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Westworld Season 2 Blu-ray Review

Westworld

Dour world.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

The 10 episode second season of HBO’s “Westworld” (which has been dubbed The Door) explores the aftermath of the uprising led by Dolores, but that’s not the only plotline here. In fact, there are many. Among the main storylines: Dolores recruiting other hosts for the uprising, a Delos security team being called in to deal with the crisis, Dolores searching for something called the Valley Beyond, Maeve searching for her daughter, the introduction of Shogun World, William taking part in a game designed by Robert Ford, William encountering his daughter, Ghost Nation, the Forge (a memory bank of sorts), and the real world/outside world.

In writer/director Michael Crichton’s original 1973 movie, the noted author crafted a movie that was filled with emotion and ideas. With the HBO series, there’s no shortage of big ideas, but writers/show creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have created a dark, serious, cluttered and overly ambitious show. Much like season one, season two suffers from the same problems that plagued the debut season. It’s still convoluted, it’s still excessively violent, it’s still disjointed, and the dialogue is still often stiff. Conceptually, there are a lot of thought provoking ideas about consciousness, robots, digital space, and so on, but they all get lost because there’s too much going on here with supporting character storylines and countless other storylines involving the main characters.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about “Westworld” is that all the pieces for a successful show are here, but they don’t fit together. The production values and sets are as good as it gets, the cast (comprised of Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Giancarlo Esposito and so many more) has no shortage of talent, and the show is certainly in my wheelhouse as a sci-fi lover and as a fan of the original film. Alas, the show doesn’t click with me.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes look crisp in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a layered 5.1 DTS track.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “The Truth Behind Delos”- A featurette on the mysterious company.
* “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends”- This extra covers the show’s philosophies on violence and how they are depicted via practical FX and CGI.
* “Bring Yourself Back Online”- A 3 part extra that covers cast reflections on season 2, cast discussions about love, characters and the Shogun World, and select cast members conversing about technology in the fictional and real world.
* “Creating Westworld’s Reality”- A 10 part extra that delves into the drone robots, the real world depicted in ‘Westworld,” Fort Forlorn Hope, sets, the Shogun World, the Cradle, the action shootout, the romance in episode 8, the character of Maeve and realities and the Valley Beyond.

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December 5, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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