Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

"Westworld" recap: The five easiest ways to catch up on Season 1

At the end of Season 1, Maeve (Thandie Newton) was about to board a train to the world beyond the park - but then made a decision to turn back to hunt for her lost daughter (well, a host that was programmed to be her daughter in another storyline). So under the more palatable concept of a theme park, they begin testing their hosts on the healthiest remaining human population: the hyper-wealthy. If Ford built a host version of himself before he "died", then this could mean it is possible that the host Ford was the one Dolores shot. The sweet, optimistic rancher's daughter is now a ruthless killing machine - quite literally. With a MSRP of $54 you only need to pay $3 to get an oz of fake gold that is created to look like real gold. I really liked the addition of Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki of Vikings) as Karl Strand, Head of Operations at Delos, the company behind the theme park.

The Man in Black (Ed Harris) continues to pursue his enigmatic ends, and we get a murky new subplot with the introduction of James Delos (Scottish character actor Peter Mullan), the rapacious capitalist behind the sinister Delos Corporation, with its paramilitary security forces and secret labs. He and Bernard are probably our eyes in Westworld. And once again, Lawrence tags along for the adventure.

Westworld season two premieres on Showcase on Foxtel on Monday, April 23 at 8.30pm. Although she perfectly well knows that she is a robot and her memories are unreliable, she still can not help feeling a yearning for her "daughter". And when she says later, "There is beauty in what we are", it's an invitation to contemplate what really makes somebody human. It looks like we'll be spending a little bit of time in Shogun World, but will we get to learn what the other parks consist of?

Dolores seemingly references dinosaurs when she talks to the Man in Black. Whether Maeve was acting on her own free will or it was all part of her programming (as Bernard suggested someone had programmed her getaway, down to each step) was left open to interpretation. And did she succeed in getting the data out? I suspect there may be a confrontation in the offing. The disarray. We choose to see the spoilers-through the first season of Westworld-contained in this post.

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Just re-watch the finale: Not my favorite option since it involves surrendering 90 minutes of your life, but re-watching the entire finale might be the most emotionally satisfying way to get you in the mood for tonight's premiere. Now, the fact that a flashback is a flashback is not hidden for cheap shocks. We don't know and perhaps we'll never know, but it did seem like a rather obvious thing to leave dangling as a loose end.

But the narrative deliberately coiled around itself, splitting itself into two or three eras by the end of Season 1. But obviously, it is too early to judge.

Season one of Westworld ended in a cliffhanger, with Dolores and other hosts opening fire of guests at the retirement party of Westworld co-founder and creator Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). And it is as disturbing as you would expect.

According to Newton, however, Maeve's Season 2 storyline might come as a surprise.

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A Shogun World seems confirmed at this point with Maeve donning a kimono, plus flashes of scenes with a Japanese-themed production design in a recently released trailer for season two.

If the first season was a journey inward, this is a journey outward. Then, she did so many bad things and she was sorry. Hosts are not passive sufferers now.

"Westworld", which starts its second season Sunday, is a show of breathtaking scenery, sets and ideas.

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