TV Recaps

A still from 'Westworld', "The Passenger".

'Westworld': "The Passenger"

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For the final episode of Westworld’s second season, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy – who are also credited as this chapter’s scripters – have delivered quite a barnburner. Admittedly, “The... Read more

Still from 'Westworld', "Vanishing Point".

'Westworld': "Vanishing Point"

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If there’s one Westworld character arc that’s never added up convincingly, it’s that of William, aka the Man in Black (Ed Harris). That’s not a dig at Harris’ performance, by any means. The actor has... Read more

A still from 'Westworld', "Kiksuya".

'Westworld': "Kiksuya"

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By their nature, genre stories about artificial worlds – whether physical (THX 1138, Dark City), magical (The Last Action Hero, Pleasantville), or virtual (World on a Wire... Read more

Still from 'Westworld', "Les Écorchés".

'Westworld': "Les Écorchés"

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The return of Robert Ford in “Les Écorchés” highlights one inescapable truth about Westworld: Not to diminish the talents of Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, or any of the other lynchpin... Read more

A Still from 'Westworld', Season 2, Episode 6, "Phase Space".

'Westworld': "Phase Space"

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“Phase Space” begins with a role reversal, one that upends the viewer’s understanding of Westworld’s events stretching back to the beginning of Season 1. Meanwhile, the episode concludes with a... Read more

A still from 'Westworld', Season 2, Episode 5, "Akane No mai"

'Westworld': "Akane No Mai"

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Especially in its early scenes, “Akane No Mai” suffers from some noticeably clunky, even cringe-worthy dialogue. Characters declaim the importance of the episode’s events and revelations with the sort of tin-... Read more

Still from 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 4, "The Riddle of the Sphinx"

'Westworld': "The Riddle of the Sphinx"

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“The Riddle of the Sphinx” is the first truly great episode of Westworld’s second season, a distinction that’s even more impressive when one considers that it’s the first time that co-showrunner Lisa... Read more

'Westworld': "Virtù e Fortuna"

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After last week’s sequence of far-flung flashbacks, “Virtù e Fortuna” returns Westworld to the bifurcated “present and recent past” structure established in the season premiere. (Although it vastly... Read more

'Westworld': "Reunion"

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“Reunion” is a case study in how a Westworld episode can feel simultaneously revelatory and inert. It’s a flashback-heavy chapter that is almost exclusively centered on Delores (Evan Rachel Wood), which... Read more

'Westworld': "Journey Into Night"

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Westworld is a show with a very dim view of human nature (and, by extension, android nature). Presented with the seemingly limitless possibilities of an immersive live-action game in an evocative... Read more