We see the every-day facets of the actual world by Caleb’s weary eyes: amid ultra-modern workplace buildings and self-driving automobiles, individuals are nonetheless struggling to get by on the streets. He turns to an on-demand app for crime, “Rico” (one thing that appears like a really actual inevitability) to make a buck. Have just a few moments and really feel like blowing up an ATM? Rico will enable you spherical up a crew and pay you securely. Eat your coronary heart out, Grand Theft Auto.
Dolores and Caleb’s frequent enemy is Incite, a large tech firm that powers the programs working nearly every little thing within the international financial system. It is like a nightmare model of Google — an organization so obsessive about accumulating private knowledge that it may possibly successfully predict each facet of your life, out of your profession to the day and explanation for your loss of life. Its key expertise is Rehoboam, an unlimited supercomputer that brings a brand new which means to predictive AI. Dolores goals to infiltrate Incite and produce it down, crashing the worldwide financial system within the course of, whereas Caleb believes it is the reason for lots of his hardships.
Much like Alex Garland’s fantastic series Devs, which is airing now on Hulu, Westworld is gearing as much as sort out the query of free will in season three. We have already discovered that hosts can break freed from their programming, however is it potential for people to interrupt the chains of technological bondage holding them down? I would not guess on Westworld matching Devs elegant introspective philosophical bent. But it surely’s enjoyable to see a collection faucet into some deeper questions, whereas leaving room for motorbike chases and shootouts.
“My dad thought the most important downside was unrealized potential,” says Liam Dempsey Jr. (John Gallagher Jr.), the top of Incite, tells Dolores. “If you happen to may chart a course for each single particular person, you may make the world a greater place.”
As an apart, I acquired a style of Incite’s faux-utopian idealism at a CES dinner. I knew it was a Westworld advertising and marketing stunt from the get-go, however it was nonetheless a bit creepy to come across servers who knew non-public particulars of my life, culled from social media. I may see how over-sharing your data with an organization like Incite may make awkward dinners extra attention-grabbing, by pairing you up with folks you’d doubtless wish to chat with. However the considered a system like that controlling each facet of our lives is downright terrifying.
Whereas Dolores is taking part in spy video games, she’s additionally being assisted by a host-controlled Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). She’s aiming to make use of her place as the top of Delos’ govt board to sabotage the corporate, whereas additionally warding off a suspicious takeover try. When final we noticed Charlotte, she was being managed by Dolores, however in the meanwhile it is unclear who’s steering the ship at this level. All we all know is that she’s loyal, however dealing with some problem adjusting to taking part in the position of a human with a real-life son.
Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) continues to be kicking round too — besides now he is a fugitive on the run after being blamed for the Westworld rebellion. Dolores rebuilt his physique and set him free on the actual world on the very finish of the final season, regardless of being enemies. Now he is taking odd jobs whereas questioning the character of his existence. (However actually what else is new for a number?) After returning to the Westworld island to hunt out solutions — a tip of the hat to Misplaced — Bernard groups up with the previous safety guard Stubbs, now a confirmed host, to cease Dolores.
Whereas I would not be shocked if creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Pleasure have just a few surprises up their sleeves for this season, it is clear from the primary episode that Westworld is switching into a brand new mode. The stage is about with characters and clear motivations, and it is extra action-heavy and easy as an alternative of an obtuse puzzle-box. That will flip off followers who cherished studying as a lot as they might into each body of the collection. However there are nonetheless loads of mysteries to discover, and the sheer scope of the present’s world constructing is one thing to behold. As somebody who was merely annoyed by Westworld’s video game-esque storytelling — sure, I do know that is partially the purpose — the brand new focus is an improve in each method.