What is happening in our world? Who is doing what? what is going on now? These are questions that will be answered. Enjoy.
Westworld Season 2 Episode 2 Recap
There was always a promising philosophical theory lurking somewhere within the inner circuits of Westworld. But in the show’s first season, this philosophy was hidden beneath the promise of shameless robot sex and violence, much like the show itself. Two episodes into Season Two, Westworld has evolved into the show it was always meant to be.
A lot of times when I was saying these words, it was hard for me to not strongly relate to Westworld representing the patriarchy to me. At the same time, it represents every group that’s ever been oppressed. It’s not just about women. It’s about anyone who has been treated unfairly by a system that was set up in place to be against them.
With Dolores anchoring the second episode of Season Two—in multiple timelines—we learn the scope of her revolution, in which she’s seeking justice against 30 years of human atrocities. This is the uprising. And it’s fittingly come as an uprising that mirrors the one that occurred in the real world between seasons. “It’s really intense to be doing this season during what we can now all officially call a revolution,” Wood told me, hinting at the #MeToo movement. With that in mind, every scene in which Dolores fights back against her male oppressors—whether they be human or machine—feels all the more powerful.
Take, for example, her conversation with the leader of the Confederados while she’s trying to recruit them to her army. The man asks her to “go fetch her betters.”
“I’m afraid there’s no one else to fetch, there’s only me,” she responds.
Fuck [clap emoji] yes [clap emoji] Dolores [clap emoji].
As this episode explains, now that Delores remembers every one of her lives for the last 30 years, she also knows the true purpose of this park. That’s because Young William carelessly discussed it in front of her back before the park opened. The mysterious origins of this park are finally revealed in a series of flashbacks that jump around in time, so I’ll do my best to explain it chronologically, too.
The episode begins with Dolores and Arnold having one of their casual philosophical conversations, except this one takes place in the real world. That’s right, dear reader, we finally see the real world in Westworld at the same time Dolores is experiencing it for the first time. It’s pretty chill. There are bikes! Buildings! This isn’t your Blade Runner type of dystopian future. It seems pretty nice to be honest. Arnold is preparing to show Dolores off for the first time, likely as their first prototype. It’s clear he sees something greater in her, and the two discuss his wife and child, who served as the basis of Bernard’s programmed personality.
The next part of this backstory also takes place before the events of Season One. A wealthy business man approaches our dude Logan, the douchebag who went with William to the park last season. Logan’s last name is Delos! And in this scene, Talulah Riley’s character demonstrates how human the hosts are (appealing to Logan’s horny bro-ness) to get him to convince his father to buy the park. Between here and the next scene are all the Young William events from Season One. Because next, we see Young-ish William, now having taken power from Logan, convincing Delos Sr. the true potential of the park.
In front of a frozen Dolores, William explains to Delos Sr. that the real power of the park is collecting data about the terrible shit guests do in the park. That’s some extremely Facebook shit! We also see Not-As-Young William’s retirement party, in which he and his wife seem to be having problems and Logan is randomly a drug addict. I laughed out loud at this point. Why did they even invite him?
We last see Quasi-Young William talking with Dolores somewhere in the Westworld lab.
“You really are just a thing, I can’t believe I fell in love with you,” he tells Dolores. “Turns out you’re not even a thing, you’re a reflection. You know who loves staring at a reflection? Everybody. I think there’s an answer here to a question no one has ever dreamed of asking.”
His statement seems to again connect to this vision of the patriarchy, in which men in power can have evil intentions that they will act upon if given the chance. Westworld exposes these intentions. And even though William thought he was once a good man, he knows now that he’s truly capable of. How does one know what’s truly in their heart if society keeps them in check? Westworld strips away all of society’s niceties to reveal the truth. As we’ve learned in recent months, men in power no longer need to operate within the constraints of society and can act on these horrifying impulses.
As Old William explains to Lawrence in one of his scenes, “They wanted a place they could sin in peace. But we were watching them, we were tallying up all their sins. Judgement wasn’t the point, we had something else in mind entirely.”
This is the true reason Westworld exists. William knows it, and Dolores knows it. My hunch is that Dolores is heading to where that data is stored with Teddy (whom she showed the Teddy Death Count™) and her army. Old William is heading there too, and it seems like the two of them both want to burn Westworld to the ground.