Westworld Season 2 (2018) - so far!
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, James Marsden
Created by: Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy
My 2 Cents:
WARNING: MILD SPOILERS!
The new season opens with a nice recap of season 1, and then takes a leisurely stroll around the Westworld park to reintroduce the show’s main players. Delores (Even Rachel Wood) has gone all, western themed Terminator, Maeve (Thandie Newton) begins her search for her robot daughter, The Man in Black (Ed Harris) enjoys the now deadly high-stakes theme park (which he now wants to destroy I think), and Teddy follows Delores around like a loyal puppy (for now, maybe). Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), so far, is mostly walking about confused and still unable to look directly through his glasses! He seems to be trying to solve a mystery of his own that involves Delores’s daddy-bot.
The first three episodes do a decent job of reminding you of what came before, while also setting up new themes and mysteries. The show’s non-linear approach to storytelling continues, and more theme parks are brought into the mix. This sets up plenty for fans of the show to speculate about as the various characters explore their agendas (here’s one, is The Man in Black a robot?). Westworld’s pacing and tone, from the revamped opening credits to the bigger story components are consistent with season 1. Fans of the show will likely be intrigued with the show’s direction and not be disappointed.
As with season 1, the cast and writing are superb. I wasn’t overly blown away with the idea that part of this season is basically a topical conversation about online privacy concerns, but loved everything Delores, Maeve, and The Man in Black were doing. This is one of the best shows on TV. Confusing, challenging, and thought-provoking. I’m looking forward to seeing how all this plays out.
Am I in for the entire season? Yeehaw! I’ll update this page after the season ends.