Should You Try It: Fallout on Prime Video

New series on Prime Video adapted from the popular video game
Ella Purnell (Lucy) in Fallout. Credit: JoJo Whilden/Prime Video © 2024 Amazon Content Services LLC
Ella Purnell (Lucy) in Fallout. Credit: JoJo Whilden/Prime Video © 2024 Amazon Content Services LLC /

We’re rapidly moving toward summer, but as we do the new series just keep coming. That includes highly anticipated series, like the one featured today. If you’re trying to figure out which of these options is worth your time, let us help! Today, we’re exploring a video game adaptation for Prime Video, Fallout.

Series: Fallout

Where to Find It: All eight episodes are now available to stream on Prime Video.

What’s It About: As the name would suggest, we get a world that is in the wake of some terrible events. In the pilot, we’re dropped into Los Angeles in the 1950s, in the wake of World War II. We’re in the Nuclear Age, and there is plenty of concern that the proliferation of those weapons is going to lead to an all-out war. It isn’t long before that war comes.

Flash-forward 219 years, and we are introduced to a group of people trying to survive in the world left behind. Lucy (Ella Purnell) is in a shelter. These strategic shelters were a place for humanity to survive and thrive despite the raging nuclear war above. The people living there view themselves as humanity’s last hope. When her shelter—No. 33—is attacked and her father (Kyle MacLachlan) kidnapped, Lucy has the leave her sheltered home and venture to the surface.

There, she encounters Maximus (Aaron Moten). He’s part of the Steel Workers guild, and they seem to aim to help keep the peace on what’s left of the wasteland above. He is a squire when we meet him, but when his knight is killed, he assumes the mantle himself.

Finally, we’re introduced to The Ghoul (Walton Goggins). He’s disfigured but a heck of a bounty hunter. He was once an actor named Cooper who resided in Los Angeles when the bombs originally fell. How he’s still alive, and how he got to this condition, remains something of a mystery. But all of them are drawn to a scientist (Michael Emerson), who might hold the key toward preserving the future.

You Should Try It If: You’re a fan of ambitious drama series, a fan of action series, or were a fan of the game upon which the series is based.

One Man’s Opinion of Fallout

This series is based on the popular video game and comes from producers Jonathan Nolan and his wife, Lisa Joy, who previously adapted Westworld. Nolan directed the first three episodes, including the pilot, as well. The episodes run anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes, with all eight available, making it a bingeable option.

I’m not familiar with the game, but I was intrigued by the concept and the production and cast. This series didn’t disappoint. The pilot grabs you and serves as a great entry point to the series. It’s on the violent side, but it has some good performances and a creative way of introducing the world and our main characters.

I’ve seen the first five episodes, and I’m enjoying the journey. There’s plenty of action and an interesting world to explore, but there are also lighter moments. That includes some black comedy that is fun and appealing. This has been an enjoyable ride and one that I’m excited to finish.

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