Surprise, ‘The Last Of Us’ Episode 3 Is Being Review Bombed
The latest “that’s why we can’t have nice things” story in the media is that unfortunately, as might be expected, we still live in an era where one of the best TV episodes in recent memory can be bombarded with criticism for simple homophobia .
There is no other legitimate explanation for what is going on with The Last of Us, Episode 3, Long, Long Time, which tells the tragic but beautiful love story of Bill and Frank, played by Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett. Despite deviating from the series’ main characters and even the events of the original game, the episode received critical acclaim before it aired and lived up to the hype, bringing millions to tears when Episode 3 saw viewer ratings surge yet again.
The episode’s unequivocal quality hasn’t stopped trolls from following it on IMDB, where 30,468 people have given it 1-star reviews, splitting a well-known “review bomb” with a hugely disproportionate number of 1-star, 28 .4% of reviews, including case. In contrast, the first two episodes had 1.4% and 1.6% 1-star ratings instead. These episodes average a 9.2/10, while Long, Long Time is far lower at 7.9/10. Overall, The Last of Us is still a 9.3/10, one of the top rated TV series on IMDB overall.
The numbers show that men rated it 1.5 points lower than female users on average. Non-US users rated it 0.8 lower than US users. While some go through the 1-star ratings, some state directly that they dislike the “agenda” (a two-man love story) presented in the episode, while many are content with simply describing the episode as “boring,” ” Unnecessary” or “unnecessary” to designate too great a deviation from the source material. But there’s a lot of “Replace this couple with a straight one and no one would have liked this episode!!” Come on.
I’m obviously excited to see how that same fan base will react to the airing of another upcoming episode. spoiler for the show, but if you’ve played the game’s DLC you’ll know what I’m talking about.
There will be an episode exploring some of Ellie’s backstory, which is her relationship with Riley. The two share a kiss in-game, and this is the first hint of Ellie’s sexuality, which is explored in more detail in Part 2. Even though the DLC segment is pretty action packed, if you have a lot of low ratings and “boring” comments, you’ll obviously know why.
It sucks that we’re still at this point in the media landscape, but I guess it’s no surprise either. Maybe this episode changed a few hearts and minds, despite what these reviews say.
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