Warning: Story spoilers forward…
Let’s recap for a second what we realized within the pilot…
The Fundamental Guidelines of Westworld
- There are typically two sorts of folks within the park at anybody time, though typically you’ll see a 3rd…
- Company — paying human clients
- Hosts — androids
- Workers — who we’ve seen within the park cleansing up after the visitor have gone
- Company can’t hurt different visitors with weapons (extra on this in a bit)
- Company can hurt the hosts (they stunning a lot can do no matter they wish to the hosts)
- Hosts can’t hurt the visitors or any dwelling factor (obeying Asimov’s “First Regulation” of Robotics)
- There are pre-set “adventures” that visitors can be part of and the narrative will change, like a “Select Your Personal Journey.”
- There’s a reset button — hosts return to a beginning place and visitors conceivably go house, but there’s nonetheless a query of if that is relegated to a 12-hour or 24-hour clock (“Chestnut” suggests visitors can keep longer than 24 hours)
- Sweetwater is the middle of stage one. The farther you progress out from its middle, the extra intense the expertise turns into
Main Characters (So Far)
- Man In Black (Ed Harris) — A reliable participant of the sport, he’s decided to search out the subsequent stage after maxing out all of the adventures doable in Stage One.
- William (Jimmi Simpson) — A primary-timer, William isn’t deeply motivated to play the sport and appears to be going alongside to appease his “pal.”
- Logan (Ben Barnes) — A participant who’s reached a level of competency with the primary adventures out there and is changing into extra reckless and sadistic the extra time he spends in Westworld.
- Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wooden) — As Logan appears to be dropping his humanity within the recreation, Dolores is gaining hers. She begins asking deeper questions and is probably contaminated with what I’ve nicknamed the “reminiscence.”
- Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum) — Dolores’ father and potential vector of the “reminiscence” virus taking part in on the phrase “host” to a lot amusement.
- Teddy Flood (James Marsden) — Appears to be a information/tracker for the extra intense ranges of the sport. He’s drawn to Dolores.
- Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) — As an apart, how superior is it to see Thandie Newton entrance and middle? She’s superb! And since “Eve” is in her title, it’s going to come to imply one thing. Maeve appears to be a catalyst for change and is clearly contaminated with the virus. Her function of “madame” within the saloon places her proper on the middle of the motion.
- Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan) — Aside from the most effective moniker ever for a prostitute, she, too, appears to have a much bigger function to play within the coming impression of the virus. My wager is that she’ll be the primary one to kill a visitor.
- Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) — Lawrence is the important thing to how The Man In Black is ready to find the Maze (second stage). My suspicion is he’s a fulcrum for the bigger story. I believe there are in all probability any variety of methods to unlock the Maze, and violence isn’t at all times essential.
DELOS (The Companies that owns Westworld)
- Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) — Is the inventor of the robotics that make Westworld doable and continues to be CEO of Delos. He’s the “dungeon grasp” and is about 10 paces forward of everybody else. He has plans for growth (which may contain faith) and is an infinite research of humor conduct.
- Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) — Sucks to be in center administration. Theresa is wedged in-between the Board of Administrators at Delos and the onsite crew at Westworld. She’s charged with worker productiveness and the underside line. She’s making an attempt to navigate company politics successfully.
- Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) — Is the top of tech and inheritor obvious to Dr. Ford’s work. He’s conscious the virus is extra harmful, has unfold quicker, and has contaminated extra hosts than is usually perceived. He nonetheless appears keen to play the lengthy recreation with the intention to discover out its supply.
- Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) — Is head of safety and checks all androids earlier than they return into the sphere. He’s half covert ops, half “field-hand” within the worst sense of that time period. I believe he’s going to be the one to make the horrible resolution that makes everything worse, he simply looks as if that sort of man.
- Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) — He’s the “showrunner” and is tasked with arising with new and thrilling adventures for the visitors to expertise. But his mood and poor concepts make me marvel how he ever obtained the job.
- Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) — Appears to have a fetish for the hosts and I believe somebody ought to get her a day-pass so she will go dwell it up.
- The Board of Delos — The mysterious group behind all of it.
If the “Pilot” put the items on the board, then “Chestnut” begins the sport in movement.
Listed here are 5 themes and 5 questions that emerged from this episode…
- What does it imply to be human? — Arduous to do a present about androids gaining consciousness and never discover what it means to be human. To date, the present is asking that query in additional delicate methods. Particularly, how reminiscence works in shaping our sense of self and the way our therapy of others can also be necessary to our humanity. The present gently implies that the extra we deal with others with disdain and cruelty, the extra we lose of our humanity. Conversely, the extra we deal with folks with compassion, the extra we acquire our humanity. It additionally suggests reminiscence (previous expertise) is the bridge to present conduct. We’re advised that the hosts have been programmed to self right, at all times striving to be extra human, and that they speak to one another even when visitors aren’t round as observe. Isn’t that true of us as properly?
- “Participant of Video games” & Sport Concept — Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and The Man In Black (Ed Harris) appear to be on a collusion course — the dungeon grasp and the grasp participant. Clearly Dr. Ford can also be within the means of “creating” the Man In Black by shaping his expertise in Westworld, which is pure meta-brilliance for a way methods form the person. The Man In Black is obsessed, the final word person of the sport, and isn’t in contrast to dedicated avid gamers all over the world who’re being groomed for one thing else totally.
- Company Dynamics — I like the inter-departmental bickering, it’s so true to company life, and but how Lee Sizemore obtained thus far in his improvement earlier than the story obtained nixed rang a bit of unfaithful. If Delos cares a lot about profitability, it appears to be that there would have been a ton of conferences, actually to the purpose the place all creativity would’ve been pushed out of the method, earlier than any okay on a brand new storyline was given. However wow, ought to each MBA on the market watch that scene to arrange for their very own presentation in entrance of the CEO.
- The Singularity — The singularity is quickly upon us, and the concept that a virus is what springs the hosts to consciousness is ideal. The proposition that the bodily embodiment of reminiscence (touching your lip in a second of reverie) is the spark that results in “awake” is gorgeous to look at unfold. Westworld will get main accolades for depicting the Singularity not as taking place unexpectedly in a single second, however relatively a collection of occasions over many cycles.
- The 4th Wall, We The Viewers — Ford has fantastic dialogue close to the tip of this episode the place he asks Lee what it’s that individuals actually need from leisure. “What’s the purpose of it? Couple of cheep thrills, couple of surprises? It’s not sufficient to present the visitors what you assume they need…. the visitors don’t return for the apparent issues we do, the garish issues (just like the rape of Sansa) they arrive again due to the subtleties, the small print. They arrive again as a result of they uncover one thing they think about that nobody had ever observed earlier than. One thing they fall in love with. They’re not searching for a narrative that tells them who they’re, they already know who they’re. They need a glimpse of who they may very well be.” Which is possibly the most effective clarification for our love of story and the facility it holds over us. HBO might have simply given away the key sauce to the genius behind a lot of their programming.
5 Questions (So Far)
- The Future — What sort of world exists that might make Westworld each fascinating and doable? It made a ton of sense when Michael Crichton wrote the unique story that impressed the 1973 movie of the identical title. Then, and positively now, folks may unleash their shadow (sexual want, rage). Will that also maintain true sooner or later? Have we grow to be extra suppressed? Much less? I’d prefer to think about a world the place we grow to be extra refined psychologically the place a necessity for this sort of “remedy” can be much less urgent. And if know-how has superior to the purpose of android robotics, then it makes me marvel if a part of the joys is definitely doing stuff to robots. Which means, that among the visitors are motivated to be there, to not enact a fantasy about how they’d deal with different people, however relatively robots. Perhaps there’s stiff penalties for harming androids sooner or later (they’d be costly) and so Westworld is smart. Sure, I get we play video games like “Grand Theft Auto” now, however can’t you think about us rising out of that part?
- The Maze — We see The Man In Black stage up this episode, and I can’t wish to see the doorway to the Maze. I’ve to confess I’m far more keen on what that recreation world is like greater than Westworld itself. It calls to my creativeness.
- First Homicide — Did you discover that in Maeve’s dream sequence that the Ghost Hunter reworked into the Man in Black? And did you catch how that one dude (probably a visitor) was introduced down by a bow and arrow and the way when he was scalped the mind uncovered appeared shockingly human? Did the Man in Black kill a visitor?
- Position of the Piano — The participant piano is likely to be an indicator to the hosts on which journey to run, however it appears that evidently the adventures are programmed on the particular person unit stage and every host has their very own vary of narratives and adventures. I’m pondering the participant piano has one thing much more severe and sinister… possibly the supply for triggering the virus. Music as the first sensory set off to reminiscence is smart. In people, that falls to scent, however possibly listening to is the optimum set off of self actualization in Westworld.
- The Can — I consider we’ve seen Dolores drop the can 3 times now. It’s a set off for visitors to work together together with her. An opportunity encounter to speak up a fairly girl like bumping carts in a grocery retailer. Teddy has his drink on the bar. The tall man who bumps into visitors as they arrive appears to be begging for a duel, and there’s Maeve on the bar so possibly every host has their signature “invitation” if you’ll. That’s simply endlessly fascinating on all types of ranges… one host is designed to set off empathy, one other anger, one other want… this will get into territory that the good film, “Ex Machina” explored. How do you “really feel” when interacting with the hosts? It’s not what you assume, that issues.
“Westworld” packs extra promise than every other present in latest reminiscence. Proper now, we’re seeing host after host get slaughtered. When the tables flip and the hosts begin doing a little killing of their very own, the motion might catch proper up with the depth of the inquiry.