Did anyone finish season 2 of Westworld? I just realised I never did… I kind of drifted off about half way through, and I can’t seem to summon the motivation to go back to it.
I thought season 1 was great, and I didn’t dislike season 2, but it seemed rather aimless… a bunch of people doing stuff that was mostly unrelated for unclear reasons.
Anyway, after failing to summon the energy to go back to it, and then trying to think of something to watch, I mostly came up blank. So I defaulted to giving season 2 of Van Helsing a go.
It’s nice to have a show that doesn’t require too much deep investment (i think maybe the thought of going back to westworld just seemed like too much effort).
It’s not as good as the first season (which itself wasn’t a classic, but was fun enough). It’s not actively bad, but it has that disjointed feel that a lot of 2nd/3rd seasons seem to ahve recently, where they seem to be making it up as they go along, and seem to be making bad plot decisions in the name of both surprising the viewer and also trying to find reasons to keep old cast members involved.
The first season worked pretty well as a mashup between something walking-dead-ish where you didn’t know who was going to make it, and something a bit more action/gothic/lore based like Buffy.
The end of season one was the weakest part, where they finally made it to the big bad and then instead of a satisfying conclusion, you got a bit of a confusing mess. It changed from being a survival journey about group dynamics to being a much more action / confrontation based situation.
(The following has spoilers for season ONE, but nothing much for season 2 that doesn’t come up in the first episode or so).
The second season mostly follows on with being in mainly in the second genre. Vanessa seems to have semi-inexplicably morphed into being a kick-ass vampire hunter. (After spending most of season 1 conspicuously NOT being the kick-ass vampire hunter that the show’s name and advertising implied).
This has the effect of meaning that regular vamps are not really a threat anymore, and instead of desperate survival we have a hero, a villain and a quest.
There first season was pretty brutal about killing off or losing characters from the main group, which I liked (except in the case of one character i really liked). So it basically ended with the group scattered or dead.
The second season’s first half has felt rather disjointed, because it’s been following all these disparate people, but it’s all clearly leading towards getting the group back together… which feels a bit forced at times, and which also removes any feel of risk, as these remainers seem to be pretty much hero-armoured up now.
The villains have also become a fair bit more stereotypical “bad guy”, and the show is showing the same reluctance to actually kill them off that it’s showing for the remainers, so the general feel has become something more like Buffy, except with much less humor and more graphic violence.
Oh yeah, and Axel walking around like a constipated zombie for the first half has been both unintentionally funny and a waste of a fun character.
It’s just about working as a fun, low effort low investment show… but it seems to have gone a little bit off track.
PS/ Wasn’t the name in the first season “VANessa Helsing”? Did I get confused, or has it morphed into “she’s a Van Helsing” in the second season? Which means her name is Van Van Helsing??