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Fallout: From video game franchise to TV series


Fallout has been a beloved video game franchise for almost 2 decades now with many different versions and games being released over the years and now, the game is getting its TV series which will bring in more new fans.

The Fallout TV series is based on the post-apocalyptic role-playing game in the mid-22nd century. It takes place after a nuclear explosion due to a nuclear war between the United States and China. Earth has been turned into a wasteland where – even after two centuries – the effects of the atomic blasts can still be felt with radiation, monsters, diseases, homicides, starvation and more plaguing the world. The first game was released in 1997. The protagonist is known as the “Vault Dweller” who has to go find a computer chip up in the Wasteland to replace the broken water supply system in their underground home known as the Vault, or more specifically, Vault 13. There are 9 games and spinoffs of the video game including 6 role-playing games, one squad-based role-playing game, a dungeon-crawler role-playing game, and one simulation game. 

While the Fallout TV series is not specifically based on one of the games in particular, it still takes place during the aftermath of the nuclear explosion in the year 2296. A woman named Lucy leaves her vault to go to the wasteland of Los Angeles to search for her kidnapped father. Along her adventure to find him, she meets a bounty hunter who is also a ghoul: a human who survived the atomic blast but is severely mutilated due to the radiation. The radiation also significantly extends their lifespans but transforms their physical look into a zombie-like appearance. Lucy also meets a Brotherhood of Steel Squire which is an organization in their post-apocalyptic world that collects and preserves technology from the world. However, the organization does not share any of it with anyone even if it could help improve life in the Wasteland. 

The TV series has gotten excellent reviews with a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.6 out of 10 on IMDb, and an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Additionally, the series is popular with fans who have watched it. This show is proving to be an excellent TV adaptation. The show has been renewed for a second season this month, hoping to continue its success with fans and critics! Season one is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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Arisa Rahman is a contributor for the Kingsley Voice. She has been a part of the team since 2023.

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