Season 4 Episode 4, Generation Loss

Ed Harris as Westworld's Man in Black.

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In the event you thought Westworld peaked in season one… you are most likely proper. However in case you’ve been ready for Westworld to present you an important twist once more, or maybe despaired that the present would by no means thrill you prefer it used to, or that it had fully misplaced its manner throughout the mediocre third season, tonight’s episode proved in any other case. And if it did not match the greatness of season one, it got here fairly rattling shut.

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Consideration: if you care in any respect about Westworld, I extremely advocate you not learn this or any recap earlier than watching “Technology Loss.” I am severe sufficient to ship a second spoiler warning. (Additionally, attempt to keep off the web totally till you’ve got considered it.)

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Keep in mind how I have been praising Westworld season 4 for being so refreshingly simple? I take all of it again. “Technology Loss” pulled off the present’s largest twists for the reason that near-perfect first season, together with a significant time-jump that pulled the rug out from the final three episodes. Whereas it deftly edited the season’s three storylines collectively to present its “holy crap” second, we will start with Christina’s, since hers nonetheless feels prefer it’s set in another world (and perhaps it’s).

After portray the enigmatic tower, seemingly in a daze, Christina (Evan Rachel Wooden) is dragged out for one more evening in town and one other blind date by her more and more fishy roommate Maya (Ariana DeBose). However this time, her blind date is Teddy (James Marsden)—or somewhat, that man who appears to be like precisely like Teddy—and their dialog is completely dripping with barely disguised subtext about Dolores and the Westworld park. They each make a number of references to being trapped on paths, just like the routines the Hosts have been programmed to observe. Perhaps-Teddy says he was a “bounty hunter with a coronary heart of gold,” which was his position within the park. Dolores even asks, “Have we met earlier than?” However my favourite element is how the date begins; Christina drops her lipstick and Perhaps-Teddy picks it up and palms it to her. It is the identical manner Dolores and Teddy have been programmed to satisfy in Westworld, besides with a milk can. Suffice it to say, the date goes properly.

The journey of Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), in the meantime, will get stymied when C (Aurora Perrineau) and the militia chief J (Daniel Wu) argue about whether or not they need to go forward and homicide our dynamic duo. C needs the weapon Bernard says he is aware of find out how to discover, whereas J needs them useless. The compromise is that J takes Stubbs as collateral, whereas Bernard leads C to the weapon. (It is a bummer that they’ve break up up as a result of Bernard remains to be being obnoxiously enigmatic and must be given crap for it.) After grabbing a car that has an enormous industrial fan on the again, Bernard and C set out into the desert.

Aurora Perrineau as C.

Aurora Perrineau as C.
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The Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) and Caleb (Aaron Paul) storyarc is the place the actual motion is, actually and figuratively. After a flashback reveals that Caleb was certainly wounded when he and Maeve destroyed the final Rehoboam pc, we’re again to the current, the place Caleb has simply been contaminated with a type of human-controlling flies whereas Hale (Tessa Thompson) gloats over him . The excellent news is that it takes some time for the parasite to seize the reins, so when Maeve makes a really damaging distraction by turning the bizarre sound-cone factor (that provides orders to managed people) to max quantity, Caleb grabs Hale, and so they and Maeve escape to Mobworld… the place the already contaminated park-goers have been ordered to gun them and seemingly everyone else down. Though Caleb has an in depth name and almost shoots Maeve himself, the three of them handle to steal a automotive and drive out of the park to be rescued by an extraction workforce. It’s most likely price noting that Delos’ latest park went to hell and bought many, many individuals killed on its very first evening.

In the course of the drive, Maeve explains what occurred when Caleb bought wounded throughout the last Rehoboam mission—regardless of it trying like Caleb should have died in seconds, Maeve managed to get him to a hospital, the place she left him so he may take pleasure in a standard life. Alas, years later, Maeve determined to verify on him, which is when she wrecked the ability grid and alerted Hale and the Man in Black to their places, as seen within the season’s first episode.

Arriving at a demolition website, Caleb drags Hale to a management room and calls his workforce, however the Man in Black (Ed Harris) arrives and battles Maeve. Caleb is once more ordered by way of the sound-thing to shoot Maeve, however to Hale’s disbelief he manages to withstand the order once more and opens hearth on the MIB. Though shot himself, the MIB additionally manages to shoot Maeve, who takes management of the close by explosives and detonates them, sacrificing herself to take Hale’s most formidable minion off the chessboard, so to talk. Caleb blacks out.

Wild, proper? The (obvious) deaths of two of the present’s most vital characters are nothing in comparison with what’s subsequent. When Caleb awakes, Hale is free and smug, asking him, “Do you even bear in mind how you bought right here?” The confused Caleb instantly remembers getting gunned down by Hale’s goons in that very management room. “You died,” Hale confirms. In the meantime, Bernard and C drive into the identical demolition website, now barren. As they dig, it is revealed that C is looking for her father in that very same location, though she does not consider he is actually useless. “They are saying it occurred right here,” she says. “If it is true, there will be a physique.” My pals, C is Caleb’s now-adult daughter Frankie, and time has formally jumped,

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“Technology Loss” nonetheless isnt achieved. Hale reveals that that is the 278th time Caleb has gone by way of his tried escape from the park. Why? Constancy, after all. Sure, Caleb is now a Host (making me retroactively right, which I’ll take), and Hale goes into true supervillain mode. Gloating, she reveals it has been 23 full years since the actual Caleb died, and Hale now controls the world. Particularly the kids, since their rising brains have been so malleable. Some adults are outliers, which clearly make up the militia. On this current, Bernard uncovers the weapon, buried within the sand. It is Maeve’s physique.

Caleb wakes up in a testing space and runs outdoors right into a plaza solely to see a tower—the Tower—which incorporates a large model of the sound-cone system. Simply in case there was any doubt, Hale prompts it and each single human being within the plaza freezes in place. “You received,” Caleb croaks. “Welcome to my world,” Hale replies, relishing his despair. Oh, by the way in which, that testing space? Why, it is inside Olympiad Leisure, the identical place Christina works at, writing narratives about aspect characters in video video games. And one in all Hale’s masked minions? Why, she’s one of many bartenders who served Christina and her roommate throughout her date with Perhaps-Teddy.

Rattling, Excuse my breathless pleasure, however “Technology Loss” had so many main revelations I instantly appreciated final week’s boring episode as a result of it gave this episode much more influence. And to suppose we’re solely midway achieved with the season! I can not think about what surprises are left, apart from the Christina state of affairs, however I instantly have plenty of confidence Westworld has extra secrets and techniques it is hiding. Perhaps that is it and the present will not have the ability to stick the touchdown, however I will nonetheless admire how usually this episode blew my ding-dang thoughts. Within the worst case, Westworld made me really feel how I did once I watched that first magical season. And I will admire that it doesn’t matter what occurs subsequent.

Assorted Musings:

  • It makes a ton of sense that there could be back-up Rehoboam computer systems scattered all through the world, however that fully contradicts Serac’s devastion when Caleb erased one in all them within the third season finale, However I suppose it is best to not consider season three in any respect.
  • Caleb’s voice when speaking to Hale within the lab beneath Mobworld is so low and gravelly it is absurd. He would possibly as properly have been dubbed by Christian Bale doing his Batman voice.
  • The rationale Hale saved Caleb alive, then bothered to show him into a bunch, is as a result of Dolores and Maeve have been so concerned with him that she “needed to see what all of the fuss was about.” That tracks.
  • This implies Bernard and Stubbs’ storyline is about 23 years after what we thought was the current, which definitely explains all that mud. That additionally meant Bernard basically spent 23,000 years making an attempt to determine methods to cease Hale, together with discovering Maeve’s physique by “trial and error.”
  • Bernard endangers himself to avoid wasting a bug. If this seems to be a key second within the mission to avoid wasting the world, I can’t be happy.
  • It has come to my consideration that town Mobworld is about in is known as Temperance, which suggests the park I have been calling Mobworld could possibly be named Temperance. It is not used a lot these days, however it means a capability to reasonable your self, notably in regard to complete alcohol abstinence. Definition apart, it’s my opinion that it’s a dumb identify for the park and Mobworld it shall proceed to be.

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