When it was announced, many of us cheered with joy and excitement. In this new era of audiovisual content, where four major companies are vying with each other, adaptations of books and video games for the small screen are more sought after than ever before.
In the gaming world, the Fallout saga is among the most beloved, for many reasons. That’s why when we learned that Amazon was going to produce a series based on the Fallout universe, the excitement was through the roof.
And today, a few months after its announcement, we have the first images from the filming. We don’t want to jump the gun, but the look of it is incredible.
What will this series called Fallout be about?
In the new series, which will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 12, a nuclear war breaks out on Earth in the year 2077, in an era of robots, hover cars, and a deep and enduring nostalgia for the United States of the forties. This is exclusively reported by Vanity Fair.
Everything, from clothing to entertainment, including vehicles, mimics the appearance of that past era, albeit with a touch of science fiction. That retro-futuristic aesthetic was one of the charms of the successful video game series that inspired the show.
The mass extinction is just the starting point of the Fallout series, developed for television by the creators of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan, and Lisa Joy.
Following the fiery clouds, the story progresses 219 years. How did humanity fare in those two centuries? Lucy, one of the protagonists (portrayed by Ella Purnell), has no clue. She has lived her entire life inside an underground chamber, where all her needs and desires have been met while generations await the day it’s safe to venture to the surface.
When a crisis forces Lucy on a rescue mission, she discovers that the planet remains a hellish landscape plagued by giant insects, ravenous mutant creatures described as “abominations,” and a human population of sun-scorched miscreants who make the manners, morals, and hygiene of an Old West gunslinger seem akin to Downton Abbey.
Lucy is friendly but naive. In the Fallout universe, those lucky enough to survive the apocalypse in underground communities only had that option because they had money.
Forcing innocent Lucy into this sadistic and Darwinian remnant of civilization opens the door for Fallout to explore social satire, action, and adventure. Similar to the success of HBO’s The Last of Us, also adapted from a highly successful video game, the end of the world provides a significant opportunity to comment on the real world.