‘The Last of Us’ Series Premiere Recap: Fungus Among US

A scene from “The Last of Us,” which begins in 2003

as a father and his daughter (Pedro Pascal and Nico Parker) race to escape a deadly contagion

An fungus known as Cordyceps infiltrates humanity, turning the organism’s many victims into zombie

-like creatures bent on mindlessly making more of their kind.

The Last of Us drew breathless praise from reviewers

but that’s not particularly unusual

Before Sarah leaves for school,

she nips into Joel’s room and grabs his watch and some cash.