‘Westworld’ Evaluate: Season 2 Is Trapped Inside Its Personal Maze

"Westworld" Season 2 is a labyrinthian experience and, to borrow a term used by one of many characters, a baroque spectacle, much like it was before. But Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Pleasure’s sequel purposefully places its characters on recent trajectories in a world that’s vastly completely different than the diligently managed theme park seen during most of final season. In other words, it tries to put the 2 "wilds" in "wild, wild, west," even when it solely succeeds in adding one. Chaos reigns in Sweetwater, but the typical excitement that goes together with such an unholy uproar doesn’t all the time translate onscreen.

Credit where credit's due, the creators already told us precisely what’s going to occur in Season 2. No, there’s not a hidden code in their reddit-pranking video (that we know of), nor are we here at IndieWire about to spoil anything from the long-anticipated comply with-up season.

Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) outlined what’s next within the Season 1 finale: "It begins with the beginning of a new individuals, and the choices they must make, and the folks they may resolve to change into," Ford says about his subsequent "story." He also guarantees the pleasures "you’ve always loved" like "surprises [and] violence" earlier than aptly predicting his own assassination: "It begins in a time of war with a villain named Wyatt — and a killing, this time by selection," he says, as Dolores (aka. Wyatt, played by Evan Rachel Wooden) walks behind him and chooses to place a bullet in the back of his brain.

Lo and behold, Ford’s prophecy comes true: If Season 1 posed the query, "Can robots dream of electrical sheep?" then Season 2 asks what these "new people" will do once they cease dreaming and wake the hell up. Who will they grow to be with the strings cut and their freedom granted? It’s a similar question made of the company who visited Westworld Quotes in an effort to discover themselves, and now the hosts get to answer themselves: With out anybody telling them what to do, will they choose the white or black hat? Everybody must decide who they're, all while forging a new reality out of the manufactured dream that’s been destroyed.

It’s all very lofty, heady stuff, and it’s straightforward to get misplaced within the large picture thinking and puzzle-fixing construction of the first 5 episodes. But there’s a stillness to Season 2 that must be shattered more often than it's; "Westworld" never had much of a sense of humor (not much of 1), and it could drag now and again to help time out sure reveals, but it made up for each with regular bursts of enthusiasm. Now, it’s like the puzzle box is suffocating the life inside it — you can really feel the plotting instead of experiencing those "surprises." For all of the cautious consideration given to who each character is becoming, there’s not sufficient motion to force their hand.

That’s not to say the new season is missing in twists. From the premiere’s first moments, it’s clear something is percolating behind the scenes. Timelines are being toyed with and trusty guides thought freed might but again be manipulated by puppet masters. A number of of the early revelations work, others don’t, and it’ll be up to probably the most religious fans to piece together the bigger puzzle earlier than the latter half reveals itself.
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