Westworld Season 3 Reviews Are In, Here's What Critics Are Saying About HBO's Sci-Fi Drama
After what has seemed like the longest wait in the history of television, Season 3 of Westworld will finally be upon us in just a few short days. The HBO sci-fi drama is promising to offer up another season of twists, turns, surprises and...what's bigger than a surprise? Oh, right, an epic mindfuck. So, there will surely be at least a few of those when Westworld returns as, well.
Luckily, because Westworld Season 3 is arriving on March 15, we're already getting some reviews of the the new season, so that we can all determine if it's worth our precious time to dive back into all the mysteries, confusion and riddles, or if we should just give up and let the dramatic mindlessness of The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart wash over us as we rock gently in a fetal position in the nearest corner.
Westworld is a heavy show in pretty much every way, but also impressively well-crafted, and it looks like the reviews will reflect that, with most fans probably enjoying what they see, even if they find themselves a bit confused. Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times seems to be on board with that, seeing as how she gave Season 3 a gold star, while still admitting that it will take multiple viewings to even try to understand it all:
Man, I haven't seen anything other than the trailer for Westworld Season 3, but I gotta say, this sounds about right. I got the good kind of chills when I watched it, but also didn't understand roughly 70% of what I saw. And, I know that if I watch the whole actual season, that percentage is unlikely to change.
As we've seen from that excellently pieced together trailer, Westworld has left the theme park for Season 3, and while Cnet's Jennifer Bisset enjoyed what she saw of the show so far (critics were able to view the first four episodes of the season), she feels that some may miss that very aspect of the show:
The show does have a very different feel for this season, but I'm still not convinced that what we see of the "real" world in Westworld Season 3 won't just be another theme park, with the whole world basically being a robot-filled fantasy land where Dolores ends up killing a lot of her own kind. It could be true, so don't say I didn't warn you.
Speaking about the new, theme park-less feel of Westworld in the new season, for Entertainment Weekly's Kristen Baldwin and Darren Franich it overrode what they used to enjoy about the show:
Ouch. And those reviews rated the season at a C and B-, respectively, but they don't have too many good things to say. For Indiewire's Ben Travers, the whole enterprise has lost a key element that will make Season 3 of Westworld a bit of a slog for those that agree with him:
As always, you can judge for yourself once Westworld goes live on HBO, Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m. EST. For more on what you can watch right now, head over to our 2020 midseason guide!
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