Season 4, Episode 3, “Annees Folles”

Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth in Westworld

Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth in Westworld
image: Jon Johnson / HBO

There are occasions, I have to admit, after I end an episode of WestworldAnd the Have a look at my notes proper after that, and understand I could have misplaced the plot a bit. Or do you supply? Generally it is arduous to inform. That is to not say that the present’s fourth season third episode is complicated (though I feel it’s, to an extent). It is solely after two seemingly straight and comparatively linear episodes that we’re actually again within the OG Westworld. As in, problems with temporality and narrative repetition resurfaced and muddied the structured story we had been following.

However let’s not get misplaced in abstractions (irrespective of how arduous this system tries to pressure us to). As an alternative, let’s deal with bits and items that we will observe. Or I can observe it. That had been many, I guarantee you. After slowly catching up with Christina (Evan Rachel Wooden), Maeve (Thandie Newton), Caleb (Aaron Paul), William (Ed Harris), Charlotte (Tessa Thompson), and even giving us glimpses of Clementine (Angela Sarafian) and (possibly even) Teddy (James Marsden) ), we will now see what occurred to Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) within the seven years since we final noticed an sudden duo.

As is the case this season, we appear to be remodeling the narrative and thematic threads from the primary episodes – and again to fundamentals, as I sarcastically identified, as there’s by no means actually something basic about Westworld. Thus, photos of Bernard dreamily get up by pivotal scenes from seasons previous, all whereas following a white horse (a ravishing improvement on Alice in Wonderland The metaphor that directed Dolores in season one) feels aware of this creepy manner the present enjoys. It ends within the “tower” that’s clearly alluded to in Christina’s timeline: there Bernard realizes that he is not in our world however someplace… Else? Yep, that is the place I sort of misplaced it. Stubbs later known as it “robotic heaven” and so I will stick to that. It’s a airplane the place he can see all doable outcomes in any and all timelines (Westworld Go full multiverse!). Humble and honorable as all the time, he chooses to strive his hand to assist construct a greater place (“You’re keen on them,” Akecha Zach McClaron informed him, virtually wistfully at most issues). matrix all through the sequence), even when turning again means Bernard would meet his doable demise.

And so he reconnected to the “actual world” the place Stubbs had been patiently ready for him. Sure for years. Not solely did he return, however he clearly got here again with plenty of info. Like, all of that. As soon as once more, like a number of the Morpheus-Meet-Neo characters, he now is aware of what is going on to occur, in each large and small methods. It makes him tougher than typical (everyone knows Bernard has all the time been on the innovative), particularly since he typically makes use of this newfound consciousness of each alternative made for humor, principally in Stubbs’ Expense. Besides, earlier than I settled in Bernard’s N-matrix-scale down-Minority Report Mode, the present goes on and pushes it and Stubbs to loopy max As an alternative, join their story to some rogue group hoping to… effectively, we’ll be taught quickly sufficient. However they’re clearly associated (once more) to the maze that directed a lot of the primary season’s story.

Jeffrey Wright in Westworld

Jeffrey Wright in Westworld
image: Jon Johnson / HBO

It is virtually sufficient to make us echo Maeve as she strolls the latest Williams park: “They’ve made some adjustments however it’s nonetheless the identical.” And whereas the “standard story” (that is Maeve once more) seems like a drained grievance, I am really fairly excited in regards to the present turning itself round on this manner, escalating reasonably than out because it has up to now few seasons. That is why I used to be so completely satisfied to go to “Westworld” within the trappings of the Prohibition period. Plus, having Maeve make remarks in regards to the new Madame on the Metropolis Saloon made the complete go to to this new park a riot.

One other benefit: we get it by Caleb’s eyes. And in true Maeve trend, he is caught in a loop (learn: entice) that features his daughter. (We’re paraphrasing plot strains, bear in mind?) Earlier than that, we discovered that this new park has an extra storyline that features the Wyatt riots from season one (oh my god, these wealthy guys want some remedy, proper?) and that, yeah, this is that William And its faceless and muscular hosts make these flies that someway management precise people out of the backyard.

After all, we additionally get a really temporary confrontation between Maeve and William that reminds us that they’re the Magneto/Professor X of this universe (if, after all, on this world, Professor X was simply as loopy as his philosophical foil). I hope they set up the remainder of the season accordingly. Though Pleasure, Nolan & Co. They set ambitions increased than simply pitting associates in opposition to one another. And it is also a transcendent ambition: How do you revisit a narrative with out repeating it?

Solely the remainder of the season will inform.

stray notes

  • We went by a whole episode with out seeing what Christina (Evan Rachel Wooden) would do. I assume that is what occurs when you may have such a sprawling set of characters to get to. And whereas we missed seeing Wooden, it was nice to see the numerous variations of “Dolores” all through this episode – together with her model in Temperance in addition to her character in White within the meta-level of this new park.
  • If each new episode / season / backyard in Westworld Designed to offer us a messy Maeve in a beautiful robe, it was all value it. As a result of, frankly, watching Newton wield a gun is really easy sporting heels and a pesky sparkly gown was simply as attractive as the rest on this episode.
  • Somebody might be already onto this however I am dying to learn an interview with Lisa Pleasure and Jonathan Nolan in regards to the choice to convert the Fly—which, within the present pilot, gave us hints that one thing was flawed with Dolores—right into a nanoweapon of some kind. Each are quite simple however very efficient. (calling jurassic world Franchise: that is is learn how to flip an insect right into a worthy plot level).
  • Between Maeve’s management of all issues digital, William’s indomitable skill, and Bernard’s skill to “see” the longer term, it appears we’re just a few episodes away from understanding that Christina/Dolores will hit a fly and develop into a bunch with superhuman energy who in flip recruits others for one final job, will not be it?

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