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Old habits die hard in "Journey Into Night," but new mysteries, satisfying character development and a brilliant, enigmatic performance from Evan Rachel Wood keep the intrigue alive.
It does feel like the creative team have learned a few of the lessons of the first season, doling out more information and solving smaller riddles within each episode while laying breadcrumbs towards the bigger questions.
Part of the fun in watching this second season play out will be in seeing if they can stick the landing this time.
Performance-wise, there were some incredible moments here: Getting to see Evan Rachel Wood shift personalities between the rancher's daughter and Wyatt was just incredible.
These violent delights really do have have violent ends. Which are also, this being the season premiere, violent beginnings. Not just violent, either: sadistic.
Congratulations, you've made it much further than the Man in Black ever did in that silly maze.
Westworld is cracking open to show us what's in the rest of the park, and what's beyond it. It's thrilling, dazzlingly confident stuff, but it's not giving all its secrets away cheaply. There are some wonderful surprises in the hours to come.
I know it's the first episode and we have so much more to go, but really doe, things are as bad as they've ever been.
It's a clever way to set up a new mystery that leaves the maze behind, and as the creators have teased, moves towards the door as a thematic thruline for the season.
Truth be told, as happy as I was at its return, I felt a bit let down by the season two premiere.
Yes, Westworld answers questions, and then it asketh us some more.