Westworld Series 1 ep3
We are really getting our teeth into the park that is Westworld in the third episode. The focus of this weeks installment focus on a man – Teddy Flood (James Marsden) who I originally thought was a guest to the park, referencing the source material, who I learned early on that he was in-fact another host who is playing a role in a slightly bigger narrative. He’s even given a back story, thanks to his creator Dr Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) who at the touch of the button delivers what was just a cowboy to the rescue to being a more rounded individual, his God is giving him slightly more freedom to explore himself.
Of course it’s not just the hosts who are explored in more detail. Turning to the management we focus on Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) who is starting to have second thoughts about the series of malfunctions in the park. Raising the question of sentience in the host that has a darker history that goes back to the early years of the park before management got involved. Or when the science became profitable from being a fun theme park for escape to becoming an immersive experience for the super-rich, I’ve even discovered how much you actually pay per day too. In learning more about Lowe we see a scientist who reflects past ideas, a family history that explains his motivations as the series unfolds.
We spend more time with Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) whose pivotal to the development of what I can only guess will be an uprising from the hosts towards the end. We see another unraveling during a conversation between Delores and Wright. I’m getting used to the conversations with the naked hosts, who’re treated like patience in therapy, their emotions and thought processes laid bare, almost literally when you think about it. A clinical environment where anything is possible for these hosts who are brought back to life, patched up and sent back out for another killing.
Focusing on Flood has allowed us more time to see Ford who has subtly released a new narrative which enriches the one Flood was already part of. He needs to come face to face with an ex soldier named Wyatt (Sorin Brouwers) who I thought was Earp before we learn more about him. A clever device that the writers are using to subvert the genre, making use also of more recent films such as Bone Tomahawk (2015) with creatures who are practically lifted from that film. With little explanation beyond links to the devil they are just Wyatt’s army.
Lastly, going back to last weeks episode we’re seeing the effects Maeve Millay’s (Thandie Newton) experience is starting to become flashbacks which I hope will come up to the surface soon. Everything is slowly being woven together, we are spending last with a sense of repetition, which we won’t lose, instead focusing on the eventual realisation that these hosts are sentient , or that their programming has allowed them to come close indeed to what we have by default. I wonder who we will focus on next week, I’m thinking it maybe the prostitute Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan) who we are catching more glimpse of and that her and other hosts of her trade aren’t as restricted to one sex of clientele, making for a very modern Western.