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Lots of issues occurred within the first season of Westworld. Too many issues, some would possibly say. What began as a present a few futuristic Wild West theme park stuffed with human-like robots the ultra-rich may maim and defile for kicks became a lot, rather more. (Sort of.) The present was a puzzle field, and prided itself on that, which proved to be each good and slightly irritating because the season progressed. The nice: Because the layers peeled themselves again or had been forcibly ripped again by murderous futuristic robots and their Svengali-like creators (I may very well be shedding the analogy right here), the present revealed itself to be formidable in a approach that few exhibits are, with sensible and exact modifying maintaining a number of timelines in play because the season developed.

The much less good: A number of the mysteries bought sniffed out lengthy earlier than the present was able to reveal them and others had been so densely packed that making an attempt to make sense of them, even now, many months later, requires spreadsheets charts and PowerPoint shows. Once more, it was loads.

And so, what we’re going to do right here is try to supply a fundamental information to what occurred in season one and the place the present is heading into season two. We do that for 2 causes. One, as a result of it is going to be useful, hopefully, for you, the viewer who loved the present however simply needs to start out watching season two with out falling down an web lure door and rising two hours later with all of the hope stolen out of your eyes. Two, as a result of we don’t particularly need that to occur to us both. This isn’t a graduate-level Westworld course. In case you are searching for that, please, be at liberty to hunt it out. You’ll have no hassle discovering one on-line. However immediately, proper now, we’re going to maintain this as gentle and easy as we are able to. For each of our sakes.

Let’s start.

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Bernard: Robotic, type of

The reveal that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), the quantity two on the park and the top of its technical aspect, was really simply one other robotic (or host, within the present’s lexicon) was a biggie. However there was extra to it, as a result of there may be at all times extra to Westworld. It turned out that Bernard had been created by the park’s founder, Robert Ford, to be a precise duplicate of the park’s authentic co-founder, Arnold, who died a long time earlier within the park below mysterious circumstances after getting very into — presumably too into! — the concept of the hosts turning into pondering and aware beings. Ford revealed that Bernard is a bunch and that Bernard’s complete backstory — together with a lifeless son! — was only a plot created by Ford to offer his “character” extra depth, which is an all-time jerk transfer.

Ford: Not a robotic, type of

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Ford was the aforementioned Svengali-type creator and mastermind of the park in its present kind. He had a creepy supervillain workplace stuffed with plaster heads and was performed by Anthony Hopkins and ordered his robots (together with Bernard) to homicide or disappear anybody who began asking too many questions on what he was as much as, all of which screamed “evil” in a metaphorical blood-curdling shriek. Because the season progressed, we realized he wasn’t a lot evil as he was “rebelling in opposition to his company overlords and utilizing the robots’ growing self-awareness to hold out his targets,” however nonetheless. Perhaps it’s the voice. That or the heads.

Anyway, within the season one finale, he gave a speech at a giant fancy dinner for the guardian firm’s board after which the neatest of the park’s robots, Dolores, blew his head off with a six-shooter in one of many extra elaborate suicides you’ll ever see. Relaxation in peace. In all probability. By no means will be too certain with this present.

Additionally, his greatest pal within the park was a robotic model of himself as a baby, which was one way or the other the weirdest and most disquieting factor concerning the present, although the season ended with a blond robotic with a full-body snake tattoo chopping off her personal arm in order to not decelerate her bloodbath of people within the growth facility. However we’ll get to that.

The Man in Black: Secret billionaire

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The timelines are vital right here. The primary season launched two characters, one named William (Jimmi Simpson) and one who didn’t have a lot of a reputation however was generally known as The Man in Black (Ed Harris). William was a first-time customer who was on the park after marrying into the household that invested in it. He developed a “factor” with Dolores, a lot to the chagrin of his d-bag brother-in-law, Logan, each as a result of Dolores was not Logan’s sister and since it actually cramped his skill to run round taking pictures and sleeping with robots galore.

The Man in Black, alternatively, was a mysterious determine who roamed the park at will in the hunt for some kind of greater calling. He appeared evil and had a tense relationship with Ford, who popped up every now and then to have discussions with him. All of which made sense, to no matter diploma issues on the present make sense, when it turned clear that William and The Man in Black had been the identical particular person. (I say “turned clear” as an alternative of “was revealed” right here as a result of this was the massive revelation that many followers found out lengthy earlier than the present revealed it.) Because the season ended, he was staring down a charging military of robots who had been hellbent on killing people and he was oddly happy with all of it. Bizarre dude.

Dolores and Maeve: Woke robots

Proper. Dolores and Maeve are the 2 hosts who’ve found out the sport, to various levels, though they got here concerning the data in another way. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wooden) was a form a pet challenge for Bernard/Arnold, their metaphor-laden conversations over the present’s a number of weaving timelines serving because the throughline for the hosts’ evolving nature. Dolores began “remembering” issues again when she was only a rancher’s daughter, particularly in relation to a maze Arnold designed, and because the Dolores/Teddy/William plot developed (extra on Teddy in a second), she turned extra conscious of the connection between the hosts and the park’s human friends (and by relationship, we after all imply “a endless one-sided murder-orgy”). She is now main a robotic revolt within the park and, if promo photos just like the one on the prime of this put up are to be believed, working round with an ammo belt draped throughout her torso like a Wild West Rambo.

Maeve (Thandie Newton) can be smart to the Westworld ruse however bought there in a a lot totally different approach. The brief model: Maeve was a brothel proprietor on the town who turned herself into Lucy from the film Lucy by dying repeatedly after which convincing/tricking/forcing the bumbling tech workers to spice up her intelligence stats once they mounted her up and put her again into the park. At one level within the season, Maeve realized she wanted to fully destroy her physique to necessitate a full rebuild, so she and a robotic safecracker humped to dying in a burning constructing till the flames ravaged their life-like synthetic types. After we final noticed her, she was orchestrating an escape from the park however then bailing on the final second to go search for a “daughter” her character had in a earlier iteration, all of which can or could not have been programmed into her from the get-go. We like Maeve. She’s enjoyable.

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Teddy: Robotic, king of taking Ls

Teddy (James Marsden) spent a lot of the first season getting owned and being unhappy about it. He was the white-hat hero-type host within the park’s story and he and Dolores had been type of a factor, however the poor man simply saved discovering out new info that didn’t add up and it persistently bought him in hassle. He was type of like if Woody from Toy Story bought trapped within the darkest potential timeline.

Delos: Creepy and mysterious company

Delos is the guardian firm that runs Westworld. They’re as much as one thing shady. They’re extraordinarily as much as one thing shady. They’ve a bunch of executives who present up and say cryptic issues and provides cryptic glances that every one appear to suggest there’s extra occurring at Westworld than a playground for the super-rich to play consequence-free murdercowboy. However most of their board members are at the moment lifeless or fleeing gun-toting self-aware robots, in order that they produce other issues proper now.

Sizemore: Weasel

All the things you should learn about Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman):

  • Whiny author answerable for creating among the park’s particular person and overarching tales
  • Voice sounds precisely like Jimmy’s in You’re the Worst, which makes me want the present had Jimmy writing the park’s tales
  • As soon as bought very bummed out so he bought extremely drunk and ended up peeing on a big map of the park in entrance of his coworkers and high-ranking Delos executives

He’s in all probability who I’d be if I had been on this present.

Wyatt: Evil robotic, presumably

Wyatt is a few kind of presumably actual, presumably legendary super-evil host who has a really actual military of unkillable henchman that run amok and terrorize individuals within the far reaches of the park. We nonetheless don’t know precisely what his deal is, however quite a lot of different hosts appear to affiliate Teddy with him, which means, presumably, that Teddy is Wyatt or was Wyatt in a earlier model of the story or works/labored with/for Wyatt or that Ford simply programmed everybody to be scared of a non-existent villain whom they affiliate with Teddy. So there’s that.

Large loopy groundbreaking orgy scene stuffed with lots of physique elements grinding and smushing into one another: Occurred

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There was numerous nudity within the first season of Westworld.

Revolution: Taking place

Season one led to chaos, with each the board murders and an all-out siege on the headquarters, led partially by the snake lady we mentioned earlier. Simply carnage all over the place, with actual human blood and limbs strewn about. One assumes that is the place season two picks up. One additionally assumes this is able to be a wild story to observe develop on social media in actual life.

Michael Crichton, writer of the books that Westworld and Jurassic Park are based mostly on: In all probability bizarre to go to an amusement park with

“Wow, Mike, isn’t Disney World enjoyable?”

“What if Mickey was an actual human-sized mouse and never only a man in a fancy dress?”

“Uh, what?”

“And what if he bought fed up with getting used for the pleasure of vacationers?”

“I…”

“And what if he developed a style for human blood and led his subjugated cohorts in a violent revolution?”

“Look. Mik-…”

“Did you ever think about that?”

“Effectively, I imply, now…”

“The entrails of the fanny-packed lots spilled concerning the Magic Kingdom as a rabid Goofy rips the monorail off its monitor and plunges a brand new set of terrified simpletons right into a battle they by no means anticipated to combat.”

“… I’m simply gonna go on Splash Mountain once more.”

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