Westworld, I’ve been patient. I’ve (largely) held my tongue while you churned out episode after episode of robot violence and stunning landscapes. But tonight was Episode 6, Westworld. You are halfway through the season, and nothing has happened. Nothing.
Early on in tonight’s episode, I had high hopes. We got a momentary switcheroo with Delores seemingly programming Bernard, and not the other way around. William chatted with his daughter and we found out an earth-shattering piece of information: they don’t get along. She wants him out of the park and won’t let him die there. Charlotte Hale is doing something in a bullet proof vest. Maeve finds her daughter, only to realize she’s in a new loop of an old scenario, her daughter doesn’t remember her and has a different robot to call Mom.
I am probably missing a storyline or two, because there are so many, and I don’t know when they are, how they fit together, or even why I should pay attention to any of them. I have a vague memory of the Season 1 Westworld finale providing a sort of recap that tied up all the loose ends. In essence, you really didn’t have to binge-watch all ten episodes to figure out what happened. But in Season 1, it was far more enjoyable to do so.
Didn’t we expect more of Shogun World? I’m at a loss as to how this drives Westworld forward, other than to give Maeve another outlet to explore her grief at her missing child. Many of us, I would guess, assumed Shogun World would reveal more about the park, its guests, and the reason behind the whole enterprise. It’s turned out to be just another ride at Disneyland, with more violence in different costumes.
Side note: Jimmi Simpson, who plays young William, debunked Westworld fan theories on a video last week for Elle. Watch, if even for the comedic value, and faux-offended reaction of Simpson near the end at a fan’s assertion that the show is “convoluted.”
Really, can you think of a better word for Westworld than convoluted?
So, we don’t know exactly when Bernard ended up in the park’s hive mind, because he’s with Elsie but not with Elsie — we don’t know how much is memory, how much is happening in real time and when real time actually is. I have not bothered to try to figure it out. But apparently getting a robot labotomy lets the hosts communicate directly with Ford, or a projection of Ford, or whatever it was that Bernard saw on his little dreamscape.
When will I care, Westworld? When will this show have a story? When will I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of my HBO subscription? Tell me, please. I’m losing patience, and it’s unlikely I’ll be buying in for Season 3.