The sixth episode of Westworld’s first season is titled The Advesary and it’s easy to see why what with Maeve (Thandie Newton) continuing her outright dominance on the show, Teddy (James Marsden) finally unleashing a bit of whoopass, and let’s not forget the overcast that both Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and the yet unseen (for all we know) Arnold have implemented since day one.
The self-playing piano within the bar brought a Radiohead song to the mix, switching it up with a more contemporary genre as Maeve and Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) watch a newcomer walk into the saloon. Maeve calls dibs – so to speak – bringing him upstairs and baiting the man into choking her to death. She awakens to see Felix (Leonardo Nam), who reacts as if he were the audience, “Oh, shit.”
Side note: I was listening to NPR yesterday, where they were interviewing showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy when the interviewer asked about the self-playing piano. Nolan had said, and I’m paraphrasing, that the self-playing piano was something that they couldn’t resist bringing to the show because it was kind of a wink and a nod to the first robot, and one from the old west. So that’s a neat bit of reasoning if obvious after thinking about it.
The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Teddy conveniently pounce on two men – one an infantryman and the other a higher ranking officer – making it easier to traverse through the legion of soldiers blocking their path. One of the soldiers recognizes Teddy, where he decides to charge against the Man in Black’s orders, inciting a gunfight for which they are outmanned, that is until Teddy climbs a post holding a turret where he unleashes nothing but a quick death to all attempting to stop them. This teaches us two things: one is that Teddy may be just as bad as Wyatt after Ford’s new narative and the other shows that the Man in Black can still be surprised by the park. His face as Teddy blew away the rest of the soldiers was definitely worth a laugh.
Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen), of whom I’ve yet to mention in any previous reviews or recaps for reasons signifying how bored I was with her story arc, is finally interesting when Elsie (Shannon Woodward) interrupts Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) possible coup with Theresa to explain that she may be the one who’s stealing information for another corporation – along with Arnold, I guess? That’s not too clear, but nothing with Arnold is even as he becomes more prevalent – if not physically – fucking with Ford’s creepy rendition of his childhood family, telling, it seems, the young version of himself to kill his dog so that it cannot kill anymore rabbits. Daddy issues abound this season, amping up even farther this episode with multiple references to fatherhood and the inability to be good in that regard. Does anyone in television ever have any issues with their mothers?
Again, Maeve is quickly becoming the standout character of the show. Her fastening adaptation to the events that Felix has reluctantly lead her to has caused the tail end of her arc to be my most anticipated. I just know that since the show runners held back on anything related to Dolores, William, Logan, or Lawrence that we may have to wait until an episode past the next before we learn any more. I hope not.
It’s about to go down with whatever the dumbass writer – Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) – has gotten itself into, pissing over the corporations very expensive looking map as Charlotte (Tessa Thompson), a woman that he had drunkenly hit on atop the roof as she sipped on water, is introduced as from “the board.”
Looks like the show is finally allowing us to be enjoyingly taken along for the ride, tallying up on our half-season investment. Every now and then I love this show, but more often than not I find myself wanting more. Wading through the first bit of the show’s expository dialogue was an unfortunate but necessary task, I assumed, so that we could escalate things into the story that the show runners wanted to tell. It seems as though, with all their gargantuan philosophical ideas, that the showrunners knew what they wanted to say, but weren’t ready to stretch it out into a ten episode format. Maybe this should have been a movie like the original. Only time will tell. Next Sunday, it’s on.
Bonus: Check out this video by HaxDogma exploring what “the maze” might really be. Enjoy!