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Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Westworld seems like it doubled down on its overall "Lost-iness" in Season 2
Sunday's episode had an opening sequence that bore similarities to Lost's memorable Season 2 opener. But co-creator Lisa Joy, who directed the episode, says she's never seen Lost. “This is the way that happy accidents make history rhyme sometimes," she said of the similarities. Yet it's not just that opening sequence. Westworld has always seemed like Lost, especially this season, says Lindsey Romain. "Beyond sharing that visual cue, the second season of Westworld has doubled down on its overall Lost-iness," she says. "The first season, you might recall, was already loaded with similar storytelling mechanics: a beautiful remote location, godlike men pulling strings, a man in black, time not being what it seems. Season two feels similarly derivative, or at the very least spiritually connected." ALSO: Lisa Joy talks about directing her first episode.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
Westworld creators explain the Season 2 premiere twist
"In the first season, we were playing cards down with the way that the hosts' memory works," says co-creator Jonathan Nolan. "Which is to say, through the first season, we are not aware that Dolores is actually remembering things and mistaking them for reality. One of the things we were excited for in the second season was now playing cards up with the idea that hosts mistake their realities for their memories, get lost in time, bounce back and forth." Co-creator Lisa Joy adds: "It was kind of embedded in the DNA of the show."
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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Westworld overcomes a clunky start for an exponentially better Season 2
The HBO drama's second season should've used a long "previously on" recap. Instead, it kicks off with an expository episode aimed at new viewers and keeping old viewers up to speed after a 16-month hiatus. Still, creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan deserve credit for "eagerly embracing the possibilities of the series," says Tim Goodman. "In the five episodes offered for review, they (and the writing staff) have abandoned a sense of cautious plotting and raced into the future (and back to the past, sometimes toggling between the two, frantically)." He adds: "With a thrilling sense of possibility and a fleetness in telling multiple stories, the new season's first five episodes grow exponentially in appeal. And even though there are instances when it's justified to perhaps question what new powers might be in play — beyond the series' exploration of 'the bicameral mind' — there's never a sense that Westworld has tripped up, run out of ideas or reverted to some kind of redundancy. On the contrary, the series offers revelatory possibilities and pursues them in massively entertaining fashion."
- Westworld offers a lesson to Netflix and its mediocre shows: "Rather than reflect the panicky, competitive rush that results in all these half-thought, half-finished, fairly expensive and certainly mediocre series," says Hank Stuever, "Westworld demonstrates the proper way to spend a lot of time and money in a meticulous fashion."
- Cool it with the twists!: "Westworld is a rich and interesting enough series that it doesn’t need a bunch of twists to keep us surprised and invested"
- Season 2 tones down the J.J. Abrams-esque “mystery box” style of storytelling
- Season 2 fixes many of Season 1's problems by providing a believable war between the hosts and park employees
- The aftermath of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements can be seen in Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores
- Westworld is at its best when it simply entertains rather than overthink
- Too often, Season 2 scripts get garbled by gimmicky mysteries
- On the down side, Westworld still treats itself more as a game to be beaten than as a story to be told
- Westworld creators aim to make nudity equal among males and females
- There will be less nudity overall in Season 2
- Westworld cast members didn't know the episode order while filming Season 2
- The Shakespeare line “These violent delights have violent ends" could be key to Season 2
- The five strangest Westworld theories (that still could be true)
- From Grand Theft Auto to Frankenstein: 10 works that influenced Westworld
- Westworld creators say it's essential that the show function on a puzzle box level
- Co-creator Lisa Joy is rewriting women's power story line in Hollywood and beyond
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Westworld creators to adapt futuristic drama series The Peripheral for Amazon
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan's next project will involve William Gibson's book about a woman in the future who discovers a very different reality. Gibson is credited with coining the word "cyberspace" and he's considered a pioneer in the cyberpunk sci-fi genre.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Westworld creators "spoiler plan" was a practical joke on fans
Hours after announcing plans to fight spoiler culture by spoiling Season 2 themselves, co-creator Jonathan Nolan shared a link on Reddit to a Westworld Season 2 - A Primer YouTube video that turned out to be a prank on fans. ALSO: Westworld rounds out its Season 2 cast.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
The Westworld creators' plan to spoil Season 2 can only hurt HBO -- and the show itself
Reactiing to Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's spoiler plan, HBO said "this is an initiative from the Westworld showrunners. We suggest you stay tuned to Reddit for their next move.” But if they carry out their plan as they said they would, then Reddit -- and not HBO -- would be the beneficiary of the spoilers. "Why not at least offer it exclusively to HBO subscribers?" asks Michael Schneider. "Instead, immediately sharing the scoop with everyone gives people less reason to fork over their cash for their HBO cable subscription, or for HBO Now." Schneider points out that some fans may just be satisfied with a short recap video. He also notes that spoilers could hurt word of mouth: "Once you know the truth is out there, and that a percentage of fans already know the details, the fun of guessing what’s going to happen next is still taken away," he says. "Why share your theories on social media, if others can immediately tell you if you’re right or wrong? Because no one wants to be the chump who gets it completely wrong." ALSO: The problem with the spoiler plan is that there's nothing let to engage in once you've solved the puzzle.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
Westworld creators say they plan to fight spoiler culture by spoiling Season 2
Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy announced their "potentially highly controversial decision" in a Reddit AMA -- and said the cast is on board with their idea. "We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision," the couple wrote. "If you guys agree, we're going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what's 'theory' and what's spoiler. It's a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. And trust is a big part of that. We've made our cast part of this decision, and they're fully supportive. We're so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1000 upvotes we'll deliver the goods." UPDATE: And deliver the goods, they did.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Westworld creators talk Shogun World: "Basically, we have a whole episode in Japanese"
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy explain how Akira Kurosawa and Sonny Chiba films will influence an episode set in Shogun World.