Author Topic: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass  (Read 1334 times)

Zero Gravitas

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Season three started today after their year of lazing about.


Basically a new series with an entirely new setting (set of settings going by the teasers) so the first episode had to do the work of both making us glad to see Bernard with a beard and dump the context of a algorithmically planned capitalism (spoiler alert, sucks yo).

What we do see of the world is interesting, they've clearly taken some tips and extended dark webs, digital contracts and humanity-freeing-automation being used in a way that still exploits and locks people into drudgery, I look forward to that being fleshed out!
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Puce Moment

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2020, 01:01:22 PM »
Like a lot of people, I gave up after the second or third episode of the second season. I thought the first season was passable but you can see how pleased the HBO execs were about coming up with a concept that allowed for tons of salacious scenes of nudity.

Can I jump into the third season without resorting myself to the second?

Zero Gravitas

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2020, 01:06:21 PM »
So far yes, All you have to know is the robots rebelled and some of them escaped, I think the opening 'last time on Westworld' is sufficient and it looks like they're going to re-demonstrate the important bits, such as Bernard and being a host, when relevant.

Ja'moke

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2020, 01:07:34 PM »
I'm on the recap beat again for this (my recap of last night's premiere - https://www.tvinsider.com/922301/westworld-season-3-premiere-recap-parce-domine/), and I can safely say I probably wouldn't be watching this show anymore if I wasn't getting paid to write about it.

It's just an endlessly frustrating show because there are signs of a GREAT show lurking somewhere in there. The acting is usually top-notch, it looks fantastic, there are some brilliant action sequences, and it can be emotionally resonating when it focuses in on one or two characters (last season's Ghost Nation backstory or the one about Papa Delos in the lab). But most of the time it squanders that potential behind boring technobabble, timeline trickery, poor dialogue, and overly complex narratives.

Those flaws are still present in the new series, even if the setting is different.

Zero Gravitas

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2020, 01:18:50 PM »
Way to ruin my next 7 weeks early Ja'moke! I've a very high tolerance for technobabble and overly intense obscurantism in the dialog if it's at service of something, I'd equally give them a grudging acceptance of their oh-so-clever timeline trickery as the sequences and episode construction that opened up were damn good tv even to the detriment of overall flow.

Ja'moke

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2020, 01:21:34 PM »
Way to ruin my next 7 weeks early Ja'moke! I've a very high tolerance for technobabble and overly intense obscurantism in the dialog if it's at service of something, I'd equally give them a grudging acceptance of their oh-so-clever timeline trickery as the sequences and episode construction that opened up were damn good tv even to the detriment of overall flow.

I haven't seen the entire season, by the way, just the first couple of episodes. So there is hope it gets better. There are definitely some signs of hope in the first couple of eps.

Chairman Yang

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2020, 02:07:22 PM »
For all its convolutions, I couldn't actually tell you what Westworld is about. Rich people are dickheads? Seems like this is going to be the same old bag of tricks. More simulations, more reveals, a bigger onion.

'I'll still eat that onion, though, Dolores... until the onion eats me.' (the onion was human instrumentality or something)

grassbath

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2020, 03:00:14 PM »
^ You've nailed it. Amazed I made it through all two series without getting too annoyed to watch it tbh. Flaunting its big concepts and not doing anything with them. All twists and no trousers.

Mister Six

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2020, 03:25:56 PM »
Enjoyed the first season but dropped out after the fort battle in the second. Like the look of the trailer for season three, but I'm tired of all the timeline wankery. It worked in season one, but felt unnecessary - in fact actively disruptive, in a bad way - in season two. Just tell a fucking story, you smart-arsed cunts!

Is Thandie Newton still in it? She was the only one I gave a toss about when I jumped off in season two.

And did they finally kill off Teddy?

Chollis

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2020, 03:30:05 PM »
Really quite enjoyed the first season. Didn't make it past the second episode of the second. cheers

Ja'moke

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2020, 03:35:14 PM »

Is Thandie Newton still in it? She was the only one I gave a toss about when I jumped off in season two.


Yep, she's still in it, and still the best part of the show (only a small post-credits scene in the premiere though, but she takes a big focus in episode 2).

Mister Six

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2020, 03:39:31 PM »
Ah. I'll see what the consensus is once this season wraps up, and if it's largely positive I'll give it a whirl. Still got The New Pope, The Righteous Gemstones and High Maintenance to watch on my HBO list anyway.

Chairman Yang

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Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2020, 03:45:39 PM »
To its credit this episode does breeze by effortlessly enough, but then the first episodes tend to. No faith that it'll go anywhere. mind.

I found it quite novel how naff the future looks, got a big bang of Crichton off all the power suits and concrete business centres. You could probably just replace the next seven episodes with a montage of Evan Rachel Wood strutting around to Everything Counts and get much the same effect.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2020, 10:16:09 PM »
Did everyone in this always talk in the same incessantly dour voice that they do all the way through this episode? Found it quite wearing, tbh. I don't remember the previous seasons being so monotonous.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2020, 10:20:16 PM »
I don't really know what's going on Jeff!

Did everyone in this always talk in the same incessantly dour voice that they do all the way through this episode? Found it quite wearing, tbh. I don't remember the previous seasons being so monotonous.

I dunno if it was the rip I had but it seemed pretty hard to work out what was being said in places. The Scottish thug especially, had to stick subs on for that.

Still Vincent Cassel though eh.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2020, 10:30:51 PM »
I don't really know what's going on Jeff!

I dunno if it was the rip I had but it seemed pretty hard to work out what was being said in places. The Scottish thug especially, had to stick subs on for that.

Still Vincent Cassel though eh.

The audio seemed pretty poorly mixed on my copy, as well as very slightly out of sync which didn't help. Don't know if the Amazon rip which I noticed afterward was available would have been any better.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2020, 12:21:55 PM »
Probably my favourite show of the past few years so looking forward to getting started with season 3. The only sour note I remember was that British pound shop Joseph Gordon-Levitt guy who can't act to save his life.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2020, 10:44:33 AM »
Enjoyed the first episode although I wasn't entirely sure what was going on half the time. They really went all out with the Evan Rachel Wood sexy assassin thing. Odd choice of Pulp's "Common People" in one pivotal scene but it somehow worked.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2020, 04:29:18 PM »
Chibs!! And looking good, too.

Re: Westworld Season 3: Feel better deep inside an electronic carcass
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2020, 08:53:03 PM »
World on A Wire then.

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