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I really loved Ashley's performance as well, it was a nice touch to have her play Ellie's mom.Yeah but they also showed stuff like Marlene's relationship with Ellie's mother, whom was played quite well by Ashley Johnson. Not as much to my liking, but they also showed Bill's relationship with Frank, and I'm sure some appreciated that.
So overall I think they've thought about not just the game fans, but TV fans in general. I think their goal was similar to that of the Halo TV series, to not just bring the game to TV format, but adapt it to that format, and I think they've done well at that.
I find as far as appeasing game fans goes though, they have pretty much included all the emotionally driven scenes, especially with Joel and Ellie. In a few cases they don't do it verbatim and make minor changes, but the end result is very similar and good viewing IMO.
I go back and forth on how they handled Bill. I do love that they fleshed out Bill and Frank's relationship more but I wish that they would have shortened it more, and have it to where Bill lives to meet Ellie and Joel on their journey and to see the banter that takes place between them.
It's a respectful adaptation but there's things I wish would have been handled differently. But I'm not sure how they'll handle the bloated story of TLOU Part II, if they're cramming it into 9 episodes again.
Recently re-watched Alien: Covenant. I'm a real sucker for the Alien movies and I can't help but like them all. Still, Covenant is the one I like least. I think it suffers too much from identity crisis and wasted potential. An Engineer city could have been something really special, but there's little "biomechanical" visual spectacle on offer. The Neomorph could have been so much creepier. It baffles me that they cut those shots of it stalking Rosenthal with its uncanny human-like walk. I also hate what they did with Shaw and feel that it undermines the ending of Prometheus. Still, Michael Fassbender was really great as David (and Walter) once again. That guy can really act!
Alien (and Predator) is another fandom favorite for me!
I actually really like Alien Covenant but I agree that there were some missed opportunities with the story and setting. I was hoping that they could help, somewhat, correct some of it by having some flashbacks of David and Shaw on the Engineer planet in another sequel/prequel but that clearly wont be happening now...
I loved the Neomorphs and thought they were actually pretty creepy! The should have stuck with just the Neomorphs for the whole movie before introducing the Alien/chestburster at the end... Would have been a lot better.