Westworld Season 2: Thoughts so far

Not only is my attraction for Evan Rachel Wood growing, but my love for this show is as well. If you haven’t caught up with the first season of Westworld, I suggest you give it a go. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this show, but it really got me hooked after the first episode.

If you’re not sure what Westworld is about, think robots, adult playgrounds, evil corporations and artificial intelligence…Ahead are some spoilers for the first few episodes of the second season. If you haven’t seen any, I suggest you stop reading here.

The Timelines

Westworld loves a good timeline mix-up, and I’m glad that they carried this theme through to the second season. During the first few episodes, the timeline switches are made a little more noticeable, such as through flickering lights and flash changes during a scene. In the first season, we had no idea that the timelines were switching up (unless you cottoned on quite early). I was quite surprised at the end of the first season. But where timelines are used as a plot device in the first season, I get the feeling that timelines are needed in the second season just to show, if anything, the information we need as an audience to understand the pragmatics of the story.

Good and Evil

With Dolores/Wyatt taking centre stage this season, we’re really made to question whether she’s fighting for good, or if she’s becoming the villain. During season 1, we find ourselves almost egging her on to explore herself and find out what’s truly happening. But once this awakening takes place, Dolores intends to start an all-out war with the humans. I mean, I totally get it, I’d be pretty pissed if I was being used as a sexbot.

Originally, I really wanted the freedom for the hosts that had been “awakened”, but with Dolores and Mave taking things to the next level (how can Mave kill hosts with her mind?!) I’m really not sure on what to think anymore.

Expanding Worlds

One thing I absolutely love this season on Westworld is the expansion of worlds. We catch a glimpse of a wild jungle theme “park” a few episodes in, and in the last episode, we got to see the beautiful Japanese themed world. I really like the inclusion of this, it shows just how large the park is, and how immersive it can be for guests who want to experience another era.

The Cure to Life

Although it hasn’t been explored just yet in the show, the cure for life is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. One of the shareholders in the corporation that produces Westworld is William’s father in law. In the last episode, we caught a glimpse of what is really going on. Essentially, they’re trying to upload consciousness into a host. So far, attempts seem to be unsuccessful, but with the sudden reappearance of Ford, have they finally managed to bring someone back from the grave? I’m sure we’ll soon find out.

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