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- Apr 4, 2017
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Westworld has been one of the more interesting unfoldings on TV for the last several years. The first season was probably one of THE prime examples of perfect TV in modern history, while the second season took a decent nose dive as it got overly convoluted and strayed further and further from the source season. Season 3 is a noticeable step up in quality over the sophomore season, but it also strays further and further from the first season’s roots, leaving the world of Westworld behind, and turning it into a futuristic sci-fi thriller show that has less brains, but more action than it’s predecessors.
At least we can say that season 3 isn’t a complete mind job like season 2 was. I always felt that Season 1 carried a perfect balance of mystery, misdirection, and guesswork to keep the viewer on their toes, but the second season went full on “what is going on?” to the audience as a way to keep them engaged. This year is much more laid back, with less of a mystery, and more of a futuristic game of and mouse going on. The first episode picks up right after the finishing off of season 2’s finale, but is rather intentionally disjointed as we are reintroduced to the characters who got out of the park. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is now out in the real world and is out for blood. Acting as a seeming vigilante, she’s slowly building up the tools necessary to make her “species” a major player in things to come. Some new blood enters in the game in the form of Charlotte Hale, who is being used by Dolores in her manipulations, and we get to watch as Charlotte slowly changes from what she was in the park, to what Dolores “wants” her to be.
The story is interrupted with the story of a human (at least we think he is) named Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul) an ex soldier with PTSD syndrome who is trying to recover some semblance of his life. He’s been moonlighting as a petty criminal with the use of an app called RICO (I did get a chuckle out of the name), but sooner or later he’s going to be drawn into Dolores’s grand plan and when he does, it may change the face of humanity forever.
I liked this 3rd season, and while it’s not the same show as Season 1, it is still very much entertaining due to Jonathan Nolan really keeping to the Memento style of story telling. It’s intricate and engaging, and the final selling point is really the characters. Bernard, William, Dolores, Maeve, they’re all incredibly engaging thanks to the top notch acting by the men and women playing them, and I for one am really looking to the next season to see where it takes us.
Rated TV-MA by the MPAA
4K Video Video:
• A Vision for the Future
• Westworld on Location – Home Entertainment Exclusive
• Escape from Westworld
• Exploring War World
• Creating Westworld's Reality - Featurettes:
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: Parce Domine
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: The Absence of Field
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: The Mother of Exiles
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: Genre
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: Decoherence
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: Passed Pawn
-- Creating Westworld's Reality: Crisis Theory
• Welcome to Westworld - Featrettes
-- Welcome to Westworld: Evan Rachel Wood & Aaron Paul – Analysis
-- Welcome to Westworld: Evan Rachel Wood & Aaron Paul – Who Said It?
-- Welcome to Westworld: Thandie Newton & Tessa Thompson – Analysis
-- Welcome to Westworld: Thandie Newton & Tessa Thompson – Who Said It?
As I said above, season three takes a more typical and less “mind job” approach to it’s narrative, but still manages to be highly entertaining. Sure, sometimes it drops into the cliched metaphysical (stuff like “what is free will?”, “what is my purpose?” and “Destiny”), but the highly dense material really takes some effort to unpack, and that effort is usually rewarded well (sorry, I’ve been playing too much Gauntlet recently so my brain is still on quests and rewards). The 4K UHD set is fantastic, as it really shows the highlights of HDR and the extra resolution, and the extras, while a bit slimmer this season, are still well worth digging into. Recommended as a good watch.
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Aaron Paul
Created by: Jonathan Nolan, Michael Crichton
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), French, German DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish
Studio: Warner Brothers/HBO
Runtime: 402 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own it on 4K UltraHD and Blu-ray 11/17/20
Recommendation: Good Watch