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Aided by its excellent ensemble cast, "Chestnut" deepens and expands Westworld's captivating mythology by revealing the park through the eyes of a first-time guest and diving further into the lives of its robotic residents.
This second episode really makes me excited to see what else there is to Westworld.
If last week it felt like you were being chucked in at the deep end, episode two comes off as more of a pilot. But that's part of the appeal for Westworld.
Dolores is a prism through which we can view Westworld's developing themes; individual agency, the power of memory, the role of women in a chauvinist world and, of course, what makes a human.
While episode 2, titled "Chestnut," isn't as long as the pilot, there is still plenty to unpack, and it might help to have an extra few days to chew everything over.
Based on the first episode, and now Episode 2, Westworld has reached a crucial inflection point in its existence.
Finally, we see the front end, the sales floor for Westworld. This shit looking like they dipped Mall of America in even more privilege.
Westworld hasn't delivered a ton of garish things (or at least it hasn't focused on them in the same way other HBO shows might). It's much more preoccupied with the subtleties and details.
. . .the show is exploring the way poetry can creep in with depth and damage, infecting the park's clean, shallow, purely entertaining code.
If Westworld was a book, it would be un-put-down-able.
While relatively artificial in stilted emotion, writer-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy extend the next strand of narrative layering to their Westworld design.
In theory, it is ridiculous to feel bad for a robot. And yet here we are, only two hours into Westworld's freshman run, and I'm ready to make like Harry Potter's Hermione Granger and start a Society for the Protection of Host Welfare.
Westworld wants to be about everything from the word go. And while the pilot mostly managed this task, the second episode keeps piling storylines and ideas on top of one another until it sags beneath their weight.