Action, intrigue and arcane time jumps abound Western world“The Loss of a Generation”, an episode mainly focused on Caleb and his importance to Dolores-Hale. This week we will have more Christina (and Teddy!) Maeve, Caleb, Bernard… Almost all the main characters except Christina.
When we left them last week, Caleb and Maeve fell right into Dolores Hale’s trap. William fought and defeated Maeve while Caleb came face to face with a replica of his daughter Frankie. Now he is in a kind of fly-like stupor.
The scene breaks away from the drama at Delos’ new theme park and cuts to Maeve and Caleb in a different setting, with a different mission. They storm the beach complex and set the building up to explode, taking Serac Rehoboam’s last supercomputer with them. As they leave, Caleb is shot in a brief shootout. Maeve drags him to the nearest beach and tries to stop the bleeding, but Caleb’s condition doesn’t seem to stabilize…
But before we can get any clarity, the hazy Dolores Hale slowly comes into focus. We’re back with Caleb’s post-flight attack. Dolores-Hale tells him that she plans to use these parasites to infect and control all members of his species. Nearby, Maeve realizes that this William is the owner. She fights him again, this time winning by hacking into the park’s computer system and causing a piercing sound that incapacitates her enemy. Taking advantage of the breakdown, Caleb holds a shard of broken glass to Dolores-Hale’s throat and demands to know how to get the flies out of it. Dolores-Hale refuses to tell him. Later, when he tries to escape the park with Dolores-Hale in tow, Caleb and Maeve get caught in a shootout between the hosts. The influence of the flies captures Caleb, he grabs the abandoned gun and aims at Maeve, but the owner stabs him before he can pull the trigger.
The story then returns to Christina. Her roommate Maya wakes her up and tells her about a strange dream in which a cloud of flies ruined her family picnic. She remembers how the flies took over her mother, then her father, and finally her. As they exit Christina’s room, we’re left with her last painting: the mysterious tower we’ve glimpsed throughout the season. There’s definitely more to come on that front.
Back in the desert, Bernard, Ashley and their new “allies” begin searching for the weapons Bernard mentioned. There is an argument within the group about whether Bernard and Ashley are trustworthy, which leads to them splitting up. Bernard leads them to where the weapon is supposed to be.
While out of the house, Cristina and Maya meet up with Teddy, who says what he always said when handing Dolores’ things: “Pay no attention to me. Just trying to look like a knight. Teddy and Cristina talk, each sharing facts about their lives before the latter asks if they know each other.
Still injured, Caleb struggles to remain conscious. Flashbacks to the earlier beach scene reveal two things: that Caleb didn’t die and that Maeve stayed with him for several weeks while he recovered. In the end, she left because she saw that he could have a life, that he would have something to fight for if she left. She explains that she went offline to keep him safe, hence her seclusion in the woods in the first episode.
That night, William’s master, whom Maeve fought earlier, catches up to them. Maeve agrees to fight him off so that Caleb can contact his friends and get them out of the park. It is at this point that the flies decide to take over, and soon Caleb hears only a ringing in his ears and a faint monologue from a self-satisfied Dolores-Hale. She really likes to remind people how strong her mind control is.
Dolores-Hale orders Caleb to shoot Maeve, but Caleb overcomes her influence and shoots William instead. Furious and surprised, Dolores-Hale asks how he could disobey her. But before Caleb can respond, an injured William rips a hole through Maeve’s chest and gloats over having killed her again. Maeve remotely activates several explosives and appears to kill herself and William. Forgive us if we are not sure dead the dead; she will be back.
Caleb briefly loses consciousness and dreams that his men are saving him. When Caleb wakes up, Dolores-Hale throws a scoop: Caleb is a copy of the owner (#278).
In the desert, Bernard is talking to the woman who picked him up in the last episode. She reveals that she doesn’t want to find the weapon; she wants to find her father’s body. Those who called it can give themselves a pat on the back: the woman (referred to as “C”) is indeed a grown-up Frankie. Bernard digs and finds the promised weapon – Maeve, long buried in the desert after a confrontation with William.
The setting changes and Caleb finds himself in an elegant building talking to Dolores-Hale. He runs outside, catches a glimpse of that tower we’ve been hearing so much about, and sees everyone around him freeze as if he’s been ordered to do so. Dolores-Hale ends the episode with a chilling line: “Welcome to my world.”
What do you think of Episode 4 and how Season 4 is shaping up?
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