This review contains spoilers for Westworld Season 2, episode 2, “Reunion.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our review of the Season 2 premiere, and our explainer on what the ending of episode 1 could mean.

From the beginning, Westworld has interrogated our oh-so human tendency to play god, but that symbolism becomes literal in episode 2. First, we get to see the origin of the park through the eyes of the arrogant Logan Delos (Ben Barnes), who finds himself enticed by the incredible technological advances of a company known as the Argos Initiative, which is seeking funding to build a “tangible” experience far beyond virtual reality.

The practical applications for the technology are spectacularly demonstrated when he’s taken to a private show (all orchestrated by Ford and Arnold, we discover in the opening scene) and comes to realize that he’s surrounded by hosts who are indistinguishable from humans – right down to their capacity for sex, as Angela proves. Knowing Logan as we do, it’s no surprise that a quick roll in the hay is what convinces him to invest.

We later jump forward to see Logan’s brother-in-law, William, visiting the park (presumably after he and Logan have had their ill-fated trip where William falls in love with Dolores), to show it off to Logan’s father, Jim, who says the park has two years – three, tops – before it goes bankrupt. William points out that Westworld presents a unique opportunity: “In 20 years, this will be the only reality that matters…

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