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And welcome back to the Westworld reviews! I reviewed it during the last half of season 1after TVcom discontinued their reviews. I can’t say that I’m going to review all the remaining episodes. But we’re getting out of May sweeps, which gives me more time. So we’ll see.

The main reason I may not do it is that there’s not much for me to review weekly. Well, there is, but basically the show is still excellent. The whole thing is basically Person of Interest on steroids. AI, what is “human” and what isn’t, playing around with timelines, and so on.

To recap what has come so far in season 2: the Hosts (androids, or artificial life forms, or whatever you want to call them) are or were revolting. Like season 1, the show is juggling multiple timelines. We have the current post-revolution timeline, which features Bernard as the only person (although he’s an android duplicate of park co-creator Robert Ford’s partner Arnold) working with the Delos people sent in to clean up the mess. They’ve found a flooded valley filled with “dead” Hosts, including Teddy.

But most of the story is in the “sometime earlier” mode, where we see Delores, Teddy, Angela, and Delores/Wyatt’s “Horde” going on a rampage. They’ve teamed up with the Confederados, and then Delores set them up to be killed by Delos security so that she and her people could slip away.

There’s also Maeve, and her team of human Lee and fellow hosts Hector and Armistice. They’ve collected technicians Felix and Sylvester, and are trying to find Maeve’s daughter. Although Maeve’s feelings for her daughter may be part of her programming rather than “real” feelings. And that’s part of the whole storyline: what is “real” and what isn’t? Are Maeve’s feelings any less real for being programmed into her?


Also wandering through this is the Man in Black (Ed Harris), who is still playing a new version of Ford’s game. Or the next step, or something. Everyone seems to be trying to get to the secret weapon that William (The Man in the past, now Jimmi Simpson as a guest star in the flashbacks) built within the park. The Man seems to be torn by pangs of becoming a good man, after he used to be a good man (as William), and then lost Delores, took over Delos, and turned the park into an information-gathering project to find out things about the human guests.

We also get a new subplot, of a woman named Grace who escaped one of the other parks (Colonial India World, presumably) while searching for something big. She makes her way to Westworld, gets captured by the Ghost Tribe and escapes, finds The Man, and calls him “Daddy”.


Also somewhere in all of this but prior to the “present”, Bernard wanders off and eventually finds Elise, the technician who Ford had him knock out last season. She’s been a prisoner in a cave ever since, and the cave contains a hidden park lab where the technicians were apparently conducting secret research in “mining” information from the guests via the Hosts. Under Ford’s control, Bernard killed them all but Elise doesn’t know that. Elise does know that Bernard is a Host, and thinks that she can trust him. Can she? Who knows?

We also see more of the origins of Westworld and The Man. The show has presented his father-in-law, James Delos. We’ve seen how foreign investors convinced William’s brother-in-law Logan about how great their Hosts are, and William eventually convincing James to invest in Westworld. And then eventually taking over Delos, and trying to create a Host-James after the “real” James dies. That doesn’t work out, and 150 iterations of the Host James eventually break down.


And I’m sure there are a few dozen things that I’ve missed. But that sums up the basics. On to this week’s episode, "Akane No Mai".

We get a brief opening in the “present” with the Delos team, led by Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgad) leading the park recovery attempts and trying to find out what was going on. A third of the deactivated Hosts have had their brains reset, which presumably will mean something down the road. Bernard wanders through the Westworld HQ (i.e., the Mesa) and looks pensive. And that’s it for him this week.

A good chunk of the episode focuses on the adventures of Maeve & Co. They’ve made their way to Shogun World, which is supposedly less tame than Westworld. It doesn’t seem that much wilder. As narrative writer Lee admits, he pretty much ripped off his own stories to dump the Mariposa heist from Westworld, into a Mariposa geisha house heist in Shogun World. Instead of Maeve, Hector, and Armistice, we have Akane, Mushashi, and Hanaryo.


Akane has an actual daughter, or at least a daughter-figure, Sakura. The Shogun shows up and wants to take Sakura. And instead of following her programming and giving Sakura up, Akane rebels, kills the Shogun’s emissary, and the Shogun’s army attacks. They take Sakura, and Akane, Maeve, and Lee pose as the Chinese diplomats (the diplomat was killed during the heist). The Shogun is breaking down rather than being “woke”, and offers to give Sakura back if Akane will join her in dancing. He kills Sakura, and Akane eventually kills him.

During this, Hector and Armistice have been dealing with meeting their counterparts. And Lee has basically been snarking about how the Hosts are going off-script, they’ve ruined his stories, and providing helpful narrative tips to Maeve.


Although all of the other hosts seem to have figured out that Maeve can control them with her voice (due to her reprogramming herself in Season 1) and gag her at every opportunity, Maeve has discovered that she can control the Hosts mentally. At the end, the Shogun’s army charges the camp after Akane kills the Shogun, and Maeve grabs a katana and says that she’s figured out her new voice and it’s time to test it.

In the B plot, Delores and Teddy return to Sweetwater. Angela learns where the Delos people have taken Delores’ “father” Peter, who still has a mass of valuable data in his processing unit and it’s causing his “real” personality to break down. Delores is still invested in her father (even though they’re only father-daughter because of programming) and wants to rescue her by taking a train to his location. She realizes that Teddy is too kind-hearted to deserve the world she’s trying to take her men to, and after some softporn sex has a human technician that she’s picked up along the way reprogram Teddy’s personality even though it may destroy him in the process. This after two episodes ago when she set up the Confederados to be killed because they weren’t kind-hearted enough. So there seems to be a bit of conflict there for Delores.


That’s basically it. There’s lots of memory flashbacks of Maeve remembering her own daughter as she sees the relationship between Akane and Sakura. Felix and Sylvester are along for the ride, and Sylvester snarks about the situation and Felix. And Felix gripes at Sylvester because Sylvester thinks that Felix is Japanese when Felix is actually Chinese.

Overall, Westworld remains as intriguing as it did in season 1. Now that the creative team spent season 1 exploring whether the Hosts were “real”, they’ve determined that they are and are now exploring what being “real” means to a Host who has been programmed with memories and stories.

Maeve’s storyline is a bit more interesting, because she has a definite quest and she seems to have settled on pursuing it even though she knows that her feelings aren’t “real”. And taking her loyal band of followers with her. Delores’ goal is a bit vaguer: she knows that her feelings for Peter aren’t real, but it’s not as clear why she wants to act on those feelings by rescuing her. Or if rescuing him is secondary, and it just happens to coincide with whatever else she’s trying to do. Which seems to be to escape Westworld, as some kind of Host savior. But she seems willing to toss aside people loyal to her like Teddy, while Maeve seems a bit more interested in just getting her own and taking a few loyal followers with her. But is Hector really loyal to her, or is he just programmed that way?


The Man isn’t in this episode. And it’s not clear how he’s involved with everything else going on the preceding episodes. His quest to find the new end of the game doesn’t seem to tie in with Delores or Maeve. Eventually it seems like he will run into Delores since they’re heading the same direction. But will happen after that, now that the Man is softening up a bit and Delores is becoming harder… well, that’s why you keep tuning in, isn’t it?

What’s going on with Bernard? Again, who knows? It seems to tie into the whole “Delos is up to something fishy” thing. But Bernard has always been more of a plot point (“He’s not who you think!”) rather than a sympathetic character. So it’s hard for me to feel too involved with his malfunctions, his memory lapses brought on by the malfunctions, and his floating back and forth between past and present. This season they seem to be using hi more to drive the underlying mystery of what was Delos up to mining guest information. Which peripherally ties into The Man (since he apparently started the project) and Delores (whose father has the information in his head).


Overall, Westworld is still must-see viewing for me. Yes, it lacks the awe and mystery of season 1. And it lacks Anthony Hopkins, although Ford is still present through CGI in flashbacks, and taunting The Man through various Hosts. But to some degree Ford and Hopkins held the whole thing together. Without him, it seems like 3+ separate narratives, rather than something that Ford has been engineering all along.

And that’s part of the meta nature of the show: we’re getting narratives about narratives.

But that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. What do you think?
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Jul 11, 2018
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Jul 07, 2018
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May 30, 2018
It's still a fascinating show but, I'm finding it really hard to sympathize with anyone.
Who is supposed to be the protagonist?
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Jun 10, 2018
The closest you are going to get to a protagonist is Elsie. The female programmer that has been going around with Bernard. But she is likely dead since you don't see her in the future parts of the show.
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May 30, 2018
It's an ensemble. I don't think they have "protagonists" these days.
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May 24, 2018
Season 1 was slow. Season 2 is slower. Today's TV writers are becoming more and more adept at stretching a couple of simple plot points over 10+ episodes. This show is nicely done but it's dragging so much that the cons surpass the pros. Too bad.
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May 21, 2018
Thanks for doing these again.
I haven't been that impressed with season 2. I found the first 3 episodes quite boring and was about to drop it. Last week's was more interesting, but the latest episode had me nearly turning off before it was over.
The stories I'm interested in are probably those that weren't featured this week. I think, basically, I'm interested in what the humans are getting up to. Scenes that have robots talking to each other bore me, because I don't care.
This whole info gathering thing is the most intriguing thing for me. After the whole James Delos thing, I was wondering if the plan is to replace some of the guests with robots?
I'm vaguely interested in the Man in Black storyline, but not having any idea what this game is does make it hard to get in to. His daughter's plot could be good, too.
I don't get the Maeve storyline. She's searching for another robot. She knows it's a robot. At least there are some humans there with some amusing dialogue.
It seems that they know that there's not much going on, so they throw in a scene of robots fighting each other. But, I don't care which side wins.
Hopefully next week we'll come back to the plots I want.
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May 30, 2018
It's very slow. And it is really hard to figure out who we're supposed to root for. Who is the protagonist?
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