Westworld Episode 5 Instant Take: “Contrapasso”

Westworld Episode 5 Instant Take: "Contrapasso"
Westworld Episode 5 Instant Take: "Contrapasso"

Westworld Episode 5 Instant Take: “Contrapasso”

Was Westworld Episode 5 a disaster or an electrifying thriller? Depends on who you ask. Big reveals about Arnold, the Man In Black and the nature of Pariah kept us on our toes, but predictable character development and clunky science left fans shaking their heads in disappointment.

Gene hated it. Roger loved it, and Dick was somewhere in the middle. Have a listen and let us know what you think before the full-length Westworld podcast is released Tuesday. #DongWatch2016.

Westworld Episode 5 Summary:
“Contrapasso” Hughes discovers that the stray has been transmitting information outside of the park to an unknown party, reporting it to Bernard. The Man in Black kills Lawrence, whose blood he transfused into Teddy. They are then confronted by Ford, who assures the Man in Black that he will not stop the latter’s efforts to find the maze, returning Teddy’s full strength also. Dolores, William and Logan travel to the town of Pariah, where they meet criminal gang leader El Lazo, a.k.a. Lawrence, who tasks them with stealing a wagon of high explosives from the Union Army, a mission they complete successfully. Dolores, who has been seeing visions of herself advising her to find the maze, realizes El Lazo intends to keep the explosives for himself rather than to sell them to the former Confederates, who apprehend Logan while William and Dolores flee, joining El Lazo in the train. Maeve awakens in the control center and demands technician Felix chat.

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11 Responses

  1. Mo says:

    Hey guys. Have we just had confirmation that william is not the man in black? MIB says that when he first came to Westworld, the hosts were mechanical. Then they changed them to save money. However, we can see that when william first comes to westworld, the hosts are already very humanlike.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      To be fair, MiB also opens up hosts and pokes around inside. William hasn’t opened one up yet. Maybe their guts were different back then, but not obvious enough to notice from the outside.

  2. James says:

    If you do not think there are multiple timelines then you are just ignoring obvious clues. I am not saying you are wrong, however. The writers may just be leading us to that conclusion to simply pull he rug out from under us and give us a “better” solution? But the show is obviously laying down clues and Lawrence is the biggest one yet. El Lazo (spanish for “Loop”…duh!) was a different character in the past (or in the future) and is or was Lawrence in a different time frame.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Agreed. That’s a far more likely scenario than Roger’s “multiple copies of hosts” theory.

      • Oscar says:

        Yeah, multiple timelines still is the most probable. But multiple one model hosts may be still a thing, statistically there must be a few hosts that are being sent to maintanance abnormaly often. And if so, for some of them a duplicate is always ready.

  3. Oscar says:

    About the satellite uplink.
    Guys at the maintanance are the main suspects who may have put the device in the woodcutters arm to begin with. To whose bidding is another question, may be just industrial espionage.
    And about the size of the transmitter, the guys at the maintanance are used to this kind of work, and the arm of the host was huge, so there is no problem fitting it in.
    Also, a seperate battery for such a device is a must, hence the bulky size.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      Good points, and it’s hard to accurately comment on technology when we haven’t seen the outside world and don’t know the year.

      In a purely mechanical android, I could see someone expecting to get away with a device that obvious. but flesh-and-bone hosts seem like a risky place to stash a comically large chuck of shrapnel.

      • Oscar says:

        Proffesional ultra long range comunicators will be chunky for years and centuries to come, look at modern satellite phones, they are still very bulky.
        Modern phones are smaller and come with smaller batteries due to larger and more dense phone tower coverage, not because the reception has improved, in most cases the phone reception capabilties have dvindeled compared to the earlier models because there is no need for hefty antenas, heck, now they even integrate the antena on a chip.
        Why not get away with it? Cut out a chunk of meat, turn off some pain and discomfort reflekses that show on diagnostics, put in a code for the host to raise his hand few times a day when no one is watching, and woala, you’ve got a spy drone.

        • Gene Lyons says:

          In that case, we’re definitely looking at an inside job. A park guest wouldn’t be able to smuggle in the tools needed to cleanly stash that kind of hardware in a body without scars or sutures.

          When we first started the podcast, our analysis of MiB was he’s an agent of corporate sabotage. I’ve backed off that theory. Who do you think is behind the spying?

          • Oscar says:

            For now, I’d say it’s Lee Sizemore, the guy who is very passionate about his prospects of getting a raise (in first two episodes), and we may find out, that Fords “NO” wasn’t the last drop, that made him turn coats.
            If he is a recurring character that is.

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