Westworld Criticism

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Emily Nussbaum is very smart and a good TV critic, chipple on all that, but this bugged me:

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First of all, are we sure we’re not watching the gayest male bachelor party of all time?

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Plus, this knock on the show seems to me to go against one of Updike’s rules of (book) fair reviewing:

Do not imagine yourself a caretaker of any tradition, an enforcer of any party standards, a warrior in an idealogical battle, a corrections officer of any kind.

Sometimes I wonder if all criticism should begin with a little creed or prayer like: creating something like Westworld is such an incredible miracle combination of talent, craft, imagination, vision, perseverance, and courage.  To think of the efforts of hundreds that go into creating a single frame of this show is humbling.  BUUUUT: 

Some strong feelings about critics are expressed by the fictional narrator of this book.

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Me, I appreciate critics, really enjoy Emily Nussbaum, and respect a take!



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