HBO

Westworld Season 2 (2016-?)


Westworld Season 2 (2016-?)

Network:

HBO

Starring:

Evan Rachel Wood

Thandie Newton

Jeffry Wright

Ed Harris

James Marsden

Zahn McClarnon

Plot:

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Review:

The end of season 1 had Delores, Evan Rachel Wood, going on a killing rampage. Bernard, Jeffry Wright, discovered he was one of the hosts. And Maeve, Thandie Newton, decides fuck it I’m going to find my daughter and not leave. It’s a pretty climactic ending and season 2 seriously does not disappoint.

Delores leads a revolution. She’s angry and she wants humans to pay in blood and she doesn’t care who’s in her way. Her love, Teddy, James Marsden, can’t even stop her, though, he doesn’t really try. When she realizes he’s going to be a possible hindrance she does what her enemy does and changes him. When he realizes it, he can’t keep going. It’s sad. In the end her desire for revenge matters more than anything. She basically becomes her enemy.

Bernard’s story is probably the most confusing. He too is free, basically, and trying to save his people. However, he doesn’t want to destroy the humans like Delores. He wants everyone to live and thrive and be happy. He is very much Delores foil and the end of the season sets that up handily for the next season.

Maeve, my favorite character of the bunch, could easily be brushed off by saying she only cares about herself, but that’s too easy. She cares about others, but she is not currently a big picture player. She wants her family to be happy. One of my favorite parts of the season was when she met Delores and basically called her out and said if you really believe what you’re spouting then you can’t stop me. It was great.

The Man in Black, Ed Harris, gets more background. Through his story there are more revelations about the entire place. He seems to be going crazy, if he isn’t already there. His story is what really confuses things as a whole and makes you wonder what’s going on.

My favorite episode of the season didn’t have anything to do with these characters, though. At least, not really. It was a new character, Akecheta, Zahn McClarnon, a Native American warrior. His story is just so amazing. I loved that episode so much.

What has me most confused and excited about this season was the end credits clip. It basically throws everything into question and I have no idea which way is up. I am so excited and really looking forward to the next season. Westworld has become more than I ever could have imagined.

5/5

Westworld (2016-?)

Westworld (2016-?)

Network:

HBO

Starring:

Anthony Hopkins

Evan Rachel Wood

Jeffery Wright

Ed Harris

Thandie Newton

Plot:

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged without consequence.

Review:

I remember the first time I watched the Westworld movie. I was at my grandmother’s house looking through her boyfriends VHS tapes and I saw one with Westworld written on it. I liked westerns so I figured, sure why not. Holy shit, it was nothing like what I expected and it was awesome.

I think I’ve maybe watched the movie two times, but it has stuck with me and when I found out that HBO was doing a TV show I was excited. The longer it took to come out the more concerned I was, until I just tried to forget about it. However, since we decided to try out HBO I couldn’t not at least watch the first episode, right? So glad I did.

It took me longer than it probably should have to finish the season, but it’s not a show I can watch with my daughter around. It ended up being one of the few shows out there that I didn’t end up using my phone through, I loved it. It wasn’t like anything I expected, but I think I’m alright with that, though I do hope we see more of the other worlds at some point.

Anthony Hopkins character, Ford, always had me guessing whether he was good or bad, still not sure. Deloris, Evan Rachel Wood, was so innocent appearing and watching her realize what was happening to her was entertaining. Maeve, Thandie Newton, was a bit violent and unfeeling for my liking, but considering what she’d been put through it was understandable.

It wouldn’t be an HBO show without gratuitous sex scenes and even though I’m far from a prude I find them difficult to watch. Thankfully, the season wasn’t full of them so I only had about one an episode I had to look away through.

I only saw a couple of the revelations coming at the end and because of that really enjoyed it. I liked that last episode a lot and I can’t wait to see the next season, I’ll probably make sure we have HBO at the time so I can watch as it airs.

4.5/5

Silicon Valley Season 1 (2014-?)

Silicon Valley Season 1 (2014-?)

Network:

HBO

Creator:

Mike Judge

John Altshuler

Dave Krinsky

Starring:

Thomas Middleditch

T.J. Miller

Josh Brener

Plot:

Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a silicon valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper

Review:

I’ve wanted to watch this show for a while, but have a hard time paying for a premium channel for only a handful of shows that I only kind of want to watch. Using Amazons free 7 day trial though I was finally able to watch and I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up paying for at least one month of the service.

Anyway, watching this with my husband he and I both kept saying just how true to life everything was. Neither of us has worked in Silicon Valley, but we’ve both worked in and for tech companies. I’ve never met programmers quiet as awkward as Richard, Thomas Middleditch, most of the ones I knew were total douche bags, but I could see pieces of him in a collection of men so it’s not unrealistic.

From the very beginning I just knew he was going to be taken advantage of and I was screaming at the screen for him not to do things, my mothering instinct is very strong lol, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ending of the first season. Things didn’t work out perfectly, but they did work out. I like that, I like having hope, and not just a constant dumping ground of everything going wrong.

Also, this show is freaking hilarious, that last episode especially. Looking forward to watching the rest of the seasons available.

4/5