Westworld Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Completely New Show
Apart from a few faces, nothing in the show seems the same. But that's a good thing!
After a long wait, Westworld season 3 is finally out! After the show’s mind-boggling season 2, fans can finally get to understand more of the show’s version of the world. And that is exactly what we got in episode 1. It feels like a completely new show, but for all the right reasons! And one of those reasons is that we finally get to see the world outside of the park.
The World outside of the park
The world outside the park will be the focus of Westworld season 3. This is by far the biggest revelation of the episode. The park always seemed technologically advanced, but episode 1 gave us a proper view of how far ahead that world is. In it, there is a software/AI, named Rehoboam that is a driving factor in everyone’s lives. It predicts the best path for everyone by itself, thus promoting pure meritocracy in society.
Because of that, there is a huge reliance on technology. So much so that machines even get to control dreams. Moreover, people’s lives and potentials are very measured because of that meritocracy. But, it takes away the element of choice – the ability to carve out your own path. Despite such high levels of technology in the Westworld, crime still persists. In fact, there’s an app for it called Rico, and it’s a hybrid of both Uber-Fiverr. You can free-lance in crime, and it may sound absurd but in such a tech-driven world, it can easily become the norm.
Well, now that we’ve established the premise of Westworld season 3, lets dive into the plot of episode 1.
The plot – A fresh start
Viewers complained a lot about Westworld season 2’s plot. They said that the overlapping multiple timelines were a bit too much. However, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have addressed that for season 3. It seems like this season will have just a single timeline, without any un-indicated flashbacks. But that doesn’t mean the story will be any simpler (spoilers ahead).
Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is now out in the open, trying to gain an advantage over other hosts. She started by stealing money from a business tycoon while using the data collected by ‘The Forge’ from season 2 against him. She then proceeds to have a relationship with Liam Dempsey (John Gallagher Jr.), who is the son of the man who created Rehoboam. Of course, she wanted access to that AI but had to undergo many hurdles. In the end, she orchestrates an insane plan of getting caught and ends up replacing an important security official (Tommy Flanagan) from insight (the company that owns Rehoboam) with a host.
Aaron Paul – A new perspective on humans
Humans have always been deemed evil in Westworld. However, Caleb (Aaron Paul) provides the point of view of an ordinary working-class man in this world. In many ways, he was living his life the way hosts were inside the park. It tells us how life itself becomes robotic in a world dominated by robots themselves. He continuously tries to make ends meet by finding gigs on Rico and eventually ends up meeting Dolores.
The rest of the cast is also in new struggles
Like Aaron Paul and Evan Rachel Wood, the rest of the cast also finds themselves on uncharted territories. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is hiding in a slaughterhouse, as he’s solely blamed for what happened in the park and is a fugitive. Adding to that, he has a weird relationship with a prompt, that overtakes consciousness, and even beats others up. In the end, he goes on a journey to find Maeve (Thandie Newton), who’s in a German World War II Westworld park.
Moreover, our dear old Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) is leading a double life. She pretends to be Hale but has someone else’s consciousness in her. But we don’t know who!
Both William (Ed Harris) and Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) are yet to appear but were part of episode 2’s preview.
Our verdict on Westworld season 3 episode 1
Overall, I guess we can say that the show finally got a much-needed overhaul. The plot, although complicated, doesn’t have any unnecessary overlaps. Our favorite characters are at their usual best but in a much different world. This world now gives the audience a complete idea of how it is to live among technology. Moreover, just like Blade Runner, Westworld also poses some serious questions. Like, what does it really mean to be human? Or, how will technology continue to shape our lives? We’ll get better answers to these as the show progresses, hopefully!