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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.