There is a fan theory (can we have fan theories after only 2 eps) that Bernard (the right-hand man to Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is a robot. Ford dropped a possible hint in ep 2 about "I know how your mind works."
I think Sizemore (the "writer") is way, way over played. Though I did like how he was this pompous prima donna and then became like a child needing parental approval the moment Ford shot down his new story line.
There also seems to be a lot of gratuitous f-bombs.
I'm gathering the "virus" is transmitted by robots saying something about violent pursuits have violent ends. Robots seem to be programmed or commanded at least by word of mouth codes. Maybe like a hack that that uses a very long URL that pushes code into memory, robots can have new code pushed into them this way.
I did lie the sexy Turning Test right up front: "If you can't tell if I'm real, does it matter?"
Dolores Abernathy did she dig up a real gun at the end? One that's not fixed in some way? I seem to recall in the movie the guns hard IR sensors and if they detected body heat they wouldn't fire. I'm sure in this future, guns have a lot more sophisticated shoot/don't shoot programming. "If fired in that direction, the bullet presents a 90% probability of x". Or bullets have subtle homing devices to make sure bullets always go right to a Host. Abernathy also sees everyone dead in Westworld. A vision or was she bringing up an old memory of the critical failure from 30 years ago.
I get the sense, too, these vacations are not all inclusive. People are billed in the end for every robot they fuck or mission they go on. Hence, Maeve (the madam) being taken out of service for not seducing enough guests.
I'm loving the female robot programmer. The one who likes to kiss robots. She does seem to have a great sympathy for the robots.
And Hopkins (aka King). Is he creating some kind of religion with his story? He wants stories to show guests who they can be.
Here's my take based on ep 2:
1. I don't think Bernard is a robot. He could be but if so it is already going a bit meta and I'm not really into another BSG-esque series with major human characters suddenly turning out to be robots without knowing it.
2. I agree about the writer character being way over-egged, it seems to be something of an inside-joke/commentary about modern TV writers but it's not exactly subtle. I can't tell if it is the actor or the writing.
3. I didn't get the impression that the issue with Maeve was to do with earning extra commission, more like they are tracking the popularity of the characters and adjusting things accordingly. Doesn't seem like the extra money thing is required since they have enough motivation to do so just based on their desire to keep their guests entertained and happy.
4. I know it's very early, but I have the clear impression that King has intentionally unleashed the virus via his reveries and that this is what he is referring to when he talks about a new type of story. He seems disillusioned with the park and to have a kind of affection for his creations, so I think he is not just going to be the catalyst of the rebellion/sentience but the mastermind behind it.
5. I'm glad the 'mystery' of the man in black was somewhat resolved in that he clearly isn't a robot but a long term, repeat customer. That makes more sense given that they seem to be able to monitor all activity in the park at all time, so a rogue robot would surely be noticed (at this stage at least).
Very good so far and I'm enjoying the slow build up.