This had the unmistakable feel of a bridge episode. Important things happened and new information was brought to light, but with the exception of the Klingon plot thread, everything else just left me wanting more. The Klingon part also left me wanting more, though not in a good way.
I thought there were great things about the episode, but it also highlighted what is often problematic about certain aspects of the worldbuilding in Star Trek. Ideas are simplified, leading to a serious suspense of disbelief in order to manage to enjoy the episode.
This was a smashing start to a new season, which makes me hopeful we get a lighter set of fun adventures and some interesting character development. There are also a bunch of unanswered questions related both to the overarching plot and the individual characters and I for one am all for it.
I ended up having a lot of negative emotions about this episode, certainly more than my initial plan to have fun with the campy original series promised.
The show has got to stop sacrificing character motivation at the altar of plot twists. We won’t care about the plot twists if they happen around nonsensical creatures merely there to further plot, no matter the cost to character development or core drives.
This week, watch as all my Teddie jokes look me straight in the face before destroying me from the inside out. Also it was quite an episode to release on Father’s Day. Here’s hoping it was on purpose. (And unless I’m mistaken Game of Thrones did something similar one year… or not?)
Finally! This comes almost two seasons too late and what a journey it is. It makes Watsonian and Doylist concepts fight to the death over ownership of the Ghost Nation name and it gives us exposition through an actual story rather than monologues.
Welcome to Westworld indeed! This has perhaps been my favorite episode of the series so far. We’re getting to major plot points, discovering new mysteries, and getting some of the best writing this series has to offer in terms of quotes.
I have a genuine crackpot theory. I’d escaped this fate for 15 entire episodes, avoiding forums and meta like the plague, only latching on to theories when they became sure things, but now I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and I am angry about it. Let’s hope at least, for my sake, that it’s another Lorca slam dunk (for those who were with me on my journey through Discovery).
Finally, an episode almost exclusively about my girl Maeve and I got hurt Teddy as a bonus. The introduction of Rinko Kikuchi and Hiroyuki Sanada to the cast was a welcome breath of fresh air.