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Watch this weekend: ‘Westworld,’ ”The 100,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Back online: Westworld

It's crazy to think that the first season of Westworld premiered more than a year ago. But the hype surrounding this modern sci-fi series hasn't let up since. In the first season we explored the high-tech theme park of Westworld, where guests live out their wildest and most violent fantasies alongside artificial intelligence "hosts" who are so close to being human it's scary. The end saw many of the hosts gain self-awareness and slaughter unsuspecting guests. Now hosts Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) are in charge, and they're using survivors and park executives to get what they want. Season 2 is gearing up to be the most brutal yet, with trailers teasing to other themed parks like Shogun World, based on the Japanese Endo period from 1603-1867. In the show's Superbowl trailer, Wood's character narrates to the human audience, "We've lived by your rules long enough . . . from the ashes we'll build a new world, our world." Season 2's theme: humans watch your back. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO

Review: Westworld returns with a brutal vengeance and more head-spinning narratives

Previous  coverage: Westworld mashes Wild West fantasy and chilling science fiction

A new world: The 100

Now in its fifth season, The 100 has grown and matured beyond its YA dystopian roots. Season 5 picks up six years later with hero Clarke (Eliza Taylor) still separated from her friends and family, who launched into space to escape the massive radiation wave threatening to destroy the earth. Clarke somehow survived, but she hasn't been able to communicate that to Bellamy (Bob Morley), her mom Abby (Paige Turco) or Raven (Lindsey Morgan), who are safe on the Ark space station. There are also still hundreds of people trapped in a radiation-proof bunker underground. Now the survivors have to find a way to reunite and survive on the only untouched patch of land on Earth. There's also the little problem of a massive prison ship landing on the last survivable patch of green. The entire series has hinged on vastly different groups of people struggling to get along. Glad it's keeping up this theme. 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW

PRAISE BE: THE HANDMAID'S TALE

The chilling, Emmy-winning dystopian series is back for a second season, and this time it's advancing the story of the Handmaids beyond Margaret Atwood's book. A recent trailer for The Handmaid's Tale shows Offred (Elisabeth Moss) right where the last season ended — in the back of a van and uncertain of her future or if she'll see her daughter again. Offred is on the hunt for her daughter and dealing with the aftermath of her pregnancy while Moira (Samira Wiley) is starting over in Canada and Nick (Max Minghella) is trying to protect Offred and their child. The trailer also shows some horrific and disturbing scenes set to come this season, including a massive handmaid hanging and a glimpse at the sickening Colonies. Commander Fred (Joseph Fiennes) is also back, yelling at his wife (Yvonne Strahovski) for being cruel to Offred and then pointing a gun at a gagged man in the woods. The Handmaid's Tale is not something to binge, but it became the most impactful and relatable series of last year. The first two episodes of Season 2 drop at midnight Wednesday on Hulu.

Previous coverage: 'The Handmaid's Tale' poignantly adapts Margaret Atwood's story

On Amazon: Bosch Season 4

The Amazon police procedural series Bosch, based on Florida author Michael Connelly's work, is back for a fourth season. This time, Bosch taps into real-life headlines for added tension and commentary. Titus Welliver returns as LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, whose next case involves the murder of a civil rights lawyer about to bring a high-profile case to trial. Bosch thinks Elias was a target rather than a victim of a random robbery on Angels Flight, a landmark railway from downtown Los Angeles to Bunker Hill. Still, Bosch still has many suspects to investigate, including the lawyer's own family. Season 4 largely draws from Connelly's 1999 novel Angels Flight, which was inspired in part by the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. The new season is available now on Amazon Prime.

Previous coverage: 'Bosch' taps into the headlines in Season 4

UPCOMING STREAMING RELEASES

Friday: Dope Season 2 (Netflix)

Saturday: The Letdown Season 1 (Netflix)

Monday: Red Rock Season 3 (Amazon)

Tuesday: Vikings Season 5 (Hulu)

April 27: Bobby Kennedy for President (Netflix), Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie (Hulu)

April 30: The Carmichael Show Season 3 (Hulu)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at [email protected] Follow @chelseatatham.

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