Is Westworld all it could be?
I’m new here. I have been listening to the podcasts of different shows for a long time. I recently heard good things about Westworld, so I decided to check it out. I binged both seasons over the past three weeks. Season one hooked me. Season two lost me, or at least cooled me off to the show. There are so many great things this show could have become, as evidenced by S02/E08 (Kiksuya). Instead, season two for the most part resulted in a conflation of pretentious and often confounding concepts that often dismissed the central premise the series was building, which is that sentient beings suffer real consequences for their actions. Through more thoughtful character development and less Die Hard style gun battles, Westworld could have truly become the think piece it set out to be. Instead, at the end of season two I feel a disappointment because the series fell so short of achieving its potential. Was season two a transitional season that provided the groundwork for the show’s true purpose, or just a demonstration of uninspired writing that is hoping to get over on non-linear pseudo-intellectualism to mask its shortcomings? In short, is Westworld all it could be?