Why 'Westworld' Season 2 Got a Perfect Score on Rotten Tomatoes


We’re a few days out from Westworld’s highly anticipated return and it seems people are already loving it. The HBO series’s second season already has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. The hosts are on the loose and the critics are absolutely loving it apparently.

From Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Westworld centers on a technologically advanced Wild-West themed amusement park where androids served as host and catered to their guests every need. As the series explores the park, and those working behind the scenes, viewers discover the androids are not functioning normally and, in the end, they break free. Their takeover of the park left fans unsure about where the series would go next.

With an all-star cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Thandie Newton, the series was well-received by both critics and audiences. The first season resulted in many nominations, including Emmys and Golden Globes, so understandably the anticipation was high for the series to return.

As of Tuesday morning, the season had a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. That high mark is due in part to it being a very good show, but also because there are only 14 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment. As more reviews pop up, it’s likely that Season 2 will lose the 100 percent rating, though it will likely still be certified fresh. Here’s what people are saying for now.

Slashfilm writes that with the hard work of world-building was done during the first season and Westworld is better off for it:

Now, with a good chunk of the exposition out of the way, Westworld is more free to roam – most of the rules of the game have already been established, and now it’s time to play. The result is a season that’s bigger, bolder and bloodier than ever.

USA Today’s review believes that there seems to be a much clearer method to the madness of the large-scale series this time around. The reviewer writers, “The second season feels less like a freewheeling experiment and more like a TV show that knows what it’s doing and where it’s going.”

Variety’s Maureen Ryan shares that sentiment in her review of the upcoming season. She writes:

Like any self-respecting piece of tech, Westworld is always trying to upgrade itself. The good news is, several glitches and structural issues have been corrected and modestly improved in “Westworld 2.0.”

Inverse’s review of the first five episodes is not reflected in that perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, but we liked it, noting that it really became a horror series in its sophomore season. Editor Ryan Britt writes:

This series has never been for the faint of heart, but because the stakes are so hardcore now, and you’re expecting sudden acts of violence from nearly any character at any time, Westworld has succeeded in doing something shockingly novel with the idea of a robot revolt.
It actually feels scary.

For those excited for their return to Westworld, it seems this trip to the park will go even smoother.

Westworld Season 2 premieres on April 22.

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