asks which song played, Ellie replies with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," a song released by Wham! in 1984. Joel reacts negatively to this, leading Ellie to deduce that an 80s song on the radio means Bill and Frank, on the other end, have encountered trouble of sorts.
This explains why "Never Let Me Down Again" playing is bad. The song was released in 1987, meaning Frank and Bill, the latter played by Nick Offerman and the former by Murray Bartlett, are in danger. Shortly before Ellie finds out about the radio or its code, she overhears Joel and Tess stating they should visit Bill and Frank to stock up on gear for their journey to find Tommy. With Joel and Tess planning to head to Bill and Frank's after delivering Ellie to the Fireflies, he will likely encounter the same danger the latter duo was trying to warn the former of.
This begs the question of who Bill and Frank are. The Last of Us episode 1 makes it clear that they are business partners of Tess and Joel. Joel wanting to head to the duo's place for supplies, as well as the code alerting Joel whether Frank and Bill - who can fix an LGBTQ representation mistake of the game - have new suppliesf is enough to indicate that they are also smugglers of some kind. Per the game, Bill and Frank live in a town just outside of Boston regularly provide Joel and Tess with weapons, ammo, or cars in exchange for whatever they have to offer.
In the game, Joel and Ellie visit the town, and only Bill is there. Joel, Ellie, and Bill find Frank's body, who hung himself after being bitten by the infected. Frank does not appear in the game besides this, though HBO's The Last of Us looks to change this. Frank is seen in the trailer for The Last of Us, and episode 1 makes it clear that Joel thinks Bill and Frank are still together at this point. The two will undoubtedly play a big part in future episodes of The Last of Us, as foreshadowed by their warning of danger for Joel, Tess, and Ellie's journey into the wilderness.