What Time Is 'Westworld' On?
- Author: Terrell Bush Apr 24, 2018,
Apr 24, 2018, 3:35
The Westworld season two opener picks up right where season one left off, kind of, and in addition to featuring more revelations, riddles, and mysteries it also returns with a series standby - multiple timelines. Oh, how the tables have turned. There are no themes or contradictions left hanging around that the show hasn't already lectured us about explicitly and at length. The season 2 premiere, Journey Into Night, is jam-packed with reveals and twists, so let's dig in, shall we? It's a bit of a trippy, existential conversation, where the two discuss the potential meaning of dreams and, beyond that, the concept of what is real. Watch his face as he plays it coy with a possible mix of guilt and regret, and wonder what's really going on behind his eyes. We know that memory and time are unreliable things on this show, and the show has to adjust.
Something is very clearly wrong with Bernard. "I know how this story ends", Dolores whispers, a declaration that will haunt us all season whether we want it to or not. They both said it was very long, and Quarterman revealed he first tried out for Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright).
This episode was an excellent start to the season. Instead of beginning in a disorienting new context or with some unexpected fallout, Season 2 extends directly from the close of Season 1.
Delos is stealing the park's guests' DNA. Dolores is getting after them on horseback and shooting them in cold blood.
The storylines involving Dolores and Teddy take place in the aftermath of her killing Ford. According to the boy-host version of Ford, the Door is a way out, at least in the context of William's journey through the game of the park. "We're gonna have some fun", he tells his horse, and he's immediately proven correct as two hosts attack forcing him to defend himself and fight back without the safety harness of protocols. That effect has always been a key element of Westworld, creating a feeling of elliptical wanderlust based on a system that covertly changes around the characters and keeps them from ever finding existential closure. This world has consequences now. He could actually die, and that newfound sense of mortality is one shared with the hosts themselves.
Young host-Ford comes across William in the park. Much like the maze a year ago, we now have little or no idea what that means. However, it's clear that his presence is still going to be felt this season.
Thandie Newton, who was sitting next to Joy, nodding her head, chimed in. She too has become rather murder happy and is on a quest to find her child. Lee tries convincing Maeve her daughter is not real, but she threatens him. Maeve saves him. He offers to help her find whatever she is looking for.
Lastly, there's this plot thread with Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) and Bernard, who in a different timeline from several days before the cleanup crew gets there, are trying to get to an access point and call for help. He takes her to the map of the park only to find it is destroyed. Bernard then has a serious of flashes of events. Here, the show reaches it's intense and possibly confusing but definitely interesting climax.
If you think each of the hosts is waking up on different schedules, then I would say look for the holes in the armor. She shows compassion for a wounded female host, but she also shares that it's "in my code to prioritize my needs over others". How cool was that?
Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Will all of these violent delights have a satisfying end?
I watch it mostly to see all that HBO moolah do its thing.