West­World Sea­son Two

AI think, there­fore AI am

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2018 | 15 | Blu-ray (4K/stan­dard)/dVd

Showrun­ners Jonathan Nolan, lisa Joy Cast Thandie New­ton, evan rachel Wood, Jef­frey Wright, ed Har­ris

West­world tack­les the “dif­fi­cult sec­ond sea­son” with ease, pulling off that del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act of be­ing both the same yet dif­fer­ent – and not just by in­tro­duc­ing Shogun World (though that helps). While sea­son one was all “What hap­pens when AI be­comes more like us?”, sea­son two asks “What hap­pens when we be­come more like AI?” while ex­am­in­ing the cur­rently con­tro­ver­sial topic of data min­ing as it re­veals the real com­mer­cial ba­sis for the parks.

Deep ques­tions aside, it’s also enor­mous fun, with stun­ning pro­duc­tion val­ues, ex­cel­lent ac­tion and mul­ti­ple plot­lines – pop­u­lated by rich, fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters – that twist like an MC Escher pic­ture. And in “Kik­suya” – a bit­ter­sweet, Black Mir­ror-es­que stand­alone about the Ghost Na­tion – it can boast one of the greatest TV episodes of 2018.

Ex­tras Two and a half hours’ worth, of which about an hour was al­ready avail­able on the in­ter­net: that said, the 10 “Cre­at­ing West­world’s Re­al­ity” be­hind-thescenes fea­turettes are a cut above. Also, you get three 15-minute round­table in­ter­views in which var­i­ous cast trios – in­clud­ing Thandie New­ton, Evan Rachel Wood and James Mars­den – are in­ter­viewed by the guys who play Lutz and Sylvester. Pe­cu­liarly, the same ses­sions pro­vide four shorter “Con­ver­sa­tions With The Cast” seg­ments. Two doc­u­men­taries com­plete the pack­age: “The Truth Be­hind Delos (12 min­utes) and “These Vi­o­lent De­lights Have Vi­o­lent Ends” (11 minute) – both look sus­pi­ciously like they’ve been cob­bled to­gether from left­over “Cre­at­ing West­world’s Re­al­ity” footage. Dave Golder

The main street of the vil­lage in Shogun World has the same lay­out as Sweet­wa­ter, right down to the or­der of the shops.

Sec­onds later the young Theresa May went wild...

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