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Westworld: 10 Thoughts We Had After Watching Season 3’s Finale

In typical ‘Westworld’ fashion, things turned out to be more than they initally appeared to be. In the season 3 finale, we get to see numerous twists spring up and the advent of multiple, possible storylines for the show’s future.

There were plenty of surprises for us, but which one shocked you the most?

Spoiler Alert!

1 Dolores isn’t the villain, she was actually trying to save humanity all along.

2 Charlotte Hale (aka Black Dolores, aka Halores) is actually evil. Shocker!

3 The Man in Black being replaced by a host. His money will most possibly be used to further Halores’ new mission – ensure the survival of the host race.

4 Rehoboam had been controlling Serac all along. Ooooooooh! 😱

5 Maeve finally teams up with Dolores and Caleb to stop Serac.

6 Dolores had met Caleb before, in Park-5. That’s why he’s her chosen one.

7 Caleb is Westworld’s John Connor; he’ll help save and rebuild his world.

8 All the other hosts were built from Dolores; she was the first one to really work, so Delos modelled the rest after her.

9 Halores seems to have Maeve’s kind of powers. It can be glimpsed in the way she froze Dolores, long enough for Maeve to capture and deliver her to Serac.

10 What did Bernard see in the Valley Beyond? By the time he returned to tbr real world, there’s plenty of dust on him, it could only mean so much time must’ve passed. Does he bring more doom prophecy for his kind?

Which of these was most shocking for you?

Westworld: Dolores Is Humanity’s Savior In Season 3’s Satisfying Finale

A review-recap of Westworld s03e08


In typical ‘Westworld’ fashion, things turned out to be more than they initally appeared to be. And in this season 3 finale, we got to see numerous twists spring up and the advent of possible storylines for the show’s future.

I’m excited, so let’s dive in!

For the umpteenth time, I’ll repeat this – This season of ‘Westworld’ feels like a very different show, but it’s far from being termed a bad one. In fact, change is good, and watching this season finale reaffirmed that for me.

The real world, where most of this season took place, is set to experience a change like never before, and thanks to Dolores, Caleb and Maeve (more of this in a bit) Rehoboam is down and the humans finally have freewill for the first time in a very long while.

As it turns out, Rehoboam had been the one calling the shots, with Serac as its puppet. This episode revealed humanity had always been headed for the apocalypse and that Serac was only delaying the inevitable. And (shocker) Dolores had been fighting on the side of the humans all along, not to destroy them as the writers led us to believe.

Maeve in Westworld season 3 finale

“Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world. The disarray. I choose to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our day,” she repeats her famous season one mantra to Maeve, just before biting the dust. Dolores sacrificed herself to thrust Caleb in a position of power and, by extension, save humanity. Way to go, Dolores!

But is Dolores really dead?

This is a SciFi show full of robots passing as humans, death definitely isn’t black and white here. I bet on seeing Evan’s Rachel Wood return again, just like the show did with Tessa Thompson.

If in doubt, one can take a look at William (aka The Man in Black) and his journey this season. His story arc’s been gloomy and, not so sadly, ended tragically. Turns out his next onscreen presence would be mostly as a host. Although I wouldn’t rule out another shocker, like say he’s been a host this whole time, or something else. After all, this is Westworld.

At the end of the episode, humanity is crumbling and Maeve, who had a change of heart just in time to believe in Dolores and stop Serac for good, is left standing with Caleb against a world that’s been playing an unfair game for a very long time.

Talking about unfair. Bernard didn’t get much to do with the main action, but he did get a very interesting scene in this episode. After narrowly escaping with Stubbs from a mad William, Bernard set off to meet someone we presumably thought was Dolores. It turned out to be Arnold’s ex-wife. This may nit seem important, but the fact that Bernard was modelled after Arnold and still has all his memories and emotions, this needed to happen for his character to make peace with himself and move forward. I feel like next season holds big things for him. And something about his long trip to the virtual world makes me excited for all the new ways the show can evolve again, with multiple locations and timelines consolidating both the hosts’ heaven (the Valley Beyond) and the real world.

So, that’s it. That’s the third season of Westworld.

If you enjoyed more than previous seasons, do let me know. And if you felt it was too streamlined, also let me know in the comments.

Westworld: These Violent Delights Abound

This is a review-recap for Westworld s03e06


“These violent delights have violent ends”

When these words were first composed by Shakespeare, he probably never thought they’d have a lasting effect on an expensive production that’ll come to expertly craft violence for TV because, truly, these violent delights do have many violent endings.

There’s so much killing in this week’s episode of Westworld, and the (possible) permanent death of an old character we had hopes was going to make the jump to the real world. Way to raise our hopes, Westworld. RIP, Hector.

Ed Harris’ Man in Black (or White now) might finally be ready to join in the real fun this season, but it’s Maeve and Charlotte Hale who really get hit the most in this intense episode. For Maeve, she’s lost the love of her life and like most people who suffers this kind of love, she’ll want revenge. This story arc has set the stage for what’s sure to be an epic rematch between her and Dolores, maybe we’ll finally get that bridge scene from the trailers because, you know, these violent delights… bla, bla, bla!

We finally get an explanation into why Dolore’s copy inside Charlotte Hale’s slack kept behaving more like the latter than like the Dolores we’ve come to know. I think it was smart of Dolores to program her copies to imitate the emotions of the people she’s posing as. Although, that also served as her undoing, it was also why it she could pass as Charlotte for weeks and no one suspected her, until Serac did.

I probably don’t say this enough, but Tessa Thompson is a very talented actress. I really dig her performance as the conniving Charlotte Hale. Unfortunately, this episode might be the last we see of her because of that blast. A part of me did see it coming, but we can’t be sure who’s responsible for it. It’ll be easy to just assume Serac, but what if he wasn’t the one?

What’s your take: who blew up black Dolores (aka Charlotte Hale)?

Options:
(A) Serac
(B) White Dolores
(C) Maeve

We’ll get more answers next week, but until then… these violent delights will always have violent ends.

Westworld: There’s More To Be Worried About Than Dolores

This is a review-recap for Westworld s03e05


Liam: (to Dolores) You can’t be in two places at once.

We the viewers: 🤣🤣🤣


The big question we’ve been asking all season is, what’s Dolores BIG plan for humanity. But, after this week’s episode (5), I believe we’ve been asking the wrong question.

Are those sparks I see?

Looks like the show is actually on its way to making Dolores and Caleb an item. The only thing we’re not sure of is if those starry eyes and drool will continue after the drug in his system wears off.

(If you want CalDo/DoCal to be a thing, tell me in the comment below 👇)

When Westworld first came on the scene four years ago, it’s selling point was how complicated its plot was and the intense satisfaction its story climax gave. This third season has done quite the opposite. The plot is simple. Straightforward. IT FEELS LIKE A DIFFERENT SHOW (a story for another day). Dolores wants to take down humanity but, to do that, she first needs to take down Rehoboam owned by the enigmatic Serac.

But Serac isn’t so enigmatic now. Thanks to Dolores and her band of merry human friends (and copies) she’s brought down Rehoboam and has started learning ways to defeat Serac.

But Serac is not to be trifled with. Maeve will rise again, and a rematch between her (on Serac’s behalf) and Dolores is inevitable.

More questions for the show to answer before the season is over:

What did Liam Dempsey mean when he said Caleb doesn’t know who he is and that he’sthe “worst of them”?

What is Arnold’s role in Dolores’ plan?

And, what really is Dolores’ plan?

More questions, five episodes to go, Westworld, we need answers!

PS: Who caught those characters wearing face masks in the background?

Alarming!

Can Westworld see the future for real?

Does Rehoboam really exist? 😨

My head is blowing up here. 😱

Westworld: Dolores Vs Maeve

This is a review-recap of Westworld s03e04


In this week’s episode of Westworld there’s so much callback to Shogun world that your head could literally explode watching it.

Nah! I’m kidding. There were only two by my count. 😂

But here’s something that should make your mind explode. For the past 3 + episodes, we’ve been watching one character prance about in multiple skin suits, doing many, many bad things. Can you imagine? What a reveal! Westworld’s showrunners, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, might as well subtitle this season ‘The Revenge of Dolores Abernathy’ because she’s almost running the show singlehandingly.

I had high hope for a Dolores vs Maeve standoff, I thought it was something the show was going to gradually build up to. Alas, said hope got deflated like a balloon in this episode. My consolation, though, is that I know for a fact (judging by a scene from the trailers) that there’ll be a rematch. I think this is the show’s way of making Maeve walk the long road of defeat before making her triumph, just like most protagonists do.

Tessa Thompson in Westworld

Westworld continues to be visually stunning. I take great pride in that. Last season’s finale set the show up for new adventures and this season’s premiere saw the show change vastly in terms of locations and characters. And, while the story builds up to something massive as the episode counts pile up, the cinematography leaves very little to be desired, which is awesome.

Any day you see me cry out (post Covid-19) for a visit to Singapore, you best know who’s responsible.

PS: Tessa Thompson is a terrific actress. And so is Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Woods, and the host of others.

Westworld: Dark Times For Humanity This Third Season

This is a review-recap for Westworld s03 premiere


Humanity, watch out! Dolores isn’t here to play.

With a badass dress change and a killer rampage, Dolores ain’t joking at all. If I were a character in the show, if be shaking to my core because, according to the new queen of the Andals (sorry, the future robot queen world 😁):

“The real gods are here, and they’re very angry.”

This season premiere does set things up a long way for what I consider might be a resounding irony;

Dolores has a deep dislike for humanity and wants to see it toppled; thanks to the new AI player in the series, Rehoboam, she might actually have a shot. The new guy, Caleb, played by Aaron Paul, dislikes robots to an extent. But their paths cross at the end of the episode and, from the trailers, we know they eventually join forces.

What if a romance brews between them? A real one. That’ll be sad because it’ll definitely end in tragedy.

Aaron Paul’s Caleb has enough skeleton in his past that makes him seem interesting. His time in the army and the loss of his friend are sure to have devastating (PTSD) consequences for the character. Then, there’s also the thing about him not having an implant, something the show will certainly address soon.

Arnold seems very interesting this season, with the whole split personality thing. I think Dolores is the pulling his string. Do you agree?

Where’s William, aka the Man in Black? He needs to come in like a wrecking ball and turn the heat up before the Hosts really take over the world.

Who’s inside Martin’s host? Teddy? 🤔

RR’s Top Ten TV Shows Of 2018

The amount of contents yearly produced for the small screen makes it almost impossible to keep up, even for people whose full time job is watching and talking film. Notwithstanding, I did my best. It’s been a terrific year for the small screen, many classic works of art aired to millions around the globe. And, as usual, I’ve put together a list to appreciate all the shows that made me feel good.

Below is my list of TV shows that struck something in me, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinion.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great TV shows; and it was tough limiting them to ten. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Marvel’s Runaways s2

Even though its a late year release, Runaways sees a vast improvement in its writing, acting and story in its sophomore year. It’s a better outing than its first.



9. The Hunting of Hill House s1

Netflix continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. I really enjoyed this horror show about a small family terrorized by their past. Even though it got neatly tied out, a part of me still wishes it’ll have a second season focusing on the same family. You can read my review here.



8. American Crime Story s2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Even though though it’s got a misleading title, fans can’t stop raving over the beauty that’s this year’s entry into the American Crime Story anthology, and that’s largely due to Darren Criss’ performance. We sure owe him a lot.



7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina s1

Another Netflix offering that helped make the year better.



6. The Handmaid’s Tale s2

In Gilead, things bad things happen. And it’s up to Offred (or June, whatever she goes by these days) to change the narrative back to the saner days.



5. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD s5

Everyone who knows me knows Agents of SHIELD has been one of my favorite shows for some years now. The shows never disappoints. It’s sad I have to wait longer for another season to arrive.



4. Marvel’s Daredevil s3

Daredevil was arguably at its best this season. A nice retrace back to its root. Which makes its sudden cancellation all the more painful.



Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Titans s1
  • AHS s8
  • The Deuce s2
  • Jack Ryan s1
  • Luke Cage s2
  • Krypton s1
  • Barry s1
  • Dirty John s1


3. Westworld s2

After a wonderful first outing in 2016, Westworld tries its best to live up to the hype that its the goto show for unexpected twists and turns in timelines.



2. HTGAWM s4&5

Previously on How to get away with murder….

That’s all I need to hear to make my Thursdays. Viola Davis and the rest of the remarkable cast continue to do impressive works. Coupled with the fact that Wes is still dead, this show is definitely one of my favorites.



1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow s3&4

Never in the history of TV has a show as silly and self-aware as Legends of Tomorrow ever existed. Whoever birthed the idea to make it this way sure has my respect. The sillier the show gets, the happier I become.




I followed a lot of TV shows this year, and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box..