So you agree Tommy and Joel have done bad things in order to survive. They were with the hunters for years. They are better people now but to say they are morally good people is debatable.
Yes, they and everyone else in that world did bad (in the ethics and morality of our world/context, not theirs) things to survive, because in that world is the only option and there's no place to our ethics and morality. It's like asking wild animals who act with ethics and morality, doesn't make sense. In their context animals attack and kill others, defend their territory against foreigners or steal each other to survive, not because they are evil.
They explain there that back then it was the norm but that Joel and his brother didn't like it and when possible moved away to smuggling.
I finished the remake 2 weeks ago so the story is very fresh to me again. I think the first episode was amazing. Its almost 1:1 with the game and dialogue. Some characters are questionable but they all do a good job acting. I just dont understand why Joel's daughter is half black with afro hair...its totally opposite of the white blonde from in game.
Some will say its "woke" but even then i dont get it...why such a switch. The girl did do a great job but considering everything else was great this kind of stuck out. Why cant it be just a regular white family instead of trying to include every race that makes no sense. Tommy also....the personality is the same but like...why not blondish guy, this Tommy looks Mexican honestly.
Well, nowadays tv shows are forced by a woke censorship team (using more friendly names) to include a certain quota or 'representation' of 'minorities' due to wokeness, if they don't fit some quotas they can't even participate in some awards.
But even considering that, I think Tommy and Joel's daughter actors are very talented professionals, very likable and do a great job, and are well integrated in the story. But regarding characterization I'd chosen something more similar to the game, as the great job they did with Joel, Marlene or Tess. They could have dyed their hair and chosen a more similar haircut for Tommy and the girl. I mean, the actress who plays Marlene has a different hairstyle in the real world but in the tv show they did put her a wig to make her look like in the game.
In the first episode had a small appeareance, but I think we'll like more this Tommy than the one from the game. The actor is very talented and out of the cast I think he's the only gamer and fan of the game before joining the project.
But well, I don't think these cases are an issue, because they do a great job and are well integrated in the story. Regarding wokism and TLOU what pissed me off was in TLOU2 when they wanted to paint their iconic, charismatic male character as evil and replace him with an uncharismatic poorly designed androginous ugly woman who also took care of a younger partner, in this case a trans. And was surrounded by a bunch of uncharismatic poorly built 'minorities' characters who added nothing to the story and where there as fillers wasting our times only to fill quotas. Plus well, they have that thing of make women uglier and manly, and show males as evil and violent ('toxic masculinity') etc.
In TLOU1 you had characters like Ellie, Bill or Marlene but were good, charismatic characters that had something to add to the story and their inclusion didn't feel forced at all. In fact I think they did a great job showing Ellie's sexuality explaining it in a natural and sensible way and was needed to show it because was an important part of the (Left Behind) story and to show a bit more of Ellie's background. It wasn't a case of 'hey, I'm an uncharismatic filler character of X minority who appears here for a few minutes and I don't add anything to the story (or I'm only here to be a bad replacement copy of beloved white/male character) but I'm here just to fill the representation quota checklist instead". And Joel actions were justified because were needed to survive in that wild, chaotic and super dangerous context plus the trauma he had with her loss not because 'white male are evil, toxic masculinity blabla'.