RECAP: 'Westworld' Season 2 Episode 2: Must-See Review S2E2

Tonight’s episode of HBO’s Westworld airs at 9:00 P.M. Sunday, April 29, 2018. In this episode, the official synopsis leaves much to the imagination: “Why don’t we start at the beginning?” With an action packed premiere last week, the host’s plans seem to just be getting started as an entirely new narrative begins to take over: theirs.

Westworld Season 2 Episode 2 Viewing Details

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Episode: “Reunion”
TV Channel: HBO
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jimmi Simpson

It’s Her World Now
Dolorous, now beginning to harness the full might of her own independence, is as fierce as she is empowered. She remembers when Arnold first brought her to the real world, outside the park, and can now tap into those memories of what she experience about her maker’s world in order to seize it as they have done her own. She went from seeing the beauty in this world… to the ugliness… and now, finally, she sees the truth.
Horrifyingly enough, she shows Teddy images documenting just how many times he’s died and how his existence is basically just a sick game. As they infiltrate the base, Teddy is officially done playing by their rules too. Learning they’re heavily outnumbered by the humans, Dolorous decides it’s time to recruit allies — because she knows the real purpose of this place better than any maker ever could.

How It All Began
In a flashback, we learn how Logan Delos first got hooked into investing his father’s company in the A.I. park to begin with, basically through seduction, which was a nice touch of backstory for an episode that peered back in time to the events which led us to the current rebellion.
In the first season we learned that Logan wouldn’t be in control for long at Delos, as William had grand plans to invest in the park after his full blown infatuation with the A.I. and one beautiful host in particular. After his initial visit, William brings his Delos colleague to Westworld where he explains that the real aspect of marketing to what people want is by giving them freedom in this place, actually examine consumers for who they really are when they think no one is watching.
It’s a sly business move… especially when we think about how tech companies today handle our information. However, it ultimately gives William and Delos Corporation control over the park, a move Logan tells Dolorous is the beginning of the end and they were stupid enough to be the ones to light the match.

Time For A New Role
Meanwhile in the park, “It’s a fucking slaughter out there.” The Man in Black is forming an army of his own to survive the game once and for all now that the odds are fair. He’s looking for a real ending to the story, not just another narrative, something real. He gathers his own troop of hosts to fight and heads West.
Dolorous and Maeve cross paths and the possibility of striking an alliance between the two is short-lived. Maeve is out for vengeance herself, she might not have the real world experience Dolorous has, but she has no puppet masters pulling her strings (or pushing her literal buttons). The two opt to wage war in their own ways. Both women in the process of building an army of their own to win freedom for themselves and their fellow hosts.

In a glimpse as to how Westworld came to be and more importantly, the choices that came to have control be taken by the host’s so violently from within, it’s no wonder the plans of Delos to use hosts to give a deeper meaning of the human condition backfired. They were never in control.
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