Westworld: “The Passenger” (S02E10)

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Westworld has been an excellent example of great science fiction in its relatively short lifespan. It asked questions about humanity’s true nature as we followed a “robot apocalypse.” There were some genuinely shocking and often emotional moments in the second season. However, it would also stumble as it sometimes wallowed in its…

Westworld: “Vanishing Point” (S02E09)

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS This stain… Ed Harris’ sadistic villain has been one of the most compelling characters on Westworld. Responsible for some of the most heinous acts on the show, Will has been self reflective this season. He has been fully aware of who he was…take that confession to his wife Juliet (Sela Ward). When…

Westworld: “Kiksuya” (S02E08)

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Wow… “Kiksuya” was one of the most powerful episodes of Westworld’s second season…possibly the series. Beautiful cinematography, lyrical writing, and powerful performances came together perfectly to completely destroy our hearts while also answering a few long time questions. This was a master work. This episode took some risks. It completely shifted focus away…

Westworld (S02E07) “Les Ecorches”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Bloody battles, deaths and an important resurrection made this episode of Westworld one of its most eventful. “Les Ecorches” was an entertaining and thought provoking watch, as expected, but it often felt rushed. There were some show-shaking bombs in this episode, but it didn’t give those moments a chance to register. But…

Westworld (S02E06) “Phase Space”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS “Phase Space” was one of the busier episodes of Westworld’s second season, with nearly every major character’s story taking significant steps forward. However, it stayed true to the show’s most important themes as the Host revolution raged on. Several characters chased illusions about themselves, some more delusional than others. In the fight…

Westworld (S02E05) “Akane No Mai”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS American Westerns and Japanese Samurai films have always shared the same DNA. Lone gunslingers and ronin. Charismatic madams and geishas. So it came as no surprise that Westworld brought their Western heroes together with the legendary samurai. Much was made about “Shogun World” in the lead up to “Akane No Mai,” and…

Westworld (S02E04) “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Now that was more like it. The Riddle of the Sphinx was the best episode of Westworld’s second season so far, possibly the whole series. The episode focused on the compellingly complex William (Ed Harris/Jimmi Simpson) and the fractured memories of Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), switching between past and present. Like the pieces…

Westworld (S02E02) “Reunion”

Despite the flashbacks creating a haphazard pace, “Reunion” pushed towards a compelling mystery in “The Valley Beyond”

Westworld (S02E01) "Journey Into Night"

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS After a very long and arduous wait, those violent delights have made their return. While Westworld’s first season’s finale wrapped up quite a bit, it did leave some tantalizing threads for the second season to explore. Where exactly will the Host revolution lead? What kind of leader would the eerily charismatic Dolores (Evan…