Comic relief only works if the character behaves as if she could plausibly exist in the world of the story. Whatever future “Westworld” takes place in appears to be one in which all humans save Elsie are incapable of smarm, yet all humans are weirdly tolerant of Elsie’s smarm.
• Related to the above: Did the discovery that someone outside the park is stealing data via weird laser implants in the hosts underwhelm anyone else?
One is that, as many fans have theorized, “Westworld” is a story being told on multiple timelines separated by long spans, but differentiated by no storytelling cues.
The other is that multiple hosts share the same face.
Dolores also upped her hallucination game and delivered one of the episode’s best lines: “You said that people come here to change the story of their lives.
I imagined a story where I didn’t have to be the damsel.” • Wood also promised that Dolores would finally get a change of clothes this week, and the show treated it with a seriousness that felt over-the-top funny and also appropriate. It was cool to see a new, potentially important character emerge in the form of Felix, particularly because he provides us with a thus-far unseen serf’s-eye view of the bowels of the park.
Without knowing anything about the world beyond Westworld, this feels low-stakes.
• Wood said that Dolores and William would make their romance official this week, and they certainly did.The latter appears shot to hell toward the episode’s end when, after a falling out with Logan and some gunplay with the local bad guys, William and Dolores hop a train and find El Lazo on board.A détente is negotiated and El Lazo declares, “Now that we’re all friends, you can call me Lawrence.” Is it possible that there are two or more versions of Lawrence running around in the park at the same time? “Westworld” has worked hard, after all, to make us understand that anything is possible within the confines of the show and the park.(More in a moment.) Regardless, we get some key info here.Ford interrogates Dolores about when her last conversation with Arnold occurred.Also to have Ford tell a story that is a little bit like the plot of “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.” Between Santa’s Little Helper and Ford’s dog, it’s been a big half-century for fictional TV greyhounds. this week, as “the Vegas of Westworld.” It clears that bar by a mile.