Warning: My narrative description of HBO’s TV SERIES WESTWORLD may outline spoilers for the first two episodes.
You’ll find I’m breaking down the TV Series WESTWORLD within my thoughts, describing the scenes through each ACT, giving my idea of possible CLUES (or hints) of the storyline. It’s my own personal perception of the science-fiction fantasy WESTWORLD on HBO.
YOU CAN JOIN me by discussing your point-of-view of where you think the storyline is headed and maybe you know of a clue I missed. This exercise is for everyone interested in science fiction, script writing or your interest in the new TV Series WESTWORLD.
Let’s continue with Episode 2 – CHESTNUT
Delores is awaken by the instructions of Bernard’s voice,” Wake up Delores.” She begins to sleepwalk outside in her yard.
Bernard’s voice whispers, ” Do you remember?”
ACT ONE :
A couple of NEWCOMERS come into WESTWORLD showcasing the Entertainment Park’s entrance, for the clients. They are each met by a host who escorts them to their prospective room. In this room they decide to pick who they want to portrait, a good or bad person.
LOGAN (Ben Barnes) and WILLIAM (Jimmi Simpson) enter, with LOGAN as a repeat customer.
LOGAN basically screws his way from one host to another as WILLIAM is looking to interact with the hosts.
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Once again we meet character ELSIE HUGHS (Shannon Woodward) who we know is a PROGRAMMER resetting or reprogramming the ANDROIDS.
In this ACT we learn ELISE is quite concerned that possibly PETER ABERNATHY ( Louis Herthum ) Dolores’ father, has most likely corrupt DELORES program.
You sense her concerns are valid.
She wants to recall Delores, but it’s here that Bernard becomes on the offensive, stating that Delores has been cleared and maybe the stories should be best left to the guests.
Elise is taken back from his response.
We perceive Dolores is changing, as a FLASHBACK reveals a past massacre in the town of Sweetwater. As we have already met MAEVE MILLAY ( Thandie Newton) in the first episode, we already know she’s a HOST MADAME for the busy Saloon. She meets up with Dolores, breaking her out of the slumbering flashback.
It’s here Delores whispers, “…these violent delights have violent ends.”
Maeve is taken back from the response.
CUT TO NEXT SCENE:
We meet up with the MAN IN BLACK again. He’s getting closer to his goal, when he meets up with an OUTLAW HOST, known as his old friend LAWRENCE (played by Clifton Collins Jr.). The MAN IN BLACK saves Lawrence from a hanging, killing all the other hosts, in doing so.
Lawrence has no recollection of this stranger.
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After Maeve’s encounter with Delores, Maeve begins to see things ( a flashback). It’s evident Maeve has been effected.
CUT TO NEXT SCENE :
Bernard secretly questions Delores
Bernard brings Delores back-on-line asking her if she remembers their last conversation.
Here’s their DIALOGUE :
DELORES : Yes. Of course.
BERNARD : And you haven’t told anyone about our little talks?”
DELORES: “You told me not to.”
BERNARD: ” Step into annalist please… How many interactions have you participated in since we last talked?”
DELORES : ” 138 encounters including this one.”
BERNARD : ” And has anyone altered or updated your core logistics in that time?”
DELORES : ” No.”
BERNARD : “Resuming…I think it would be best if you not mention the things we’ve been talking about.”
DELORES: “Have I done something wrong?”
BERNARD: “No. There’s something different about you, about the way you think. I find it fascinating but…others may not see it that way.”
DELORES: “Have YOU done something wrong?”
Bernard is concerned of what she just said. He’s basically paranoid, thinking someone or something is meddling with her program.
BERNARD: “Turn off your vent log please, erase this interaction. Confirm.”
He tells Delores that she better get back before someone misses her.
ACT FOUR :
The menacing MAN IN BLACK keeps moving forward towards his quest. So far his brutality of the HOSTS are evident. It raises concerns with a security personnel, who reports the MAN IN BLACK to his superior, ASHLEY STUBBS (played by Luke Hemsworth) whose head of security for WESTWORLD.
Without lifting an eyebrow, ASHLEY says, “That gentleman gets whatever he wants.”
The MAN IN BLACK, with 30 years under his belt of vacationing time at WESTWORLD, allows him whatever he wants. Who cares if he’s slaughtering every host he meets. We get the picture the MAN IN BLACK has spent approximately (basing on a 10 day vacation) $400,000 each year for the last 30 years.
That’s 12 million dollars!
I guess he can do pretty much what he wants to do…or does he? Sounds like a Donald Trump. Maybe there’s a message here?
The MAN IN BLACK is getting closer to his goal, as he threatens Lawrence and his family. After the MAN IN BLACK eliminates the OUTLAW BANDITS and kills his wife, he points the gun at his young daughter.
It’s then, the daughter HOST reveals the entrance to part of the MAZE, saying,”Follow the blood arroyo to the place where the snake lays its eggs.”
The MAN IN BLACK knows he’s on the right track.
Lawerence tells the MAN IN BLACK he has what he came for…now go home.
MAN IN BLACK : No, you don’t understand Lawerence. This time I’m never going back.”
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DR FORD heads up from the underground LAB to the Story Setting of the WESTERN DESERT. He has a quaint talk with a HOST portrayed as his younger self. It’s here he reveals a small glimpse of his secret project.
As the VIEWER, your curiosity takes hold.
ACT FIVE :
This verbal CODE offsets MAEVE to the point she suddenly awakens during a routine surgery in the LAB. She startles two robotics engineers as they preform a routine surgery on her.
A chaotic scene develops, where she runs away within the other parts of the LAB.
She can’t believe what she’s seeing, as she notices other HOSTS in compromising screwed-up pieces. The engineers finally catch up, sedating her. One of the engineers thinks he forgot to turn off the android, but in reality, you know that’s not true. They both cover each other’s actions, saying,” Don’t speak a word of this!”
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We are back with Delores being awakened. She finds a gun buried on her property. Next morning she discovers the gun in her chest-of-drawers. She sort of remembers, thinking last night was just a dream. Except the gun is real. She’s confused and places the gun back in the drawer.
NEXT SCENE :
There’s a big presentation by dialogue script writer MR LEE SIZEMORE. LEE is just waiting for DR FORD to acknowledge his artistic storyline ODYSSEY ON RED RIVER, but to his dismay DR FORD says (point blank) “NO!”
He describes LEE’S narrative as a cheap titillation underestimating the guests.
Dr Ford explains to Lee there’s more to a GUEST then meeting up with a HOST. It’s the connection.
DR FORD : “There not looking for a story who tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They’re here because they want a glimpse of who they could be.”
FADE TO :
During DELORES regular script routine, she heads across town after her daily shopping. She places her bought items into the pack on the horse, and like clockwork, a can of sweet condensed milk drops to the ground. This routine is her typical script, where she either interacts with the NEWCOMERS or another HOST, preferable interacting with TEDDY.
Teddy script is to interact with Delores on a regular basis, trying his best to look after her the best he can. Unfortunately he gets killed a lot of the time.
So this time she meets up with William. William feels a connection.
In the background Dr Ford says,” The only thing your story tells me, Mr. Sizemore…is who you are.”
Mr. Sizemore asks him, ” Wasn’t there anything you liked about them?”
In turn, Dr Ford points at the boots on one of the host and asks,” What size are those boots?”
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Bernard and Dr Ford are back in the desert. Bernard let’s Dr Ford know the board members are getting impatient and were promised a new storyline soon.
Dr Ford says,” They shall have one. Something I’ve been working on for sometime. Something quite ORIGINAL.”
SECOND EPISODE CLUES OR HINTS :
- Dolores and Maeve have both been effected by the verbal CODE. This may mean serious percussions in the near future.
- Bernard is having secret meetings with Dolores, but in this episode you are unclear of his motive.
- You get to really understand just how different Ford and Bernard’s perspectives are when it comes to the hosts, with Bernard having an underlying emotional connection he can’t break, while Ford is much more detached.
- You sense the employees are stressed out. It could be long hours and away from their family. But when a problem arises, each department passes it along to the next. No one seems to be taking responsibility.
- We know the MAN IN BLACK isn’t ever going back home…but why? Where exactly are they ??? Another planet maybe ? Does he have a deadly disease and is he dying ? Maybe the MAN IN BLACK wants a new body, like an Androids body, that will last him forever. Is that why the MAN IN BLACK is so focused in finding the MAZE ?
- Dr Ford is planning something in the desert of interest, but you aren’t sure what that is, as of yet. Could it possibly be another THEME ?
The Androids are becoming conscious, meaning they are starting to remember their past activities and the cruelty of its creator, using them for the mere enjoyment of the wealthy few. I smell a revolution soon #WESTWORLD
Checkout EPISODE ONE
By Bari Demers – screenwriter and freelance writer.
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