Westworld (Season 1)

Incredibly written, acted and filmed, with way way too much rape.

First, let’s get it out of the way that it does have some incredible acting (thank you Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Jimmi Simpson, and I could just keep going). I think the acting is far superior to anything else HBO does, such as Game of Thrones, or their other properties.

The story itself has plenty of twists, several of which I didn’t catch until after they occurred. Of course Western’s are a favorite of mine so it hit that niche very well. The whole theme of the hosts finding consciousness is an excellent story.

Now let’s talk about the negatives, and I find several things I don’t like.

  1. The constant rape. The story is about consent and I get that rape is the easiest thing to reach for. However, it is constant, overdone and definitely  a low point. There are better ways to get the story of consent. I could even go with a couple of incidents, but this really was the weak part of their writing.
  2. The grim dark, dark grim, grim of the grimmest of darkness storylines. It is well written, but the story rips apart every single positive. I would argue it is worse than Game of Thrones on this as well.  I love a serious, gritty storyline, but you have to have positive moments that aren’t made invalid by future scenes. Otherwise the story isn’t balanced.
  3. Also, didn’t like how abrupt the story ended for the first season, although I recommend people watch it through the credits to see Armistice.

Pros: Good acting, story and effects and the setting is of course awesome.

Cons: Too much rape and gritty dark dark gritty darksome..

I haven’t decided if I will watch season 2.

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