hitfix.com: The park's hosts, guests, and staff are introduced in 'The Original' By Alan Sepinwall @Sepinwall | Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 10:15 PM

hitfix.com: The park’s hosts, guests, and staff are introduced in ‘The Original’ episode review by Alan Sepinwall @Sepinwall | Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 10:15 PM

“The Original” runs close to 75 minutes, and needs nearly every minute of that running time to properly introduce its sprawling cast of characters(*), explain how the park works — and the ways in which it’s beginning to not work — and begin laying out the underlying themes of the world that interest Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The repetitive nature of the lives of the robotic “hosts” — basically, a Groundhog Day told from the point of view of one of the Punxsutawney residents who are oblivious to the time loop — is important to the story Nolan and Joy are telling, and require additional time to properly establish here at the beginning, but it makes the premiere something of a slog, and a deliberately disorienting one.