I can understand why there was so much focus on the intellectual debate in the first season - and why people were drawn to it. Science-Fiction, especially in movies and television, have evolved and demanded more, so you can’t just let these concepts lie and be so superficial.
I mean, if we take Westworld as Crichton’s prototype for Jurassic Park, which it very nearly is, even in the latter Crichton imbues a “life as life” attitude into it and the ramifications of the idea of the park. Yet, it also balanced out that alongside human characters that are developed within the crisis. I think where Westworld is now faltering is that the characters, human and robot, were too developed outside of the actual centerpiece - the breakdown of the park - that said breakdown is out of place.
I mean, I think that’s part of the reason why it seems this season is skipping over it somewhat - by keeping it as a “past” storyline and continuing on in a present that’s already gone by it.