Akan No Mai (red dance?) dives into a flawlessly rendered Edo period Japan, and pits Maeve against a malfunctioning Shogun android.
Shogun World turns out to be a replication of Westworld, just with a different cultural skin. It's both disappointing and a sly commentary on the nature of story telling: some things are universal.
The endless violence is getting tiresome: it feels like every episode ends in a bloodbath. I like bloodbaths in my HBO shows as much as the next person, but there can be too much of a good thing. It's getting truly gruesome and repetitive. I get the point: people are shits. I don't really need a TV show to tell me that. Are they deliberately trying to put us off with excess, to drive the message home, or are they out of ideas?
Meanwhile, back in Westworld proper, we get to see poor Teddy betrayed by Dolwatt (Dolores / Wyatt), who's going to indoctrinate him into the revolution by reprogramming his brain. So sad, for both the devoted Teddy and the now ruthless Dolores. Their happiness is a lost cause. The worst thing is, she actually does love him. She just loves the revolution more.
Be careful whom you fall in love with.
Maeve, on the other hand, has even more reason for hope: she's developing the power to control androids with her mind. Now, why, when you have this ability, would you order the android soldiers to kill each other is beyond me. Why not just turn them into helpful allies? They are tabula rasa, empty vessels until you program them. Flip a few settings and they're your best buddies. Perhaps that's where it's going, as soon as Maeve is better able to control her new found power, she'll build her own army of undying, loyal henchmen.
Like Hector, that silly subtly besotted sap.
At this point, I'm finding Teddy more interesting than Dolores, who's hampered by the annoying Wyatt faux-personality. The Man-in-Black is more interesting, which I didn't think possible, given that nuance has been introduced into his black hearted soul, and I look forward to his interaction with his alienated daughter.
Bernard's fascinating as always (the actor is amazing), but he just seems to be going around in loops, character wise. I don't see him evolving this season so far.
There are a lot of competing storylines. I'm not bored by any, but I'm not as fully enthralled as I was last season. I'm not sure who I'm rooting for anymore, and that may be the point. Perhaps the show isn't for me, or I'm not getting it. It must be said that the episode is flawlessly shot, and looks fantastic. The production work on Samurai World is breathtaking.
Funny that Maeve is getting the very kind of power Dolwatt craves.
It's not going to end without significant suffering for one of them.