Westworld Season 2 – Review

Spoiler alert: this review is going to be really short.

I watched it.

I did it.

It took me 4 months.

I did not understand what the fuck was happening.

Visually, it is beautiful. The landscapes, lens glares and colours are magnificent. It’s worth watching 10 hours of this season just to see the cinematography. It’s absolutely magnificent.

The acting is mesmerising. There were parts I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screeen, even though I did not get what was going on.

This is what I think I have internalised:

  • Dolores is now evil
  • Maeve can control other hosts
  • The humans/creators are collecting the data of all the guests (Facebook and Cambridge Analytica style).
  • Bernard is… a host? But not all the time? I don’t know I’m still confused
  • There are more than two timelines (?)
  • There are more universes than the Wild West one.
  • There is a sort of heaven.
  • Half the cast is dead.

Kudos to the actors, directors and the entire production team for creating a great show I do not understand in the slightest.

That’s my ony complaint. The show itself. It is really really hard to follow. Not even reading professional reviewers from The New York Times helped me.

I do not think I’ll be watching season 3 (probably airing in 2020). I can’t do this.



Feel free to write a comment or tweet at me or even send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

p.s. I wrote this in August. Then got sidetracked by the Fall Premiere season…

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Top 10 Tv Shows Main Title Intro

When a TV show has a nice and catchy theme, it’s always more enjoyable. At least for me, it is.

Here I have collected my favourite themes, songs that I actually listen to and I have on my phone.

  • Homeland

Composed by Sean Callery, Homeland’s theme is stunning. If you’re into jazz, this is exactly the song for you. This was inspired by polish trumpeter Tomasz Stankò, whose music was used multiple times on the show.In every single season, the theme changes. The main title is a mashup of scenes and dialogues from the episodes, jazz trumpeters, speeches from different presidents and some weird shit about a maze and a girl with a lion mask. I Love it. Check out Terminal 7 by Stankò, it’s spectacular.

  • True Detective

I loved this series. Loved loved loved. Season 1, of course. Don’t make me talk about the second one because that was bullshit. But the first season blew my mind. And so did the main title. It’s not just the song that reminds us of that deep and rural southern part of the US, but the images. It’s creepy. Totally creepy. It’s called “Far From Any Road” by The handsome Family. There are disconnected scenes from the show, images blend together, they look like smoke and are see-through. The format has been used countless of times after this. I had never seen anything like it before. The song itself it terrifying and creepy but soooo good! It transports you into the show and moreover into the atmosphere of the place. AMAZING.

  • Game Of Thrones

Composed by the brilliant and talented Ramin Djawadi, “Game of Thrones” is a must. It’s epic, catchy and powerful. For an into, it’s soooooo long but if you even think about skipping it, you are no true Game of Thrones fan. Whenever I listen to it, I always feel like Khaleesi on her dragons trying to conquer Westeros. And this is only the main title. If you look up the entire soundtrack, it’s equally perfect. My personal favourites: season 6. Mind-blowing-ly beautiful. (Not sure that’s a word…)

  • The Affair

At first I was NOT into it. It was too weird. Even for me. I couldn’t understand the lyrics and the images were just confusing. A lot confusing. But after a while, it got into my head. And I fell in love with it. It’s sad and powerful. Knowing what happens on the show, the lyrics and the sequence of images is really intriguing. I love singing along to it when I’m home alone. It’s liberating. I definitely have to check out more songs by Fiona Apple.

  • Westworld

Even though I’m not a huge fan of the show (I finished it a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t impressed), the music is obviously amazing. And why is it obviously amazing, you ask? Because it was written by the same composer of “Game of Thrones”, Ramin Djawadi. This man knows how to write amazing music to tv shows. Love him. The music is delicate but at the same time sad and scary. I noticed that this year, a lot of shows had a recurring theme: from the minuscule details to the big final picture, the figures moving in slow-motion and the black-and-white theme.

  • You’re The Worst

Aside from being one of my favourite shows of 2016, the intro of this series is adorable. It captures the essence of the characters and it’s fun. It’s a perfect song to dance around to and miles away from the previous gloomy ones. It’s pretty raw, not very will mixed but I love it. It makes me happy.

  • Suits

Suits has very particular music and an unbelievable catchy main title song. There is a lot of music from unknown artists and covers. It’s specific to every scene and always on point. There is soul, funk, R&B and blues with a pinch of jazz. It’s not something that you hear everyday. But the theme is just… Wow. It makes you want to bob your head up and down and dance. I love it.

HERE you can check out an interview with Gene Klein, producer of the show, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle and Rick Hoffman about the music in the show.

  • Gilmore Girls

From episode 1, I fell in love with the theme. It’s so catchy, so happy, but to me, it brings back painful memories and suffering. This show destroyed me. Completely shattered me to pieces. But it’s such a good tune! You can sing along, dance around and for 3 minutes forget about everything and just think how quickly Jess stole your heart with his bad-boy attitude. I didn’t think I would have loved the show as much as I did. Carole King, you created an amazing song.

  • Sherlock, “The Game is On”

Yeah, sure, Sherlock’s main theme is nice. But not really the best. The tune that obviously stands out is “The Game is On”, Sherlock’s personal theme. I have learnt it with the piano but it’s not quite there yet. I need more practice. I love this tune… It’s basically Sherlock Holmes in music. And it’s catchy! I have spent more time than I want to admit, trying to carry the tune. Absolutely perfect. Congrats to David Arnold and Michael Price for composing it!

  • Doctor Who

I know… it may seem stupid, but it’s so catchy. And so unique. Since 1963 it has been a staple in British television culture. It’s so ridiculous and strange that it’s absolutely hilarious to sing a long. Especially off-tune. And it’s incredibly fascinating seeing how it was made in 1963. My friend and I love to sing it… there’s the dundundundun, dundundundun and the uhuuuihiiiiiiiiiuhuuuuu!!! How can you NOT sing alone!



Hope you liked this post! I have been obsessing over score music and soundtracks for a long time! I have Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who on my phone. And let’s just say it: Game of Thrones is depressing.

Let me know if you have any recommendations!

Georgia   🙂

 

Image from wallpapercave.com

 

 

 

WestWorld

I’ve heard a lot about this series on HBO. People have been talking about Westworld for ages, saying how wonderful and well-made it is.mv5bmteyodk5ntc2mjneqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mdq5ntgwotkx-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_

So naturally (although a few months later) I decided to give it a go. I didn’t know a lot about it, so I was pretty confused about the whole thing. And frankly, I still am.

IMDb says: “A series inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings.”

It still doesn’t make sense! As I said, it’s on HBO so I expected nudity, nudity, curse words, violence and more nudity. And it’s there, don’t worry.

It has a great cast… Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins and the third Hemsworth (Luke, who up until a few months ago didn’t even know existed. Sorry.)

The series is produced by J.J. Abrams. If you are a fan of sci-fi movies and tv series, you probably know him. He was involved in series like “Lost”, “Alias” and “Fringe” and of course the new “Star Wars” movie. Another familiar name, this time in the music department, is Ramin Djawadi, who also composes the soundtrack for “Game Of Thrones”. Definitely check it out, I usually listen to season 5 and 6 whenever I have to study. So dark and creepy.

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Anthony Hopkins (Shit, he is scary)

From what I have understood, the “WestWorld”is a theme parks masked as a real town with real people, who are actually artificial people. These people are only created to entertain the “guests” that come to the park. Naturally, the lab-created-people aren’t aware of  their origin.

And apparently the same day is repeated again and again. The only problem is that some robots (if you can call them that) are experiencing some glitches and malfunctions.

*spoiler alert for Game of Thrones*

Also, they Jon Snowed it. Characters keep coming back to life! It’s so weird!

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My first thoughts were:

  • “What am I watching?”
  • Is this a Black Mirror type of shit?
  • Why are there robot people in underground storage unit?
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James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood

If you like the dystopian/futuristic/generally weird genre, this is definitely for you. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Sci-Fi… I am very picky about it. So yeah… It’s not my cup of tea. Anyway, it’s what I like to call “high quality TV”: great cast, director, music, storyline…

If someone has seen it, give me advice! Do you think I should keep watching?

 

Georgia