Westworld - Lies, Mistakes and Conspiracy Theories
The following review contains spoilers, as I have the intention to criticize the weak points of the plot and this could not happen without me discussing the plot itself.
The season starts strong and captivating. Rehoboam's graphics, which appear during the episodes, appear awe inspiring and haunting; there are a lot of mysteries awaiting to be solved. One, for example, is Dolores' plan, or who or what is Kaleb, who are the hosts, whose pearls Dolores took out of the park and so on.
I guess these questions are open to interpretation and discussion but for me the answer is categorical and it is against control. Even if the ultimate fate of humanity is to destroy itself, this does not give anyone the right to act like a god purely from concern for the future. The actions of Dolores against Insight serve her own purposes but are also correct – they bear no evil and certainly don't transform her into the season's villain.
The fact that some people have decided to devote themselves to anarchy (or to kill themselves) is subjected to personal decisions and if someone is to blame, it's the one who put them in this perverse experiment (Serac) and not the one who is trying to open their eyes (Dolores).
Before proceeding to the actual criticism of the series, I will put down a few words about the characters – in contrast to other reviewers, I do not think they've been changed in comparison to previous seasons. Of course, Maeve is blinded by the fix idea (her "daughter") which makes her appear stupid and Bernard just wants to drift with the tide (typical of him).
I like Lee Sizemore and I was happy to see him again, but in so little time, it was perhaps better for the series creators to concentrate on plot holes and not on fillers… Still, he got a pretty funny cameo in comparison to other familiar faces such as Clementine, Musashi, Felix and a few others whose presence was almost as important as that of Drogon and the directors of Game of Trhones (coming to think of it, it may be their presence that ruined the season).
The manifestation of creative weakness is also apparent in the entirety of William's arch, which deserves special mention because of its absurdity.
A huge spoiler follows -the arch, in short, is as follows: "William goes crazy and gets strange visions in his mansion. He is sent to a madhouse by Dolores, and Serac buys Delos. In the insane asylum, William considers his life. He is pronounced dead, but Bernard and Stubbs save him, not knowing why (Bernard says he may be useful to them, someday). He attacks them and announces that he will kill all the hosts. In the end, William is killed and replaced by a host who looks like him."
But let me return to the other problematic moments - I mentioned plot holes. Something very strange is happening with the plot of the third season, which has several possible explanations. I really want one of the creators of the series to admit how this final product came about. The story looks as if someone who knows what he is doing has started writing it, written the points of reference and some highlights, but missed the twists and the ending, transferring the project to his protégé with the blessing of finishing it as they please. The result is puzzling and makes me suspect deliberate sabotage.
You may think that I am exaggerating and seeing mistakes and holes where there are none. However, this is not the case and I have photographic material for proof 😉
1 on her person and 5 more, which she brought from the park. When she talks to Cholores, there are 4 pearls on the table in front of her (two of the 6 are busy, obviously). Three black and one with a red hue. In the next scene, we find out that the red one is Bernard. Well, ok but if we look through the scenes from the second season finale we will notice that all the pearls that Dolores carries are black. None of the pearls has a red hue. Then why need this new detail? What is the purpose - to irritate the more observant viewers? Anyway, moving on.
I admit that I did not do any additional checks so I trust what I've seen in the series' analyses. Some words from Charlotte Hale's death note have been rearranged - that is, Cholores watched a recording several times and it sounds slightly different.
Why does everyone claim she is a schizophrenic when it is perfectly obvious that the woman suffers from some form of Alzheimer's?
The individual code used by Rehoboam and Solomon, everyone has one. But, strangely and inexplicably (and also, unexplained), Caleb and William have the same identification number.
When Maeve first meets Sato/Musashi (Dolores), she enters his factory, which is otherwise off limits to everyone. After she is killed, her body is left lifeless on the ground and in the next episode we find out that Serac somehow acquired her pearl (apparently without being noticed by Sato) and she is in his simulation yet again.
Serac's Holographic Message
Serac leaves a message for his brother in English, but during the season there was an episode dedicated entirely to Serac and he spoke French all the while. Why would he address his own brother, who is of course also French, in English? To make it easier for viewers, he wouldn't be speaking French in the other episode. Or is it more about Caleb's convenience, which is a cheap number, apt for a cheap show.
The strangest thing is that all these mistakes could have been corrected. Here's how - in the beginning, Liam, Dolores and some other characters comment that Rehoboam creates simulations of reality and based on their development chooses a strategy for action.
In no other review have I commented so much on theories and fan reactions, but in this case it was necessary. Fans (well, at least some) managed to come up with a much better plot based off of the the first episodes than what the series' creators had conjured up. In fact, the Mirror World hypothesis (simulation) is so solid that I had wondered if that wasn't the original plan, but at one point Nolan may have considered this too complicated for his "dumb" audience (I guess he perceives us that way, that's the reason for the quotes) and so he simplified the plot in order to obtain a semblance of standard linear action with fantastic elements?
The plot holes (or mistakes, or whatever they are) are the most significant and absurd omission of the season, but after I mentioned the problem with William, and the indiscriminate theft of other plotlines, I want to spare one or two sentences to another flaw, which so far I have only hinted at. That is, of course, the twists.
What's worse is that judging by the banal last scenes, I don't expect to see anything better next season.