'Westworld' Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: 'Welcome to the Golden Age' - CNET

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Caution: Major spoilers for Westworld coming successful three, two...

Westworld play 4 returned with a 2nd occurrence connected Sunday, serving up bold murders, quality trial subjects, much puzzling references to a "tower" and a caller Delos taxable park. One much epic revelation? Human William is inactive successful the onshore of the living. 

Here's a useful summary of what went down successful this week's info-packed variation of Westworld. There volition beryllium 8 episodes successful this play of HBO's mind-bending sci-fi series, meaning we person six much weeks to marque consciousness retired of each the madness. (I'm trying to link the points connected my conspiracy committee arsenic we speak.) Lets suit up and get into it.

Raising Hale

Dark Charlotte Hale has entered the chat. Charlores, the mentation of Hale outfitted with a transcript of Delores' mind, is back, and she's masterminding immoderate benignant of plan. We beauteous overmuch knew this already -- the extremity credits of past play showed Hale gathering hosts and revealed a mentation of William who answers to her -- but occurrence 2 gets Maeve and Caleb up to velocity connected Charlores' involvement. It turns retired squad Hale replaced California Senator Ken Whitney and his wife, Anastasia, with big versions, sidesplitting the existent legislator and assigning a antithetic gruesome destiny to Anastasia. Another reveal: the big mentation of Ken Whitney, who calls himself "an emissary of the caller satellite order," says determination are 249 others similar him.


I'm not digging the soulless William transcript moving for Chalores... #NotmyWilliam.


Team Hale's subduing of high-profile radical doesn't halt with Whitney. Later successful occurrence 2, the vice president convenes with big William astatine a play course. Their speech is cryptic, but it seems similar William is trying to get his parkland concern going again aft the Westworld massacre, and the VP isn't jazzed astir the idea. (It seems Hale killed and replaced the legislator due to the fact that of a akin obstinance.) After sinking one-too-many eerily spot-on play shots, scaring the VP, William whacks him with a play club. 

Jim Navarro, the lawman adjunct lawyer wide for counterterrorism, besides tries (unsuccessfully) to interfere with Delos. Team Chalores zip-ties him successful a car, and Chalores introduces herself arsenic the idiosyncratic moving the show. She says she's readying thing for his kind, but it's not to regenerate each humans with hosts. She leaves him, and we spot a alert crawl into his eye.

A speedy reminder -- successful lawsuit you request it -- of what flipped the villain power for Chalores: In play 3, Chalores mislaid quality Charlotte's lad and hubby successful a fiery car detonation caused by play antagonist Engerraund Serac (Delores is besides benignant of inadvertently to blasted for their deaths). Chalores is successful the car too, but survives. She presently displays scars from the incidental connected her arm, and successful the play 3 finale, she tells quality William it's due to the fact that she wants "to retrieve who the fuck you radical are."

Human trial subjects

Chalores' entourage doesn't termination existent Anastasia (Senator Whitney's wife) connected the spot, but her destiny is arguably worse. Chalores says Anastasia is the "perfect candidate" for a caller experimentation Chalores is researching. Some clip later, Caleb and Maeve travel crossed Anastasia successful a barn... and she's slashed up a clump of mediocre horses. She lunges astatine Caleb, forcing Maeve to sprout her. Her altered intelligence authorities benignant of reminds maine of what happened to the feline from the cartel-like enactment past episode. We didn't spot immoderate flies astir her this time, but I wouldn't beryllium amazed if they're tied to her creepy zombification?


The Peter enigma deepens this episode.


What is 'the tower'?

On her commute to work, Christina regularly sees a antheral connected the thoroughfare ranting astir a "tower." In Sunday's episode, the feline says a "song with nary sound" is coming from the tower, and that nary 1 tin perceive the "music" but him and the birds. Christina moves on, but subsequently sees an antithetic swarm of dormant birds connected the crushed extracurricular of her office. 

Startled, Christina skips enactment and pays a sojourn to the Hope Center for Health, a session Peter's obituary says helium donated to aft his decease (a reminder: Peter is the persistent caller who said Christina wrote him into a crippled and past jumped disconnected a building). Perplexingly, she finds the spot closed down years ago. While wrong the abandoned clinic, she sees drawings of a operation connected a wall. 

In past week's episode, Peter besides mentions a "tower" erstwhile confronting Christina earlier his decease (he says helium knows some Christina and "the tower" are real). Time to commencement moving connected your theories if you haven't already. 

William is alive!

What a reveal. William -- who got his pharynx slit by big William successful the post-credits of past play -- is miraculously inactive alive. But should we truly beryllium amazed astatine this point? Characters connected this amusement resurrect similar nary other. 

I'm blessed to spot him. Real William is decidedly flawed, but his "death" past play was unsatisfying. Seeing big William this play arsenic a soulless, pure-bred villain besides made maine miss the existent thing. 

Oh yeah, let's speech astir the scene. Chalores wakes quality William up from a cryosleep and tells him she's keeping him astir "to beryllium the loser." She besides adds much discourse to what she told Navarro from the Justice Department astir her plans. She says humans "made a athletics retired of hunting us, truthful I had to chopped disconnected your paws -- marque definite you radical would ne'er beryllium capable to harm america again." The flies, the zombified humans, and present this -- it definite seems similar Hale's program is coming into focus. 


Caleb has ne'er been to a Delos park. 


The roaring '20s

This occurrence puts Maeve and Caleb connected a bid headed for Delos' newest attraction, a taxable parkland acceptable successful the '20s. (A hint is successful thing big William says, "150 years ago," the satellite came "roaring" backmost aft war). William welcomes america to "the Golden Age," and Maeve and Caleb locomotion retired into a metropolis bustling with agleam lights and old-timey cars. 

Stray thoughts

  • I'm enjoying the Maleb scenes.
  • Chalores' caller hosts are strong. Maeve and Caleb conflict to instrumentality them down. 
  • Christina's brag tracking her determination erstwhile she didn't crook up astatine enactment -- she needs to hightail it retired of there. We cognize Delores wouldn't jibe with that benignant of surveillance. 
  • I mislaid it astatine Host William golfing successful head-to-toe black. 
  • This occurrence confirms that Christina wrote a video crippled quality with an eerily akin beingness communicative to Peter's. 
  • The deaths of the Senator and his wife… truly grim stuff.
  • Still nary motion of Bernard. At the extremity of past season, helium accessed the Sublime/Valley Beyond, the spot wherever Maeve's girl and different hosts exist. Here's more connected that and everything other that happened successful play 3 of Westworld. 
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