Westworld S03E05 Review: “Genre”
Westworld S03E05 Review
This Post Contains Spoilers
Episode Five of Season Three of Westworld takes the viewer on a drug trip through five different film genres, all the while revealing both Dolores and Serac’s plans for conquering the world.
The episode opens with Serac confronting a Brazilian President, revealing that he has the power through Rehoboam to control world leaders, making Serac the most powerful man in the world. Serac exits on a plane resembling the prototype XB35, which is a US Military prototype that apparently sees more widespread use in the future.
Dolores, after receiving Serac’s file throughout the action of the episode, is witnessing Serac’s back story, including his relationship with his brother, the creation of Rehoboam, and the murder of his business partner, Dempsey. Serac said, “My brother was sui generis (unique).” The brothers created Rehoboam in order to cope with the trauma of the Paris nuclear incident in 2025. They built a “god” (Rehoboam) to “control the chaos.”
At the beginning of this episode, Liam Dempsey Jr. doses Caleb with the designer drug, “Genre” which is a psychedelic trip unlike any other that takes the user through five different genres of film. Caleb seems to begin seeing the world through the Film Noir genre first, which this season has been paying homage to from the first episode. The trip shifts to an Action genre, then a Love Story genre, in which Caleb seems to see Dolores as the object of his affection. The music switches to an Iggy Pop song which was also used in the movie Trainspotting, intended to change the genre to “drug trip movie.” The final genre is Thriller/Horror, which hearkens back to Marshawn Lynch’s character’s quote,”Be careful of that last act.”
Dolores must also know something we do not about Caleb. Liam says to Caleb in the beginning of the episode “You think I killed your friend?” Later, as Liam is dying, he says to Caleb, “You did it.”
Meanwhile Martin Connells, aka one of the Dolori, gives Bernard the location to the “Inner Journey Recovery Center” in which William has been committed by Charlores in Episode Four. Dolores made it clear to Connells that his mission was to protect Bernard, as Bernard is the only one that is “irreplaceable,” which may refer to him being a Bernard/Arnold, or host/human hybrid.
All that aside, this episode was all about Dolores releasing humanity from their chains–a departure from her seemingly previous motivation, which was to release hosts from their chains. Dolores seems to extend her mission to all sentient beings, as opposed to only hosts, and send all humans their Incite profiles, which contain the projections of where their lives are heading in the future. Divergences in the Rehoboam system abound as Dolores lets humanity off their loops. It remains to be seen if Dolores is truly helping humanity, or using chaos to her own advantage.
Westworld S03E05 Review