The second episode of Westworld gets an early release and moves ahead in making progress with more characters
Westworld has been scheduled to premiere its episodes on Sunday. The network however took a step to release the second episode earlier this week. The reason being the Clinton-Trump Presidential Debate which was sure to distract the viewers from turning out to watch the show on Sunday. With record breaking viewership for the first episode of the show, the network probably wanted to maintain the numbers.
As far as the fans might be concerned, they might not be complaining as they got a chance to get better acquainted with these characters. In the second episode, we saw the repercussions of the events of the first episode. We knew that Abernathy was gone and we saw Dolores return to her usual self. That is not the case in this episode.
We see Dolores waking up in the middle of the night and walking out in her night dress. She can hear a man talking to her, telling her to remember and we see that something is wrong with her. We then get introduced to new characters William and Logan. They are colleagues for sure and friends although we can tell that they don’t like each other very much.
Logan is well acquainted with the Westworld whereas William is a first time guest. He is escorted by a host to a changing room and he displays awkwardness and reluctance towards the android’s advances. Meanwhile Elsie and Bernard discuss what happened to Abernathy and they both know the actual cause of the glitch.
Elsie knows that Bernard is covering up for Ford. She also thinks that Abernathy’s glitch is contagious and Dolores might be affected as well. She might be right because Dolores is not her usual self. She stops in the middle of the street and remembers all the dead bodies from the Robbery narrative from the previous episode.
Maeve tells her to move from the street when Dolores tells her that ‘these violent delights have violent ends’. William enters with Logan on the train that gets them to the park. Logan tells him that William might think that there is nothing more to the park than the things he likes including violence and sex but there is more to the park. Logan tells him that he will find himself in the park. He will find who he is.
Ed Harris’ Gunslinger remains at large and we truly get the grasp of how vast the park is as he rescues a man who is about to be hanged. What does he want from him? The way to the maze as he drags him off with his horse.
Back in the saloon, Maeve is telling her story as per the narrative for her but when she gets to the new world part, she freezes while she sees flashbacks from another life. The narrative crew run a diagnostic on her and amp up her aggression level. Bernard goes to Ford about his reservations about what happened with Abernathy.
He thinks that someone is intentionally trying to mess with the androids. Logan and William enter the street and we see that William, as a first timer is nice and helpful unlike his companion who knows the tricks of the park too well. Dolores is pulled from the park by Bernard and we find out that he has been talking to her for some time.
He tries to find out if she had been talking to her. He says that he has noticed that she is changed but others might not appreciate her changes. Maeve is also changing. With the amped up aggression, she comes on too strongly on a female guest and offers advice to Clementine who says she has been having bad dreams. Teddy asks her if she is alright.
Quality Assurance also notice that she is losing it and decide to decommission her at the end of the day. Bernard and Theresa Cullen talk about the resources that will be required to make Lee’s ne narrative work and they should take more time to find out the fault with the old ones. Logan exhibits his knowledge and brutality that the park brings out in him including, stabbing a host and having sex.
William seems distracted and he tells one of the hosts that he had someone waiting at home for him. We see new hosts in production as Lee abuses one of the designers and Theresa gives him the showdown about how he is not in charge and he will get the minimum of hosts for his new narrative.
Meanwhile Ford takes a walk in the park, in an isolated part where he meets a young boy. Suspiciously leading the viewers to believe that it is a younger version of himself. Gunslinger brings his fugitive to a part of the park that is supposedly his hometown and people recognize him. He asks him about the maze but the fugitive is unable to help which leads to an onslaught of all the people in the town.
That is when the daughter of the fugitive blankly tells him that he is not worthy to go in the maze. She then gives him the direction to the maze taking his prisoner with him. Ford reaches a point with the boy where he tells him that he could hear church bells. Ford then engages an android snake to the boy’s fascination and notices a wooden cross structure.
We find out then that Bernard and Theresa are romantically involved which came as a surprise. During their pillow talk Bernard tells her that they make androids talk to each other so they could learn more of human behavior. Elsie runs a diagnostic on Maeve and amps her perceptiveness. When her operator asks about androids dreaming, she tells them that they are only given then concept of dreams especially nightmares.
The tweaks seem to work as she is put back once more in the saloon where she witnesses Teddy getting murdered by a guest. She then goes to sleep and dreams about her life as a mother. We suspect that it was her role in a previous narrative and she remembers getting attacked by Native tribesmen.
She flees to their home with her daughter where she is chased by an Indian. She sits in a corner with a loaded gun but when the door opens, it’s the Gunslinger. She closes her eyes and count down from three and awakens in the present day where engineers are autopsying her before decommissioning.
She grabs a scalpel in fear and runs out of the building. She then goes into a room where they are fixing all the damaged hosts of the day and falls down on her knees in shock before she is put to sleep. We see Dolores sleepwalking again to a certain point where she digs at the dirt to uncover a gun. Lee introduces his new narratives and character and tells a gruesome new narrative that he is sure the guests will love.
He is bluntly put down by Ford who tells him that the guests are not attracted to brash and bold stories that Lee loves but the little intricate details that they miss in real life. He tells him that the guest know who they are, they already know. He tells Lee that his narratives only tell what kind of a person he is. Ford then takes Bernard to the same cross and tells him that he had something original in his mind for the park.