Season 4, Episode 6, “Devotion”

Angeline Morningstar on Westworld

Morningstar Angelina Westworld
picture: Jon Johnson / HBO

The thesis that I was applying for Westworldthe fourth season is that the show has been eating itself, intently revisiting the oldies and character arcs. ICall it a remastered show (or even a reboot) if not for the fact that we have the same cast of characters—ar, in fact, the same cast. WWhen you think about it, we have a very different set of characters: William and Caleb, for example, are now hosts; Dolores is basically gone (?) and in her place we have Kristen; Charlotte has gone through her fair share of transformations. And even the likes of Bernard, Stubbs, and Maeve are, to some extent, more advanced than we once thought. This is the thrill of working with a flexible premise like Westworld: WWhen you have hosts that can be refactored and reconnected, you can really remix (and reanimate) them as you wish. This is all that has to be said: I’ve been arguing about it We got a file Westworld 4.0 looks dhonestly like Westworld 1.0

Except, of course, the highly controlled environment that characterizes HBO’s first season looks very different from it diffuse that became wallpaper This is the fourth season. We’ve officially left the park – and even the “real world” – and they still are wandering A world that is half constructed with precision and half…Well empty? Drisolated? eQualified parts Minority Report And the Mad Max: Fury Road? But the recursive nature of the show remains the same. sThe idea has always been a consistent narrative perception with episodes and memories revisited as fundamental to how the hosts experience their world—second abbreviation, More than that, how the show packs its own event lines for us. in this mailepisode, this was even more evident in Caleb’s subplot, with him returning to his old memories before he needs to relive the steps that previous versions of himself had already taken before achieving what none of these other Calebs did. It seems that hosts are destined to live in continuous loops even when they are not in the park serving what used to be their human masters.

Instead, some of them have found in Charlotte a leader (president, dictator, supervisor?) with whom they clearly do not answer. It explains why some choose to die over the orderly environment they have painstakingly created. And while Charlotte may talk about how perfect her own race is (much better than the human race!), she can’t escape the fact that she has become, if not just petty, but tunnel-vision like those who initially wanted it to be. . Just see how much the hosts can develop in Westworld. Otherwise how can you Explain her torture dog? She wants to know what’s wrong with the world she’s built but she’s also bent on extracting such information with a cruelty that contradicts her interest in humanity in the first place.

Maybe that’s why I was so annoyed by Caleb’s words at the end of the episode and why, inexplicably, she wanders off and builds herself another version of him (#279!) for…Well, we’ll see soon enough.

While Caleb was living die hard Khayal, we got another glimpse of the outcast rebels. Caleb Frankie’s daughter We Invited get yourself She is directed back to the park so that Bernard can restart Maeve as she is apparently the weapon that will help save humanity. (See? Old character, new decorations, or vice versa?) The whole time, we get more jokes about the weird possibility of Bernard that doesn’t affect the story itself but helps create another afflicted issue. Westworld Over the Play it: WHow can you trust?

As with Caleb’s story last season, I find Westworld She struggles when she’s trying to make us care about the people we’ve just met – especially when her group is already so stacked. (WHere Teddy and Kristen? WIs this William? WWhy should Clementine be so marginalized?) And so while the other half of this episode was dominated by adult Frankie, all I was doing was counting the minutes until Maeve woke up again, well, this episode started on high gear. Which she did, setting up the ongoing battle between the Rebels/outliers and Charlotte, which would undoubtedly find Kalibna in the middle. Hopefully, the showdown will include those other characters who weren’t anywhere on this outing. We can only hope, I think.

stray sbservations

  • “Am I now?” It is a wonderful line. great Westworld Line And I often find myself asking when I’m not given a human figure to help anchor in time and space: “When will I be?”
  • You must love a subplot that imagines the worldre , although there is technology to capture people’s consciousness through mirrors, data transmission still requires something like USB cables and an insignificant amount of time.
  • If this episode has kept us away from Maeve for too long (even though it did give us a badass comeback to fan formation-Favorite character), at least appeared Charlotte in the complete villain the situation. Clearly, Tessa Thompson enjoyed playing the sweet runner every chance she got. Even when you throw a chair in the room There is control and grace, as the children say, you can’t help but Stan. Because, frankly, he’s human be petty and, Yes, “everything they do is so small it is exhausting.” It clearly speaks my language – and reminds me that I may not be the main character but the villain who rightly expects everyone to abide by the very strict rules I set up for them. (I know, I’m working on it). But honestly, it brings out the best in Thompson as an actor It can do, which is to present a steely demeanor that is as tempting as it is terrifying.
  • I’ve been trying to figure out what has been surprising me about the set pieces this last season and now I have a completely unfounded theory: Maybe COVID safety restrictions prompted Westworld Cast and crew for filming mostly abroad and/or with small groups? I know we’ve dispensed with the crowded Westworld park (and its accompanying version of the 1930s) but you have to admit that we get to see a lot of outdoor encounters and interactions that rarely have more than a few actors. Maybe it’s just that I notice More so, especially since aerial footage throughout the season confirmed the vastness of the desert where the park was or the majestic skyline of Charlotte. BUT is given The season was kind of lonely and alienating, leaving a lot of actors standing in frames devoid of anyone else around them. whether that or By design (or by design that responds to specific concerns), it has helped deepen the substantive concerns of a season Stresss Just how important human contact really is.