I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slow to start the first season of Westworld. However, I soon became hooked through the twists and turns presented by Bernard and Ford as we were introduced to the park and all of its hosts. With Season two having started this week, I had to tune in and keep up to date! These are my top moments from the first episode!
Story vs Reality
While much of the start of the episode is spent reintroducing the characters from Season One and showing us where they are now, one of the first standout moments for me, was Maeve confronting Lee about the reality of her daughter as he tries to tell her that she was just a story.
Not real? But what about me? My dreams? My thoughts? My body? Are they not real? And what if I took these unreal fingers and used them to decorate the walls with your outsized personality? Would that be real? – Maeve Millay
Reality is what we perceive it to be and to Maeve, her experiences are her reality, even though they’re just a scripted story to others. The sudden realisation that the hosts have developed a subconscious in which previous memories are being stored seems to catch Lee off guard. It will be interesting to see how this develops as a central theme of the season.
The Man in Black
Westworld would be nothing without The Man in Black, William. Central to one of the main twists in season one, Ed Harris returns to his infamous character and we catch up with him as he awakens after the massacre at the end of Season One. Making his way back to a nearby ranch, William is ambushed by two hosts looking to kill him. While initially looking cornered we see him spring into action using a bucket to knock one host unconscious to use as a shield while shooting the other.
William moves away from the ranch and stumbles across the child host of Robert Ford, although his voice is somewhat robotic as if the host is failing. Ford tells William that this is now his game and the stakes are very real!
You’re in my game. In this game, you must find the door. Congratulations, William. This game is meant for you. – Robert Ford
If anything was clear at the end of season one, it was that Delores was going to go rogue. We first see this through the memory of a native that has been found dead. The Delos workers access his final memories and we see him get shot by Delores through his own eyes.
We next see her capturing a group of humans and hanging them from a tree just low enough for their feet to hold them up upon a wooden cross. As they beg Delores to let them go, we get a chilling throwback to Season one.
Do you know where you are? Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? Did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? The price you’d have to pay if there was a reckoning? That reckoning is here. – Delores Abernathy
Meanwhile, Teddy is looking more and more uneasy at what Delores is doing, however, she convinces him that the humans are the enemy and that there’s a greater world outside of the park.
Bernards Great Adventure
The majority of this episode is presented to us from Bernards point of view, however, it’s immediately apparent that, as with season one, this is split over several timelines.
We first find Bernard a few weeks after the massacre, washed up on a beach where he’s approached by the Delos security forces and Stubbs. Stubbs takes Bernard back to a security base where he’s introduced to the head of Delos operations. From here they find the native that Delores had killed earlier.
From there we flashback to just after the massacre had occurred and Bernard is assisting a group of humans to find an exit to the park. It just so happens that this group is captured by Delores but not before Bernard and Charlotte manage to escape and hide. They work their way to an underground base where we learn that Charlotte has been sent in by Delos to recover an “insurance policy” and that there are no plans to recover anyone until they have that in hand. The insurance policy is Abernathy, Delores’ father from season one.
At the close of the episode, we see Bernard back in the present with Stubbs and Delos Security who have found a Bengal Tiger washed up on the beach. Stubbs identifies this as coming from Park 6 and that it’s the first time any characters have crossed over between parks. The group then find a sea that isn’t on the park’s map filled with the bodies of dead hosts. We zoom in on Teddy dead in the water as Bernard eerily admits to killing them.
I killed them… All of them… – Bernard
Cut to black
Wow! What a way to open a season, eh? I think there’s certainly going to be some great ethics and morals discussed during this season. What do you all think?
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Hopefully, I’ll be earlier with my post for episode 2 as I get back into the swing of posting again!