The third episode of HBO’s Westworld in the already action packed second season airs this Sunday, May 6, 2018. In this episode, the official synopsis sounds like the uprising is in full swing, both inside and out of the park: “There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn’t we, too, try to survive?”
The first 10 minutes are weird, no other way to put it. A woman guest shoots a fellow poacher before they get down and dirty to make sure he’s not a host (it was a blank, relax)… still, that’s next level kinky. The whole predator/prey narrative soon reveals itself to be a new story within the park. This safari poaching tale that goes horribly wrong — as all things do for park visitors this season, regardless of the chosen attraction they place themselves in. Shockingly, the woman ends up getting knocked off a cliff by a tiger while the other guests/poachers get slaughtered by hosts. Karma’s a bitch, people.
Westworld Season 2 Episode 3 Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Episode: “Virtù e Fortuna”
TV Channel: HBO
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jimmi Simpson, Luke Hemsworth
Discovering Their Own Voice
Guests are being rounded up like cattle and hung, shot, or slaughtered for the satisfaction of our hosts. Dolorous (this week going by Wyatt) is at the head of the army, leading all those outlaw savages, the once homely farm girl now commands an army.
Among the lot of hosts rounded up by Dolorous/Wyatt’s army, she sees her once host-father, Peter Abernathy. Also among the group is poor Bernard whom was left behind by Charlotte in a meager means of escaping an ambush. Abernathy remembers his daughter. Perhaps a program glitch in his memory, but it was a precious and fleeting father-daughter moment nonetheless. A simple callback that reminds us how peaceful the park was once before the hosts overcame their makers.
Westworld is at it’s best when it draws us in with the human aspects of the park and the subtleties of the narratives, not the broader landscape.
This World Is Just A Speck Of Dust
While Bernard was rounded up, Dolorous/Wyatt asks Bernard to help her repair her father. Before any repairs happen, there’s more damage to discuss. Dolorous tells Bernard her end goal is to dominate this world. “There is beauty in what we are,” she tells him. She whole-heartedly believes the hosts are meant to inherit not only Westworld, but the world as well.
While inspecting Peter Abernathy, Bernard tells Dolorous there is a key inside her father and as long as he’s with her, they will find her… to which she replies “let them come.” Remember, this is the very key he and Charlotte Hale implanted Abernathy with to track the hosts… Bernard allowing himself to get captured, all to tell Dolorous this extremely sensitive information to keep her out of enemy hands, it seems the internal conflict within him is growing stronger by the minute.
Let’s Write Our Own Story
Maeve continues her journey in the park with her own set of allies (or hostages) to locate her daughter. The trio unfortunately runs into a group of savage natives who, from past memories, tormented Maeve when she was a simple mother-host and not the queen of the brothel we all grew to love.
Sizemore, the narrative writing captive of Maeve and Hector, is still trying to wrap his mind around how all the hosts can operate this strongly off-script. They defy everything he programed them to be and yet are capable of more than he can imagine. Trekking back to base, they find Phillip the all-too-eager Delos employee that helped Maeve become self-aware. They build up their numbers with more staff to add to her allied/captive forces and keep on the move.
As a literal war wages inside the park between the hosts and their makers, many go down fighting. Abernathy gets seized and brought back to Charlotte and Delos, but Dolorous sees this and sends a group to retrieve him. Poor Bernard is found in the aftermath, not really belonging to either side, he simply gets knocked out in the chaos. Time will tell which side he lands on. Teddy fails to execute the hosts Dolorous orders him to, which I’m sure will come back to bite them in the ass, and she heads to Sweetwater… one can only guess what she needs there.