Episode Title: Trompe L’Oleil
Director: Stephen Williams
Writers: based on a story by Michael Crichton, (created by) Johnathan Nolan, Lisa Joy Nolan, written by Charles Yu
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Simon Quarterman, Louis Herthum, and more
Run Time: 60 minutes
The seventh episode marks the twilight of season one, and Trompe L’oleil ends with a big revelation that confirmed one of my suspicions about the show.
The seventh episode of season one was an eventful one with a lot of things coming to a point where I suspect the series will be giving up some of its secrets only to replace them with more of the same as we near the season one finale.
It offered up what became of Delores (Evan Rachel Wood) and William (Jimmi Simpson) after their narrow escape boarding the train out of Pariah loaded with the loaded corpses full of nitro. It had a few surprises regarding some of its interwoven plot lines, and offered up the blend of action, adventure, mysteries, and sudden violence it has established as its recipe for entertainment.
There was no sign of the Man in Black (Ed Harris) or his traveling companion Teddy (James Marsden) this time around, instead, this episode spent a lot its time behind the scenes and the drama that unfolded there.
This is an excellent episode, It ended on a note that included a pretty big surprise and revelation about one of the show’s main characters. I had suspected something like this would be forthcoming eventually, but I had no idea who it would be. As we get ever closer to the season finale it would not surprise me if the show’s creators drop a couple of more bombs of this sort to hook us into wanting to see season two. Nothing like a couple of omg moments to whet your audience’s appetite for more.
Here’s a recap. (*warning, spoilers follow*)
The episode begins with Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) who is dreaming about his son and how sick he was. Soon after we see him behind the scenes, interviewing the host, Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro).
Lowe seems to be trying to find out if Hector has had any thoughts beyond his programming and even shows him images of the outside world to see how he will react. hector is functioning normally and the images he sees are meaningless to him The question of Elsie’s whereabouts is raised by a technician, bu there is no other mention of her fate after her experience in the dark basement room in the last episode.
Meanwhile, outside in the park, we rejoin Delores, William, Alonzo (Clifton Collins Jr.) and his men aboard the train they escaped Pariah on. This raises the question about how many trains are there in Westworld, because from a distance it looks like the same train that guests transition to when they arrive in Sweetwater.
Things are going along smoothly and Delores and William are getting better acquainted, very well acquainted if you know what i mean, and it looks as if they are both smitten with love for the other. After, while he’s sleeping it off, she makes a drawing of a place she’s never actually seen, and whether its some kind of intuition or data that she been exposed to, is not revealed yet.
Later, when she sees a lot of poles stuck in the ground topped with human skulls from the window. They are informed by Alonzo they have just entered Ghost Nation territory and the heads on poles is what happens to you if you are not invited. he begins closing some steel shutters that are part of the train.
Soon after they arrive at a point where pile of rocks have been put on the tracks that prevent them from going any further, and a small army of men arrive including away with a Gattling gun which opens fire on the train. The passengers send outa man on a horse with a white flag to surrender. Except the man is one of the corpses filled with nitro, and when it gets close their attackers, Alonzo shoots it and it explodes injuring some of the men.
Delores, William, and the others make a break for it in an attempt to escape and the survivors of the explosion give chase. Once again Delores proves she is no delicate flower, shooting several of their pursuers while they ride away, but neglects to notice a low tree branch in her path that knocks her off her horse leaving hera t the mercy of the men chasing tham, but William comes back and rescues her and together with Alonzo they escape.
They come to point near a cliff and she asks to stop so she can get better look , and sure enough its the place she drew earlier that she had never seen before. They part company with Alonzo who tells them if they cross the river they will be in unclaimed territtory and no one who has gone there has ever returned, but they are going anyway.
Back in Sweetwater we join Maeve (Thandie Newton) post her awakening and encounter wit he techs, she has had her mental upgrades and is now fully aware of how the place works and is fully self aware> Shenters the Mariposa and without thinking goes into her script in a conversation with her fellow prostitute
Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan)
*To be continued – sorry due to circumstances beyond my control I am going to have finish this later.*