Spoilers ahoy ye matey!
So, I was on a two-week ban and unable to post my thoughts on the series last week as I originally intended, (cc: @MattyFTM, this is all your fault), but I found myself... not really impacted as much as other people were. Overall I think the story is well told, has some good/interesting characters, and an expected dour ending. I think the pacing is well done, but I became far less interested in the story once the gang hit Savannah. I wasn't a huge fan of losing most of the people I met in the first two episodes in the following episode or two, though their departures were met with much emotion. The most interesting characters were pretty much all characters from episodes one through three, and Molly from episode four who I thought was absolutely awesome, (I've always been attracted to loner-type characters).
It doesn't help the game was spoiled for me a few times (Clementine having to make a choice in episode five, Kenny losing Katjaa and Duck), but I thought the game started as an absolute fucking emotional banger. I almost lost my shit during episode one when you kill the first zombie, and Clementine is standing in frame while you're just pounding this zombie's face in. I had to set the controller down for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. Making the choice between Carley and Doug was painful, chopping that dude's leg off was fucked up and the old man getting his head smashed in with a salt block was pretty fucked up, as is pretty much everything from episode two. Episode three didn't impact me too much beside the argument outside the trailer and Carley getting did real rotten. That shit got to me. Episode four is whatever, episode five is whatever.
Yeah, there's not much to say about the last two other then I was genuinely surprised when Lee was bitten by a walker. It was just a good moment of a big sigh and saying, "fuckin'... fuck!" I'm more interested in the final scene with Clementine at the very, very end of the game out in the countryside.
I think the issue I have with parts of the game is this is the zombie apocalypse, so you expect some fucked up shit to happen. And they do the entire Dawn Of The Dead remake thing where the nice guy is going to end up going in a real bad way. Like I said, the starting characters are golden, and Christa is really great. Omid is just a derpy kind of character who just gets hurt and Ben is just annoying. Kenny ended up being a bit of a dick towards the end so even I was like, "man, fuck him!"
So yeah, not much else to say. I'm interested for what's in store for season two. I guess I'm also interested in who else holds a similar viewpoint of season one? There were some good moments but overall I wasn't feeling it.