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Westworld: Introduction Recap

This recap will be spoilery if you haven’t watched the first six episodes of Westworld.

Let’s meet the Abernathys first. Peter Abernathy and his daughter Dolores live a simple life, starting every day with some father daughter time.

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But in truth:

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You might ask “Why’s there a fly on her face?” Because why not? (And storytelling, that’s why.)

We learn that Dolores and the others in Westworld are called the “hosts” and they’re all (like Clementine below) are maintained and upgraded by a special team.

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This is Bernard, who’s in charge of making sure everything works fine.

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And Elsie, who’s great at her job.

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Here’s another host, Teddy:

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He’s a pretty cowboy with a mysterious past.

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You might be right.

Clementine’s a gentle soul, always trying to attract new customers.

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And Maeve’s simply the best:

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We quickly realize Teddy and Dolores are kind of a thing.

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But Teddy doesn’t want to run away with her just yet.

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Later a photo from the real world drives Peter to existential crisis.

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The crisis is handled by the team. Meet Robert, he’s the boss:

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While he’s questioned, Peter does something unexpected and threatens Robert.

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Don’t mind him, he has this Batman thing going on, minus the heroism.

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Bernard just plays along but he often has to tolerate Robert’s quirks and demands.

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There’s also the annoying writer who writes the storylines and dialogues in Westworld.

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He manages to get the same reaction from Bernard and Theresa during their every interaction.

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Meet Stubbs, part of the team. He takes care of business, checking if everyone’s under control.

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Later we meet a new guest, William, who doesn’t feel comfortable with this world or being offered sex by the hosts because he’s an engaged man.

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Speaking of the guests, let’s not forget the nightmare man who’s been killing and assaulting the hosts for many years now.

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We call him Black hat guy.

Westworld facts:

Black hat = evil/douchebag

White hat = good guy

Gray hat = mysterious past

We learn that he’s been coming to the Westworld for years now and it’s like a recurring nightmare with him killing Teddy and raping Dolores. We also realize the hosts can’t defend themselves because they can’t hurt, shoot or kill the guests.

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He’s a slimy dude, to say the least, harassing Dolores every chance he gets.

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Back to Maeve and Clementine, they need a drink or two.

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Maeve’s programmed to be smart, to take what she wants and to recognize people’s needs before they do.

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Then we meet Hector, our handsome bandit. He has his own storyline full of crime and adventure but we’ll get to that later.

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His friend Armistice is very friendly by the way.

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(Insert the creepy black hat guy’s turned on face here. Actually, you know what?)

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Yes, now we can move on.

In the meantime we find out Bernard’s been having secret conversations with Dolores, asking her to read him books.

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William’s also a quick learner.

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Honestly, this dude, he’s the exact opposite of William.

In the meantime, other guests are also enjoying their time.

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While others remind Dolores she isn’t real.

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Later we meet a cute little boy.

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It seems older Robert and younger Robert like to have little chats.

Maeve wakes up during an operation.

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And the nightmares she keeps having turn out to be real.

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Then there’s the maze the creepy guy’s looking for.

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He’s dragging poor Lawrence along with him.

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Meanwhile the ladies are slowly waking up, remembering what’s been done to them.

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We hear the commands in Dolores’ mind and she tells William she’s being called.

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She has a makeover.

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And some hallucinations to go with her new image.

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Maeve has a little chat with Felix, the adorable guy who wants a promotion.

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I can’t even.

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She learns the truth and with a little help from new friends she updates herself, which is pretty amazing. She seems to have a plan but what is it?

The best thing about the show is the connection we can make between the fictional stories and real life. So what’s the lesson to be learned? The hosts suffer because their creators profit from it. The characters in the show suffer because the writers make them suffer. Aside from Bernard, William and Felix, no other human being on the show is relatable. The hosts are more humanized than the other humans and Maeve is probably the most sympathetic character while Dolores’ storyline is interesting because of its mystery.

What do you think about the show so far?

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