In Review: Westworld – Chestnut

This second episode gives us a little narrative about the experience from the point of view of the visitors to Westworld.

Synopsis: A pair of guests, first-timer William and repeat visitor Logan arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard and Quality assurance head Theresa Cullen debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious.

Review: This second episode gives us a little narrative about the experience from the point of view of the visitors to Westworld.

We also see a little more of the anomaly starting to effect other hosts. Specifically Meave Milay who is having what seem to be terrible dreams, which are shutting her down.

Meanwhile the debate continues as to whether or not the anomaly with some of the hosts is being passed on from one to the other.

Meanwhile The Man In Black continues to terrorise innocents in his quest to get to the bottom of his existence and that of the entirety of Westworld. Luckily for the visitors he hasn’t figured it out yet.

Some great stuff in this. Specially Ford becoming more involved in the plot, which in turn gives Anthony Hopkins a chance to do his best impersonation of Richard Attenborough’s Hammond from ‘Jurassic Park’.

The best acting performance of this episode though has to go to Thandie Newton by a solid country mile. Her portrayal of Meave Milay’s gradual break down was impressive. Even when the engineers at Westworld changes Meave’s program so that she’d be more aggressive. Newton committed to it full on.

This series continues to impress and narratively moves things forward from last weeks impressive opener.  The addition of the two visitors to Westworld as yet has to pay dividends, but it does look like one of the new visitors could well develop something with Dolores over the next few episodes. That is of course if he can break away from his more boisterous and somewhat obnoxious friend.

Last week’s opening episode won many accolades from reviewers saying that it is the next ‘Game Of Thrones’. I personally think it is the next ‘Westworld’. And hopefully it will over time become as successful as ‘Game Of Thrones’ has been.

Westworld - Chestnut
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  • Incidental Music
  • CGI

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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