**One watch. Everyone knows the rules.** After the first paragraph expect SPOILERS. These are my thoughts and takeaways after one watch of WESTWORLD season one, episode six.
This episode was more stuffed to the gills than a flounder on a pescatarian Thanksgiving. AMIRITE??? (That's a deep metaphor) 'The Adversary' opens up some very detailed storylines and creates some new dynamics to the show we haven't seen to this point. The new dynamics give the possibility for workplace drama tension usually reserved for Shonda Rhimes TV shows. The newly found detail in each storyline helps the viewer answer a few questions while, as usual, revealing many more. But, episode six does much more than just add to the mystery for viewers to theorize over. This episode shows just how good Westworld can be as a quality TV show. Thandie Newton (Meave) and James Marsden (Teddy) put in two fantastic performances. Furthermore, the show runners play with the scene-to-scene tone in this episode more than any yet. We laugh with Sizemore, cry with Meave, and get downright scared for Elsie.
Recap, questions, and theories to follow......
This episode is a full on Maeve (name still stinks) power move. A tale of Host empowerment. We join the Mariposa Madame with her continued awareness that death just brings her straight back to the lab with Felix and Sylvester. Felix, ever the hopeless romantic, does everything he shouldn't be doing in order to help Meave come to grips with her reality. This includes leading her around the 'upstairs' section of the lab with Hosts all over. Being created, re-tooled, cleaned up, and tested. This scene was a purely chilling masterpiece. From the camera work, the orchestral version of the Radiohead song, Felix's rollercoaster of paranoia, and Thandie Newton's portrayal of Meave as she comes to the dreadful realization of what she is. I can't say enough great things about how well put together that scene was. Meave concludes her utter dominance of episode six by tweaking her personality matrix and becoming 6 points more intelligent than any other host in the park (20 point scale, 14 point max for host smarts). ANOTHER, great musical tie in as the camera rises and Meave delivers an eerily ominous quip in all her Britishy-ness.
Teddy and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) continue on their search for Wyatt, for very different reasons. Teddy still in search of Dolores and the MIB in search of the Maze. Along the way Teddy and the MIB come across the Army blocking the way. Despite doing their best A New Hope impression, a couple Army guys recognize Teddy and capture the tandem. Teddy goes all types of nuts and slaughters every Host in an Army uni. Yet ANOTHER Awesome scene in this episode. Teddy is a character that, up until Ford tapped his shoulder in the cantina (wait till the theory section), has been the good guy. But in this scene, we see him hop behind a gatling gun and massacre anyone that might follow them without a shred of remorse.
- Elise does some serious Jason Bourne research and discovers Theresa is the one stealing data. Although she doesn't seem the type and I think it's a red herring. Also Arnold is involved somehow.
- She gets grabbed by someone/something.
- Lee Sizemore is suuuuuuper pissed about Ford moving all his puzzle pieces around and he's getting smashed by the pool to prove it. Love the little quick drink exchange with the waiter mid-rant.
- Sizemore meets a babe at the bar and she ends up beinf the Executive Director of the Board. She's pretty young for such a powerful position, but they do say good looking people rise faster in the workforce.
- Theresa broke up with Arnold (ahhheemmm), I mean Bernard. He's not too broken up about it.
- Bernard finds out about Ford's little pet family living away from the park. He IS pretty broken up about that.
- Ford ends the episode being very confused as to how little Robo-bert Ford was able to lie to him about killing their dog. This is the first time in the series thus far Ford has been confused about anything. Up till that point he has been omnipotent, mysteriously well informed, and borderline God like.
- Elsie concludes her talk with Bernard explaining- someone with very advanced programming skills is changing the primary directive of the hosts. This could make them able to lie or even harm humans.
ONTO THE FUN STUFF!
Questions and Theories
- What is Meave's end game, or does she even have one in mind? For a half second I thought maybe THIS was what sets off the critical failure 30 years in the past. Then I realized the new Westworld logo, Felix's mention about how the Hosts are very close to human organics now, and the now gen host being made in Meave's tour. That showed this has to be on the Ford and MIB timeline.
- How cool was that scene of the host being made? The blood being pumped into a white, lifeless, mannequin till it comes alive. How cool was the huge buffalo host? Probs doesn't take the tech and behavior team too long to do the personality matrix on a buffalo.
- Thanks to Bernard's easy to follow system search we know there's 40 something first gen Hosts active in the park. Dolores obviously being one of them. All of these Hosts can be communicated ti via the old radio process. This is why the Hosts are "hearing voices". Is this the voice of Arnold or someone pretending to be him? Is Arnold alive?
- Speaking of Arnold, maybe you didn't catch it....Bernard thought the adult male host in Ford's little robo-family was Arnold. Why did he think that? Let me explain. When Ford first told Bernard about his partnership with Arnold he showed him a picture. The man in the picture was implied to be Arnold, turns out it was actually Ford's father. Here's a closer look.....
- This could be a key to the "Bernard is a host" or "Bernard is a host version of Arnold" theory. Remember when Dolores' dad was bewildered by the picture of a modern city and to Dolores it "Didn't look like anything"? Could this be why Bernard didn't see Arnold? Because it would be a picture of himself and that simply would not compute.
- More Bernard is a Host clues: Constantly reminding him about his son byFord. This reminds him of his 'backstory' and his motivations. Elsie and Bernard both stress how long Bernard has been with Delos.
- We should have realized in the previous episode when Logan said they couldn't even find a picture of Arnold that something was fishy with that thing.
- How did Teddy know all of that detail about the Maze? Was it uploaded when Ford synced the Wyatt backstory? Who is at the center of the Maze? That description of the man at the center sounded a lot like how Ford described Teddy. As the man that died and came back more than anyone else.
- Let's give ourselves a headache real quick.......what if Teddy and Wyatt are the same person? Like a Tyler Durden situation! I know people seem to think they've seen them both, but can't the programmers and Ford make the hosts think anything they want? OBVIOUSLY! Teddy is getting savage and he seems to know a lot about Wyatt. Maybe it's because he IS Wyatt?
- One other cool tid bit....LOVE the writers technique of keeping Teddy and the MIB off the same road to Pariah that Logan, William, and Dolores took. Obviously that would be a quick and easy confirmation that there is or is not two timelines in the show.
- LAST thing and I have no idea what it means. But, there is a Greek myth about a Minotaur trapped in a maze guarding a woman. A mighty warrior comes along to navigate the Maze, kill the Minotaur, and free the woman. Wyatt or a Wyatt follower was wearing a Minotaur mask the first time we encountered the group. Just a thought about a possible theme,
Can't wait for next week. Until then, may you rest in a deep and dreamless slumber.