Kiksuya is the best of Westworld S2 yet

I’m going to be honest: season 2 of Westworld has bored the hell outta me.

At this point, I feel like they’re being confusing just for the sake of being confusing. I can’t make heads or tails of anything going on. Is this scene now? Is that scene the future? Are they in the past? WHY are they being so vague about everything? I’ve felt like I’m watching a magician who, after pulling off a moderately surprising trick in the first act, continues to try to outdo himself to no avail for the rest of the show. And for my next trick…

To be honest, I could probably figure it out if I actually cared to do so. That’s just the problem: I don’t. The character arcs seemed to reach a satisfying peak in season one, and now they just seem to be running off the rails. Dolores & Co are just rampaging robots, out for revenge. They’re windup toys, let loose only to fall off the edge of the table. Is that really the best you’ve got?

But this week’s episode was a HUGE step in the right direction for me. Kiksuya appeared to be a filler episode, something I wouldn’t be interested in watching at all. What would an episode about one of the Ghost Nation have to do with anything?

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Y’all, this episode was AMAZING. It did so many things right, and is hands down the best of this season so far.

What I love about it is that it focuses on one character, and really dives deep into their motivations and fears. It really goes in, and I was in tears by the end of the episode for a character I’ve been nothing but terrified of up to this point. It’s relevant to the plot overall, but it doesn’t waste any time uselessly trying to confuse us or beat around the bush. It’s very straightforward, yet answers several questions we’ve poised since season one.

It reminds me of some of the best episodes of Lost and The Leftovers. This isn’t about sleight of hand or tricking your audience. It’s about the people. We finally see, in depth, what this world is like for one of the hosts. Someone way ahead of the curve, that sensed something wrong and what it means to them.

Dear Westworld writers,

You don’t need to confuse us. We like the characters. Let us in their heads.


Germ xoxo


2 Responses

  1. Michael D Suazo says:

    I agree with you completely. I wonder if they deliberately left the ghost nation out of the picture for the impact. Something I found great about the whole story was that this character came from a group of people who seemed to have the most cultural tools to accommodate the world shattering implications of the theme park for the hosts. They spoke of people coming from the underground which ties into many themes across Native American mythology. I’m so glad they finally highlighted this forgotten thread.

    • Germ says:

      Agreed! I wonder if they were more susceptible to what’s going on due to the nature of their culture? The cowboys seemed to interact primarily in transactions, “just passing by” without a real sense of community. The only two that experienced an eye-opening moment were Dolores (whose father was swapped out), and Maeve (whose girls were swapped out). These are both the only cases we’ve seen of the white hosts having a real connection with anyone.

      The natives were founded completely on this culture. When someone was swapped out, it wasn’t just a matter of “the shopkeep’s daughter is strange today”.

      I don’t know, but this was the first episode I really felt the gravity of what the hosts must be going through. To stay alive in such a violent world for over a decade trying to find your love, only to find her naked in a cooler somewhere! Man.

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