‘Westworld’ recreates the past in ‘Well Enough Alone’ (RECAP) | show news

[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for Westworld Season 4 episode 2, “Well Enough Alone.”]

for those who wanted Western world To return to the parks, “Well Enough Alone” will bring a welcome change.

While no one is going back to Westworld per se, another Delos fate enters the picture that is sure to complicate things for some main characters. And in Christina’s (Evan Rachel Wood) world, things keep getting weirder. This is how it all unfolds.


World #1: Caleb, Maeve, William and Clementine

At the beginning of the episode, William (Ed Harris) goes to see Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) at her cute little house. He points a gun at her and demands that she tell him where Maeve is. “Even if she knew, she’d see you through hell before telling you,” says Clem. William slits his throat. “Happy to oblige,” he says.

Caleb (Aaron Paul) and Maeve (Thandiwe Newton), meanwhile, go to see the senator Maeve mentioned at the end of last week’s episode, which William had taken an interest in. It turns out that the man and his wife are both hosts. Not only that, but the inevitable fight becomes quite complicated when Maeve’s “super power” of controlling other hosts and freezing her motor functions doesn’t work. “William seems to have upgraded his henchmen,” she says.

She is able to tap into the senator-host’s memories to find out what happened to the human he modeled on. William came to see him to discuss a proposal that the senator considered high risk. She ultimately refused to do as William asked…and that’s when her wife walked in, she said she was “having the strangest dream” and was then stabbed in the shoulder by a version hostess herself. Then, they shot and killed the human senator, and Hale-Dolores (Tessa Thompson) walked in. “I need help researching a new experiment,” she told the still-living man’s wife, “and you are the perfect candidate.”

They took her to the barn, and that’s where Maeve and Caleb find her filleting their horses and humming a creepy tune. “You’re invited,” she tells them. It’s opening night. As she lunges at Caleb, Maeve shoots her… and black goo drips from her head.

thandiwe newton as maeve millay, aaron paul as caleb nichols, westworld season 3

The duo ends up in an opera house, where they go through a trapdoor in the floor with the message “welcome”. They’re ready for a fight at the end of the long hallway, but instead of having guns pointed at them, they’re greeted with piano music and chattering party guests. They order each other drinks, and Caleb asks if they’re going to talk about “what happened at the lighthouse.” Here, it is implied that Maeve’s vision of him dying in the last episode was a flashback, as she says that she saved her life. (That is Western world, so it’s important to remember that this could also be an elaborate hoax). Caleb also talks about what came next, to which Maeve replies that they lived their lives. The problem is that Caleb is not living his. He is still stuck in the past.

And then the room begins to move.

Caleb and Maeve are on a train…and yes, they’re headed to a park. From here, the nostalgia for Season 1 hits hard. A familiar host leads them to a room where they choose “white hat or black hat,” but in 1920s terms: guns, jackets, etc. “I’ve never been a ‘hat boy,'” Caleb says, refusing to choose. Gray hat it is, then.

aaron paul as caleb nichols, westworld season 3


An unspecified amount of time after the opening of the episode, William has Clementine working for him as his assistant. While William is playing golf, her vice president, Chuck (José Zúñiga), leaves the Secret Service with her to go talk to him. Chuck says that his friends in intelligence have some “crazy theories” about what he’s up to. “This West mess is too conspicuous,” he says; William replies that he spent the money and all he has to do is flip a switch. The conversation escalates and Chuck threatens to reveal his dirty secrets to the press. “If you go through with this,” says the vice president, “we’re going to burn you.” William doesn’t seem worried… while they were talking, Clem has killed the two Secret Service agents. So William takes the VP to use in the Hale-Dolores experiment.

Elsewhere, the assistant to the chief of national security is furious when he receives a phone call informing him that the vice president agreed with what William was doing. When he gets into his car, Hale-Dolores is there, and she lays out part of her plan for the doomed man. “It wouldn’t be practical for us to replace them all one at a time,” she says. “What kind of existence would that be for us? I wanted my people to be able to grow, to flourish. To find your own identity. I have plans for your kind. She leaves, and one of the flies from the first episode lands on the man’s eye, a nice visual callback to the hosts, who have now reversed her role.

In what could be the past, present, or future, Hale-Dolores talks to the human William, who is suspended in a circular contraption. He questions why she kept him alive; she responds in her own words, saying that “winning doesn’t mean anything unless someone loses”, and he is there to lose. She also presents part of her plan for him, saying that she had to make sure humanity didn’t harm her children when she “brought them into the world”. And with that, she introduces him to the man who made it all possible: himself.

At the end of the episode, William (host-William) gives a speech introducing the new Delos park: the world of the 1920s. (The world of the Golden Age? The world of the Roaring Twenties?) Turn on the lights, the music plays and the hosts begin to move. Maeve and Caleb step off the train and into the new hell that awaits them.

Evan Rachel Wood as Christina, Westworld Season 3


World #2: Christina

After Peter’s (Aaron Stanford) suicide, Christina is determined to dig deeper into what really happened to him and how he was connected to Olympiad (if he was). She reads in her obituary that he made a donation and volunteered at the Hope Center for Mental Health. She goes there to find the place abandoned and dilapidated long ago, but with a memorial wing for Peter that certainly couldn’t have been built in the hours after his death. Also, she finds a bunch of drawings of a tower.

That tower seems to be an integral part of Christina’s world. In the previous episode and this one, a homeless man on the street babbles about “hearing the song from the tower”, and in this one he adds that “just [he] and the birds” can hear it. In the street, a bunch of dead birds lay outside the Olympiad building. Coincidence? I do not think so!

Other observations

  • The Season 1 callbacks were amazing in this episode. From the very lights that came on after Ford’s speech to the “welcome” host’s dialogue and even the music, the sequences with Caleb and Maeve felt like he was being re-introduced to an old friend.
  • I’m still not convinced that Caleb and/or his family are human. This show loves to play with time, and Maeve could have been simulating her future… or Caleb could have died in the mysterious “Lighthouse” and she brought him back as host, to live the life he always wanted. . . He has said that his family is “his world” and “his everything” enough to make me think they might be a cornerstone, rather than real. Time will tell.
  • If you thought the hostess who welcomed Caleb and Maeve looked familiar, that’s because she was Clementine’s “replacement” at Maeve’s brothel after it started falling apart in season 1. That was the reason for the comment! from Maeve about her promotion!
  • I hope that at some point we will have some flashbacks to Caleb and Maeve’s relationship. They’re obviously friends and know each other pretty well, but how long did they spend together? Maeve saying that “they did what [they] always said [they] I would” implies that they spent quite a bit of time fighting, and a part of me wishes we could see that. They have an interesting dynamic, I just wish I could have seen it unfold.
  • Who do we think could appear in 1920s World? It sure would be great to see Armistice again. It would also be nice if Hector showed up again, but I guess he’s gone forever.

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