I'm curious to hear @ort @Hurdyb1 @Anathema- @user19842x15 @Greatoneshere weigh in on this as you all adored the first season as much as I did.
We're three episodes in to the second season and it just seems as if something is a little "off" compared to last season. I know that last season started slowly and then ramped up considerably once we hit the midpoint and perhaps that's the same situation here. There is little doubt that the weirdness level has been increased considerably, but I'm not sure that it's to the overall benefit of the show.
More than last season as this point, the weirdness just feels like it's "getting in the way" of forward progression. It's not that there isn't any progression - it's just that the overall urgency isn't being well translated to the viewer. There's awesomely weird shit happening, but is that awesomely weird shit serving any other purpose than being awesomely weird shit at this point? Also, how many times has Division 3 been attacked? It seems like it's happened once per episode this season
Overall, this show is STILL one of the best damned things on television though!
d1p's entertainment podcast Cinema Central Season 2! -- BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY -- Special Guest GeneticBlueprint!By Anathema-
Something that began as a fun nostalgic romp reveals a foundational trilogy of films; BACK TO THE FUTURE is a series that set the stage for sequel perfection in ways that still struggle to be matched today. Each film is a clinic of what makes for quality storytelling both within a single film and throughout a series. The ocean of subtle details from props to music to staging that make this series work without you having to think about it reveal the thoughtfulness and hard work it takes to tell truly memorable stories; and, in this case, work that is as timeless as its heroes Marty McFly and Emmett Brown. Also please welcome for his first guest appearance on the show Mr. @GeneticBlueprint
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00:00 -- Anatomy of a Climax
12:12 -- Characterization via Cinematic Language
26:28 -- Perfecting the Trilogy Structure
36:21 -- Catalyst Heroes & Paradoxes
48:12 -- Lorraine and Temporal Foreshadowing
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1:20:04 -- Lorraine (cont'd) and "The Big One"
1:30:17 -- Dramatizing the Stakes
1:37:36 -- Alan Silvestri, Composer
1:51:44 -- The Role of Jennifer
2:00:44 -- Anatomy of a Cliffhanger
2:28:17 -- Final Thoughts
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Episode 1 (017) -- Stardust -- The Princess Bride -- Special Guest: Brandon
Episode 2 (018) -- Three Days of the Condor -- Captain America The Winter Soldier -- Special Guest: SFLUFAN
Episode 3 (019) -- Dogma -- Galaxy Quest -- Alan Rickman Special -- Special Guest: Chairslinger
IGN - 9.0: HBO's Westworld makes a strong first impression with its excellent premiere, as a theme park provides the setting for a fascinating exploration of the human -- and not so human -- psyche.
The Atlantic: Westworld expands the circle once again. The series doesn’t merely present androids as protagonists or victims. It grants them the defining victory of the outsider: the right at last to tell—haltingly, given their emergent capacities—their stories for themselves.
The Guardian: But for those of us who just like story – lots and lots of story! – Westworld will hit the spot as hard as GoT ever did
Collider (4 stars): Like Game of Thrones, Westworld is a sprawling story, but it’s never as disparate as the world of Westeros and what lies beyond the Narrow Sea. What matters here is the notion that everything is contained, intimate, and carefully crafted, and fans of Crichton will immediately feel the familiarity with his most famous stories’ themes: where what we overly-confident Homo sapiens create and try and control quickly spirals out beyond our abilities. We are not gods, only tinkerers, and the characters of Westworld are starting to learn that trying to control what we don’t understand can lead to catastrophic effects.
The Telegraph (4 stars): Instead we’re thrust into a complex, visionary world that is pleasingly in no rush to rapidly churn out its storyline. Like the on-screen robots, its pieces are meticulously put together, its capacity to unleash hell brimming beneath the surface. And it’s beautiful to watch.
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