Westworld season 3: A leaner comeback

After the massacre of the second season, Westworld had to come up with something fresh, something new; that we haven’t seen in this show yet. So, as expected, the third season is where we move onto the real/wider world leaving the hypersexualized theme parks behind. And doing so Lisa Roy and Jonathan Nolan strips down the Westworld into a sleeker and leaner one. Though the ambiguity of the story remains, it’s much easier to follow.

After the bloodbath in Delos, we see Dolores(Evan Rachel Wood) escaping with a handful number of Pearls/Orbs containing host consciousness. And she has an exact plan to execute for achieving her true free will or revenge. It’s the world where people are so much dependent on the technology that it gets easier for Dolores to harness it for executing her plan. Meanwhile, Dolores encounters, Caleb Nicholes(Aron paul) a human military veteran who is depressed with his life while working with a robot in daylight and freelancing through a crime app at night.

Even though the story gets leaner, Dolores’ revenge is not the only plot we follow. Bernard(Jeffrey Wright) living the life of a workman and continuously checking his own code whether or not he is been altered or watched, trying to find out why Dolores brought him back. Maeve(Thandie Newton) after cutting her off for good brought back again by Delos for a specific task. Charlotte Hale(Tessa Thompson) who was killed during last season, we see a host version of her experiencing memories that aren’t her own. So, we get to taste the bittersweet convoluted plotline of Westworld here again.

Westworld has a great number of excellent actors. Exemplary acting by each and every one of them has to be appreciated. And not to say adding a new character on significant role-playing in the plot is a giant step taken by the team. None other than Aron Paul could have done it better. His suspiciously engaging story with both Dolores and Delos adds a whole new political storyline to the show. Revelling his physical and emotional spectrum gradually, the theme of the show begins to take an interesting turn. Most importantly, we see an amazingly comparing similarities in writing his character here with Jesse Pinkman.

Westworld has always been the show with “A class” visual storytelling. Lots of wonderful references are just eye-pleasing to watch. Especially, the last one paying tribute to the “Fight Club” with “Dark side of the moon” playing in the background is mind-blowing.

Finally, while striping down the story or leaning down the complexities we lose “Westworld” along the way. Even though it may be the right thing to do with this amazing ambitious and undoubtedly compelling drama.

Money Heist, part 4: Great potential ruined

We start part 4 from where we left it on part three; Nairobi shot almost to death, Lisbon caught and falsely executed to entrap the Professor. The Professor, filled with grudge and sorrow, declaring a war. All in all, it was a total mess, which we expected to recover this season.

Like the first two/three parts of the show the acting, cinematography and editing stand out. On the contrary, the quality of the script goes down. The show was originally created by Alex pina, who overviewed the writing of the first two parts and some of the episodes of part three but the rest of part three and entire part four is mainly done by Ana Boyero, Luis Moya, Emilia Diez and several other writers, a change which becomes strikingly clear as the story moves along.

To point a few out without spoilers, a major surgical procedure was done just right by Tokyo with no professional to guide her, Palermo teaches an A-grade assassin how to break free from a handcuff, Arturo harasses women at the midst of a heist, a top-grade police officer having a ton of options in his hand just passes information to a known criminal, Alicia without even watching the CCTV footage finds out the professor and most importantly no story development whatsoever.

To conclude, it’s the same mess again; just like how we left it after part three and all we can do is wait for the next part to fix them up, hopefully.