Do not read on unless you saw "Journey Into Night," the first episode of HBO's second season "Westworld."
The very first shot of "Westworld" reminds us what works best The first season of the HBO drama. All TV shows should open with a tight shot of Jeffrey Wright. But then that attitude goes down, and Wright starts talking, and it's clear that "Journey Into Night", like so many episodes of the last season, will start with one from Bernard – at least he is sure Bernard this time – and Dolores & # 39; Face to Face Chats. And that's how we get reminded of everything that did not work in the first season.
"What's real?" Asks Dolores. "That's irreplaceable," says Bernard. Dolores does not like the answer, but it's too late. In less than four minutes, "Westworld," like a smoker or a nail-biter, has fallen back on bad habits ̵
But those who stick to it are eventually rewarded. "Journey Into Night" shows that the lessons have been learned and creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who have written this premiere with Roberto Patino, have adapted in the one and a half years since the first season. As we'll soon see, Bernard does not seem to have described a dream, but events after the massacre that ends the first season when he is discovered by a Delos cleanup team on a beach. Because the Golden Age of television has not been the golden age of linear storytelling lately, "Journey Into Night" takes place on at least three timelines – the massacre and its immediate consequences, the Delos cleanup mission some time later, and whenever it does is that Bernard and Dolores are talking (probably well after the Delos mission, which does not bode well for Delos' private army). Between the first and the second, a few frames of a flashback montage, we saw Bernard did and saw some – Not much time is spent on the cleanup, but what gives us some very desirable clues about the world in the "Westworld" takes place. The park sits on an island that is being held by a Pacific country whose military is not thrilled with a group of Blackwater types showing up with their rubber boats and futuristic dune buggies, and Bernard washed ashore just in time C- and D List hosts receive a shot style. The final of the first season took a look at the world outside the park and then withdrew at the last moment. It is nice to see that the new premiere even gives way a bit and gives us an indication of where and when "Westworld" takes place.
Bernard and the new Delos arrivals investigate the damage and we soon get the unfortunate sight of a native The American host is scalped, followed by the first – and not the last in this episode – of a host brain. When the brain is connected to a very poor iPad port, we see a video of Dolores in full-killer mode. But the real joy of the cleanup crew scene is that we get a Hemsworth (Luke) and a Skarsgård (Gustaf) together. What a time we live.
Then we flash again to Bernard, Charlotte, and a pair of red-shirted tuxedos dressed in robes cowering in a stable while Rebus and the boys play William Tell outside with a doomed guest. The massacre is in full swing and if you wonder how long the guests will be with Bernard and Charlotte, the answer is "not long". Understandably, Bernard gets upset because the rich kill a stable-boy host for no reason. but as a spectator, it is difficult to get a feeling. This is "Westworld". A child stabbed in the chest with a pitchfork is just an old day. One of the areas in which this show has passed most new ground is the desensitization of violence. That does not work in his favor.
The player piano is back and – surprise – it does not play Jethro Tull, the Doobie Brothers, Boston or whatever classic rock radio bands in your pool. Instead, we get a cheesy western movie saloon music that goes on and adds strings as we cut on horseback on Dolores, channeling her inner Wyatt and shooting down guests on the run. Dolores continues in this thread and talks with her victims while setting them up for solid sadistic goals while Teddy is watching, contradictory. If you were hoping that this season would be better for Teddy, hope continue. Wood has become alluring like Wyatt-Dolores. Even though the character does not feel completely fresh, it's a pleasure to see her finally make her escape after battling through the blue Dolores last season.
Then Maeve! Not really. First, we have to watch Man in Black Edition, William do some survivalist stuff, who, who cares? (Not me.) But then yes, finally Maeve, about Lee. "Westworld" excels at Mutt and Jeff team-ups, and this works well because it allows both parties to do what they do best – Maeve is super cool and Lee is a cowardly coward.
When Maeve meets Hector again later and asks why she keeps Lee alive, it's a legitimate question, the unspoken answer, that his knowledge of the park will be valuable in finding Maeve's daughter. But the obvious answer is comedy. Lee's incompetent puppeteer Schtick has not always worn well, but he plays with the right scene partners. Thandie Newton is the ultimate "Westworld" scene partner who joins in the game of whomever. It helps that unlike Wright and Wood, it is rarely saddled with thematic exposures. Maeve, since her awakening last season, is the most important figure that allows to have fun. Bonus Points: Finding her daughter promises to be the most interesting thread of the season and the only one with a small redemption amount for everyone involved. It might sound a bit maudlin in another show, but in this it feels like a necessary respite from all the grooms killing and robot scalping.
This episode is a Bernard-centric affair, we end up with him, led by the Delos army at Sweetwater, to survey the damage and discover Ford, whose orbit crawls around with maggots and other corpses. There is still a dune buggy ride and a robot tiger that does not feel as good as it should. But when the search party in the middle of the park encounters an unexpected sea, the effect is the desired one. Something big happened, and Bernard was responsible. In the second season, it will be at least partially to loosen up.
But finding Teddy in the water with all the other drowned hosts was as overwhelming as killing the stableboy. We have seen these hosts die countless times, and it is very likely that their white plastic brains are sitting intact, waiting to be rescued, be it Dolores or Maeve, or whoever led the revolution.
Here are some thoughts:  • Does the vulture in Sweetwater really eat a guest? If so, they should shoot this vulture.
• MiB William felt rather unimportant in this episode. His story needs some stakes, pronto.
• The days when the female characters of "Westworld" spend so much time being attacked seem to be over. Dolores and Maeve are rarely seen in this episode without weapons. But the way the series dealt with violence against women in the first season remains problematic and I'm not sure there are enough shots in the world of Thandie Newton firing a machine gun. Who ever works for Delos? Photo seen from Arnold?
• "Park six."