Westworld returns for its second season. Their slaughtered robots have become killer robots, and the endless timeline tricks and show narrative puzzle boxes are still on the rise. And although the second episode of the second season, "Reunion", may have finally begun to answer some of the most important questions surrounding the park, it may also have solved one of the most annoying aspects of the series (for me, of all modes): the problem of dinosaurs.
Spoilers for season 2 of Westworld, episode 2 below
As we've pointed out earlier, Westworld is almost incredibly boring as a theme park. It has been demonstrated that the park's parent company, Delos Inc, has the almost divine capacity to create perfect and biologically accurate replicas of almost all living beings, from fully intelligent human beings to the smallest bird. Then it is assumed that Delos could make dinosaurs if he wanted to. But somehow, the best idea that came to Delos management was to recreate the Wild West? The imminent war between humans and robots and all the corporate conspiracies that led them to this side, Westworld is nothing more than a costly and elaborate larp ranch, which is something that already exists without robots.
That's obviously a bit reductive. Previous episodes that show the park's "normal" operations suggest that users should explore and enjoy immersive narratives in the most realistic interactive story in history. And with the growth in popularity of immersive entertainment in our own world, it's easy to see why the move to a different era may be worth the price of entry to the idle rich. (Not to mention the darker side of Westworld, which presumes that people really want to kill and / or have sex with robots without consequences or social rules, and that's a decidedly nihilistic view of people)
But if the elites of this world are so tired and thirsty for emotion, would not it be more interesting to live fantasies through stories with dinosaurs? Or foreigners? Or Harry Potter? Spending $ 40,000 per day to pretend to be a worldly cowboy when cowboys already exist is a strange niche for a theme park. So I ask again: where are all the dinosaurs?
As "Reunion" is finally confirmed, there seems to be no dinosaurs at Westworld because building a successful theme park or a series of entertaining narratives is not the objective. As James Delos (Peter Mullan) points out in a flashback to the young William / Man in Black (Jimmi Simpson), the park is deeply in the red, with two, maybe three years before he goes bankrupt. But William convinces Delos that he must invest a lot of money in the park just because of what people do when they think no one is watching. Westworld has not yet explained what Delos is doing with the things it learns from the park about people's private behavior and secret motivations. But it is clear from the premiere of the season that the company is still secretly recording the activities of park visitors and even DNA for some nefarious (and presumably profitable) purpose.
(A side note: William goes on to say that the past park is spending half of its marketing budget on figuring out what people want.) That means Westworld's marketing department must be even worse at its jobs than the " Make Sure the Robots Don "& # 39; Murder all the guests & # 39; department .The company is on life support, and not even have tried to make dinosaurs yet? But I digress.)