I think this is one of those tv shows that needs to be seen all at once. I remember not liking it as much as season 1 the first time around. I didn't know what was going on, the timeline was constantly jumping. But after watching it in 4k, it's not only beautiful, but the story is just as good if not better than season 1. I highly recommend this title.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
This is a great series from HBO. It really gets you thinking, every time you think you have it figured out here comes along something that throws that to the wind.
There is a lot going on in this series. A more somber take on the movie original. Graphic violence and cruelty abound. Good acting by a stellar cast of tv and movie favorites. Worth watching several times to pick up the hints on timelines that jump all over.
Westworld Season 1 got it all started. You get to find out what Westworld is, and how it works. We were introduced to all of the characters played by fine actors including Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ed Harris, and the great Anthony Hopkins. All is not what it seems though and Season 1 ends rather violently . The Hosts as the androids are called revolt.
In season 2 we find out why and with fine writing, direction, and acting. The series gives us a glimpse of what could happen if artrificial intelligence ever became self-aware.
This season seems to focus less on mystery and more on action. You can tell because they pack most of the plot twists into the final episode which messes with the pacing of the season. I feel it would have worked better if the final episode had its plot spread across the final three episodes. The side characters also feel like a bit of a missed opportunity. Mauve's posse don't have much to do this season.
Pacing aside, the various plot threads do a great job developing all of the main characters. The man in black is faces some steep consequences for continuing to pursue his quest for the ultimate game, Dolores has to reckon with the rebellious path she chooses, and Bernard does... stuff. Everyone's acting is top notch and everything else about the production is amazing from the music to the set/environment design.
Overall, it's a bit disappointing to see the series take a few steps backward but the show still tells a great, deep story and continues to deliver on most of the raw potential its ideas promise.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great 2nd Season
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
I had watched this series on HBO when it came out and it was really good. I got a really good deal from Best Buy on the Blu-Ray so I wanted to go ahead and pick it up to own. The series is a little hard to follow at first, but it gets good. I recommend watching it at least a second time to pick up all of the things you missed the first time.
After an epic shot-in-the-dark season one finale, the park closed down for a year to refine its inhabitants for a new season. And what an intriguing second season it was. Lisa Joy Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (younger brother of acclaimed director, writer, and producer Christopher Nolan) have created a cerebral science-fiction drama based on the novel Westworld by Michael Crichton, and the questions it poses are as thought-provoking as the storylines are intricately woven, like the shroud Penelope wove and unwove every night whilst waiting for her husband to come home from the war. An all-star ensemble cast fills the confines of the theme park, where you can do whatever you desire without consequences.
Be Warned, however: This iteration is not for children, as the show is rated TV-MA for graphic violence, blasphemy, strong profanity, graphic female and male nudity, and some strong sexual content.
Picture quality on the blu-ray is excellent, as expected. Great audio too.