Westworld S03E07 Review: “Passed Pawn”
Westworld S03E07 Review
Westworld S03E07 Review
Dolores vs. Maeve
Dolores and Maeve should not have beef with each other, and in fact their interactions previously have been limited to one per season. So why are they fighting? First of all, Dolores’s methods interfere with Maeve’s philosophy of allowing beings to choose their own fate, even if they choose to remain ignorant. In addition, Dolores feels Maeve’s philosophy about choice is hypocritical due to Maeve’s ability to control tech with her mind, which forces her will on other technological beings. Finally, Serac has left Maeve with little choice, as he has shown her if she does not cooperate, she will be forced. It is not altogether certain that “seeing her daughter again” is Maeve’s ultimate motivation. She is probably more concerned with protecting her daughter and the other hosts by keeping their location hidden than actually joining them there.
Maeve was able to stay out of the conflict in seasons one and two, focused on her own individual path. She only entered the fray out of coercion by Serac. Yet, since her path has left her “little choice” in her words, she draws first blood with Dolores, starting what Dolores actress Evan Rachel Wood calls “The Battle of the Century” between the two. Maeve is able to commandeer the drone sniper technology to cut off the arm of Dolores. Dolores then shuts down the electronic server, shutting them both down. However, we know from previews of the coming episode this fight has not ended and will resume in the next week.
Caleb’s Purpose Revealed
Recently, we’ve seen Dolores giving humans their data back, and their free will back, but Dolores being pro-human would be a “divergence,” so to speak, from what she’s been trying to do for two seasons. The Dolores we’ve seen in seasons past has been fighting for the hosts, not for the freedom of all sentient beings. So has Dolores changed, or does Dolores believe Caleb will lead humankind off a cliff?
Caleb begins this episode resuming his Film Noir-style narration telling us how he believes his story went. As the episode progresses, we discover he’s not the most reliable narrator. While he was deployed in Crimea in the Russian Civil War, he believed he and his friend Francis captured a leader of the insurgency after insurgents destroyed their squad. In fact, he and Francis were actually honorably discharged after their unit was destroyed and returned to America. They were then used by “the system” under the guise of the Rico app to track down “outliers” the system could not predict.
Caleb gets to meet the system in Sonora, Mexico–or at least its older brother Solomon, who preceded Rehoboam, and is voiced by Serac’s actual older brother, Jean Mi. Solomon, an “insane AI,” informs Caleb that his memory is flawed and that he was the subject of conditioning/brainwashing/reeducation meant to reprogram humans like hosts. Solomon refers to Caleb as Subject U454.1. The conditioning Caleb received has a one in ten efficacy rate. What does the system do to the other nine out of ten “outliers?” It puts them in cold storage–comatose, on ice.
Dolores tells Solomon, who refers to her as Delos product Block Six Alpha One, to give Caleb the plan with the outcome she desires before going to fight Maeve. Dolores tells Caleb “Take whatever it gives you and lead.” Bernard and Stubbs also discover that Dolores intends to use Caleb to lead the humans and they believe she will elevate Caleb to leadership because she believes Caleb will be the human that destroys humanity. Bernard says her methods have a kind of poetry to them.
Enemies Closing in On Dolores
As predicted, Charlores/Halores has turned against Dolores as a result of the destruction of Charlotte’s family in the previous episode. She enlists the help of some of our favorite side characters, Clementine and Hanaryo (Japanese Armistice) to destroy the Dolores that resides in Musashi. It is unclear as to whether Charlores, Clementine, and Hanaryo are working with Maeve. Whether or not they were before, viewers can most likely count on a reunion between them and Maeve in the next episode.
We also get to learn what William believes “being a good guy” means. He tells Bernard and “Can-Opener” Stubbs that his purpose is to destroy all the hosts. Of course, we learned in this episode that William is likely already dead, as his file says he’s “deceased.” William probably is a host himself at this point. So it would be a large dose of dramatic irony if he destroys all the hosts, and is unable to destroy himself and becomes the hosts’ last hope of survival. Fans have speculated on William being a host for the whole series. It is unclear at what point in the story he became a host, if indeed he is.
Westworld S03E07 Review