I’ve watched the first three episodes of the new season (4) and am happy to report the show is still running strong with solid writing and the exploration into what it means to be human—and sentient machine.

This season, the writers have flipped the entire story quite brilliantly. I won’t go into spoilers but the proverbial shoe is on the other foot.

One thing I love is that I feel they are still holding a big card up their sleeves from the very beginning. That map on the inside of the skull has yet to be revealed. Although it seems we are getting closer as Bernard goes to the desert to hook up with the rebel humans.

The Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) thread is moving slowly, but Maeve (Thandiwe Newton @ThandiweNewton ) more than makes up for that. Aaron Paul has grown from his Breaking Bad role and is excellent.

My wife and I bonded over Julian Jaynes The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind so we are big fans of exploring consciousness. I do feel we are on the verge of either advancing to another level or collapsing. The surge in dogmatic cultism is very scary. It’s a step backward in human evolution. I explore some of what is reality in The Fifth Floor, which is probably my wildest books given the switches in POV and the moving in time.

If you’ve not experienced Westworld and think it’s just some cheap scifi ripoff of a Michael Crichton story I highly, highly recommend you watch the Season One pilot. It is one of the best pilots ever made for television in my opinion. So much is introduced so brilliantly. We’re still reaping that first episode.