Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:21AM EDT
Westworld Season 2 was frustrating, but it should lead to a compelling leap in Season 3
There was a lot to grumble out and a lot to like in this season of the HBO drama, says Tim Goodman. But what did work was the set-up to the next chapter. "Maybe your appreciation of Westworld comes down to what you can tolerate," says Goodman. "Or what you're looking for to begin with. While I've loved both seasons and didn't mind the complicated time jumping in the first season (partly because I wasn't wrapped up reading about a lot of theories online and figured things out on my own, or didn't, while enjoying it as a solid drama), the second season was a dollop more frustrating, if only because it seemed to double down on 'when is now' and then, by the finale, had quadrupled down on it. I love a good puzzle but sometimes I just don't want to work that hard. On the other hand, this second season of Westworld took some very intriguing leaps, creatively, and those mostly masked my growing frustration with having to over-think the timelines I was witnessing."
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- Westworld Season 2 was frustrating, but it should lead to a compelling leap in Season 3