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"The Bicameral Mind" brings Westworld's first season to an explosive end while opening up a brave new world for the series to explore in season two.
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's show is perhaps one of the best programs on television right now, and the finale, "The Bicameral Mind," helped illustrate why.
The episode was masterfully constructed, with pieces perfectly falling into place for the uninitiated while never letting up on the action and new reveals for those already on board.
The show's complicated threading of flashbacks and flash-forwards ultimately has revealed a recognizable, even familiar, design: a linear narrative beginning 35 years in the past and concluding in the finale's violent end.
Westworld might not have been a perfect show, but it kind of was? I mean, I'm a very satisfied customer.
The finale's embrace of artificiality - followed by the all-too-real deaths that ensue - speaks to the show's dedication to dancing with reality. We end Season 1... knowing more than we might expect, but there's still so much we don't really understand.
The final episode of Westworld season one was a brain-frying delight
"Frustrating but fascinating" is sort of where I fall on Westworld's first season overall.
In Season 1 of Westworld, love transcending time and lost memory is The Prestige-and, really, we should have seen it coming.
The creators weren't kidding when they alluded that all of the questions would be answered, and we got a delightful, violent push into Westworld Season 2.
For all my complaints, I still stand by my assertion that Westworld is one of the best dramas of the year.
The shift from not-so-secretive storyline maneuverings and twists to exuberant and bombastic spectacle gave the season two remarkably well-made bookends, something that seems all too rare on television nowadays.
We have opened the mystery box and found a wonderfully thoughtful gift inside. It's an elegantly formed slice of misanthropic sci-fi. It is violent, and it is delightful. A fitting Christmas present after a year like 2016, indeed.