Westworld: Episode 2 Review

Westworld: Episode 2 Review

Note: We’re posting our review of Westworld’s second episode early because HBO has released the episode early to viewers on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO on Demand. That being the case, full spoilers for the episode follow – so go watch before you read on!. Much, if not all, of the material in the second episode of Westworld was going to be part of the pilot at one point – in what obviously would have been a mega-sized version. The decision to change this led to some big shifts, including a much bigger focus on Maeve (Thandie Newton) and the introductions of two major characters – Jimmi Simpson’s William and Ben Barnes’ Logan – being held until the second week. However, rather than leading to any sort of disjointed feeling, these changes worked incredibly well. I loved how the pilot was so focused on Dolores and her continuing “loops” in Westworld and now that we’ve had that perspective established, it felt right to now get a more traditional (in terms of storytelling) introduction into the park via two guests and what their experience is like. Continue reading…
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