Westworld Season 2, Episode 4: Goldfish Memory

Despite the complete lack of Maeve, I didn’t mind this episode. It made me slightly more interested in William’s storyline again. There’s also the return of one of last year’s most intrepid characters. I’m not talking about past!Stubbs.

Westworld Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

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-I have a major problem with the basic premise of one of the main plot points this episode. Papa Delos couldn’t function cause his brain wouldn’t accept the reality it found itself in. Let’s move past the way that this is satisfying narratively (as are the repercussions of him defunding cancer research) to what made me question this.

The environment his new robot body found itself in was in no way anything close to resembling reality. Forget about the potential reverse uncanny valley of it all and ask yourself, how would you fare in that room when your only contact with the outside world being your handler that probably never entered the room? It’s a miracle he made it over a month in one instance. The optimistic estimate is that I’d be driven up the wall in under a week and I’m quite introverted. He was a man that lived life to its hedonistic fullest.

I’m not close to calling it a plot hole yet, cause William seems like exactly the kind of monster to trap his father-in-law in a Groundhog Day hellscape of a reality. Bernard’s manufactured brain is also an open door of possibility. (Door?!) Who’s walking out there in a brand new robot skin? (Maybe this season we should be questioning who among the hosts is a human rather than last season’s reverse)

-Elsie is back! She can’t have been gone that long in real time (and I’m not mega fan enough to sit and calculate it), but it’s been long enough in my heart. The destruction of the lab happened before her capture and it remains to be seen how long ago, however, it’s interesting that she wasn’t killed. She was placed instead in front of one of William’s biggest secrets. Putting her trust in Bernard is therefore probably not a mistake, since he would have killed her already if Ford, or whoever else is controlling him, wished it.

-Grace continues to amaze. She’s the kinda OP I like, much unlike her father. I’m not hating the fact that Westworld pulled a Rey Skywalker, mostly because they didn’t give it enough time to percolate and to be a Big deal. Plus I enjoy the narrative parallels as I may have mentioned before.

-Lawrence deserves better. And I wish it was his daughter that was actually onto William rather than the dark shadow of Lord Ford.

-This always happens with ensemble shows, but it’s a testament to Westworld’s quality that I was invested this episode despite liking very few of its protagonists and certainly not William around whom the entire thing revolved. I’m guilty of enjoying the precision of his murder spree, but that’s just a bad habit unrelated to him.

-People go on and on about how the white room reminded them of Lost, when it was the nitroglycerin going back and forth that reminded me most of human explosions on a mystery island (that was definitely not Hawaii).

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