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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70th Primetime Emmy Awards: Drama (Supporting Actors, Lead Actors and Outstanding Series)

Even more drama!

Check out the other categories in the Drama section: Writing, Directing and Guest Actors! And the other categories!

70th Primetime Emmy Awards: Comedy (Writing, Directing and Guest Actors) and 70th Primetime Emmy Awards: Limited Series, Variety and Reality.

Now let’s talk about some dramas!



Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

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Of course. Like I can decide a possible winner. Sure.

I’m not a huge fan of Millie Bobby Brown and even though Lena Headey was brilliant as usual, there are performances that impacted me more.

Ann Dowd was spectacular as always and Alexis Bledel made me feel so many emotions. This role was made for her and she gave it 110%.

I’m undecided between Yvonne Strahovski and Vanessa Kirby, but even though I am a little bit in love with Vanessa and Princess Margaret, I think the Emmy should go to Yvonne.

She was mesmerizing.

2017 Winner: Ann Down as Aunt Lydia, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

My Winner: Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, “The Handmaid’s Tale”



Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

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Another tough category. Wow.

I love the Game Of Thrones guys. I do. I have a crush on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Mandy Patinkin is a treasure and I love him and David Harbour was unbelievable amazing as Jim Hopper.

I can’t decide between Matt Smith and Joseph Fiennes. I really want Matt to win. I think he deserves it so much but the other nominees are so amazing as well.

Out of loyalty I’m gonna go with Matt.

2017 Winner: John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, “The Crown”

My Winner: Matt Smith as Prince Philip, “The Crown”



Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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I’m not familiar with Tatiana Maslany and Keri Russell’s performances, to be fair.

Also, Sandra Oh is the first Asian-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy as Lead Actress. And she deserves it so much. Her performance in Killing Eve was perfect.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II was as brilliant as always and Elizabeth Moss literally tore my heart out of my chest. I can describe her performance as heartbreaking. She broke my heart.

I can’t really talk much about Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores because I was so concentrated on understanding the plot and I lost track of everything else.

2017 Winner: Elisabeth Moss as June / Offred, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

My Winner: I’m picking two winners because this is my blog so my rules:¬†Elisabeth Moss as June / Offred, “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, “Killing Eve”.



Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

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So….. I was not that impressed by this category. For some reason, I thought this category would not include these people.

I don’t really know Jason Bateman and Matthew Rhys but I like all the other performances.

I can’t really decide. As I said before, I did not understand a single thing that happened on Westworld so, to sum up my choice is between Milo and Sterling.

I can’t choose. I don’t really have an opinion here. (surprise surprise. As you can see, I am very opinionated. And not just about TV).

2017 Winner: Sterling K Brown as Randall Pearson, “This is Us”

My Winner: Sterling K Brown or Jeffrey Wright (Sorry Milo).



Outstanding Drama Series

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Well, well, well… The BIG category.

If I follow my instincts, my gut says “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Season 2 was heartbreaking and so intense.

But what about “The Crown”? And “Stranger Things 2”? That was so good! And so much better than season 1! Like, so much better. Even I watched it twice!

In these posts, I’m coming off as a non-Game of Thrones-fan. And I like the show… I’m jut so tired of it and there were some things I was no on board with. I’m tired of it. Thank God the next one is the last season.

This is Us broke my heart in a million pieces and it’s an amazing depiction of family life and deep issues every one of us faces in their lives.

Westworld is like… so well written, so well-directed and so well acted, but I don’t know what it is about and what it all means. It makes no sense.

I’m sure “The Americans” is amazing but I stopped at season 2. It was not for me.

Concluding, I don’t know. They are all Emmy worthy shows. I think I might be disappointed only if Westworld wins. Because I am so annoyed with it. Like, so annoyed.

2017 Winner: The Handmaid’s Tale

My Winner: every one but Westworld.



Here we are!

The Emmys are almost here! Remember to watch the ceremony on September 17th on NBC! Hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost.

Check out my Twitter! Vote in the polls and let me know who YOU think should win!

xxx

Georgia

70th Primetime Emmy Awards: Drama (Writing, Directing, Guest Actors)

[Disclaimer! I wrote all of these posts before the Creative Emmy awards on Saturday 08th and I made some errors in the publishing order. I have inserted the winners at the bottom of the page.]

And now it’s all about the drama!

Check out my previous Emmy 2018 posts:

Now let’s get into it!



Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones, “The Dragon And the Wolf” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
  • Killing Eve, “Nice Face” written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Stranger Things, “Chapter Nine: The Gate” written by The Duffer Brothers
  • The Americans, “Start” written by Joe Fields & Joe Weisberg
  • The Crown, “Myster Man” written by Peter Morgan
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, “June” written by Bruce Miller

Aside from “The Americans”, I’ve seen every single episode and it’s tough. They are all brilliantly written.

Plot wise, I was not impressed with the Game Of Thrones episode. I’m tired of it.

I can’t decide. I was so impressed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s writing in Killing Eve, but also The Handmaid’s Tale’s “June”…. It’s so hard!

2017 Winner: The Handmaid’s Tale “Offred (pilot)” Teleplay by Bruce Miller

My Winner: Killing Eve, “Nice Face” written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge



Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

  • Game Of Thrones, “The Dragon And the Wolf” directed by Jeremy Podeswa
  • Game Of Thrones, “Beyond The Wall” directed by Alan Taylor
  • Ozark, “The Toll” directed by Jason Bateman
  • Ozark, “Tonight We Improvise” directed by Daniel Sackheim
  • Stranger Things, “Chapter Nine: The Gate” directed by The Duffer Brothers
  • The Crown, “Paterfamilias” directed by Stephen Daldry

I have not seen Ozark but I am very familiar with the rest of the shows.

To be fair, I think Game of Thrones was the most impressive and the shock factor was fundamental. It was incredibly well-crafted and the magnitude of the set blew my mind.

I’m sorry to the other nominations.

(Also, there were no women in this category? Or non-white people?

2017 Winner: The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred (pilot)” directed by Reed Morano

My Winner: Game Of Thrones, “Beyond The Wall” directed by Alan Taylor



Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

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I’m not familiar with Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson’s performances. I stopped watching Scandal and never went past the pilot of “How To Get Away With Murder”.

But to me, the performance that captivated me was Samira Wiley in The Handmaid’s Tale. She was incredible and I think she deserves the Emmy.

2017 Winner: Alexis Bledel as Emily, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

My Winner: Samira Wiley as Moira, “The Handmaid’s Tale”



Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

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Ohohohohohoh…. This is hard. Like, really really hard.

I loved every single one of these performances. They were all so good.

I can’t decide. For me, the most memorable performance was Cameron Britton’s on Mindhunter. He was terrifying. I was so scared.

Ron Cephas Jones made me cry so much, though. So. Much. I bawled like a maniac every time he popped up on my screen.

And Matthew Goode! He was brilliant as Tony! And the Doctor on This is Us! Uuuuuugh!

I’ll be happy for whoever wins.

2017 Winner: Gerald McRaney as Dr. K, “This is Us”

My Winner: Everyone



Here we are!

Check out my Twitter! Vote in the polls and let me know who YOU think should win!

UPDATE!

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Samira Weily, The Handmaid’s Tale

xxx

Georgia

The Night Of – First Impressions

I’ve been wanting to get to this show for quite some time but other thing came in the way.

HBO is famous for its heavy-themed and dark shows and this does not disappoint.

I knew very little about “The Night Of”, I didn’t know the actors and even the plot was unfamiliar to me. I think I saw a clip of it on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show, but it didn’t catch my attention. I was more interested in the jokes about Donald Trump!

It stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro. From what I have understood, his character has a wild night with a strange girl he just met and the morning after, he finds her murdered in her bed. He is questioned and brought in by the police, and the story unravels from this point on.

I have heard wonderful things about Riz Ahmed and the premisis of the show seems very interesting. Just from the pilot, it’s clear that he is wonderuful, his acting is incredible. Truly magnifient.

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Moreover, I found this article on “The Hollywood Reporter” and it explains pretty well the opportunity to talk about issues like the criminal justice system and racism towards muslin communities. The article also says that the show has been a work-in-progress since 2009, when there was no muslim ban and no hate crimes like now.


For a pilot, it’s a bit long. Not just because it’s an hour and a half, but because it’s quite slow. Like, really really slow.

I’ve been thinking about what to write about this show for a long time and I reckon I’ve just came to the realization that “The Night Of” looks more like a documentary than a thriller, which is what you’d expect from the synopsis and the outlook of the serie.

There are a lot of shots of peomv5bmjqyotgxmdi0nl5bml5banbnxkftztgwote4mzczote-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_ple staring at things, mundane actions that were probably not necessary. This is probably what they wanted to show us, but they are dragging it on for a little bit too much, in my opinion. At the same time, if they hadn’t, it would not have been a truthful recount of the bureaucracy and awful problems of the criminal justice system.

Despite that, the show gets you totally hooked. Even if sometimes I found myself getting distracted, the show somehow finds its way into sucking you back it.

And this is what makes good television. It might not tick all the points in my list, but it is a very well-made show.

The main titles resembles a lot “True Detective”, “Westworld” and “The Crown”, the mismatched and out-of-focus images, the blue/grey/green-ish tone…

It is nominated for 10 Emmys including outstanding lead actor, outstanding supporting actor and for upstanding directing and writing.



I’ll probably write a quick post after finishing it with my complete thoughts on the show.

Let me know your opinion of the series! I’d love to know!

xxx

Georgia