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Season Four, Episode 4, “Generation Loss”

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Ed Harris in Westworld Season 4

Ed Harris in Western world season 4
A photo: John Johnson/HBO

So far, I’ve tempted fate during each of these reviews, noting how linear and straightforward this season seems to be.. But we always knew it would be a mirage; enough characters were in their own bubbles (spatially and temporally) so it was only a matter of, yes, time, before Western world went full Western world and felt the need to fiddle with everything we thought we knew about his timing. You should have seen my face when Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) told Caleb (Aaron Paul) that he shouldn’t ask where he is. but when he was. I mean, I knew this moment would come. As in past seasons, events that we thought were happening at the same time actually happened several years apart. Familiar faces must now come to terms with who and what they have become. (Oh yes, my face? It was somewhere between a smug “I knew it!” and an exasperated sigh.)

But let’s not get too far ahead. Especially since Generation Loss begins with a flashback to the final moments between Maeve (Tandiveh Newton) and Caleb before they were reunited many years later during that covert attack we saw in the first episode that ended with Caleb being close to a fatal wound in the stomach. . You know, something like Maeve and Caleb’s attack just started in the park that ended with (surprise!) Caleb being stabbed in the stomach. Western world pretty much this show is about storytelling loops, but rarely has it been so openly open about this structure. Like it or not, these two are reliving their previous team. and discovering that this time they may well not come out on top. (And that’s before we add that their stories are clearly based on devotion to their daughters; Western world wants us to see them as complementary characters who mirror each other in an overtly melancholy way.)

But can they really get stuck in a loop where they win just like they did years ago? After all, then they were against the people. Now they are fighting hosts, and not just any hosts. William (Ed Harris) and Charlotte continue to prove themselves to be even meaner than anyone else we’ve yet to meet; their cruelty is cowardly and merciless.

“No one knows this game better than me,” Maeve tells herself, but soon realizes that she may well be out of her element, even if she manages to stop William, take Charlotte hostage and deliver the injured Caleb to the demolition site, where she hopes that she can finally finish what she started so many years ago.

Oh, but not before we get a rather sentimental montage in which Maeve reminisces about how close contact with Caleb’s mortality really affected her – it’s what prompted her to leave him alone so he could get the freedom that they fought together. Newton can sell me any off-screen monologues, but I admit she nearly lost me for this more sentimental take on Maeve. But that’s probably because I like her game better when she’s in full mode without capturing. For example, faced with the inevitability of her own death, she straps herself onto William and buries them after the explosion she causes herself. She is nothing if not the perfect martyr.

Aurora Perrino in Westworld Season 4

Aurora Perrineau Western world season 4
A photo: John Johnson/HBO

This brings us to a twist, an expected yet shocking twist nonetheless (actually, if we have to talk about that shot that made me gasp out loud, we’ll be here for hours as I describe the pain of watching William shoots Maeve as she stares into the camera in bliss after seeing Caleb fend off Charlotte’s orders.) By the time Charlotte informs us—and Caleb—that he actually died in that place of demolition. Now he’s living in that very moment to set the stage for his narrative and personality (Echoes of Seasons 1 and 2!) / You’re forgiven for being as disoriented as Caleb, because then what does this revelation mean for everyone else?

First, it means that Franky grew up in this timeline. It turns out that she is there with Bernard, looking for a weapon, which turned out to be Maeve herself. It also means that Charlotte has managed to spread her “disease” among the willing park members, and now she controls the entire world with a swipe of her finger. “Welcome to my worldnever sounded like an ominous closing line to an episode.

Random observations

  • I’m glad we probably won’t do an entire series without Maeve on our screens because, can you imagine? i enjoy everything ensemble lotbut you have to admit that you don’t Western world without Maeve.
  • No matter how hard Thompson tries, a line like “Welcome to the super-spreading event of the century” will always to be like a jaunty blow to our timeline. (See also: The moment William introduced the last park in the previous episode as well as refers to a pandemic that has devastated the human population in the 21st century). I appreciate the show trying not will remove COVID and its many metaphors, but it still feels like it’s too soon.
  • I shouldn’t attribute our Teddy and Dolores reunion to just a random observation but their adorable date (including a reference to their looped cute encounter, this time with lipstick) was cute departure from the big story. It was nice to see Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden together again, all the while stating what remains the show’s most compelling philosophical question about what’s real (hint: the stories we tell ourselves).
  • At this point, we should be wondering not where Christina is, but whether when she is. In fact, if we didn’t get Maya’s name, I would assume that she is Caleb’s daughter, Frankie.
  • Speaking of Christina and Maya (Ariana DeBose), they are clearly stuck in a loop too., Correctly? How else to explain the rigid structure of their days? But also: Marsden’s new beau is the way out of this or an anchor to keep Christina further stuck in whatever simulation of reality she finds herself in, the one that haunts her with views of the infamous tower we caught a glimpse of in the last moments of the episode.
  • Just like using New York’s High Line to spice up Christina’s near-dystopian urban environment, how great it is to find the Vessel (those stairs to nowhere at Hudson Yards) plays the backdrop to the crushing realization that Caleb is now at peace. who rules over impudent masters who see people as nothing more than fodder for their own reality? Kiss the chef.

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