Westworld: season 1 reviewed

TO BE UPDATED [8 dec 2016]

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The wonderful first season of Westworld has come to and end, unfortunately. We got to know plenty of awesome new characters like the Western girl, Dolores or the creepy creative director Robert Ford. There were some mind-bending theories and unexpected twists, but also the soundtrack was sheer perfection . In this review, we count down the very best episodes of Westworld and gave each episode a number of points. The good and less good aspects of each episode are thoroughly discussed. Let’s do this! 

10. The Stray (Season 1, Episode 3): 81,84%

Directed by Neil Marshall; Written by Daniel T. Thomsen and Lisa Joywestworld-ep03-ss05-1920.jpg
William drags Logan off on a bounty hunt. Dolores asks Teddy to teach herto shoot, but her programming prevents her from firing a gun. Ford changes Teddy's backstory for his new narrative, in which he is pitted against rogue outlaw Wyatt. Ford also tells Bernard about his old partner Arnold who died in Westworld after trying to make the hosts conscious. Bernard is worried about the effect their conversations have had on Dolores but she promises to keep quiet and follow her loop. Elsie and Stubbs are sent to capture a stray host. They find him trapped in a ravine and when Stubbstries to retrieve his head, he wakes up and attacks them before smashing his own head in with a rock. Dolores is attacked by bandits at the homestead, one of whom drags her into the barn to rape her. She steals his gun but is unable to shoot him until she sees him as the Man in Black. Dolores escapes, stumbles into William and Logan's campsite and collapses in William's arms.

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Positive

Teddy’s character is getting more interesting. Ford has given him a backstory, which includes the ‘supervillain’ Wyatt. Wyatt possesses an army of big, masked man that cannot be killed by the hosts (?). Along with Teddy, we meet the guest ‘Marti‘. Marti seems to be an adventurous young lady with stamina. She’s a nice new character and it would be nice if the showrunners explore her character more in future episodes. It’s good that Teddy will not stay by Dolores’s side the whole time, but rather has a storyline of his own. 

+ It’s good that we get the chance to explore the park some more. William chooses not to stay in Mariposa and to become a bounty hunter. He’ll track and trace the outlaw ‘Slim Miller’. I am curious to find out what’s hidden deeper in the park. Logan is not as enthusiastic as William, so I’m certain the two will have a major disagreement rather soon than late. William appears to be a well-written character and I expect a lot of development on his part. When a strayed Dolores bump into William and Logan, we know that William’s storyline really has taken off. I think the two will cause some major developments in the plot of the story. 

+ Elsie has become more likable, due to the extended screen time they gave her. Stubbs, on the other hand, remains a bland character in my eyes. Elsie is a smart character with whom we can sympathize a lot. She discovers that things aren’t going as they should be. The host, the woodcutter, has been wandering from his loop on purpose. 

+ Another strong character this episode is ‘Bernard Lowe’. Last week, Maeve’s character was explored thoroughly. This episode is Bernard’s episode. We learn that he had a young son who passed away, much to Bernard’s grief. We see how sympathetic and loyal he is toward Dr. Ford and he asks the same questions as we have been asking: ‘Who the hell is Arnold’? 

+ Arnold seems to be a big deal in Westworld. The man may not be alive any longer, he still has an extremely important function in the story. It appears he’s the voice that speaks to Dolores. It’s good to have some backstory about Arnold and Robert’s lives before Westworld was actually set up. We learn that Arnold was obsessed with creating consciousness within his hosts. It consumed him totally that he died inside the park. Was he killed by someone else? Did he commit suicide? Or was it really an accident? We have to find out. Ford shows a picture of him and Arnold to Bernard, so we know that Ford isn’t telling lies. But why would Arnold still have a story to tell? Why does he want Dolores to find out about something? I don’t think we can fully trust Dr. Ford.. 

+ Strong acting performances by James Marden (***),  Evan Rachel Wood (***), Anthony Hopkins (***), Jeffrey Wright (****) 

Some nice CGI here! Wonderful effects have been used to create a younger dr. Ford. 

Negative

– This episode is very heavy (perhaps too heavy) when it comes to backstories and character development. Don’t misinterpret, this is a good thing but I understand that his could be a bit too much at once. We are introduced to Arnold and his backstory. He seems to be a big deal suddenly and it can be a big pill to swallow. The episode primarily focuses on Bernard and Teddy’s backstories. Their backstories are interesting, but I would have liked to see a bit more action. (see next point).

– A lack of action and actual plot development. In this episode, backstories of the main characters are put central. We had some action when Wyatt’s men attacked Teddy and his crew. This was nice but I would’ve liked if they explored this some more. It could have been bigger, more impactful… It all went so fast! 

– Good that they left out Sizemore this episode. Stubbs got more screentime, but he still doesn’t leave a lasting impression. I can’t really relate to his character. He lacks strong features, a strong background. The acting skills of Luke Hemsworth aren’t bad, though. I hope they’ll have something more interesting in store for his character. 

– There’s a theory that there are multiple timelines in Westworld. If this is the case, the storytelling gets very complex. Maybe even too complex. The viewer almost has to rewatch each episode to get a clear image of what’s happening. It can get too confusing for the modest viewer. 

9. Contrapasso (Season 1, Episode 5): 83,88%

Directed by Johnny Campbell; Written by Dominic Mitchell and Lisa Joywestworld-contrapasso-image-6.jpeg
Elsie discovers that the stray has been transmitting information outside of the park to an unknown party. On his journey to find Wyatt, the Man in Black kills Lawrence. He is then confronted by Dr. Ford, who assures him that he will not stop his efforts to find the maze. Dolores, William, and Logan travel to the town of Pariah, where they meet criminal gang leader El Lazo, a.k.a. Lawrence, who tasks them with stealing a wagon of high explosives from the army, a mission they complete successfully. Dolores realizes El Lazo intends to keep the explosives for himself rather than selling them. The ex-Confederates realise this, and apprehend Logan while William and Dolores flee. Maeve awakens in the control center and tells a technician that she wants to talk.

Source: Wikipedia

Positive

+ Nice to see another location in the park, namely Pariah. It all seems more dangerous and darkish and the storylines get even more intense. Logan is having his best time in Pariah, in stark contrast to Dolores. Dolores is forced to take on the role of the ‘bad guy’, but in the end, she finally decides not to play the damsel any longer. We have got some nice character development for Dolores’s character this episode. William also makes some important decisions. He no longer wants to be submissive to Logan and leaves Pariah together with Dolores. The scenes in the Pariah were enjoyable and the war declaration between the Conferados and El Lazo added some action to an otherwise slower episode. 

+ Elsie Hughes became more likable this episode! The moment where she confronted the creepy ‘necroperv’ was funny, but she’s also a smart character with the right sense of justice. She feels that there’s something going on and investigates the woodcutter before he disappears into ashes. She discovers a transmitter that was used to smuggle information from the park. We don’t know who’s behind this espionage, but this was a very clever move by Elsie. Nice character! 

+ The Man in Black got some less eventful scenes, but there was one fascinating dialogue between him and Ford this episode. I could feel the (hidden) danger between those two and Ford subtly made him realize that every step he takes, is extremely considered.

+ Acting performances by: Evan Rachel Wood (***), Jimmi Simpson (***), Ben Barnes (***) 

+ A pity to leave out certain characters (like Maeve), but on the other hand is was a good moment to concentrate more on specific character storylines! Dolores, Lawrence, Logan and William’s storylines developed nicely. 

Negative

– The theory about the multiple timelines is becoming more likely, but it can cause some confusion! This episode, we find out that Lawrence was killed (or rather ‘decommissioned’) by the MiB and a few moments later he’s brought back to life and plays the leader of the Revolutionaries ‘El Lazo’. Is this a proof that there are more timelines in Westworld? I think so! But it’s all very confusing, though…

– Many characters are left out in this episode or don’t have much to contribute (e.g. Maeve / Bernard / Theresa / ..). Especially Maeve’s screentime being reduced drastically is a pity. Her storyline got pretty interesting last episode! I think they decided to slow down her plot development a bit, which is ok. 

– Aside from the war declaration between the Revolutionaries and the Confederados, there was a lack of action/true plot development in this episode. There was a lot of storytelling and long dialogues in this episode. I think this is due to the fact that we are halfway through this season and things are building up to something big. 

8. The Adversary (Season 1, Episode 6): 84,02%

Directed by Frederick E.O Toye; Written by Halley Gross and Jonathan Nolan

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The Man in Black and Teddy continue their journey to find Wyatt. At a Union Army outpost, the soldiers recognize Teddy as an accomplice in Wyatt'smassacre of his unit. Teddy escapes by killing all of the Union soldiers.Lee, distraught over Ford rejecting his narrative, drunkenly disrupts park operations by urinating in the control room. He is interrupted by Theresa, who introduces him to Charlotte Hale, a Board representative sent to observe park operations. Theresa breaks off her relationship with Bernard. Bernard finds out that Ford has secretly been keeping a family of hosts. Elsie continues to investigate the glitches and warns Bernard that Theresa has been smuggling data out of Westworld, and that the first generation hosts have been re-programmed by someone calling themselves Arnold. However, she is abducted by an unknown assailant. A child host kills his dog, telling Ford that Arnold told him to. Maeve threatens and bends Felix and Sylvester to her will and convinces them to change her programming.The duo set her awareness rating to its maximum limit.

Source: Wikipedia

Positive 

+ Strongest aspect of the episode was Maeve Millay’s impressive arc. She’s making some huge leaps in her storyline and things are beginning to become truly interesting. She discovers her own nature (e.g. all that she is saying is scripted and doesn’t come from her own mind). Her reaction when she discovered how her kind is being constructed was priceless. The acting, raw emotions were Emmy-worthing. You did a wonderful job there, Thandie Newton! The soundtrack accompanying the scene made it even much better.  Up to now, it’s my favorite scene from Westworld yet. Maeve undergoes a huge transformation in this episode. She first wants to meet her ‘gods’ again by causing herself to die. She already realizes that she can die multiple times to be later brought back. Now, she wants to meet the people pulling the strings. Shocked but also appalled, she discovers the truth behind her existence. She had enough of people messing with her mind, now she wants to be the one in charge. She then commands Felix and Sylvester to increase her general intelligence all the way to the top. Things now really have gotten intense for Maeve’s character and I look forward to seeing how this will develop from here. 

+ Teddy’s character finally has gotten more interesting. Pairing him up with the Man in Black was a clever move. I really like the dynamics between the two characters! Teddy commanding a gatling gun was awesome. Finally, his character gets some better stuff to work with. Yet, him dying again at the end was a bit disappointing. 

+ Elsie’s journey is continuing to get even more intriguing. She found out that Theresa Cullen was behind the strayed host. She was the one who tried to smuggle data out of the park, yet her intentions remain unclear. Elsie stumbles upon even more worrisome discoveries. Someone, most likely Arnold, has made changes to the core directives of the 1st generation hosts. She then gets grabbed from behind by someone unknown. Hmm a cliffhanger, I hope we’ll get an answer next week. 

+ Theresa’s character has been improving since the last two episodes. Now that we’ve found out that she’s smuggling data out of the data, we can consider her as one of the main villains. She makes up for an interesting villain, in my opinion. She’s a very gray character, as we feel sorry for her for breaking up with Bernard (even if it’s harder for Bernard, though). I hope her character get fleshed out even more. 

+ Interesting introduction to Charlotte Hale’s character, the board’s executive. We don’t know much about her, so I can’t jump to conclusions. She seems to be a bit sly, playing with Lee like that. 

+ Good to not focus on Dolores’s storyline this episode. A break in her storyline gives the chance to other character storylines to develop. 

+ Acting performances from Ed Harris (***), James Marsden (***), Jeffrey Wright (***), Thandie Newton (*****)

+ Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Radiohead’s Motion Picture Soundtrack along with Maeve’s discovery was sheer perfection. 

Negative:

– The Man in Black’s journey is getting even more complicated than before. We can conclude that there are even 3 timelines now, as we’ve seen Angela’s character in three different roles. It’s getting too complex for me. The ending scene where the MiB explained his past and the fact that the Maze was shown to him when he intended to kill Maeve and her daughter. This scene raised more questions than rather giving answers. The mystery behind the Maze is getting too imposing, too complex. 

Lee Sizemore’s character hasn’t won any sympathy from me at this point. I can’t stand him and wouldn’t mind if they have left him out of the story. I don’t like the actor nor the character. 

Ford’s contribution this episode wasn’t too interesting. It wouldn’t hurt to leave him out one episode. 

– Even though the character is sympathetic, Elsie’s abduction was way too predictable. The scene was a bit cliché. 

7. Chestnut (Season 1, Episode 2): 85,28%

Directed by Richard J. Lewis; Written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy
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Logan and William come to Westworld for a good time, but the latter is reluctant to indulge. Though Bernard secretly questions Dolores to make sure nobody has tampered with her, Dolores' contact with procuring madame host Maeve results in her malfunction as well. Maeve is taken in for maintenance but unexpectedly awakes and witnesses damaged hosts, including Teddy, being hosed down. The Man in Black abducts outlaw Lawrence from his own hanging, demanding that he tells him the location of the maze. Lawrence's daughter gives him his next clue. Ford vetoes Sizemore's new narrativcalling it cheap titillation that underestimates the guests. They will useFord's narrative instead.

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Positive

+ Another, more fascinating point of view on the daily goings on in the Westworld park. We are again introduced to the park through the eyes of two visitors, named William and Logan. I like this way of introducing more than the one in the series’ premiere. We find out how we can enter the park and what procedures we have to go through. 

+ Decent new characters introduced. We meet William and Logan, who both travel to Westworld. We don’t know when this exactly takes place. For William, it’s the first time. Logan, on the other hand, is an experienced visitor in the park and knows how the game is played. He can hardly contain himself to show his friend William the park. Even though they are good friends,William and Logan are each other’s opposites. William is a calm and  reserved man who shows a lot of empathy towards the hosts. Logan is arrogant and has a cocky attitude. He doesn’t care about the feelings of the hosts at all. We rapidly empathize with William and classify him together with Dolores as the series’ male and female protagonists. 

+ Dolores’s quest has started! We feel that things are seriously going wrong. A voice in her head tells her to ‘remember something’. During the night, she goes to the ranch to retrieve a gun from under the sand. It’s obvious that she’ll use it rather soon than late and that utter chaos will erupt. We don’t know whose voice we’ve heard, so I’m eager to find out who’s instructing Dolores to go against her nature. Dolores has become an even more interesting character for me now. 

+ Maeve Millay gets a late but awesome introduction. She’s become the show’s favorite characters in an instant. We find out that this host, just like Dolores, is beginning to malfunction. She’s o the brink of being decommissioned, but the friendly Elsie Hughes made some smart alterations before that could happen. Maeve’s backstory is interesting and touching. We feel that she had a painful past and that her storyline crossed paths with the MiB. Why he came to seek her is still another mystery. 

Acting performances by: Jimmi Simpson (***), Clifton Collins Jr. (***), Evan Rachel Wood (***), Anthony Hopkins (***), Thandie Newton (****)

+ The Man in Black’s mission is getting a bit more interesting but is still VERY confusing. I like the new character, Lawrence and the two together made up for a nice duo! I have no idea where their characters are heading to and why the Man in Black has chosen for Lawrence. It seems that these two are familiar since the MiB visits the park for 30 years. The mystery is intriguing, but I hope that there’ll be more clarity in his storyline soon.  

+ Soundtrack was very good again. No outstanding tracks. 

+ An interesting ending to this episode which will lead to even more developments in the characters’ storylines. Dolores and William met each other and (obviously) a spark between them shot out. I’m curious to find out how to two will interact with each other. Can artificial intelligence truly fall in love with an actual human being and vice versa? We’ll discover that soon. The big ending was Ford’s new project which will involve a church. Is he going to introduce ‘a religion’ among the hosts? Or is he up to something entirely else? Fascinating theories are already going on! 

Negative

More mysteries… It’s piling up! Dolores’s character may have an interesting development up to now, but the mysteriousness about her character is really getting confusing. It’s interesting for sure, but I’m afraid to be disappointed because I have literally no idea where her character is heading to. Is Dolores becoming conscious just as Maeve? Or has she done something in the past that she wants to rediscover in the present? It’s difficult to handle all of this. The same goes for the MiB. I like the character and the actor but I no idea where they are going to with his character. Let’s hope for the best. 

Quarterman’s character is getting even worse. The acting, the character itself, his attitude, .. I just don’t like it at all. I’m not enjoying his presence on screen at all. Knudsen’s character has progressively gotten better, to be honest. Her relationship with Bernard is interesting and I like to find out how the others will react about that or if they keep it secret. Her acting skills have gotten better too.  

6. Dissonance Theory (Season 1, Episode 4): 86.76% 

Directed by Vicenzo Natali; Written by Ed Brubaker and Jonathan Nolan

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Logan wants to finish the bounty hunt and mocks William for bringing Dolores along. Meanwhile, the Man in Black is hunting snakes and finds Armistice with her snake tattoo. He breaks Hector out of prison for her, and she tells him that the tattoo represents all the men she has killed in revenge for the massacre of her village, and that the last piece will be for Wyatt. The Man in Black sets off after Wyatt, rescuing a tortured Teddy. Theresa takes over the investigation into the stray, not trusting Elsie and Bernard. She meets Ford about his new narrative, but he flaunts his power over Westworld and warns her not to interfere. Maeve is having visions of wiped memories, and during Hector and Armistice's attack on the townshe finds a bullet in her unscarred belly with Hector's assistance, proving that her visions are real. They kiss passionately as the sheriff bursts in and opens fire on them.

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Positive

+ Dolores’s quest is becoming clearer. Her storyline is beginning to resemble that of the Man in Black’s: both are heading toward the same destination, the Maze. It’s obvious that the two will meet in the end, if their timelines aren’t different, though. I’m getting more convinced of the theory that the MiB = William, which would make sense if being true. Dolores relationship with William is another interesting aspect of the show. 

+ Maeve was, without a doubt, the best character of the episode. Her storyline is getting really intense, now that’s she starting to discover the truth behind her existence. I kind of feel sorry for her, knowing that she will  find out about her wretched life rather soon. Her scene with Hector Escaton was amazing and I like the chemistry the two hosts are having with each other. 

+ The Main in Black had some brilliant scenes this episode! To be honest, this was his best episode to date. Him meeting Armistice was cool. The backstory we got behind Armistice’s snake tattoo was a nice addition as well. We now understand her character much better than before. The MiB behaved like a real badass when he and Lawrence went to the prison to free Hector Escaton. I loved those scenes! His storyline has gotten more fascinating this episode. The next step in his quest is meeting Wyatt, who appears to be the great villain in multiple characters storylines (Teddy, Armistice). I can’t wait to meet the man in the show (if he exists at all). 

+ Oustanding soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi! The show brilliantly included ‘Carmen‘ from Bizet to mark Escaton’s surprise visit to Sweetwater. The way Armistice went out was awesome! The same can be said of Escaton and Millay. 

+ Overall pace and tone of the episode was great. There were a lot of great scenes (when it comes to acting, but also relating to storylines/character development). The episode didn’t bore me for one second. I’m really starting to relate to the characters. It feels like things are really getting set into motion now. 

+ In the beginning, I didn’t really like Theresa’s character. She seemed to be a bit dull and I wasn’t convinced by the actress portraying her. I have made up my mind, though. Her conversation with Dr. Ford was one of the show’s best scenes (regarding acting). Dr. Ford was terrifying and it is nice to see Theresa becoming the antagonist in Ford’s storyline. She would seem to be a nice villain and the acting performance of Knudsen was on point here. 

+ Acting performances by: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (***), Rodrigo Santoro (***), Sidse Babett Knudsen (***), Anthony Hopkins (***), Ed Harris (****), Thandie Newton (****)

Negative

– Even though I like Dolores’s quest, it’s getting forward incredibly slow. The character development is treated in a very careful way and piece-by-piece we are getting more information about her past and present. I don’t think we fully know Dolores’s character yet, which might be positive as we can expect an unexpected plot twist this way. On the other hand, it can annoy viewers because they have to put every piece in the correct way. It’s advisable to rewatch the past episodes to keep track of Dolores’s storyline, otherwise, it can become a real mess and the viewer doesn’t comprehend what’s actually going on. Doesn’t take away the fact that the show is very well-written. Maybe it’s a bit too complex? 

– Apart from the fact that Ben Barnes is doing a good job in playing Logan, I can’t really relate to the character. In my opinion, he’s becoming a ‘cliché’ villain in William’s storyline and we saw this one coming from miles afar. It’s obvious that the two will have a violent confrontation in future episodes. Therefore Logan’s character is a tad too predictable. 

5. The Original (Season 1, Episode 1) : 86,96% 

Directed by Jonathan Nolan; Written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy
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Teddy and Dolores, two romantically-linked robotic hosts of theme park Westworld, are attacked by the Man in Black, a mysterious human guest who is searching for a maze. When the hosts begin behaving strangely, Bernard traces the problem to errors in predecessor Dr. Ford's reverie code. Cullen orders Hector and Armistice's attack on the town brought forward to cover for the removal of all the affected hosts. Dolores' father Peter finds a photograph that a newcomer left behind and malfunctions. When Dr. Ford interrogates him, Peter quotes Shakespeare and vows revenge upon his creator. Peter is retired from service. Dolores is interrogated and found to be functioning normally. She is wiped and relives her day with a new father, but unknown to management breaks her programming to casually kill a fly.

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Positive

+ Character introductions were good. We already sympathize with Dolores’s character. She seems to convey a strong message to the world. If her character is trustworthy is not so certain, by the end of the season’s premiere we found out that Dolores lied the whole time during the interview with Stubbs. It’s obvious that she’s up to something and we’ll get to know more about that as her storyline develops in future episodes. For now, she’s already one of my favorite characters in the show. Another interesting character is Anthony Hopkins’s ‘Dr. Ford‘. We don’t know if he’s one of the good guys, but I already like the grayness of his character. Just like in real life, the characters aren’t 100% good or evil but rather something in between. Although, we’re not so sure about the Man in Black… The MiB’s introduction was the best in ‘The Original’. He really seems to be a super bad guy who severely misuses his power in the park to treat the hosts as he likes. He definitely has something interesting on him. I love to see more of the Man in Black. Another great introduction is that of Hector Escaton and his companion Armistice. Both are very interesting characters. I only hope the show will expand their screen time! 

+ Outstanding soundtrack this episode! Worth mentioning: Ramin Djawadi’s version of ‘Paint it Black‘ along with Escaton’s introduction was a hell of a moment and set my expectations for the show quite high. 

+ Acting performances of the following actors: Evan Rachel Wood (***), James Marsden (***) Anthony Hopkins (***), Ed Harris (****), Louis Herthum (****) 

+ Symbolism: the meaning of the ‘fly’ through this episode: the fly represents ‘real life’, the host ‘artificial life’. In the beginning, we see how artificial life cannot kill any living creature. The last scene involves Dolores killing a fly so therefore being able to kill human guest which is a remarkable step forward in the overall storyline. ‘These violent ends have violent delights’: will this have a particular meaning after the last episode of season 1? The picture Peter Abernathy found doesn’t mean anything important now, but that might change in future episodes.

+ Decent pace. The central storylines are developing slowly, but that’s ok. There’s a lot to cover and we first have to be introduced to the characters. This episode was mainly a set-up and I expect things to actually take off in next week’s episode. 

+ Interesting setting. Beautiful landscapes. HBO lives up to its reputation! 

Negative 

–  Uninteresting characters include Lee Sizemore and Ashley Stubbs. I don’t really dislike Stubbs, but I don’t find him very interesting right now. Sizemore is an annoying and predictable character. He seems to be a bit antagonistic too. Maeve Millay and Theresa Cullen didn’t impress me, but I can’t jump to conclusions because they didn’t have much screen time up to now. 

A few bland acting performances: Luke Hemsworth (**), Simon Quarterman (*)

– Too much mystery behind the Man in Black’s motivations. This could all be part of the storytelling and I understand that. On the other hand, it could also cause a lot of confusion among the viewers. We don’t really understand why the Man in Black wants to find out about the Maze because we have no idea what the Maze is about. The writers of the show should have given us more information about this mystery. Now, we don’t really ‘care’ about this quest. 

4. Trompe L’œil (Season 1, Episode 7): 89,90%

Directed by Frederick E.O Toye; Written by Halley Gross & Jonathan Nolanwestworld0003.jpg
It is revealed that Theresa and Charlotte are both secretly stealing Dr. Ford and Bernard's research for the board so that they can oust Dr. Ford from the park without fear of him destroying his work in retribution. They engineer an event to demonstrate that Dr. Ford's updates make the hostsviolent and uncontrollable in their narratives. Bernard is blamed for theupdate of untested faulty code and is fired as result. William and Dolores grow closer; he realizes that the park is not meant to cater to a person's base desires, but to reveal their true character. The train is thenattacked by the Confederados, forcing William, Dolores, and Lawrence to flee. They are saved when the Confederados are ambushed by the Ghost Nation.They reach a canyon and part ways with Lawrence. Meanwhile super-intelligent Maeve finds Clementine retired by the staff. Maeve decides to use thetwo technicians and escape the park. Bernard takes Theresa to Sector17; inside a hidden lab she finds design plans that reveal Bernard is a host. Dr. Ford appears, reiterates to Theresa that he has complete control overthe park, regardless of what the board thinks, and instructs Bernard to murder Theresa.

Source: Wikipedia

Positive:

+ Westworld’s biggest WTF-moment yet: the revealing of Bernard’s artificial nature. The whole build-up to this moment was excellent. We had Theresa Cullen conspiring with Charlotte, but the whole thing backfired. The two messed with Clementine’s storyline in order to weaken Ford’s position. The first head to roll is Bernard’s. We see how annoyed Ford becomes when Theresa and Charlotte begin to corner him. And that’s when Ford becomes the most dangerous. Bernard lures Theresa into Ford’s trap. Theresa finds out that Bernard existence is a constructed lie by Ford to maintain control over Westworld. And that’s when Ford reveals himself. Bernard and Theresa are left confused, knowing that they had a genuine relationship with each other. Ford orders Bernard to finish off Theresa and to kill her in cold blood. The whole sequence is a masterpiece. 

Dolores and William’s relationship is interesting. I like to see how the love between a human and AI plays out. Both are having a fascinating arc right now. 

Introduction to the Ghost Nation and what they are capable of. The attack of the GN was interesting and provided for some action the show lacked up to now. I’d like to see even more of them. 

Poor Clementine’s fate. Clementine had her best storyline this episode, however it was a bit heartbreaking to be honest. Clementine is used as a tool to get Ford out of the control. She then gets decommissioned before the eyes of Maeve Millay, who gets emotional of seeing her only best friend biting the dust. 

+ OK to shorten Maeve’s storyline this week. We had a heavy-Maeve episode last week. It’s good to slow things down for her.

+ Good to leave out the Man in Black this episode. His arc got a bit too mysterious and complex for me. I didn’t mind that they didn’t show him this episode. Otherwise I had the feeling that they were dragging her story way too much. 

+ Acting perfomances by Angela Sarafyan (***), Sidse Babett Knudsen (****), Anthony Hopkins (****), Jeffrey Wright (****)

+ The breathtaking view when Dolores and William escaped the Conferados and Ghost Nation and stood on the top of the mountains. Wow! 

Negative

– Almost no development in Maeve’s storyline. Her scenes are getting somewhat repetitive. It would have been a better choice to leave her out completely and to focus more on Ford’s storyline. 

No decent resolution to Elsie’s storyline. Is she dead or did she survive? I hoped to get more answers this episode, but this did leave me behind unsatisfied. 

 

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