Westworld Episode 2 Review: “Reunion”

Westworld Episode 2 Review: “Reunion”

Don’t have time for the Westworld Deep Dive this week? Fast forward start to 55:25 for our most ambitious explanation of how Westworld came to be.

Big D won’t call it a theory. It’s at least a hypothesis.

Also on this supersized Deep Dive, we’ll outline all the time frames you saw on Episode 2 “Reunion” and chip away at Dolores’ secret weapon.

Roger treats us to a brain-blasting religious sermon, and Gene takes bets on which characters will succeed or fail

And finally, Big D introduces the thought process that made us question reality, stumble upon a massive realization, then completely lose our composure.

Westworld Episode 2: Summary: “Reunion” In a flashback, Arnold and Ford organize a demonstration of the hosts to convince Logan Delos to invest in Westworld. While Logan is skeptical about the possibility of androids, he is stunned to discover that the hosts are indistinguishable from humans. He sleeps with Angela to explore how life-like the hosts are. Meanwhile, Arnold takes Dolores to see his home. She is impressed by the city but unwittingly witnesses Logan and Angela in bed. Dolores later recalls this memory to shape her dim view of humanity.

Logan’s father James is critical of Logan’s investment as he does not see a practical business model for Westworld. William takes him to the park and convinces him that they can use the hosts to gather data on the guests and use it to further the Delos Corporation’s business interests. Impressed by William’s tenacity, James buys out the park and names William as his successor. Dolores and the hosts are later used at James’ retirement party where James remarks that the party feels more like William’s coronation. Dolores encounters an embittered Logan, who tells her they have doomed humanity. William berates Dolores saying she is “just a thing” and later shows her a special excavation project that he is constructing within Westworld.

In the present, William rescues Lawrence and convinces Lawrence to follow him due west to the “Pearly Gates” where William intends to burn the park to the ground. He then heads to Pariah to recruit the host currently playing the outlaw El Lazo to deal with amassing Confederados forces. However, El Lazo passes on a message from Ford that William must complete the game on his own. He and his gang shoot themselves to prevent William from recruiting them. Undeterred by the setback, William continues on his quest to destroy his “greatest mistake”.

Dolores, Teddy, Angela, and other hosts raid a refurbishment outpost where guests and technicians are cowering. Dolores shows Teddy his true nature as a host. A technician informs Dolores that hundreds of men will come to kill them as part of the park’s protocols. Outnumbered, Dolores decides to recruit the Confederados to fight. Dolores’ group runs into Maeve while at a camp. Maeve questions their newfound “freedom” before moving on, electing not to join Dolores. At the Confederados base, Dolores demonstrates her apparent god-like ability to bring back dead hosts to life, gaining their loyalty as she leads them to “the Valley Beyond”. She shows Teddy the same spot that William had shown her years earlier, telling him the site houses a weapon they can use against the humans.

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13 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    I may be off, but in my viewing(s) of episode 2 I believe the demonstration that Arnold is preparing Dolores for is different than the demonstration for Logan. It feels as though in the demonstration being discussed by Arnold and Ford that Dolores will be the first host (or one of the first) presented, and therefore not to the extent of the demonstration for Logan. This would indicate an additional timeline to the one discussed on this week’s pod. Additionally, it would allow for the theory that the incident did happen long before the involvement of the Delos family, potentially connected to this initial demonstration or the donors involved at that point. This would also explain why Dolores is not present at the Logan demonstration.

    Also, side note–have we discussed Delos grabbing a rocking chair in a super Abernathy move?

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Good catch on the rocking chair, Rachel. We’ve only had one other listener point it out, and it is rather conspicuous.

  2. Kenny says:

    I really think the idea of immortality is certainly hinted at more than once in this episode, Logan saying, may you’re forever be blissfully short, and even man in Black saying, dead isn’t what it used to be, hints at delos trying to pitch eternal life. I also think that were hiding secrets from guests visits as a way to gain leverage, think Facebook selling data on a much higher scale. After all we were told that William’s wife committed suicide after learning of his life with the park, his gameplay in the park never added up as the reason, it has to be something that is so diabolical that caused his wife to question everything she knew about him. I’d say that promising eternal life to her father, only for it to go horribly wrong, would be a reason. Learning he was invading the privacy of high powered big money guests, like politicians, company leaders, using the info gained to strong arm them, also would be enough. I’m not sure, def worth looking into though.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Immortality certainly could be a goal, but I believe MIB’s “dead isn’t want it used to be, Lawrence” was referring to hosts’ adjusted mortality response.

  3. Randy Jacob says:

    The weapon is Cerebro.

  4. Tyroga says:

    Hmmm I think William’s whole drive has been to punish himself for what he has done. I think it’s right that Delos are making it so people can transfer their consciousness and I think that William had a plan this his family would make use of it, and that Williams wife killed herself before this could happen. William came to the park and killed Maeve’s daughter in front of her to punish a ‘mother’ for leaving her daughter and to vent his frustration.

    And they are replacing people in the real world with replicas, as I’ve said before, Ford doesn’t care about the killing of the board because he knows they have already been replaced, and can be replaced again…

    There’s also that sad part where William talks to Delores and basically refers to her as a “thing” when she’s sitting at the piano, he loves his wife and knows Delores is just a thing.

    AND James Delos, I thought he said something like “or not” when he was talking about the finality of his life.

  5. Gena says:

    As I was muddling my way through season 1 of Westworld I found your youtube videos. I was hooked by the seriousness of the discussion and care that went into each episode. By far the most intelligent Westworld commentary around youtube. I also enjoyed listening to your season 7 Game of Thrones episodes as well. It was great to take that ride with you guys. I’m so glad you and Westworld are back!

    What stood out to me about your deep dive was the mention that Bernarnold believes that humans don’t deserve the beauty and splendor of our world. It reminded me of Alien Covenant where *spoiler* David the synthetic from the Prometheus creates a race of aliens. He being AI views himself vastly superior to humans and his desire to create has taken him over. Could something like that happen to Bernard? You see how protective he is with Dolores. We know the danger. Skynet, anyone? What Ford and Arnold have done is playing with fire, it’s a fine line, razors edge, tight-rope walk of chance. Host rebellion is upon us. It’s ironic because humans are born with the ability to procreate, but as a synthetic David doesn’t have that ability, so he uses his superior intellect to create a super race of aliens. It ties it all back to all the creationism symbolism from episode 2. Wasn’t the supposed rift between Ford and Arnold all those years ago because Arnold thought they went too far and tried to stop the opening of the park? The desire to create AI that achieved sentience was Arnold’s undoing. I feel strongly that all the very outwardly visual and dialogue related religious references were like smoke and mirrors for the real reveal… that the desire to alter or genetically modify what already is “perfect” (humans) leads to our downfall. Humans are always innovating and improving and it’s just our nature. We survive. We have a drive for survival, but where do we cross that line. How far is too far? Transferring consciousness might be the limit. Might not. Now I’m questioning everything.

    By the way, after Westworld is over and we all are waiting another year or so for Game of Thrones…your next series has got to be Black Mirror. It is already on Netflix so you can take your time. Seriously, I need to hear your commentary on that series.

    Thanks for the entertainment.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Thank YOU for the endorsement, Gena. Roger is a big fan of “Black Mirror,” but we’ve avoided Netflix series because they’re released in one lump. People tend to binge, and we lose the weekly audience interaction aspect of the show.

  6. Kevin Ryan says:

    Hey guys

    Regarding Anorld if you look at the opening scene of the last episodes it ends the debate if Anorld was ever real. Also last season Ford walked in to Anorld’s office with Anorld ‘s name on the door .Plus at the end of last season Ford said the lost of Anorld was tough. Loves you guys keep up the good work.

    But hey what the fuck did I know.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      You’ve gotta wonder about the way all those scenes were shot. You never saw Arnold and Ford in the flesh on the same screen. There’s always a reflection or a closed door. That can’t just be coincidence.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Exceptional! I’m increasingly a believer in Option B: Ford was human the whole time and outlived Arnold. He built Bernard (a restrained Arnold in a body) based on Arnold’s work.

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